Tag Archive: CSS layout

Overview of the Enhanced CSS Designer and Element Quick View in Dreamweaver CC

The latest release of Dreamweaver CC has not only introduced new features, but also has major improvements to existing ones such as the CSS Designer and the Element Quick View. We’ve created a couple of videos to provide an overview of these features and the enhancements we’ve made in Dreamweaver CC.

CSS Designer

This video provides an overview of the CSS Designer panel and highlights the improvements to it. In this video you’ll learn how to:

  • Start a page design with the CSS Designer.
  • Work with the CSS Designer visual controls.
  • Use the panel’s workflow enhancements.

You’ll also take a look at how Live View integrates with the CSS Designer feature, making web design easier than ever.

Element Quick View

The Element Quick View panel lets you easily modify the HTML structure of your page with a tree view.  In this video you’ll get an overview of the feature and learn how to:

  • Use the Element Quick View to precisely insert elements into your website.
  • Easily edit the structure of your website.
  • View editable and dynamic (read-only) elements.

 

Where to go from here?

Download Dreamweaver CC and give these features a spin. Adobe has published thousands of free learning tutorials and videos for all skill levels: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. We encourage you to continue to provide your feedback and input as this is what shapes our products.

Best,

Dreamweaver Team


7 Useful Adobe Dreamweaver Webinars

Dreamweaver-ers! Earlier this year we launched a webinar series to provide an overview of the core Dreamweaver CC features, as well as featuring key extensions and our ongoing modernization efforts.

We have found these webinars to be a good communication channel between the team and the community to communicate feature enhancements, issues, future plans, etc. Please review the table below and check out anything that strikes your interest!

 

Webinar Title Recording Link
What’s New In Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/10Wo08P
CSS Designer in Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/1aqCgty
Faster Theming of Dynamic, CMS based Sites in Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/1aqCpwY
Building Mobile Apps Using Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/19kPZUw
Building Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/15k53PQ
Dreamweaver Extensions: Fluid Grid Layout & Bootstrap Extension http://bit.ly/18UDLNc
Dreamweaver CC Update http://bit.ly/1eEaHj1

 

We hope you enjoy these sessions and find them useful. Sign up for a Creative Cloud membership and gain access to rich learning content and tutorials for all Adobe products – including Dreamweaver CC.

 

Best,
Tareq Aljaber
Product Marketing Manager

 

 

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

Get up to speed with CSS layouts

We get a lot (and I mean A LOT) of queries about CSS layouts — what are they, how do they work, where do I go to start? Here are just a few of some of the best resources out there if you are trying to tackle this formidable but popular beast:
From table-based to tableless web design (ADOBE)
Popular two-part tutorial series on building a CSS layout from scratch, and converting table-based layouts to pure CSS.
CSS page layout basics (ADOBE)
Explanation of a basic CSS layout that breaks down the structure and rules that create the layout.
Creating a CSS layout from scratch (SUBCIDE)
An older but still quite useful step-by-step tutorial on creating a CSS layout.
Building your first CSS site (ADOBE)
Steps beginners through the process of defining structural elements and then styling them.
Tableless layouts with Dreamweaver CS4 (ADOBE)
Shows you how to create a simple two-column CSS layout.
Creating a simple three-column design (ADOBE)
Shows you how to build a three-column design, including using the “faux column” technique
Dreamweaver CSS starter layouts (ADOBE)
An article written for Dreamweaver CS3, but still useful as the starter layouts did not change in CS4.
Create a page with a CSS layout (ADOBE)
The Dreamweaver CS4 Help doc equivalent to the above starter layouts article.
CSS layout (HTML SOURCE)
A popular article describing many of the most common terms and principles used for CSS layouts.
In Search of the Holy Grail (A LIST APART)
Elegant article on creating the “holy grail” of CSS layouts: the three-column, fixed-width sidebars, liquid center layout.