updated 01:00 pm EDT, Fri June 8, 2007
GoLive 9 released
Adobe has announced immediate availability of GoLive 9, the latest edition of the WYSIWYG Web site creator/editor, Primary improvements come in the areas of interface refinement, integration with other CS3 applications, adherence to page creation techniques set forth by InDesign, and site management. The full version is priced at $400, with upgrades from GoLive 6.0, CS or CS2 priced at $170. The release quells concerns from some users that GoLive was being discontinued as a product line, through Adobe is making it clear that users should migrate to Dreamweaver, stating "With GoLive 9, designers can master the basics of web design and then grow into building more sophisticated web experiences using the industry-leading tools in Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 software."
A new visual CSS layout window allows users to select, edit, and create objects using techniques that Adobe says should be familiar to users of InDesign. The tool also allows creation CSS-based text styles using character and style settings similar to those in InDesign.
GoLive 9 also allows users to drag and drop content directly from InDesign into GoLive, which automatically translates most existing character and paragraph styles into CSS. Common color settings are maintained from other applications. Native Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe PDF files can be placed into GoLive as Smart Objects, which can be cropped and resized on-the-fly.
With regard to site management, GoLive 9 offers a "Site Window" feature that works like Adobe Bridge.
Adobe officials say: "This intuitive new version empowers non-code savvy design professionals to create modern, CSS-compliant websites using a visual interface and design techniques familiar to anyone who knows Adobe InDesign« CS3 software and print layout. Designers can easily incorporate assets from other Adobe products by copying and pasting formatted content from InDesign layouts and by embedding native Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe PDF files as smart objects.