Is Dreamweaver an out of date tool

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Hi All,

I have heard the opinion that dreamweaver is a very 90'2 tool for building websites. Do many Warriors still or have used the photoshop and dreamweaver combination for creating websites. What are the pitfalls and what are the advantages.

I have placed this thread in the general forum to hopefuly get a wider opinion on this question.

Thanks in Advance

Peter ( Australia )
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  • Profile picture of the author jaywilsonjr
    nope not out of date at all...

    Adobe's products at the front of the pack when it comes to paid development tools. At the end of the day it's going to come down to personal preference, and your skillset. If you work with Flash, create graphics that you latter Annamarie to end up adding to the websites you build, then you might way to look at Adobe as it is near seamless to move the elements from program to program as you bring your work to life...

    If you are just doing basic stuff then stick with a free editor - it'll do all the stuff DW will minus the bells However if you start doing alot of web development of if you find that you need some of the bells to make your workflow better go with a paid tool such as dreamweaver...

    Just my .02
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I am not sure I understand the question... Is Notepad "an out of date tool" to hand-code HTML? Probably, it is, yet many people still use it

    It comes down to personal choices, I think.
    I made many websites for myself and for clients and I've never used the 'industry standard' (according to some sources) DW and PS.

    I don't need DW because I can handcode and PSPad is enough for me.
    I don't need PS because I never mess with image files - just outsource the task.

    I never think about these things in terms of "advantages" or "pitfalls".
    Are you good (I mean do you know your tools?) with DW and PS? Use them... and forget what others have to say.

    Use what's the best for YOU!
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  • Profile picture of the author Underground SEO
    no, certainly, dreamweaver and photoshop, in fact all abode products are miles and miles ahead of the competition. When you use photoshop and dreamweaver in conjunction you have a complete winning formula.
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  • Dreamweaver and Photoshop have been the two tools I've based all my sites on for years. Wordpress also in the last 2 years.
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    • Profile picture of the author debra
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Puttin DW, PS and WP in the same line and comparing them is the biggest nonsense I have to read every second day on this forum...

      Dreamweaver - web design, web developing TOOL.
      Photoshop - image editing, creating TOOL.
      WordPress - CMS: content management system.

      What the f*** do they have in common?
      I use DW to modify the css files in wp and a few other things. Save the file when I'm done and ftp it up. Whoala...I'm done.

      I use PS to modify and malipulate the images. Save the file...ftp it up.

      A million times faster than using the editor in wp and less fussy.

      I use DW and PS to optimize my wp templates too.

      Both programs are great for the html developement like we used(and still) do. They're just as convient and fast to use on wp.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Russell
    Depends on what you're using it for. There are certainly faster ways to put together websites - Wordpress, for example, is much easier to get into if you're just starting out. Dreamweaver has a pretty high learning curve, so while it can do a lot, it's not necessarily worth the time to learn that if something faster will suit your purposes just as well.

    That said, I absolutely still use it and Photoshop for some sites - as far as full-featured HTML design programs go, I think it's the best available today.
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  • Profile picture of the author rickkettner
    I'm looking forward to DW CS5 coming out soon (few weeks?)... it is supposed to simplify theme modification for most blog platforms.

    DW is always a little behind of what is possible, but I don't think there is a better tool out there overall. A little sluggish, but apparently that will change with CS5. We will see...
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I have DW, but for some reason i prefer Microsoft Expression WEB.

    Mind you...i think that someone who would build a site FROM SCRATCH is a little crazy, especially in a time where we have Wordpress.

    But a HTML editor is simply a must have, for editing templates and themes or whatever other HTML work. But i (rarely) use it build complete sites by "hand coding" HTML, except some very simple landing pages for CPA etc.

