Dreamweaver Public Beta – Now Open

Dreamweaver’s 10 years old this year, and to celebrate the decade we decided to make some big changes, and public ones at that. So we’re releasing a public beta of the current DW build (code named Stiletto), and letting you get your hands on it to see where things are headed.

Design is not static these days, but stateful, and dynamic. Forms proactively validate themselves in modern designs, and user interfaces intertwine dynamically-loaded data with application-like interaction models. Being born in a static age, Dreamweaver needed to come to parity with the way these types of immersive site experiences are designed and developed by today’s web pro. We met with a lot of designers and developers across the map after Dreamweaver CS3 was in the can, watched how they worked and tried to reflect the best of what we learned in Dreamweaver’s tools and workflow. The result is Stiletto.

Stiletto’s Live View lets you render the current page in Webkit – with JavaScript-driven interface elements and dynamic data from local servers in place – then freeze a particular page state and use the new Code Navigator and Related Files toolbar to directly navigate the asset files that combine to render a given element on the page. Quite frankly, there’s nothing quite like it in other design and development tools. Subversion support in the Files panel and extended, dynamic JavaScript code hinting help you be more effective with your site assets. Stiletto’s user interface has undergone work as well, now far less obtrusive, with auto-hiding and minimizing panels, a muted color scheme and horizontal/vertical split view options to maximize whatever display real-estate you’ve got at hand.

I’ve been using Stiletto pretty constantly for the last few months, and now refuse to go back to Dreamweaver CS3, quite honestly. And we hope you enjoy using Stiletto as much as we’ve enjoyed researching and building it. Let us know what you think in the beta forum– the features are pretty much locked but bugs and feature requests are always welcomed. We have a few video walkthroughs of the new features at Adobe TV as well, and you can read more about the DW public beta (and get the download) here at Adobe Labs.

I’ll be posting thoughts, tips, suggestions and new tidbits of information about Stiletto from time to time, so if you’re new here, save a bookmark (or add my feed to your daily scoop) and check back once in a while.