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My Favorite Free Dreamweaver Extensions


There are hundreds of Dreamweaver extensions available. I have a number of Dreamweaver extensions that I like to use. They add functionality to Dreamweaver that isn't readily available, and do things that I need to manage my sites. The following are my favorite free Dreamweaver extensions - they all work in Dreamweaver MX. I haven't tested them in other versions.

1. Lorem and More...

Lorem and More...
Screen shot by J Kyrnin
I use this extesion all the time. I love that you can choose what text to display as well as how to display it (paragraphs, list items, or continuous text). It's great for creating mockups and just filling space with something other than "blah blah blah". It was written for Dreamewaver 4 and up and still works great in CS5.

2. Adobe BrowserLab Extensions for CS4

Screen shot by J Kyrnin
Dreamweaver CS5 has BrowserLab built in, but Dreamweaver CS4 requires an extension. If you're using Dreamweaver CS4, you should get this extension so that you can benefit from testing your pages in more browsers.

3. jscolor

Screen shot by J Kyrnin
This is a simple color picker that you can add to your web forms. This is a widget for Dreamweaver CS5, and the best way to use it is to get the Widget Browser from Adobe.

4. Abbreviation and Acronym

If you use a lot of acronyms or abbreviations in your content, it can be really handy to have this extension. It creates the abbr or acronym tags with titles for you. This extension is for Dreamweaver 3 and above.

5. Caps and Case Change

This extension for Dreamweaver MX 2004 and higher makes it easy to change the case of your text to: all caps, all lowercase, proper caps (first letter of a sentence), and title case (first letter of every word).

6. Web Photo Album 2.2

This photo album is specifically for Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Dreamweaver 8. It does not work in Dreamweaver CS5. It offers two styles of albums, with lots of different templates to choose from. Just load in the images and it builds the whole site for you.

7. Title Attribute Panel

Using the title attribute is becoming more and more common, but it's also hard to remember to do when putting in links. This extension searches your document for links and then prompts you for the title text. It was written for Dreamweaver 4 and up, but I haven't tested it in CS5.

8. Break Out of Frames

Some sites (like About.com) add an advertising frame on outbound links. But you can set a script on your pages to remove the frame automatically. This extension for Dreamweaver MX and MX 2004 (I haven't tested it in CS5) will put the script on your pages for you so you never have to worry about it again.

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