Dreamweaver MX 2004 | August 27, 2003

I've been using Dreamweaver to build websites for some time now. I started using it (like most people) as a WISIWYG editor, but these days I use it more as a glorified text editor. I tend to work mostly in code view however I occasionally use split view as it's often quicker to locate an element visually than having to scan through lines of HTML.

I think DWMX's code hinting is useful, I like the integrated ftp client and the site wide find and replace is also very useful. Most of these features can also be found in BBEdit (which I use occasionally) but I'm much more familiar with DWMX.

DWMX has pretty good CSS support although the design view usually chokes on my pure CSS layouts. Most of the time I have my CSS files open and edit them by hand. However occasionally I can't remember the syntax (or can't be bothered to type in a long style) so use the styles panel to input a style.

Macromedia have been hard at work on the new version of Dreamweaver and have been paying particular attention to CSS and accessibility. Obviously the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, but it's good to see Macromedia is putting more effort into supporting web standards and accessibility.

Posted at August 27, 2003 4:12 PM


creative8500 said on August 27, 2003 4:28 PM

A couple a days ago I switched from the expensive Dreamweaver MX to the cheap EditPlus, just to check out the difference. By comparing them I discovered that the PHP-code-coloring is quite advanced in Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver pro. EditPlus loads as quickly as notepad on my Pentium 3 500-machine (EP pro).
Yesterday I was typing an article, and I found complicated to edit the text in code-view. So I started-up Dreamweaver MX, and for the first time, I turned on the design/layout/whateverthenamis-view. It worked great, except for adding abbreviations, quotes, etc. I had to use menu’s, submenu’s, pop-ups, before entering ONE CITE-tag. The semantic part in Dreamweaver is just way too unaccessible, so I turned on code-view to set the quote/abbr/cite-tags. When that works better in the new DW-version, I might just start to like the design-view - because when accessibility-features in Dreamweaver become accessible, there is a huge improvement in DW.

Josh said on August 28, 2003 4:05 PM

I use TopStyle by BradSoft (www.bradsoft.com). It’s gotta be one of the best CSS/XHTML editors out there. Plus the support you get from their newsgroups is great. Nick Bradbury himself answers as many questions as he can.

Andy, Have you tried TopStyle before? If not I recommend it a lot.