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Pros: Introduces tabbed windows for the Mac version, plus ime-saving background FTP. Extensive new CSS support, coding improvements, zoom tool, and specific device style-sheet support.
Cons: Code collapse and Zoom are Windows-only. System-resource heavy. Dreamweaver behaviours haven’t been touched.
Part of Macromedia’s Studio suite of Web site building tools, Dreamweaver 8 sees some major breakthroughs in the update to the world-leading Web development product.
One instantly helpful feature is the inclusion of tabbed windows for the Mac version. There are other more subtle refinements to the user interface, such as new background FTP, and extra XML support. They all serve to improve efficiency.
Dreamweaver 8 works with all the other Studio products like a hub for extraneous Web elements created for a site. It seems to be the flagship product that Macromedia improves more and more with each upgrade. However, in developing the product, Macromedia seems to keep in mind its design sensibilities, and the technology needs of the other Studio software.
Dreamweaver 8 gathers elements created by Fireworks, Flash, and FlashPaper together, and controls how Contribute users work in a team. It then allows Web developers to work confidently towards a finished product.
Some of the enhancements in version 8 are merely new technology support updates to keep the software at the cutting-edge of Web site requirements. The latest support for ColdFusion MX 7 is included, with new server behaviours and code hinting, plus support for PHP 5. Notification and event logging in the Web Publishing system lets you keep a close eye on any site file changes.
And the O’Reilly reference content has all the new information you may need to help you keep up-to-date on new technology uses.