Dreamweaver CS4 adds to the useful and professional looking Spry form validation tools that prevent visitors to your site from submitting incorrect or missing information on your Web forms. The new Spry tooltip widget lets you add pop-up information bubbles to links, images, or any other elements on a page.
In this way, you can provide extended definitions for words, or display supplementary information for a photo. Click another row and details for that data appear—without loading a new Web page.
Earlier versions of Dreamweaver made it easy to create messy, hard to update, and confusing CSS using the old Property inspector. New Live View lets you preview how a page will look in a Web browser. Odds and ends Dreamweaver CS4 includes many other additions. Subversion support is a welcome addition to the relatively small group of Dreamweaver Web developers who need to work with this open-source file version control system.
Because there are a lot of important new features and changes in this update. Backward compatibility. One of Dreamweaver's strengths has always been its new versions' backward compatibility. CS4 doesn't disappoint in this regard -- I tried it out with sites designed almost 20 years ago well, 15 years anyway , and they could still be modified with today's version.
Updating the sites to take advantage of some of the new design features, such as AJAX and Spry technology, was painless and a breeze. Database connections. I use databases to provide secure and level differentiated access to different portions of my Web site. The procedure is similar for either database type: Now the contents of the database are available from Dreamweaver with simple SQL calls.
Tech event calendar: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos ] Web page simulation. While a Web page is being built, a designer typically uploads the page multiple times to check out its functionality with a variety of browsers, usually including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and so on. CS4 has made Live View an important integral part of the development cycle as an optional interim step.
Dreamweaver CS4 offers a lot of important and useful new features and changes. Click to view larger image CS4 Live View utilizes the Safari rendering engine, probably the most "universal" browser rendering engine. With Live View turned on, I could make my changes to the page and see the results immediately in Live View as they would appear in a browser. Live View provides quick and easy access to the source code through CS4's improved Code View facility, which let me directly add, edit and modify the nitty-gritty code.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4: A user's perspective Is the upgrade price worth it? Yes indeed, says a long-term Dreamweaver user By Ross M. Now, only a year and a half later, the company has already introduced a brand new version, Dreamweaver CS4. Savvy Web page designers are probably asking themselves "Is this update worth it? You betcha. I've been using Dreamweaver since , well before Adobe bought Macromedia in I've used this tool to design my own personal Web site, design and maintain Web sites for others professionally, and collaborate internationally with large teams on large sites. I have sought a reasonable replacement for this handy tool over the years -- I prefer not to rely on a single product from a single vendor, and it is a bit pricey -- but I've always come back to Dreamweaver for its versatility and power. Nothing else comes close.