View Full Version : Dreamweaver Hangs when getting remote content

03-14-2011, 03:15 PM
I have Dreamweaver CS3 installed on a windows 7 machine. all is fine until i try to load a page that calls for content that is a remote location. The code view works fine, but as soon as i try the design view Dreamweaver crashes. I've found that if there's an image that is used as a link and that image is coded like this <img src="http:/mysite.com/images/image.jpg" alt="pic" width="100" height="100" /> dreamweaver will give me the spinning circle cursor and never recover. I have to force quit and restart. I've checked permissions in the firewall, and even disabled it entirely, to no avail. Is there something I'm missing?

03-15-2011, 03:32 PM
Personally I wouldn't use Dreamweaver to connect to your live environment. Develop locally and use local paths in your image path conventions

Use an FTP client like filezilla or coffecup to upload your files to your live environment once you have tested it and are happy

This keeps your dev environment seperate

03-15-2011, 05:57 PM
I understand your point, however, I have a few customer's designs that require the calling of remote images, i.e. they do not host the images on the same domain as the page I am editing. (example: header advertising and 3rd party content) While this is generally not good practice, I cannot change it. I would like to be able to open the page code in dreamweaver to edit it without having dreamweaver freeze. I am searching for a solution or workaround for the fact that dreamweaver freezes using one of dreamweaver's built-in features, also the fact that the entire program will freeze (or crash) if any remote image is called in the code seems a little absurd. Is there any known solution to this issue?

03-15-2011, 06:16 PM
But dreamweaver should handle links to online images without a problem and, if the image isn't available (wrong link, you're offline, etc.) you should just get a broken image indicator.

I'd try resetting your preferences: http://www.dwcourse.com/dreamweaver/rebuilding-preferences.php

Also, did you completely shut down the computer and doing a full restart?

As a last ditch effort, you might need to reinstall. Use menu: Help>Deactivate first so you don't run out of installations, have your serial number handy and use the Uninstaller program in Dreamweaver folder.

03-15-2011, 11:05 PM
It's a fresh install of dreamweaver on a fresh install of windows 7.
Interestingly, I've found that under the 'view' menu i can disable 'display external files' and Dreamweaver will not crash/hang. It will just display placeholder images in the design view of the page. It's good enough, but not the kind of functionality I'd expect from such an expensive program. FYI - the folks on this site are much more helpful and seem more knowledgeable than the official adobe forums. Many thanks to those who responded and to the other threads that i've browsed to find my workaround. It was simple, but I didn't even know the option to disable 'displaying external files' was available until i found it in another thread.

03-15-2011, 11:56 PM
I overlooked the fact that you have CS3 on Win 7. I'd expect you to run into a few problems there since CS3 was released before Win 7. Adobe doesn't offer updates to older versions of programs for compatibility with new operating systems (the same types of issues affect Mac users when Apple updates MacOS).

The disable external files is probably your best option short of upgrading.

07-21-2011, 12:25 AM
I had the same problem, but I am using CS4 on Windows 7. It only happens while working with PHP files that use dynamic urls(e.g. <img src="<?php echo $row_Recordset['imageurl']; ?>" />). Turning off 'Display External Files' fixes the problem. As far as I can tell, I do not have this problem when working with ASP files. Thanks for the fix!