Archive for April, 2010

Looking for Old Features that have been removed from Dreamweaver?

The Dreamweaver product sometimes removes old features that are no longer used enough to justify their maintenance cost. If the feature can be still be provided as an Extension, the the DW Team tries to provide that code on an “as is” (i.e. unsupported) basis.
Start by looking in this folder to find some old Server Models:

  [install-dir]/configuration/DisabledFeatures/

Also, check the Dreamweaver Exchange:
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=productHome&exc=3
Then search for the Feature name. For example, you can find the old table-based Starter Pages here:
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1915526
Are there any other old features that you’d like to be able to install as an extension?

Dreamweaver CS5 Help now available

Now that Adobe has announced CS5, you can use Dreamweaver CS5 Help without passwords. We encourage you to try out the help and report any problems with the content or with the new help client. If you’re already using Dreamweaver CS5, you can get started, by selecting Help > Dreamweaver Help.
If you’re prompted to install the AIR app update, please do. You’ll also be prompted to download the help content locally. You don’t need to download it if you’re normally connected to the Internet — the help client displays the online content by default. If you decide to download the content locally, please allow a few minutes for the files to download, unpack, and install.
It’ll take a week or two for the online content to be fully indexed by Google so search will take a while to come into its own.
CS5 introduces a new AIR-based help client called the Community Help Client, or CHC. Some of the benefits of the CHC:

  • Breaks down content silos by letting users search and browse Adobe help content and Adobe-vetted community content in one place
  • Provides users with the definitive Adobe help reference
  • Provides users with a full offline help option
  • Supports continuous updating of content, from a variety of sources
  • Supports continuous updating of the help client app, allowing for iterative development like other Adobe services

If you have feedback on the help content or the help client as you work with Dreamweaver, please post a comment here and we’ll be sure that it gets sent to the CHC team.
For a list of new features in Dreamweaver CS5, see the What’s New page. Some highlights include new CSS layouts, a new simplified site setup, and integration with Adobe BrowserLab.

Check out the new features in Dreamweaver CS5

Check out the new features in Dreamweaver CS5:
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/dreamweaver-cs5-feature-tour/dreamweaver-overview/

Using jQTouch in Dreamweaver

I was playing around with a Web Site developed using jQTouch (which is very cool, BTW) in Dreamweaver and I quickly realized that I could not see anything in Design View. jQTouch web sites consist of a single HTML file and each "page" is a <div> which is a direct descendent of the <body>. The site interaction is implemented with a combination of CSS and (unobtrusive) JavaScript.

I know that the Design View does not execute JS, so it will not render the styles applied via JS in jQTouch, and will not look like browsers (starting with CS4 you can use Live View for that), but it’s sometimes helpful to see the static content and to be able to select elements for navigating to them in Code View for editing.

So, I created a Design-time Style Sheet with the following CSS rules and attached it to my page:

* {
display: inherit !important;    /* override display:none */
font-family: Arial !important;  /* Windows: no Helvetica */
}
body > div {
visibility: hidden !important;  /* hide divs (except if selected) */
}

Now I get a list of the "pages" in the AP Elements Panel. They are all hidden (so all of the AP Elements don’t render on top of each other), but when I choose the one I want to edit, I see the static content in Design View (which displays selected AP Elements even if hidden) and the markup is selected in Code View. Here’s how it looks in DW CS4:

dw_jqtouch_dtss.png