May 132008

I’m a long-time GoLive user; I started using it back when it was still GoLive CyberStudio, and before Adobe started gradually screwing it up over the years.

Now that GoLive has been discontinued, I need to decide whether or not to take advantage of the $199 crossgrade to DreamWeaver that Adobe is offering.  Anyone have thoughts on whether or not I should do that?  I’ve never been a big DreamWeaver fan, but admittedly that’s because I didn’t feel like learning a new product when GoLive more or less did what I needed.

 Posted by at 11:14 AM

  7 Responses to “DreamWeaver?”

  1. I’m not a golive user but I know Dreamweaver has a 15-day trial. Might be worth at least test driving.

  2. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s a 30-day trial. I personally prefer doing everything by hand, though Dreamweaver is still a decent text-editor even without using automagic WYSIWYG stuff. However, I took this class this semester in which I have to use Dreamweaver to create websites.

    I never used GoLive, but I’d say Dreamweaver is a pretty decent app. Use the trial. Make sure it does what you need it to.


  3. Yeah, I downloaded the trial. I just need to make time to try it.

    For me, the awkward thing about trying out trial versions of products that you use to do big projects is that if you wind up not liking it, you usually have to throw away your work and start over. So you have to do “pretend” projects while you test. And that makes it tricky to be sure you test it thoroughly.

    Oh well.

  4. I’ve been using it for 10 years, it doesn’t have every feature one might want from a code editor, but it is a solid, easy to use, highly customisable and powerful tool.

    I’d recommend it for a general web code editor, although you may want to try some more specific tools for individual languages (e.g FlashDevelop for ActionScript, etc)



  5. What were you using DreamWeaver for?

    If it’s basically to quickly generate HTML pages the wysiwyg way, you may want to give KompoZer a try. If you don’t know about it, KompoZer is an evolution of Daniel Glazman’s Nvu, itself based on the old Mozilla Composer code.

  6. I’ve used Dreamweaver for many years and although I now use Aptana a majority of the time, I’m still fond of DW. I particularly like its Find+Replace functionality.

    There are a couple of gotchas: Sometimes I would edit a file in Dreamweaver and diff it with the version and the repository, and the entire thing would appear different! I found out that this is because it was converting linefeeds from a Unix standard to a Windows one, but there’s an option you can set to work around this. I also recommend setting Tab to insert 4 spaces instead of the Tab character.

    Just curious, have you tried Aptana yet? I really like it and have used it for developing sites in PHP, Ruby on Rails, JSP and plain ol’ HTML. For PHP, RoR or static HTML files you can just use the standalone Aptana but for Java I recommend the plugin version to Eclipse. Though, if you already have Eclipse installed you might as well just use the plugin for everything– not much reason to install the standalone Aptana in that case.

  7. I already have several web code editors I’m quite happy with. I’m only thinking about DreamWeaver from the perspective of a more WYSIWYG style web layout application.

    I use Coda and BBEdit a lot when doing low-level web stuff, and the combination works great for me.

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