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
|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
||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 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
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.
Product Marketing Manager