Top reasons to buy Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
Industry-leading web development environment
Build standards-based websites with the industry-leading web authoring tool. Work visually or directly in code, design productively with CSS inspection tools, and develop with your existing content management system.
Integrated content management system support
Enjoy authoring and testing support for your existing content management system frameworks like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal. Dynamically Related Files provides direct access to a page's related files, even for dynamic pages, and Live View Navigation offers accurate previews of dynamic applications.
Comprehensive CSS support
Design and develop websites with powerful CSS tools. Visually display the CSS box model without requiring separate utilities, and reduce the need to manually edit CSS code, even in external style sheets.
Intelligent coding assistance
Support for leading technologies
FLV video content integration
Add FLV files to your web pages with point-and-click ease and standards-compliant coding. Preview your movies with FLV playback capabilities in Live View.
Integration with Adobe BrowserLab
Preview dynamic web pages and local content with multiple viewing, diagnostic, and comparison tools through integration with Adobe Browserlab, a new Adobe CS Live online service* that quickly and accurately tests web content across web browsers and operating systems. CS Live online services are complimentary for a limited time--visit www.adobe.com/go/cslive for details.
Site-specific code hinting
Benefit from code hinting on nonstandard files and directories in Dreamweaver CS5, enabling enhanced hinting support for your existing third-party PHP libraries and content management system frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!.
Extended Dreamweaver community
Learn and share with an extensive Dreamweaver community. Benefit from the online Adobe Design Center and Adobe Developer Connection, training and seminars, developer certification programs, and user forums.
Top new features of Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
Support for PHP-based content management systems
With authoring and testing support for third-party PHP-based content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, Dreamweaver CS5 delivers a professional development environment for creating robust websites. Dynamically Related Files provides direct access to the assets necessary for these complex systems, including dynamically generated pages and content. New Live View Navigation allows you to explore the various states of your dynamic applications and pages--even those already deployed on a live server.
Dynamically Related Files
One of the biggest challenges in developing sites with a web-based content management system such as Wordpress, Joomla!, or Drupal is understanding how a page will look when finally assembled. This is primarily because a page itself is generated dynamically by the CMS from any number of individual pieces, known as includes, and is dependent on server-side logic to be viewed in a browser. The Dynamically Related Files feature in Dreamweaver CS5 helps you access files and update pages faster, as well as simplify management tasks for complex sites. With a single click, you can direct Dreamweaver to discover all of the external files and scripts necessary to assemble the page and display their filenames in the Related Files toolbar. With Live View enabled, Dreamweaver renders the page as it will appear in standards-compliant browsers, complete with dynamic, database-driven content and server- and client-side logic. Even the simplest pages in many of the popular CMS frameworks and themes have numerous dynamically related files, making it difficult to find the particular related files you need. With the ability to filter file types or use a wildcard expression, Dreamweaver lets you focus specifically on the files that you want to edit. If a related file doesn't exist locally, Dreamweaver CS5 shows a prompt, and allows you retrieve the file from the server with a single click.
Live View navigation
Enhanced CSS inspection tools
By separating page markup (HTML) from the actual presentation of the content (CSS), web designs have become much more flexible and adaptable. However, for seasoned professionals and novices alike, there is a need to understand how page elements relate to one another, as well as to have the freedom to iterate and experiment with their page designs in real time. With enhanced CSS tools and Live View, Dreamweaver CS5 gives you more control without having to leave your editing environment, even giving you the ability to view any link state and change text size--tasks that previously required a browser.
The Inspect command
Develop CSS-based designs more efficiently and accurately by visually displaying the CSS box model properties--including padding, border, and margin--in detail, without reading code or requiring a separate third-party utility such as Firebug. For designers who are new to web design or looking to expand their understanding of CSS, Dreamweaver CS5 makes it much easier to learn about the properties of an HTML element. In the past, external browser-based tools were required to visually identify page elements and their related CSS styles. This tedious process involved previewing the page in a browser, enabling the tool or plug-in, and then exploring the document to find the properties you wanted to change. Because this activity occurred in a browser, you had to keep track of all the changes made, and then copy and paste them into your web documents in Dreamweaver. In Dreamweaver CS5, you can use the Inspect command in tandem with Live View to quickly identify HTML elements and their associated CSS styles, giving you immediate feedback.
