The Bottom Line
- Design sites and write code in one tool
- Great CSS implementation - including positioning
- Full integration with other Macromedia products
- Tons of features - long learning time
- CSS support is vastly improved, making it easy to create and edit styles.
- Edit code in Dreamweaver or in HomeSite+ 5.5 - included.
- Integrate seamlessly with Macromedia Studio MX products.
- Cut and paste directly from Word and Excel - preserving fonts, colors, and styles.
- Secure FTP encrypts file transfers to help make your site more secure.
- Support for XHTML, XML, ASP, PHP, and SQL with code libraries and color coding.
- New start screen makes it a snap to access most recently edited files and more.
- Check the current document for cross-browser compatibility.
- Integrates smoothly with ColdFusion MX.
- Available for Windows or Mac.
Guide Review - Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
The thing I like the best about Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the CSS support. Finally I have a tool to help me build CSS documents that is easy to use and understand. I can see the styles I've already defined for the document or the site and edit or make changes in an intuitive interface. The best part is, I can create positioning styles so that my site is XHTML compliant.
Opening files like CGI and Perl is much easier with Dreamweaver MX 2004, and there's built-in color-coding for PHP, ASP.Net, XML, and more. Plus you can create your own color-coding schemes for languages you use a lot.
All-in-all, Dreamweaver offers all the power and control that a designer could want, combined with the speed and production tools that a developer could want.