If you have been following through the last few versions of Dreamweaver, you would have noticed that Dreamweaver jumped version after version without any revolutionary, ground-breaking changes. And it’s nearly understandable, since the demand for the Flash platform drives Adobe to focus and develop more and more tools based for it, making the platform the centre of their game.
Even as a web developer myself, the maximum use I used to have for Dreamweaver was just to centralise my Flash movie at the centre of the html page (using tables to layout). After I picked up CSS skills, I could do this and a lot more in any text editor (e.g. FlashDevelop), with Firefox (and Firebug) being my first mate to check my latest changes. Dreamweaver no longer was of any use to me!
What Dreamweaver CS4 offers is really game changing, and is making me as a web developer, excited over Dreamweaver again. 😀 Personally I’m really psyched over these 3 features:
- It gets live preview, which uses Webkit, so you can see how your site looks like straight in the IDE (e.g. no more F12 and countless refreshes!)
- When it’s live previewing, you can see at runtime how the generated DOM changes, and see how your design interacts with the code (e.g. no more Firebug!)