    Edit: You can build a site with DW, you can build one with WP. From that point of view the comparison is legit if you see it from that perspective.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Dreamweaver will be out of date for me when I stop making money with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Originally Posted by Peter Thompson View Post

    Hi All,

    I have heard the opinion that dreamweaver is a very 90'2 tool for building websites. Do many Warriors still or have used the photoshop and dreamweaver combination for creating websites. What are the pitfalls and what are the advantages.

    I have placed this thread in the general forum to hopefuly get a wider opinion on this question.

    Thanks in Advance

    Peter ( Australia )
    You have got to be kidding me.

    Last I heard, DW is still the number one selling web development tool on the market. Hell, it's how I learned to build websites.

    With all the features in it, I can't figure out how it would ever go out of style. The damned thing is the Swiss Army Knife of web development tools.

    Mine not only does html, but it does PHP, cold fusion, asp, and a ton of other scripting.

    Just go download a free trial, and see what I'm talking about already.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeHumphreys
      Back in 2004, the first serious investment I made in my online business was buying Macromedia Dreamweaver MX2004 suite.

      Back then, Dreamweaver had a heck of a learning curve but I've never regretted it.

      Since then Adobe bought out Macromedia and improved the entire product line in a big way (especially Fireworks).

      Upgraded to Adobe CS4 last year and it's been a major help with my webpage design and layout work. Spent a few hours reviewing the video tutorials on Lynda.com and flattened any learning time for the new features to practically nil.

      I use Dreamweaver and Fireworks pretty much every day, especially when I'm writing online copy for copywriting clients because I deliver the copy ready to upload and use. Layout and design that is done badly can drop conversion rates by 25-30% so my clients appreciate me taking the time to deliver the copy the way it needs to be laid out.

      Unlike some of the other webpage design software, Dreamweaver delivers pretty clean HTML code too.

      Fireworks CS4 has become literally "Photoshop Jr."... it can even use a lot of the existing Photoshop filters for design work.

      Expensive? Yes. Worth every penny? Absolutely... if you are going to use it on a consistent basis.

      If you get it, sign up for a month at lynda.com and review the video training on it. It will save you a lot of time learning a lot of the features built into Dreamweaver (or any of Adobe's products for that matter).

      Take care,

      Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
    Dreamweaver is the program I WANT to learn, the learning curve is huge and if your going to invest in the program you should get some instructions via books or videos so you don't get overwhelmed then end up not using it.
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    • Profile picture of the author rickkettner
      Originally Posted by Clint Butler View Post

      Dreamweaver is the program I WANT to learn, the learning curve is huge and if your going to invest in the program you should get some instructions via books or videos so you don't get overwhelmed then end up not using it.
      I strongly recommend Lynda.com. For $25/month, you get crazy access to tons of video tutorials on all things tech (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and TONS more). Yes it costs money, but it's a killer deal... (no, I'm not affiliated with them).
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Dreamweaver is awesome, but learn the basics with HTML and Notepad yourself first, and then move onto Dreamweaver.

    Dreamweaver>Kompozer
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  • Profile picture of the author razvan1958
    Dreamwevwr is the best programm for editors!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
    hehe... I use Dreamweaver 4.0 from like the 1990s. Still does the trick :-)

    Brad
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    • Profile picture of the author Midas3 Consulting
      Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

      hehe... I use Dreamweaver 4.0 from like the 1990s. Still does the trick :-)

      Brad
      Join the club, even worse I've got the later
      version sat in a box on my shelf.

      I just can't be arsed to work out how to use
      it when I can do everything I need with my ancient version.

      Apart from the odd "caching" error which requires a
      reboot it works a treat.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
        Originally Posted by SimonHarrison View Post

        Join the club, even worse I've got the later
        version sat in a box on my shelf.

        I just can't be arsed to work out how to use
        it when I can do everything I need with my ancient version.

        Apart from the odd "caching" error which requires a
        reboot it works a treat.
        That's HILARIOUS!
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Chua
      I am still using a super old version of Dreamweaver to edit html and php files. how can it be outdated?


      stephen
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