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Amazing interior design and architecture resource

Have you ever wondered where interior designers go for inspiration and ideas? More than 70,000 of them rely on the Trade Only Design Library (TODL), a site that connects them with sellers of goods for residential and commercial interior design projects. For manufacturers, TODL is also a great resource, generating 4,000 targeted leads monthly.

To keep both buyers and sellers engaged and make the site easier to navigate, TODL recently redesigned the site using Adobe Dreamweaver CC. Executive Creative Director Scotty Smith appreciated how Live View and Code View in Dreamweaver CC saved him time and helped him improve the site’s code. The responsive website is now easily accessible by designers in the office on a desktop computer or at a job site using a tablet or a smartphone.

TODL benefitted from working with tools in Adobe Creative Cloud and looks forward to taking advantage of even more time-saving features and services. “Adobe Creative Cloud has already saved us time by enabling us to easily share files, send links to files that can be viewed using standard web browsers, and integrate a wealth of creative new features into our designs,” says Smith.

Read the full story: http://adobe.ly/1eC7rUU

A Look at the Modernized Dreamweaver CC

When the first version of Dreamweaver launched, the web had only begun to emerge as a viable platform, and its capabilities were a fraction of what they are today. Since then, the web platform has changed dramatically, and continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

Designing for an evolving platform means that the tools one uses must also evolve. To best serve our customers, we are modernizing Dreamweaver to provide an all-in-one visual tooling environment for creating websites and mobile content. To do so we are streamlining the user interface, introducing new ways to tackle key areas of the web design process, and removing support for technologies that are not widely used by our customers.

Our first task has been to streamline the User Interface, which we have begun by consolidating several workflows (such as font management) and simplifying parts of the application (such as the Document Tool Bar and the Insert Panel). In addition, we have begun to identify and remove parts of the application that are redundant. We have already removed 10 panels, 14 dialog boxes, and 62 menu items. A simpler UI means fewer steps to accomplish your tasks, and fewer interruptions to your workflow.

The modernization efforts also include the introduction of the new CSS Designer panel in Dreamweaver CC. In future updates to Dreamweaver we intend to improve the HTML & CSS preview/inspect/edit workflow, streamline file and site management, enhance our support for responsive web design, as well as continue to focus on improving performance and responding to customer feedback. Dreamweaver will also continue to receive regular updates that expose the evolving capabilities of the web and further integrate tools and services that improve productivity.

As we remove older features from Dreamweaver, we recognize that some customers may still depend on existing workflows/technologies. Therefore, in addition to making Dreamweaver CS6 available through Creative Cloud, we are also providing some alternatives. The table below covers some of the features we have removed, and the list of the extensions or workarounds that will enable affected customers to continue using Dreamweaver CC as part of their existing workflows.

Removed feature / functionality

Extension/Workaround

Additional information

Server Behavior, Bindings and Components Panels and Database feature There is a single extension to restore these features. To install, please follow these steps: 1. Launch Dreamweaver CC
2. Update both Dreamweaver CC and Extension Manager (if the update is available) to the latest versions
3. Go to Windows > Extensions > Adobe Exchange
4. Search for Server Behavior extension
5. Install by clicking Free button
6. Follow the onscreen instruction

 

ASP, ASPNET, JSP Support There is a single extension to restore these features. Extension is available at:* Vista/Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CC\Configuration\DisabledFeatures* Mac OS X: /Applications/Adobe Dreamweaver CC/Configuration/DisabledFeatures These extensions are in MXP format. To convert them to the correct format, please follow the instructions in this video: http://youtu.be/8bzlrjHGsQcTo install, follow instructions in the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB2vmNfcq7A

 

 

Spry There is an extension to replace Spry datasets with jQuery datasets. It is available for free on Adobe Exchange. More info here:HTML5 Data BindingsBootstrap Extension  Replacement provided via deep integration with JQuery UI & JQuery effects. You can still download Spry from Adobe GitHub.
ColdFusion Support ColdFusion has a dedicated IDE (ColdFusion Builder) that serves the development needs of the ColdFusion developers & community. Download ColdFusion Builder 2. Note: You can also open ColdFusion documents from within the files panel in Dreamweaver. Please click here for step-by-step instructions.

 

While Adobe has tested the extensions listed above with Dreamweaver CC, we do not provide support for functionality provided through extensions.

In addition to the extensions we’ve provided, we are particularly excited about two new extensions for Dreamweaver developed by DMXzone. They provide modernized replacements for two Spry workflows featured in previous versions of Dreamweaver. More information is available at:

HTML5 Data Bindings
Bootstrap Extension

We have just begun the modernization process and invite you to voice your opinion. We are committed to taking action on customer feedback and remaining as transparent as possible about our future plans.

Best Regards,

Tareq Aljaber

Product Marketing Manager

Dreamweaver CC: Your all-in-one tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content

We are pleased to announce the release of a modernized and streamlined Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver CC is the all-in-one visual tool to efficiently and intuitively create, publish and manage websites and mobile content.

