Most Wanted Features for Dreamweaver CS5

by James Cook on February 23, 2010

Well, we'll soon find out what Adobe has in store for us. The official Creative Suite CS5 announcement is scheduled for April 12: http://cs5launch.adobe.com/?sdid=FDSEN

I'm compiling my list of most wanted features for the upcoming CS5 version of Dreamweaver. What would you most like to see in Dreamweaver CS5: bug fixes, user interface enhancements, new features, support for additional web standards? Or maybe there's something that you'd like to see removed. Whichever it is, just add your wants to the comments and please try to be as specific as possible.

Jacques Surveyer April 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Here is my list of ten most desired features:
http://www.theopensourcery.com/keepopen/?p=2142
At the top of the list is what Roman wants: Much better preview of my current design. Dreamweaver is now behind even IE8 for previewing page design accurately.

jcook April 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Well, the announce has come and the wait is (almost) over. It does appear you’ll get your wish for “Much better preview of my current design.” with the Live View updates and integration of BrowserLab (at least until they start charging for it).

But seriously, how can you say Dreamweaver is behind IE8 in previewing page design. The reason you test page designs is because browsers are inconsistent. IE* is only good for previewing IE.

Roman March 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

What’s the point of your compiling a list of most wanted features for the upcoming CS5 version of Dreamweaver? Do you have any influence on its development?

Anyway, what I want the most is an improved design view. I don’t care for code generation, as I produce it myself, but I want DW to reflect what I write more accurately.

jcook March 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

No, I don’t have any influence and I wouldn’t be surprised if the feature set for CS5 is pretty much already set. It’s just an exercise to see where people want Dreamweaver to go.

Cba March 5, 2010 at 10:28 am

I think new dw cs5 needs a set of server behaviors to make advance dynamic websites (addt is discontinued), for example: file upload and handling ( insert, modify, delete files, store extension and kb in a database field), advanced login, insert in two tables or more, dynamic dependant lists, file list from folder, upload resize and crop images, query intregration, a jquery or mootools panel, where you can implement scripts functionalities and get more from other sources (similar to adobe extension manager). Thanks!!

John Ashton March 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm

With the demise of ADDT [Adobe Dreamweaver Developer Toolbox] I would like to see DW CS5 have some more advanced features for dynamic applications. The record set et-al SBs have not been significanly improved since DW UD4. Failing that, some neat way of supporting one or two leading frameworks such as Zend or CakePHP. Better yet, set of SBs like you get in ADDT that support PHP 5.3+ and PHP6.

jcook February 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

From @skb875 via Twitter: CS5 needs better JQuery support

Charlene February 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Bring back CS2. The CS4 has lousy CSS configurations, and a lot of features of CS2 are missing, such as putting in a background for a table. I can do this by scratch HTML method, but then CS2 allowed for that easily. I think CS2 was a lot easier to use all around. Then what is with the “log transport error” message with CS4? Nothing seems to fix that.

jcook February 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Charlene, I know a lot of people miss some of the features that made designing with tables and using HTML attributes easy but web standards have evolved and Dreamweaver has evolved with them. CSS-based design which is what CS4 is designed to do is the future. So I don’t think you’ll see those “features” restored.

As to the log transport error. I haven’t come across that and couldn’t find any information online. Log transport error seems to be database related and I’m not sure how it would tie into Dreamweaver.

jcook February 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

And this one from xxx over at the Dreamweaver Club forum (http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/forum/): spell check for the entire site

jcook February 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I’ve already had a couple suggestions on Twitter:

From @clivewalker:
• A better way of choosing your site when you have 100 sites like me (better than the drop-down in the Files tab)
• CSS3 properties (like border-radius, gradients, rgba) in the CSS dialogues and in browser support checks
• And what I suspect will be everyone’s favorite: Cheaper price ;-)

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