When an element is highlighted in Live View, its corresponding CSS rules and cascade are exposed in the CSS Styles panel where they can be edited in real time, removing the need to copy from an external tool and paste the results into Dreamweaver. When inspecting in Split view, the corresponding HTML code--including the tag--is immediately selected.
Quickly and easily disable and re-enable CSS properties directly from the CSS Styles panel in Dreamweaver CS5. Disabling a CSS property simply comments out the specified property without actually deleting it, and the affected property is no longer rendered. This convenient option for toggling CSS properties on and off, coupled with the ability to inspect CSS, allows you to remain in your editing environment throughout the development process, eliminating the time-consuming process of previewing in the browser and troubleshooting with browser-based tools.
Integration with Adobe BrowserLab
Enhanced support for Subversion
With Dreamweaver CS5, you can manage files more effectively in collaborative, version-controlled environments with enhanced support for Subversion, an open-source version-control system. In Dreamweaver CS4, Subversion support was limited to the most basic functions of locking and unlocking files and generating status updates. Dreamweaver CS5 expands support for Subversion, allowing you to move, copy, and delete files locally, and then synchronize changes with your remote SVN repository. The new Revert command allows you to quickly correct tree conflicts or roll back to a previous version of a file. From the Repository View of the Files panel in Dreamweaver CS5, you can reduce clutter by directly performing svn:ignore commands to hide files you don't need to access. To ensure future compatibility, the built-in Subversion libraries in Dreamweaver CS5 are designed to be updated by the Adobe Extension Manager. As newer versions of the Subversion libraries become available, they will be made available to the public as free extensions at Adobe Exchange at www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange.
PHP custom class code hinting
Display proper syntax for PHP functions, objects, and constants to help you write code more accurately. Dreamweaver CS5 provides enhanced PHP code hinting on the fly by dynamically parsing PHP code and updating it as you type--even with code that hasn't yet been saved to disk. The code hints for PHP core functions and objects include the function signature, the module that defines the function, a description tooltip that mentions the PHP versions in which it is available, the method and parameter descriptions, and a link to the PHP.net manual page. Code hinting also works with your own custom functions and classes, as well as with third-party frameworks such as the Zend Framework. Dreamweaver CS5 dynamically highlights errors and provides alerts in the Information bar to help you more efficiently find and fix errors in your PHP code.
Site-specific code hints
As sites become more and more customized, especially those built using content management systems and/or custom plug-ins, the need to edit customized code efficiently becomes more important than ever. Site-specific code hints within Dreamweaver help you to more efficiently handle PHP coding tasks on a site-by-site basis. Theme files for blogs and other custom PHP files and directories can be included (or excluded) to customize the coding environment of Dreamweaver CS5 when working with third-party PHP libraries and CMS frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla! and others. For robust code hinting, you can also specify files and even folders located outside of the defined site root.
Enhanced CSS starter layouts
Jump-start your standards-based website design with updated and simplified CSS starter layouts. Based on user feedback and constantly evolving CSS best practices, the CSS starter layouts have been completely rewritten. For example, complex descendent selectors have been removed in favor of simplified, easy-to-understand classes, and the overall structure of the documents has been revamped. To help ensure success with the new layouts, instructions and comments are included both in the CSS code and the text of the document. Regardless of your experience, CSS starter layouts speed your development time by providing a variety of solid structures upon which to build your designs. For print designers and others just making the move to web design, CSS starter layouts can dramatically speed up the learning process.
Simple site setup
To help make setup faster and easier, the Site Definition dialog box has been extensively redesigned, implementing many improvements suggested by web designers and developers who use Dreamweaver on a regular basis. You can start with as much or as little detail as you like-- even with just a site name and local site folder--and Dreamweaver will prompt you for the remaining details as they're needed as you build your site. For more advanced projects, you can specify multiple servers with custom names to utilize staged, networked, or other server types.
Integration with Adobe Business Catalyst
In today's competitive environment, your clients demand more from their websites--they want true business results. With the Adobe Business Catalyst extension for Dreamweaver (available separately and in English only) and the Business Catalyst online service (available separately) you can deliver powerful online businesses without programming and at a fraction of the time and cost--all from within your familiar Dreamweaver workspace. Business Catalyst is an online service that can replace as many as five or more applications and tools with a single central platform for web designers that works hand in hand with Dreamweaver through the Business Catalyst extension for Dreamweaver. Using the unified platform and without back-end coding, you can build everything from amazing websites to powerful online stores, and from beautiful brochure-ware sites to lead generating mini-sites.