Adobe release Dreamweaver CC updates

Dreamweaver has long been a curious beast, loved and loathed in equal measure. For many it is the very best WYSIWYG editor available, for others it is still just a WYSIWYG.

Most developers have a passing infatuation with Dreamweaver before taking a look at the source code and realizing they could do a much better job themselves.

The task of revitalizing Dreamweaver is then, no mean feat. How do you go about shaking off a reputation for clunky, out-dated code whilst keeping pace with industry developments like responsive design.

The potential of Dreamweaver has never been in doubt and its value seems to increase every time a new version is released. The calamity has come a couple of months down the line when the fickle web industry changed standards — like when we stopped using tables and started pure CSS layouts for example — outstripping Dreamweaver’s release schedule; it always aged badly and in a few months felt like developing with a tool several versions old.

Cue Adobe Creative Cloud: suddenly we don’t have to wait 18 months for an application to be updated and Dreamweaver is starting to look a lot less dusty. The large Dreamweaver fanbase has been waiting with baited breath to see if the promised regular updates will appear, and so far the signs look promising: CC’s accelerated release schedule means that Dreamweaver CC, launched back in June, received its first major update this week.


Live highlighting in Dreamweaver CC.

Adobe have recognized the bloating in the application that hamstringed earlier versions and have begun removing redundant parts of the application — 10 panels, 14 dialog boxes and no fewer than 62 menu items have met their end thus far. The hope is that the simplified UI will improve workflow.

Modernized live view has been introduced which provides an integrated rendering engine with the same performance and HTML5 & CSS3 support as Google’s Chrome browser, meaning you can test your designs without having to leave the application; a huge time-saver.

There’s a new live highlight feature which allows you to inspect elements in real time. This is a huge boon for any developer who has ever had to dig through someone else’s poorly commented code in search of an appropriate selector.

A new color panel similar to the one employed in the Edge product range has been introduced, including a helpful eye-dropper for sampling colors from your design.


The new color panel in Dreamweaver CC.

Workspace and keyboard shortcuts can now be synced via the cloud, so if you’re used to one layout you can take it with you to any of the workstations you use.

Additional improvements include an enhanced Code view, one-click selector application, support for PHP 5.4 and the jQuery library has been updated to version 1.8.3.

Adobe are promising that the modernization of Dreamweaver will be an ongoing process and the Creative Cloud release schedule may well have saved Dreamweaver CC from the trashcan, as well as begun to highlight the value of Adobe’s new subscription model.

Are you a fan of Dreamweaver? What features are you hoping Adobe will work on next? Let us know in the comments.

  • Dan DiGangi

    I still severly dislike Dreamweaver. :( I switched over to Visual Studio 2012 and found it great but as I’ve increased my level of JavaScript application development and now moving into Ruby, I’m in love with Sublime Text 2/3.

  • TrP

    Schools often teach using DW, so that’s how I got my start. I haven’t moved to Adobe CC yet (still in school). So, I’m using DW CS 5.5 for ftp. I jumped on the Sublime text hype for my Jquery class and that wasn’t initially as well packaged as DW, but after all the proper installs, its becoming more user friendly and fast.

    I don’t have anything against DW though. I like the code hinting and site management features, css panel, etc. I think designers may favor DW and coders like IDE’s like sublime, etc.

    I’d like the ability to customize the coding panel (color of text and background).

  • jaystrab

    Espresso = Better

  • mind-architect

    used it when designing with tables. use sublime text since 2 years = mindblowing. i think there is no use for WYSIWYG these times …

  • Andy

    I lost all respect for Adobe when they purchased the Interakt Dreamweaver Developer toolset – one of the most advanced and useful plugins for advanced web development, turned them into ADDT and then shortly after axed them.

  • Damien Metcalf

    Totally prefer Sublime Text, always felt a bit hindered by Dreamweaver. But I do agree with mind-architect I also use it when dealing with complex tables, particularly in fact when I am designing an EDM template, then I find Dreamweaver really shines. But it really is a bulky application to be using just for creating solid tables.

  • hamid

    Since I started to use Dreamweaver 3 years ago , it satisfied all my needs and I always find more to learn about it , I use it to create enterprise class applications in a short time frame ,thanks to Dream weaver

  • Martin

    I was using DW for 10 Years and because of the “too much” possibilities I switched to Espresso. I´m using Espresso for 2 Years now and I´m really glad working with it. It only gives you that what you need. But I have to admit – I still do updates for a 12 Year old HTML Website – for this job – the WYSIWYG Editor is a must…

  • boylecreations

    While this is all great, and I’m really glad to see the application picking up some much needed speed, it has a long way to go to catch up with applications like Sublime Text, Espresso and Coda.

    I’m much more excited about Brackets to be honest.

  • Keybrowsse

    I like Dreamweaver. Its helped me more for learn HTML and CSS. Thanks for sharing great information for us.

  • webdoc

    Do people actually use the WYSIWYG side of DW? I am still on DW 8. I think it makes a fine code editor. I can type, I can find/replace. I can ftp with keystrokes. I can merge/compare with server copy of file. Code hinting is very helpful. I’ve never been able to understand why people look down on DW. It’s not like FrontPage or anything. Thanks for the tip about Sublime. It looks pretty interesting.

  • Jeff Berger

    Is it possible to import an existing site into Dreamweaver CC and convert the imported site to a responsive design? Or is there another/any tool that does this?

  • David Freedman

    I have always been a ‘code freak’ writing HTML and PHP. i have never been a fan of WYSIWYG tools. But when DW CC arrived i wanted to evaluate the flexible layout portion of the tool to see if it improves the emerging media query hard coding way of doing it. I find that DW CC had an okay ‘kick-the-tired’ start on the way towards a way to code mobile-tablet-desktop adjustable sites. But they have a way to go before I would commit to DW CC as ‘my’ development tool. Way to many instabilities so far for a ‘production’ tool.