FOTD 11: Dreamweaver & Flash 8 – Mac Tabs

This will definitely be a quicker FOTD post than Friday’s- but for those on the Mac platform, quite likely a long-awaited one. Tabbed documents are now available on OS X, in both Dreamweaver 8 and Flash 8! That’s right- it’s not a Windows-only UI convention anymore- and should help out immensely in managing your Dreamweaver and Flash workspaces.

Here’s a trimmed, scaled screenshot of the top of the document windows in both Dreamweaver 8 and Flash 8, showing the new Document Tabs prominently:

Dreamweaver 8 – Document Tabs
Flash 8 – Document Tabs

Let’s highlight a few specifics of this feature so you can really dive into it when your copy of Studio 8 ships. First up, Command + ` will cycle left-to-right through your currently-open tabs (for those of you, like myself, who don’t always have your hand on a mouse). To reverse direction (right-to-left), just use Command + Shift + ` – the combination of the two provides a very simple way to jump back and forth between documents like, say your (X)HTML docs and the related CSS stylesheet without multiple windows cluttering your screen.If you have more tabs open than the width of your window will support, an ‘overflow’ menu will appear at the right of the tab bar, allowing you to select any of the tabs that are offscreen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut noted above to navigate through these, as well.Joining the ‘Cascade’ and ‘Tile’ functions in the ‘Windows’ menu (which will ‘explode’ a tabbed view into the old ‘multiple-window’ views accordingly) is a new menu item – ‘Combine as Tabs’. If you’ve ‘exploded’ your documents into separate windows with either ‘Cascade’ or ‘Tile’ (or don’t have your preferences set to display tabs at all), this simply combines them all your open document windows into a single window, with tabs for each document. You can specify whether you want to use tabs at all in the ‘General’ section of each application’s Preferences panel- Flash also provides the option to open the test player in a tab, as an additional bonus.I can’t imagine browsing without tabs in Firefox and Safari, and pretty soon you’ll be feeling the same way about document windows in Dreamweaver and Flash. In my opinion it’s just a far better way to manage my workflow and workspace- and now it’s a universal experience, no matter which platform you’re working on. Sorry for the Mac-specific focus today- but in the interest of parity between the two platforms, this was an important update to note. See you again for tomorrow’s Feature of the Day (which will definitely be a cross-platform one).