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Updated Fluid Grids in Dreamweaver

With Adobe Dreamweaver 12.2 CCM release, Dreamweaver’s Fluid Grid Layouts tool has the following improvements which helps users create responsive web pages more efficiently.

  1. Support for HTML5 Structural elements(Header,Footer,Section,Article etc), H1 to H6 and p tags can also be tweaked visually on the design surface.
  2. Nested elements can be manipulated visually, this was a drawback in the previous versions where nested elements could not be tweaked using the fluid grid layout handles.Users can use the left and right arrow to traverse through the nested and parent elements on the design surface(Live/Design View).
  3. Support for Classes along with ids – In the previous version only id’s could be inserted and used to make tweaks on the design surface , we now have support for classes where similar layout elements could use a class instead of an id. User also has the ability to insert an element without an id or class for example for a header element you might not need specific fluid classes.
  4. Smart HUD options – User can now duplicate elements,delete elements,hide elements,make an element absolutely positioned from within the design surface.
  5. Support for Absolutely positioned elements – Elements can be converted to Absolute Position and manipulated on the Design Surface.

Please watch the Demo video which showcases these improvements.

CSS Transitions in Dreamweaver CS6


This article showcases various ways in which you can use CSS transitions in your Dreamweaver CS6 project.It also describes the options in the user interface that allow you to configure the options for these transitions.

What is CSS Transition?

CSS Transitions allows property changes in CSS values to occur smoothly over a specified duration.Normally when the value of a CSS property changes, the rendered result is instantly updated. The affected elements immediately transition from the old property value to the new property value.

For a smooth transition between property changes, you can use the following CSS transition properties:

The ‘transition-property’ Property
The ‘transition-duration’ Property
The ‘transition-timing-function’ Property
The ‘transition-delay’ Property
The ‘transition’ Shorthand Property

We will discuss each of these in our examples later.

For more information please refer to CSS Transition page at

Browser Support

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As you can see CSS transitions have reasonable support in all Browsers except IE.

Using CSS transitions in Dreamweaver CS6?

Example 1 – Menus – Download Demo File

Open the downloaded file in Dreamweaver CS6. This is a simple menu using lists.

On mouse over of the menu, I would like to do the following:

·         Smoothly transition the background color of each menu option to a specified color
·         Smoothly increase the size of the option to 1.5 times its current size so that it appears bigger than the other options

Adding CSS transition in Dreamweaver

Step 1 – Open CSS Transitions panel using Window>CSS Transitions

Step 2 - Click on the + to Create Transition.


Step 3 – Select target rule. In this file, I am specifying a transition rule for the hyperlink property. So, I select <a> from the menu.

Step 4 – Because I want the same transition to be applied to all the hyperlinks,  I select Use The Same Transition For All Properties. I will further specify a 2 second duration for the transition. You can also specify a delay which specifies the time required to start the transition from the time of the mouse-over. In this case, I want the transition to to start immediately, so I will leave it blank. For timing, you can choose from the preset values or specify your own cubic-bezier function by providing the required values.

Example – The ease-in function is equivalent to cubic-bezier(0.42, 0, 1.0, 1.0).

Step 5 - Now we need the select the properties and change the CSS Values.In this example we will select background-color and transform.

Click + below the Property field, and select background-color from the menu.

Similarly, to specify the Scale options, click +, and select Transform. We will use CSS3 Transform to scale to 1.5.

Click on Create and we are done. Notice that Dreamweaver adds all the vendor specific code for transition as well as Transform.


Dreamweaver allows you to edit the transition anytime. Double-click a transition you want to edit. For example, to specify Rotate instead of Scale for the Transform property, double-click Transform in the Property field.

To Learn More on CSS3 Transitions please refer to the links below :