Adobe Dreamweaver

Version: || Release Date: 2012-04-23 || License: Commercial with demo ($399) Developer: Adobe | App Owner: samj

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This is certainly not the only web development tool I use on regular basis, yet I still find it indispensable in my workflow especially with a wide range of third-party extensions. I just love how Dreamweaver and its extensions save me ton of time and effort in the process. WYSWYG mode isn't prefect but it lets me find code very quickly and I also love how it lets me find code easily in linked files as well. To me that kind of time-saving feature is far more important than annoyances like how big the app is, etc. Trade-offs well worth taking.

This was the first program I learned on my journey into web development. Like some here, I only use code view and it's definitely something I would recommend.

RapidWeaver with Blocks plugin? Flux? Sandvox?

They are quite powerful (Well RapidWeaver is, I haven't looked too deeply into the other two).

Maybe they don't feel quite 'Pro' enough. Maybe that's why there isn't any heavyweight visual editors other than Dreamweaver - so much of pro web design is about understanding the code you are delivering to your viewers.

Serious about web design? Seriously think about Coda, CSSEdit, TexMate, skEdit or even HyperEdit. Dabbling? Then try RapidWeaver etc.

There are no alternatives. This big, bloated app is your only choice for a visual editor on the Mac. Freeway isn't much better and NVU is dead.

If you're looking for a nice, lightweight visual HTML editor for the Mac, this isn't it. In fact there is no such application. Dreamweaver like every other visual editor on the Mac is a huge, lumbering overstuffed beast that tries to do too much and doesn't do any of it well.

It's strange that this market had been abandoned on the Mac where there is such a rich library of shareware applications. However the sad truth is that Mac web dev software comes in three flavors: Text editors, Drag and Drop template generators and big, bloated WYSIWYG editors. There's simply nothing in between.

So these days I use Coda and I'm generally happy. However I'd still love to find a lightweight visual editor for those special circumstances where going visual is just more efficient.

Coda!!! Believe me it's better than dreamweaver! give it a try!

are there any real alternatives? ...NVU?

As much as I value the features offered by this editor, I have found that recently editors such as Coda work much better. It's an unfortunate circumstance that Adobe bought Macromedia, because to be honest, I have only been seeing things going downhill with Adobe's products. Dreamweaver and Photoshop have established the norm of having bloated apps, and I fear that the next version will be even more memory intensive and no more productive. The integration with other Adobe apps is why I keep this around, I appreciate the syntax aids and mostly consistant UI, but again, there are better alternatives given the price. This will be the last version I pay for.

I use this program strictly as a coding interface and it works beautifully for that. I'm not a fan of WYSIWYG html editors, so I can't say how well it works for that.

I've been using Dreamweaver for many years (formerly in WinXP) but it's so painfully slow to run through Rosetta. I'm sick of seeing that spinning beachball! I guess the Universal Binary is a while away too which is just too bad.
But it's been good in a way as it's forced me to use alternative applications like TextMate, CSSEdit and Transmit, all of which are beautiful apps, and it's quite likely I'll stick with those even (long?) after a Universal Binary of Dreamweaver is released unless Adobe pull something amazing out of the bag.

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