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Adobe discontinues GoLive, offers cross-grade

updated 01:15 am EDT, Mon April 28, 2008

Adobe discontinues GoLive

Adobe on Monday announced that GoLive website creation tool has been discontinued in favor of Dreamweaver, the popular design tool acquired from Macromedia a little more than three years ago; confirming reports from a almost two years ago (which the company later denied and subsequently promised continued support), Adobe said it has ceased development and sales of the effective Monday, April 28, 2008. However, despite the Macworld report, the software was still available for sale (and as an upgrade) on Adobe's website early Monday morning.

Before Monday's announcement, Adobe had already begun a "switch" campaign for current users with a section of its website dedicated to gently "pushing" users away from its recently launched GoLive product toward Dreamweaver.

"Before purchasing Adobe GoLive 9 software, consider Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, the market-leading tool to design, develop, and maintain websites and web applications," the company's "switch" website reads. "Part of Adobe Creative Suite 3 software, Dreamweaver CS3 offers a visual layout interface, a streamlined coding environment, and intelligent integration with related Adobe software. Free tools and support are also available to help ease your transition from GoLive to Dreamweaver."

Although the company launched GoLive 9 last summer with visual CSS and site management features, Adobe said that the line had blurred between GoLive and DreamWeaver, forcing to the company to choose one the "better fit" product for its customer base.

"GoLive helped creative professionals to support what was then a new market trend," GoLive product manager Devin Fernandez told the publication. "That is, design moving to the Web. Even after GoLive 9 came out people were drawn to Dreamweaver...especially around features and support for technology like AJAX and CSS Starter Points. Dreamweaver also supports dynamic content, while GoLive doesn't."

Adobe promised that will continue to support GoLive users with online tutorials and migration assistance; it also offering a $200 upgrade for registered GoLive users to switch to Dreamweaver; however, the details were not available early Monday morning.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    fold in features

    I'm okay with it as long as Adobe folds in neat features I'm used to in GL. I'm back in GoLive CS1. I'm assuming Dreamweaver has built-in FTP for instant site updating? Layout grids with pixel precision which translate to spacers? Code display options for easy hands-on editing? Pick whips tying buttons to graphics? Maybe an easier rollover setup which doesn't have to be reworked in GL after doing an ImageReady layout?

  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple should buy it

    Could add to their arsenal of products...

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's so funny

    that I am experiencing the demise of a great product. For some reason when GoLive (company) was bought over by Adobe and Cyberstudio (product) was renamed to Adobe GoLive, I had told a designer colleague that here starts the death of a great promising product. GoLive was a small company but very responsive. While I personally did not use much of the software barring a few demos of the product while evangelizing the Mac, I did make some customers for my dealer friends. Funny. The circle is complete. A corporate does what it has to do best - keep the shareholders happy.

    I seriously don't think that the product should be bought by anyone. Rather Adobe should try to merge the good bits into Dreamweaver and actually close the book. Why keep dragging a old soldier without the arms.

    Adobe Golive is dead...

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How do Adobe manage to devour all of their competitors and then spit out the chewed remains without barely raising an eyebrow?

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thank you...

    Another virtual monopoly rears to life, thanks to the Bush (in)Justice Department. The merger should never have been approved.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bush lied...

    ...Golive died!

    I owned both GoLive and Dreamweaver. I also owned Freehand and Illustrator. While Golive was a good product, it continued to lose market share to Dreamweaver. Freehand was dying a slow death, it was buggy and Macromedia has diverted resources away from it.

    As a Macromedia and Adobe stockholder as well as users of both lines of products, this was a fantastic merger. Adobe has killed the correct products, and focused development on the better products.

    It has dumped more resources at Flash, and standardized workflows.

    Moving away from GoLive to Dreamweaver or Freehand to Illustrator takes a bit of effort, but it is not that difficult.

    As for Bush being the root-of-all-evil, and ruining your life. I think you need to stop looking for excuses and start relying on yourself to get things done.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "I'm okay with it as long as Adobe folds in neat features I'm used to in GL. I'm back in GoLive CS1. I'm assuming Dreamweaver has built-in FTP for instant site updating? Layout grids with pixel precision which translate to spacers? Code display options for easy hands-on editing? Pick whips tying buttons to graphics? Maybe an easier rollover setup which doesn't have to be reworked in GL after doing an ImageReady layout?"

    First - you really should get out of CS1 and upgrade_

    DW has had built in FTP since at least UltraDev 4_

    It's had a layout Grid since at least version 3_

    It started out as an HTML Editor - so yeah - DUH!! It has a Code View and it can be color coded to seperate out different Tags_

    I'm not sure what the h*** a "pick whip" is....but all you hvae to do is select and image [graphic] you want and then apply a Link to it and it becomes a "button"_ There is also Image Mapping capability - where you can set multiple links to a single graphic_

    ImageReady is Dead_ It was a crappy product to begin with_ And Everything that it did was a part of Photoshop for years and now has been re-integrated back into PS_

    As far as the rollovers go - setting them up in an image processor and not an HTML App is just stupid_ Either pull your graphics into Fireworks or Dreamweaver and set the Rollovers there_ So to answer your question - Yes it has Rollover setup and doesn't have to be reworked unless you break the link to the images_

    Are you still using PageMaker too?

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    on a side note...

    it's about time they killed off GoLive_ It has been nothing but buggy and unstable as long as Adobe has owned it_ It's marketshare has been negligable at best_ It's just been the b****** step-child that shows up at parties wehn no one really wants him there_

    And at least thru CS it was more overly complicated to use than the rest of the Adobe Product Line_ It never had the Adobe integrated interface that InDesign and Illustrator and Photoshop shared_ Keyboard Commands - functions and interactivity were different than the rest_ It was bloated and Adobe never made an effort to clean it up_

  1. QualleyIV

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I would have to disagree with those who say that GoLive was the right product to kill. As Mac users, we should all be keenly aware that the "better" product is not necessarily the one with the most market share. Personally, I've used GL for quite a few years. But, when Adobe bought Macromedia and the *rumor* was that GL would be killed off, I took a look at Dreamweaver. Now, this isn't the first time that I've looked at Dreamweaver, but I've got to tell you, I was SO relieved when Adobe unexpectedly released a UB of GoLive.

    GoLive is, by no means a perfect product. It's slow, it's buggy, it crashes, and the interface has never been fully Adobe-ized. That said, it's 100% better than Dreamweaver. There has long been a split between Freehand and Illustrator and that has a lot to do with the UI paradigm. Same goes for GL and DW. DW's UI paradigms are just awful as far as I am concerned.

    Of course, looks like I'm beating a dead horse here... It's just too bad that the wrong horse has been killed.

  1. Chris Paveglio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dw sucks

    Really for anyone who's creative and doesn't have the time or energy to read code but just wants to put together a nice site, Dreamweaver blows chunks. All of GoLive's ease of use needs to be put into the next DW for designers (not coders) to be happy using it. Thank God we at least have a UB of GoLive 9 that will keep running for a while.

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