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Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 still smells like Windows.

Adobe takes great pride in the Creative Suite applications they produce and sell. Targeting all creative and production professionals, Adobe’s applications are an industry standard, as well as heavily relied upon work-flow staples. A full list of the applications that Adobe sells can be found here. Adobe sells all of these applications as bundles they call Creative Suites, and as standalone pieces of software. Among these applications is a piece of software called Adobe Dreamweaver, (the web-design and development tool).

Dreamweaver has always been clunky, slow and rather un-responsive, making it feel like a piece of native Windows software. This new version of Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Suite 4, is sadly no exception.

Some early reviews left beta testers stunned and thoroughly disappointed, with a couple of reviewers saying the following:

1. Please please please make it faster and more efficient.
Dreamweaver: Worst CS app ever!
2. As a professional web developer, I payed for CS3 just for DW and then discovered Panic’s Coda. It was love at first siteā€”an app truly designed for the professional developer. I downloaded CS4 preview and haven’t been impressed at all.

Having test-driven the new Adobe Dreamweaver beta myself, you can download it here, I have not seen ONE feature or improvement that would sway me from Panic’s Coda.

Panic is a Portland based company (they’re our neighbors!) that have spent countless hours developing a Magical web-development application for the mac-based developer. I find ZERO use for Adobe’s Dreamweaver as Adobe has completely missed the mark yet again with CS4.

Please be cautious: We do NOT recommend professionals who rely on these programs daily to download these betas on their primary machines. If you have a secondary computer, then we suggest testing out these betas on that. Please keep in mind that this is beta software and finding bugs is expected.

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4 Comments to “Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 still smells like Windows.”

Niko @ November 1st, 2008 at 2:19 am
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Hi, I have a question. I have worked for some time with dreamwaver and other HTML Editors. I am now learnint flash and can not understand one thing. Why everybody is using Apple when it comes to web design.
I have friends who use macs, I have personally seen almost each of Steve Job’s presentations in the last year or so, but I can not understand this. Could you please explain me ?


Aviv @ November 1st, 2008 at 8:51 am
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Hey Niko, I would say the best way to learn Flash is to get your hands dirty. Although it can be very daunting, Adobe’s made some changes to the newest version of Flash that may help in general. One thing I’ll say, there’s no way to simply rush through it. Take your time and take it slow. Allow yourself to mess up and break things on whatever you’re working with. Don’t get angry at yourself and it’ll get there.

In a nutshell, Flash can be broken into two segments. 1)ActionScript and 2)Keyframes — You’ll want to have at least a moderate understanding of both before you take on any “paying” gigs. Getting paid to learn is never a good idea.

For a great launching pad:


Brian @ March 18th, 2009 at 4:59 am
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Why is this under Adobe, really this is nothing more than a Panic promotional piece?

In response to Niko not everyone is using Mac for web design, many shops are Microsoft based.

I’ve yet to truly experience a “Wow I’m glad I bought this Mac moment” in fact for a knowledgeable PC user the “ease of use” claim is bogus, most days I figure I should have used the additional money the mac cost me to juice up a Windows based laptop in order to receive a performance boost for the additional cash.

But at least I feel I fit in with it on the table at Starbucks now!


Marco Conti @ June 2nd, 2009 at 8:47 pm
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Well, I am a web developer and I have both a Mac and (3) Pc.
Honestly, if I could take both machines and mix the best and toss the rest I would probably end up to close to the perfect computer. Both Macs and PCs have their strengths and weaknesses, but for a professional web developer I feel that having both is a much for various reasons:

Reason #1: My clients have Macs and PCs. Until I bought my mac mini I was using an old G3. It was so slow and old that effectively I didn’t use it. Now with the mini in my array I can do tech support for my Mac clients and see what they see.

Reason #2: Being bale to interact with my websites (All CMS based, all dynamic) in both platform is a necessity. Safari from PC does not behave exactly like its Mac version. With IE7 (and 8,6,5.5) being exclusively PC based I can’t understand how a Mac web developer could do without a PC or bootcamp. For my money 2 machines also build redundancy in case one bites the dust.

In regard to Coda, I agree it’s an excellent app and I agree DW is bloated. However, after fine tuning my workflow on Dreamweaver (and trying just about every app on the market) for my type of development DW is still it.
The time saving I experience when using the split screen, roundtrip CSS that DW allows cannot be beat. DW search is also vastly superior to Coda.
DW CSS handling is also better than Coda (although Coda’s is pretty good and I could live with it)
But I am keeping an eye on Coda hoping that future improvements will allow me to adapt my workflow to it.