New in Dreamweaver CC:
Create immersive web experiences with the new CSS Designer and visually apply CSS properties such as gradients, box shadows, and more. Dreamweaver CC is committed to producing clean, web-standards code, enabling you to design without the need to hand-code.

Dreamweaver CC also includes enhancements to its responsive design framework, Fluid Grid Layouts. We’ve addressed key usability issues to improve the design workflow, and to help you visually construct and build responsive websites that render properly on multiple screen sizes and devices.

Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC

Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC

By removing under-utilized features in Dreamweaver, we are clearing the way to provide optimized workflows for the latest and most relevant front-end web technologies and standards. Over time we plan to evolve the Dreamweaver feature set to include relevant middle-layer and server side technologies as well. Our aim is to provide the ultimate user experience – a collection of productive and modern visual development features in a single tooling environment.

We have just begun the modernization process and invite you to voice your opinion. We are committed to taking action on customer feedback and remaining as transparent as possible about our future plans. More details will follow on what the modernization effort entails in Dreamweaver CC, and we eagerly await your feedback.

Over the past 12 months, we have been expanded Dreamweaver’s integration with many Creative Cloud services and tools. One of the many benefits to being part of the Creative Cloud is that you can access the vast and ever-growing Adobe Edge Web Fonts library. Also, with web technologies evolving rapidly, Dreamweaver CC helps you keep up by implementing features and addressing issues quickly. Creative Cloud members will receive regular updates to Dreamweaver.

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Another benefit of integration with Creative Cloud is Sync: Dreamweaver CC lets you sync both site settings and preferences, streamlining your creation workflow. Sync in seconds and start creating without the need to recreate or manually copy and paste files. With Dreamweaver CC & Creative Cloud, the creative world is at your fingertips.

5 Myths about Adobe Creative Cloud

Because of the recent changes to the Creative Cloud policy, I am redirecting this page to the official Adobe post

http://terrywhite.com/5-myths-about-adobe-creative-cloud/

This will help keep the post current and in sync with the latest announcements at Adobe. If you have visited this post in the week later to March 06, please read the updated blog post from Terry White. Apologize for any confusion.

Dreamweaver Creative Cloud update (12.1) – FAQs

Why did Adobe re-organize the Insert panel?

In broad terms, Insert options have been added, deprecated, or re-organized to streamline workflows, reduce clutter, and ensure compliance with the latest and most popular trends in web design. To help you focus on the page and avoid distraction from colorful elements in the user interface, color options for Insert icons have been deprecated.

While you may need to re-familiarize yourself with the user interface changes in the short term, we are confident that you will recognize their value as you get up to speed with the new workflows.

The reasons for re-organizing the Insert panel in this update are listed below.

  • Sync the ordering of options in the Insert panel with the Insert menu to improve speed of their discoverability.
  • Deprecate Insert options that required multiple-clicks. These options can be quickly and easily configured using the Property Inspector or the Code view.
  • As part of enhanced HTML5 support in Dreamweaver, new HTML5 elements introduced in the Insert options. Options that have ceased to be important or are no longer part of best web practices have been deprecated.
    For example, the table options under Layout category have been moved to Common because tables are no longer used for layout.
  • Similar options available under multiple categories have been moved to a single category that best relates to the options.
    For example, some of the Spry options were previously available under the Data category as well.  Such Spry options have been removed from the Data category.
  • Options that were rarely used have been deprecated.
    For example, the placeholder option for Insert option has been deprecated because of its limited usage.
  • Streamline workflow for Insert options such that the experience is the same irrespective of the mode in which you insert the option.
    For example, in Dreamweaver CS6, different dialog boxes were displayed when you insert Text Area based on whether the focus was on the design or code view.

For comprehensive information on changes to Insert options in Dreamweaver 12.1, see Changes to Insert options | Creative Cloud

Is Adobe biased towards subscription users?

From the page Adobe Creative Cloud / FAQ 

Is Creative Cloud a replacement for Adobe’s traditional creative products and suite editions?

Adobe believes that Creative Cloud is a better way to get your desktop tools because you get access to the latest updates and features as soon as they’re available, plus services that tie the new publishing workflows together. Adobe will continue to develop and sell individual CS products, and customers can purchase them through the Adobe online stores and select retail and online stores.

Are there any differences between the Creative Suite software included in my Creative Cloud membership and the software I buy in the box?

Yes, the software included in Creative Cloud membership is different from the software you buy in the box. It gives you everything in the traditional licensed version plus exclusive access to new features. This means that as soon as our engineering teams can finalize new features — such as the features we recently released for Illustrator, and many other new features to come — we will release them through special software editions available only to paying Creative Cloud members. So no more waiting between major releases to get new features.

Why don’t I see my previously installed Extensions?

See the blog post Dreamweaver extensions don’t appear after updating Dreamweaver to 12.1

Missing custom keyboard shortcuts and Favorite icons

Your custom keyboard shortcuts and Favorites in the Insert icon panel are lost after an update. For icons, you will have to note down your Favorites before you update, and add them again after you complete installing the update.

