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09-14-2005, 10:35 AM
Hi Guys

Just downloaded the new dreamweaver 8 and have been using it for a few hours.

In my opinion it just doesnt cut the mustard... Maybe im missing something or in a weeks time i will click something and the penny will drop and the meaning of life will be revealed nicely formated in css...

As a PHP developer who codes 99% it would have been nice if macromedia could sort out the buggy server behaviours panel instead of giving us a new button to insert comments! // <-- /*

if you tamper with a dreamweaver recordset, god forbid write your own, you can say goodbye to it in the bindings panel

Try wrapping two recordsets in an IF statment...for a laugh
IF (condition = true){ recordset1} else {recordset2}

I was however looking forward to the collapse code function but was let down. Click inside the collapsed code and it expands then unselects its self. You then have to highlight the code again and click collapse! something i will get bored with in the next day or two

Maybe there are hidden benefits. I will be back if i find any

anyone considering upgrading please try the 30 day trial then go back to the MX version with a smile knowing you have saved a couple of hundred lager tokens

09-14-2005, 01:13 PM
Doesn't sound they're doing much for php handcoders.. :blink:

davidj, DW8.. was there anything on the bright side?

09-14-2005, 01:31 PM
errr...... thinking .......Mmmmm .......errr

not enough to warrent a ..... "quick, lets upgrade" response

CSS is accessible through its own panel (nothing groundbreaking there, just a different way of doing stuff. Something else to get used to)

errr...... thinking .......Mmmmm .......errr

There is a new splash screen!

Mmmm .....errr....

Nope not really but im sure someone on here will comeback with a huge flame (probably someone who works for macromedia... oh how i wish)

09-14-2005, 02:30 PM
davidj, DW8.. was there anything on the bright side?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Macromedia today announced the release of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, the latest release of its professional web design and development tool. Dreamweaver 8 provides a powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support, enabling designers and developers to create visually appealing, standards-based sites and applications efficiently. Dreamweaver 8 is available as a stand-alone product or as a component of Macromedia Studio 8, which also includes Macromedia Flash Professional 8, Macromedia Fireworks 8, Macromedia Contribute 3, and Macromedia FlashPaper 2, and is the essential suite used to design, develop, and maintain effective, interactive online experiences.

"The advances in Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 are the direct result of listening to customers around the world and then building a host of practical features to fit their needs," said David Mendels, general manager, Macromedia. "Dreamweaver 8 not only delivers tools and workflow improvements that help make users more efficient, it also supports the web's best practices and is more closely integrated with the Studio 8 family and the latest technologies."

Dreamweaver 8 makes the best practices of web development available to everyone, from users working on their first website to those developing advanced web applications with Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). New visual tools in Dreamweaver 8 simplify the integration of XML-based content like RSS feeds into websites and applications using a drag-and-drop workflow. Other advancements include improved code hinting for XML and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT).

Dreamweaver 8 also greatly simplifies working with CSS. The new unified CSS panel provides an easier way to understand a CSS file and how the cascade of styles applies to content. This panel provides a powerful, visual way to manage and edit CSS, reducing the need to resort to code-based trial and error. CSS layout visualization allows users to see complex CSS-based layouts more clearly on Dreamweaver's design surface. These tools make CSS more approachable to new users while offering greater precision and control for advanced users.

Dreamweaver 8 offers optimized workflows that reduce the time required by users to complete common tasks. The new zoom and guides tools in Dreamweaver 8 allow users to inspect images and get control over complex designs at the pixel level and to easily measure distances between objects in design compositions. Dreamweaver 8 speeds the development process even further with a new code collapse tool to focus on specific code, and a new coding toolbar to easily access common coding functions. Dreamweaver 8 users will enjoy increased freedom and productivity to continue working as they perform background transfer and upload functions using the new background file transfer feature.

"BASF IT Services uses Dreamweaver 8 to create dynamic websites for its customers," said Dr. Hans-Peter Knipp, head of enterprise information and collaborative solutions unit, BASF IT Services. "The new features and workflow improvements in Dreamweaver 8 enable our developers to work more efficiently on a broad range of tasks."

With Dreamweaver 8, users can easily integrate Flash Video into a website with a simple five-click process. In addition, Dreamweaver 8 offers new support for the latest technologies, such as Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 and PHP 5, as well as deeper integration with the Macromedia Web Publishing System.

"Dreamweaver 8 incorporates a wealth of best practices and examples into a rich set of web design tools. By adding the knowledge base to the workflow, CSS, and video tools, Macromedia helps guide developers toward good design," said Susan Feldman, vice president, Content Technologies, IDC. "New XML integration tools, easy-to-use CSS features, and the fast ability to incorporate video into any website make this an effective solution for building dynamic and engaging web experiences."


09-14-2005, 02:44 PM
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