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PhoneGap Build issues in Dreamweaver


Greetings folks,

Have you had issues using PhoneGap Build in Dreamweaver? If so, please make sure and download the latest Dreamweaver build from Adobe Application Manager described in the last blog post. This build contains vital PhoneGap Build bug fixes as well as enhanced security measures. Make sure and launch Adobe Application Manager and update!


For Creative Suite (non-Creative Cloud Members) users: If you are prevented from using Adobe Application Manager for any reason, please feel free to get the standalone patch here.

Closing the Dreamweaver PreRelease survey!

Hello all -

So great to hear from everyone. We received dozens of responses. Some of you will be receiving emails in the next couple days inviting you to join the Pre Release. If you don’t hear from us, or you were late to the party, and you still want to join the Pre Release team, send an email to and tell us why you want to be there! It’s a lively group – we’re looking for folks who are ok with speaking up when they see problems with the things we do!

Thanks again to all who participated. Looking forward to a better, badder Dreamweaver in 2013!

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.

Getting rid of blue borders around image links

Here’s a really annoying problem that we often hear people asking about: how do I get rid of a blue border that surrounds an image when I make the image a link?

Annoying blue border around a linked image

Annoying blue border around a linked image

Some people will tell you to simply set a zero border in the Dreamweaver Property inspector, but according to David Powers, you should really use CSS instead.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Create a new CSS rule for linked images, either in the head of the document or in an external style sheet. (We recommend the latter.)
    The new rule looks like this:
    a img { border: none; }
    Note: If you don’t know anything about creating CSS rules, you’ll need to read up on some basic CSS info first.
  2. If you’ve created the rule in a <style> block in the head of your document, you don’t need to do anything else. If you’ve created the rule in an external style sheet, make sure the sheet is linked to the page that’s displaying the annoying border.

Creating a CSS style to remove borders automatically removes the blue border from ALL images that you’ve turned into links. If you use an external style sheet, and link it to all the pages in your site, the same rule affects every image link in your site. This is a much more efficient method of eliminating those pesky borders than adding zero to the border property for every image in your website!

Thanks to David Powers, who originally posted this helpful tip in the Adobe Dreamweaver Forum.


Adobe recommends: Packaging mobile apps with Dreamweaver CS5.5

Over the next week, we are going to be publicizing some high-value content from and other community sites. We have been tracking what’s been most important to our users, and feel that getting this content out to the larger community will go a long way toward helping people tackle some of their most pressing challenges.

Our first recommendation is from your truly:

Packaging web application as mobile apps using Dreamweaver CS5.5

The tutorial provides a sample mobile application and shows you how to compile the files in Dreamweaver. The end-result is a debug build that you can test in iOS or Android emulators on your computer.

Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

Dreamweaver 11.5.1 Updater

This posting is a few weeks overdue, but we thought we should inform blog readers directly about the Dreamweaver 11.5.1 updater, released on June 9th. The updater fixes a number of bugs in Dreamweaver CS5.5, including:

  • Android SDK EZ installation failure
  • Various Macintosh crashes
  • Nested CSS files failing to be read by Live View
  • Windows version of the Native Application Settings dialog box missing Startup Screen option
  • Custom JS function code hinting not working

Please be sure to download the Dreamweaver 11.5.1 updater so that you don’t experience any of these problems. To get the updater, open Dreamweaver and choose Help > Updates.

Dreamweaver CS5 11.0.2 Updater released

Yesterday, Adobe released the Dreamweaver CS5 11.0.2 Updater. The updater fixes a few critical bugs that were discovered after the shipping of CS5, including application launch failure on some Macintosh machines, and crashing when choosing to undo operations with Live View turned on. In addition, the updater includes the Browser Lab/Dreamweaver integration work for CMS support that went into 11.0.1.

Some Macintosh users have reported site definition usernames and passwords disappearing after updating. You can resolve this issue by restarting your computer.

Other users have reported losing their site definitions after installing the update, so be sure to export your site definitions before running the updater. (Site > Manage Sites > select a site/sites, click Export, and save the definitions to a location on your hard drive.)

Problems with the new Community Help Client?

A number of problems have come up for pre-release users trying to access the new Community Help Client.
If you get an installation error when you first launch the Adobe Help application in CS5 and elect to install the CHC update, see the following tech note:
If you have any other problems with the help client after ship, do a clean install of the Adobe Help application as described in the tech note above. Old pre-release versions of Adobe Help may have left files behind that could cause problems for the latest version of the app.

New BrowserLab feature

Today a small but very helpful feature was added to Adobe BrowserLab, the Adobe web hosted service that helps you check for cross-browser compatibility. You can now save screenshots that BrowserLab generates, for easy reference or to send around to others.
If you have Dreamweaver CS4, make sure to download the BrowserLab extensions, so that you can launch the service directly from Dreamweaver, and exclusively preview frozen Javascript menus, Ajax data, local content, and more. All you need to do is download and install the two BrowserLab extensions. (Note – the BrowserLab team has made a couple changes to the extensions, so if you already have them installed you’ll need to delete them and install the new ones).
BrowserLab is currently available as a limited free preview.

Getting Started with CSS

Not only is the title of this blog posting a topic of interest for many, many Dreamweaver users, it is also the title of a brand new book by Dreamweaver Community Expert and moderator, David Powers. We’re very excited about this book because it promises to teach the very best CSS methods and techniques, from one of the best educators out there.
Between now and February 26th, 2010, APRESS is actually offering readers of this blog a 50% discount on the ebook version of Getting Started with CSS. Visit, search for the book by title, click the BUY AS EBOOK button, and enter the promotional code: DWBLOGMR.
Mr. Powers (the name is apt) is one of the most active members on the Adobe Dreamweaver forums, so if you have questions or comments about his book, you can always find him there.