5 misconceptions about Dreamweaver

In response to a previous CB article, one of the Dreamweaver team debunks some myths about Adobe's primary web tool.

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There are several myths about Dreamweaver which the software team would like to debunk…

The web is evolving at a very fast pace and web designers need to keep up with the latest technology and innovations available in the market. This keeps things interesting for us technology vendors, who are iterating and updating our tools faster than ever.

Adobe Dreamweaver has one of the longest legacies of any web design tool and while you may think those years have made today's version outdated, quite the opposite is true. When Adobe transitioned to an 'always developing' model with the introduction of Creative Cloud in 2012, it meant we could update the website builder as soon as the industry changed and not wait for the next box.

It also means that Dreamweaver has very tight integration with other Adobe desktop tools, and a way to access, share and ruse Web design assets with Creative Cloud Libraries. In short, Dreamweaver is more agile today than it's ever been.

As with anything that has a long life span, there are some legacy perceptions about Dreamweaver that are no longer true for the tool today. Even in the five years since the last box version (CS6) Dreamweaver has undergone massive change to improve the user experience and keep pace with industry innovations.

When Creative Bloq published the article Is Dreamweaver a serious web design tool?, the Dreamweaver team felt there were some areas that needed to be clarified. Here are some of the top myths we hear that I would like to clear up.

Myth 01.

Dreamweaver leaves extra code on web pages, which makes the site clunky and affects SEO.

Dreamweaver CC does not generate extra code and this perception of the tool is invalid today. However, if you do not write correct code, the page will not render properly, which is true of many design tools. It is true that this used to be an issue in Dreamweaver, but that situation was remedied several years ago.

Myth 02.

You don't need to know how to code to use Dreamweaver.

To be successful and create websites with Dreamweaver, you do need to learn and understand HTML/CSS code. However, Dreamweaver provides toolsets for both advanced and new web developers that intend to learn the skill so you don't have to start as an ace. Features like code hinting, CSS designer and Live View help you in learning to write HTML/CSS. Adobe offers other tools targeted to those with less coding experience, like Adobe Muse, which is code free and developed for graphic designers who want to develop websites.

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Myth 03.

You can't trust the WYSIWYG element of Dreamweaver.

Dreamweaver's modernized design surface called Live View uses the same HTML rendering engine that powers Google Chrome (Webkit). Due to this, you can be confident that the preview of your code in Live View will match how it would render if you open the HTML in Chrome.

Myth 04.

Dreamweaver is for website design only and does not support responsive design.

Responsive design was first introduced in Dreamweaver in the June 2015 release, and we have continually updated it since then. The June 2015 version shipped with complete support for the Bootstrap framework for designing responsive websites. In addition, the tool now features Device Preview which enables you to test your responsive designs on real mobile devices. We know it's extremely important to our customers that Dreamweaver be a great tool to design for not only browsers, but also mobile devices and tablets well.

Myth 05.

Dreamweaver has poorly written code snippets and outdated CSS coding.

Dreamweaver CC shipped with the latest, modern snippets less than a year ago, in its June 2015 release. Designing responsive, modern websites using a snippet palette is easier than ever before. Using the CSS Designer panel for editing CSS lets you lets you visually create CSS styles, files, and set properties, along with media queries.

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Words: Rajnish Bharti

Rajnish Bharti is a senior product manager for Dreamweaver CC.

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