• Price: 335 . 139 . 705 . 895

  • Company: Adobe

  • Pros: CSS editor improvements speeds up designing for online devices. Also includes a couple of handy pre-made CSS objects to drag-&-drop on your pages.

  • Cons: It’s expensive, and doesn’t have as large a user community as the likes of Dreamweaver.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

Web designers already familiar with GoLive’s features will be happy to hear that Adobe has made efforts to improve the functionality and performance of GoLive in its CS 2 version. As in the rest of the Creative Suite, Adobe has managed to update GoLive CS 2 at the same time as its other products, but the company hasn’t paid quite as much attention to it as it has to the main flagship applications.

The list of new features and improvements certainly does not compare in length and detail to Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign CS 2. However, the additions to GoLive are impressive, and intelligently executed.

In the past GoLive has been viewed as a poor relation to Macromedia’s Dreamweaver, and this upgrade isn’t going to change that. In terms of features and marketshare, Dreamweaver is streets ahead, but GoLive’s saving grace is that it’s still much less buggy and more robust than Dreamweaver.

 border=0 />Adobe has concentrated on three main areas of improvement in GoLive CS 2 – easier tools to develop Web content for mobile formats, integration with the rest of the CS 2 suite, and enhanced CSS tools such as liquid layout objects and the CSS layout grid. 
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The CSS Editor now includes the ability to view the source code and check syntax, plus it now boasts easier CSS site management with new support for tracking and modifying CSS usage globally through the Site Management window and the Links palette. Plus, you can automatically convert HTML styles with CSS styles and back again.
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GoLive CS 2 will help you design multimedia messages for mobile devices, and lets you copy HTML to XHTML to create mobile-compatible pages very quickly. The preview function, or Phone Emulator, lets you check your mobile content in the Opera-based LiveRendering preview browser. When choosing Mobile View, GoLive shrinks the layout window to the correct size for mobile devices to view content in, and helps the developer create within the restrictions for mobile devices.
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Using GoLive’s CSS Layout objects tool will speed up Web content-creation, too. The objects let you create designs <BR>
for screen and handheld styles in tandem by automatically adjusting to different screen dimensions. It supports direct import of InDesign content to create cutting-edge XHTML Web pages.
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