What is Dreamweaver?
Developed by Adobe Systems, Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development tool first created by Macromedia in 1997. Dreamweaver helps developers build web sites for the Internet or an intranet, letting developers design, code and manage websites as well as mobile content. It is currently available for OS X and Windows.
Dreamweaver combines a visual design surface, known as Live View, and a code editor with features such as code collapsing, code completion and syntax highlighting.
Adobe’s Dreamweaver is far more than a simple HTML editor. With its support for a great number of scripting languages (PHP, ASP, CSS and more), Dreamweaver is the most powerful, most fully featured web developer tool.
Available for both Mac and Windows operating systems, this cross platform development tool allows users to preview websites in their web browsers. It combines a great WYSIWYG editor, an FTP client, and a convenient scripting environment, which supports advanced autocomplete and script formatting options.
Also, the latest CS4 version features a Live View mode which allows the designers and the developers to view their changes in real time – whenever they make a change to their website’s code, the Live View will give an instant feedback to their changes. This is a great time-saving feature, which can help the professionals avoid errors and which allows them to easily experiment with different sets of code.
Dreamweaver for all
Dreamweaver is an industry standard for a web development environment. It allows any type of users, from beginners to professionals, from designers to developers, to easily and conveniently create simple or complex dynamic websites.
The skilled professionals usually use the Script Mode of the Dreamweaver. That way they can access the code and take advantage of the autocomplete, error checking and script formatting features. For the users with zero knowledge of HTML, the Design View mode provides an advanced WYSIWYG editor which can generate all the HTML code.
For the designers and the developers with more advanced skills there is a Split View functionality, which allows them to edit the code directly in the scripting window and to see the changes in the WYSIWYG editor in Design View mode without the need to switch between the two.
No matter what your present skill level is, Dreamweaver CS4 is the one application you need to consider first, and last.