For keyboard shortcuts, ensure that you export them before you install the update.

  1. Select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. Click “Export set as HTML” button.

After you upgrade, refer to the exported file to set the shortcuts again.

HTML keywords not localized in Property Inspector

  • HTML keywords are no longer localized in the Property Inspector. They appear in English only.

Dreamweaver extensions don’t appear after updating Dreamweaver to 12.1

The menu items in Dreamweaver are listed in the menus.xml file. When you add an extension, an entry for the extension is made in the menus.xml file.

Menu organization is changing in this release because a new menus.xml file will overwrite the previous menus.xml file. Because the previous menus.xml file – which contained Dreamweaver extensions – will be overwritten, menu entries corresponding to these extensions will no longer be displayed after the update.

To display previously installed extensions, do the following:

1. Click Help > Manage Extensions.
2. In the Adobe Extension Manager, use Ctrl-click or Shift-click to select extensions that you want to enable.
3. Right-click and select Disable.
4. Right-click again, and select Enable.

Adobe announces CS6/Creative Cloud

Today Adobe announced one of its most ambitious releases yet—Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 and the Adobe Creative Cloud™. For Dreamweaver users, this means yet another powerful version of Dreamweaver that will be available as a standalone product, as part of the familiar Web Creative Suite, or as part of the new Adobe subscription service offered by the Creative Cloud.

Adobe Dreamweaver® CS6 addresses the challenge of responsive Web designs with the ability to build fluid grid layouts replacing the tedious manual process of creating and configuring separate CSS-based interfaces for phone, tablet and desktop.

Through direct integration with Adobe’s recently announced PhoneGap Build service, Dreamweaver CS6 also helps round out Web professionals’ skill sets and enables them to produce native mobile applications for multiple platforms.

For a full list of new features in Dreamweaver CS6, along with links to instructional content and videos, see What’s New in Dreamweaver CS6.

PhoneGap Build extension for Dreamweaver CS5.5

Adobe regrets to inform the Dreamweaver Community that the PhoneGap Build extension for Dreamweaver CS5.5 (released last week) is no longer available for download. For a number of reasons, we have had to pull the extension from public availability.

The functionality of the extension, which integrates PhoneGap Build with Dreamweaver, will be available in the upcoming version of Dreamweaver CS6.

Adobe would like to extend apologies for any inconvenience this might have caused.

Trouble importing your Dreamweaver site?

Some users have reported trouble importing their Dreamweaver site settings. One important thing to remember is that differing file structures on Macintosh and Windows machines can often cause this problem.

When you export a Dreamweaver site to an .ste file, that .ste file stores not only the FTP settings for your site, but also local file settings. The native file structure on Windows is completely different from that on Mac OS. The Import and Export features in Dreamweaver enable you to move site definitions from one computer to another (for example from XP to Windows 7), but not from one operating system to another. 
 
The solution: Since .ste files are XML documents, you can open them and edit the attributes in the <localinfo> tag to match the new folder structure on your Mac or Windows machine.

Backing up and restoring Dreamweaver site definitions

We often hear from people: “I’m on a new computer. How do I get all of my Dreamweaver sites over to the new computer as well?”

Variations on this theme include: “My computer got wiped out; how can I get my sites back?” as well as “I had to reinstall Dreamweaver and lost all of my sites. How can a restore them?”

The answer to all of these questions is that you must import Dreamweaver site definitions (information that is kept in an .ste file) in order to restore a previous site. As Adobe Community Expert David Powers says, “Losing your site definitions in Dreamweaver can be a disaster, but it does happen sometimes. The best way to prepare for such an eventuality is to back up your site definitions on a regular basis.”

Create backups of your site definitions

You can back up all of your site definitions in a single operation:

  1. In Dreamweaver, choose Site > Manage Sites.
  2. In the Manage Sites dialog box, Shift-click to select all site names.
  3. Click Export.
  4. Dreamweaver asks if you want to include passwords and login details (this is the default option). Whichever option you choose will be applied to all sites, so if you want to export passwords/login details for some sites and not others, click Cancel and then export your sites in two sets by using Ctrl/Cmd-click to select them.
  5. Click OK.
    Dreamweaver asks where you’d like to save the exported site definitions. Navigate to a suitable location, leave the File name field unchanged, and click Save. Although only one site name is listed in the File name field, Dreamweaver exports all of the site definitions as .ste files in a single operation.

NOTE: This process backs up only the details of your sites, such as the location of the root folder, FTP details, and so on. It does not back up the actual files in your site, such as .html (or .php, .asp, .cfm) files, images, and style sheets. It’s a good idea to use your normal file backup routine on your actual files from time to time, as well as exporting the site definitions.

Restore site definitions

In the event of losing your site definitions in Dreamweaver or moving to a new computer, open the Manage Sites dialog box (Sites > Manage Sites), and use the Import button to navigate to your backup .ste files.

For more detailed step-by-step instructions you can consult the Import site settings documentation in Dreamweaver Help.

Thanks to David Powers, who posted the original version of this topic on the Adobe Dreamweaver forum.