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Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud Editor's Review

Ever since Adobe announced the shift to its creative cloud for mainstream apps included in the hugely popular Creative Suite, the industry has been abuzz with reactions, both positive and negative. The move to subscription based product usage will undoubtedly help Adobe to cut down on piracy and hike revenue. Skepticism on industry wide acceptance of the move still looms large. Like Adobe’s major design apps like Photoshop and In Design, its web development Powerhouse Dreamweaver has also joined the Creative Cloud Bandwagon. Even in its previous version, Dreamweaver was a feature rich and gargantuan web development tool and the transition to Creative cloud has added to its usability.

With Creative Cloud made the future path to get updates and new versions, Dreamweaver loyalists have no option than choosing one of the subscription options offered by Adobe. If you want to use the application singularly, a monthly subscription plan of $19 is available. Those who use an earlier version as old as CS3, can upgrade for $9.99 per month subscription. One limitation of Dreamweaver’s latest version is that it has steep hardware requirements. Adobe recommends 1 GB RAM for running the app and along with Mac OSX, it officially supports Windows 7 and 8. Like earlier versions, the latest iteration of Dreamweaver is also multilingual, with support for languages like Spanish, French, and Italian besides English.

There are some notable new features that Adobe has introduced in the latest version of Dreamweaver. While they are not path breaking as such, designers will appreciate the enhanced usability and nifty improvements.

In the new version, support for latest web standards has received a boost. Developers who use CSS3 and HTML5 will appreciate these features. The CSS inspector, for instance, has received a major overhaul. You can utilize the visual CSS designer for changing properties of specific elements in pages.

The Fluid Grid Layout is another notable addition in this version of Dreamweaver. This helps designers to deploy fluid grids to design websites meant for displaying on various devices. For users who do not rely on frameworks for responsive web design, this can be a huge time saver. Designers with penchant for WYSIWYG approach and visuals will find this feature tailor- made for them.

The integration of Edge Web Fonts service into Dreamweaver adds another feather to its cap. You can now browse and use fonts in your web design projects directly from Dreamweaver interface. The app now allows users to sync settings between two PCs they use. This ensures you can use the app with same settings and workspaces on your laptop at home that you have got customized in the office desktop.

Adobe has said that Dreamweaver offers seamless integration to its other tools included in Creative Cloud and that is true. Users will find working with Adobe apps like Illustrator and Photoshop easier while Dreamweaver is open. The inclusion of PhoneGap Build service is another USP of Dreamweaver’s newest version. This was available as a plug-in earlier. With this service, developers can now make apps for mobile platforms like Android and iOS from web content generated using the software. This speeds up development time eventually.

In the new Dreamweaver release, you get a library of single click layout elements based on jQuery as well as jQuery Mobile. The library includes elements like calendars, buttons, password entry fields etc. However, some of the elements do not adhere to CSS specifications and that can be an issue.

Dreamweaver’s new Live View renders web content the same way it will be shown in Google Chrome. This eliminates the need to test site content once within the app and another time using browsers. Another notable aspect of this web design software is itslack of enhanced support for Flash over HTML5 video, though the former is Adobe's proprietary technology and the latter is open standard.

The default screen of Dreamweaver is split in WYSIWYG design pane and code pane. However, you can choose to work in any one of them for convenience. If you use the fluid grid feature of Dreamweaver to build a page, it creates a page consisting of vertical column grids. These grids remain visible in interface of Dreamweaver but not in browsers. While most functions work as expected in WYSIWYG environment of the app, some CSS features may still need manual tweaking.

Positive Points:
 -  Enhanced support for latest web technologies like HTML5, CSS3.
 -  Streamlined interface to speed up work.
 -  Tighter integration with Adobe Creative Cloud products.
 -  Inclusion of Edge Web Fonts.
 -  Fluid Grid Layout ideal for mobile web development.
 -  Inclusion of PhoneGap useful for mobile app developers.

Negative Points:
 -  Steep hardware requirements, letdown for older PC users.
 -  No official support for earlier versions of Windows.
 -  Advanced CSS features may need manual modifications.
 -  Complex web page rendering slows down systems.
 -  Interface still needs improvements, at least for beginners.

As a matter of fact, Dreamweaver has little competition in the industry. Visual Studio Express 2012 from Microsoft’s stable is ideal for data-driven site building but it cannot compete with Dreamweaver as far as visually-attractive, feature rich site development is concerned. Microsoft does not develop its efficient web editor Expression Web any more either. The useful new features like revamped CSS designer, Live view, PhoneGap and Fluid Grid Layout enhance its usability for developers significantly. However, there are some areas that still need refinement. Dreamweaver can make machines with older hardware noticeably sluggish, more so when rendering complex pages. The new revamped interface can still be confusing for beginners. Overall, Dreamweaver continues its legacy of multifaceted web development platform in its newest incarnation. The remaining small caveats are expected to be ironed out by Adobe’s promised Creative cloud update cycle. If you are not one of those who love coding using just basic Text Editors, Adobe Dreamweaver is made for you.

Rating: 4.5/5

Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud Publisher's Description

Develop more web content, more quickly. A streamlined user interface, connected tools, and new visual CSS editing tools let you code efficiently and intuitively. And now, Dreamweaver® CC lets you share work directly from within the application, and helps you keep up with web standards by giving you access to new features as soon as they’re available. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud™.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Develop more web content, more quickly. A streamlined user interface, connected tools, and new visual CSS editing tools let you code efficiently and intuitively.

Publisher: Adobe | License: Shareware | Price: 19.99
Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 03-12-2013 | Rating: 5 | Title: Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud

Author Url: http://www.adobe.com
Program Info Url: http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html
Download Url: http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html

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