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Review: Adobe Dreamweaver CS5

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Fri October 22, 2010

Solid program hurt slightly by interface problems

MacNN has reviewed Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe's professional web design software. The program supports recent standards such as HTML5 and CSS3, and can also output to a number of other web-related formats such as ColdFusion, JavaScript and XML. It's described as having a "powerful" PHP scripting environment in fact, and being generally reliable in terms of rendering.

The interface as a whole is considered a plus, thanks to multiple ways to access commands, and options for customizing layout. A steep learning curve is said to be present though, in part because buttons and commands are scattered all over the program. The Design view can also place columns and margins improperly.

Adobe is selling new copies of Dreamweaver for $399.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just wish Apple would turn iWeb into a robust alternative to Dreamweaver, the same way that Keynote is a viable alternative to Powerpoint.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hate the Non-Standard UI Elements

    Adobe products these days are feeling like half-baked ports from some strange OS. They are neither using Windows or Mac UI elements in many of their CS5 apps.

    CS5 makes me feel like I'm using some poorly put together software from some amateur coder who could care less about UI.

    I just wish someone at Adobe actually cared about this stuff and could rectify the situation. Really sad to see my enthusiasm for Adobe fade away.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adobe UI

    I thought Adobe UI is not so bad. I don't want too drastic changes to a point I lost my way since I had been using it for almost twenty years. My only complain is consistency throughout CS5 is still lacking. Like command+D is duplicate in Illustrator where as in inDesign it's getting image. And a few others shortcuts always get me mix up.

    Apple software is a different monster and target at prosumer. I would have to re-learn them if I am using iWork. Apple Final Cut I can pick up very quickly because it's similar to Adobe Premiere.

  1. Aeolius

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    Is Adobe still sitting on GoLive and Freehand? Apple should buy GoLIve from them, tweak the interface, and they'd have the beginning of iWeb Pro.

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