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New Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Soundbooth betas

updated 09:25 am EDT, Tue May 27, 2008

New Adobe betas online

Adobe has posted betas of three applications from the next version of Creative Suite, including Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth. Dreamweaver is the company's signature web design tool, and now includes a Related Files Toolbar as well as Code Navigator, which lets users explore pages with complex elements such as XML data and JavaScript links. Particularly important in the software is the new Live View Mode, which incorporates a live preview browser based on the WebKit engine. This eliminates the need to keep a separate browser running, and also lets users freeze JavaScript for debugging purposes.

Fireworks is a web prototyping app, and now includes an interface standardized with other Suite apps, and the ability to export design comps to PDF documents. The software has also been made compatible with AIR, HTML, Flash and Flex Builder.

Soundbooth is the company's audio production software, and has been improved with support for editing multiple clips on multiple tracks, and volume harmonization between audio files. MP3 compression can be previewed before saving, and speech recognition can be used to generate searchable dialogue transcripts.

All three betas are free to download, but will only work for 48 hours unless a user has a CS3 serial number. Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later is required, along with an Intel processor in the case of Soundbooth.

by MacNN Staff



  1. workerbee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CS4 Betas

    Unfortunately, the interface of Fireworks CS4 Beta can best be described as "bizarre", IMHO. One has the choice between a definitely Windowsy-looking "Application frame" UI or some strange, never-seen-before UI elements in the, uh... "normal" UI.
    Both FW and Dreamweaver also look quite distinct from the real CS3 apps like Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator, with far more square and blocky UI.

    Strange, but maybe we'll get used to it in the end, like we almost always do...

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So Windows like

    I was hoping as a long time GoLive user that the new Dreamweaver would bring at least some drag and drop freedom to Dreamweaver but alas it looks and functions like a Windows designed app. WYSWYG web authoring apps should be designed for creative types that like pulling elements all over an art board not selecting image holder, deciding it's dimensions, deciding its placement... I guess it's Golive 9 until someone comes up with a decent alternative.

  1. nowayoutofmymind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    GUI crime (still)

    Tried the beta and first thing I saw that I got 2 days of free trial. Now that is a cool idea... download a beta that gives you two days to test. Bwahaha N1. The next point was the interface. The property pane is still by default on the bottom of the window covering the whole width. Try docking it in the palette - and you see that the width of the property pane cannot be resized. What a GUI joke. I have free space on the sides of the document, but not on top or bottom. So why do these blokes force me to keep that darn property palette horizontally spread over the whole screen??? Bwahaha N 2 (slightly more hysterical). Try resizing the palette windows and you quickly feel like working on a Win XP box. Whats up with those awful windows resize arrows??? I need to find those two pixels worth a hot zone to resize??? Bwahahahaaaa N3 (seriosuly hysterical). The whole GUI is better than in the last DW incarnation but it still is nothing near the rest of the CS suite, except they change all other CS apps to follow this ugly stuff they show us in DW CS 4. I cannot believe they can't get any closer to photoshop or their own previous Webeditor interface (GoLive). E.g. they didn't even manage to adjust the preferences window layout. What a cheap job. The GUI is better than DW CS3, but it still is a insult, a totally ugly mixture of the old, dysfunctional DW GUI and the CS3 GUI. It's really disappointing.

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