Top 5 Features I’d like to see in Dreamweaver CS6

by James Cook on May 13, 2011

UPDATE: The most unexpected and unpleasant new "feature" being introduced in Adobe Creative Suite CS6 is the fact that you won't qualify for an update pricing discount unless you already own CS5 or CS5.5. Find out more about your Creative Suite upgrade options here…

UPDATE 2: Adobe has reversed that policy. At least through the end of 2012, owners of CS3 and CS4 will be offered discount upgrade pricing.

Regarding Dreamweaver CS6

I apologize to the readers who are suddenly finding this page and hoping for a sneak peak at Dreamweaver CS6 features. The product hasn't been officially announced yet and so I don't have any new information for you. With Photoshop CS6 now available as a public beta, DW CS6 shouldn't be far behind. When it's available, I'll post a review here ASAP.

Dreamweaver CS6

Dreamweaver CS5.5 is now shipping which, according to Adobe’s timetable, means we can expect Dreamweaver CS6 (along with a new version of the Creative Suite) in about a year. While most folks are concentrating on the new features, griping about the cost of an upgrade or pondering subscription-based pricing, I've decided this is a good time to focus on what we’d like to see improved or added in Dreamweaver CS6.

The DWcourse wish list for Dreamweaver CS6

  1. No Bugs: Dot zero versions of Dreamweaver (and some other Adobe products) have been notoriously buggy. CS5.5 has so far proven to be a pretty clean release. Hopefully that’s the start of a new emphasis on quality control. While perfection isn’t possible, users deserve a product that works and works well.
  2. Illustrator Smart Objects: Dreamweaver already supports Photoshop Smart Objects that live link images placed in Dreamweaver to the original file in Photoshop. Designers need this functionality extended to Illustrator and perhaps other programs in the Suite (say live linking of text between InDesign and Dreamweaver?).
  3. Editable Live View: Design View hasn’t been updated in ages and what you see there more closely resembles what you get in Internet Explorer 6 than anything you’ll see in a modern browser. It’s time for Design View to receive a radical makeover or be replaced altogether.
  4. Revamped CSS Rule Creation and Editing: CS5.5 has come a long way by adding code hinting for CSS3 and browser-specific selectors in Code View. Now it’s time to offer that support in the CSS Rule Definition dialog. BTW, the CSS Styles palette has been one of those areas plagued by buggy behavior (although the situation has improved in CS5.5). CSS is too important for users to be required to work around bugs. Adobe needs to concentrate on really nailing CSS in Dreamweaver CS6.
  5. Renewed Commitment to Students and Novices: Dreamweaver has a reputation as an “easy” way to create websites. Well, creating websites – even in Dreamweaver – is not easy but it could certainly be easier. Anyone who has ever taught a web design class has seen how frustrating little quirks in the program can be to new users. It’s a shame because, with Split View, code-hinting, an improved Design View and truly helpful Help, Dreamweaver could be a fantastic training tool for aspiring web designers and developers.

That should get the ball rolling. I invite you to submit your own wish list using the comments form below. I’ll make sure they get passed along to Adobe and the Dreamweaver team. I can’t promise results but, if you want to have an impact on CS6, now – before development gets too far along – is the time to be heard.

Ajaykumar May 2, 2012 at 5:15 am

We should get everything which firebug provides.

Business April 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

awesome – DW cs 6: how much for the program? can some one send a linkd where to buy it?

dwcourse April 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. Once the program is officially available you’ll be able to buy it at and all the usual outlets.

Ashish April 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

I am waiting for the launching of dreamweaver CS6 with rocking new features….

dwcourse April 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I hope they don’t disappoint you.

Stuart Gold March 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

It seems like forever that I have been waiting for drag and drop MP4 video tools so that I am not forced to create all video content using .flv files.

dwcourse March 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

You’d hope with all the lip service Adobe is paying to HTML5 that the next version of Dreamweaver would incorporate better tools for incorporating video. But, given the confused state of the HTML5 video standard, who knows?

Zach March 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

Split view locking code windows for different documents.

Brett February 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

GIT!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

Glen February 12, 2012 at 4:17 am

I’m still waiting for Adobe to fix the problems I have. They just told me my 1 year warranty has run out so we aren’t gonna fix the problems any more and they don’t have any programmers to fix anything old. But if you buy the next version they will do something… Don’t trust them. Gimp is free and there are lots of new programs that can edit pictures and make websites with a few clicks. Of course with full editing as well. My free software will be out soon as well. Anyone interested in class action? After you install Adobe products 20 times or remove them because support tells you to you also have to waste money to call Adobe to install and activate them every time after that. It is so annoying. I bet most people here don’t know about that. No wonder Apple wanted Flash to die even though I loved it. HTML 5 is free and so easy to get used to. All the Dreamweaver versions are missing the full set of short codes (auto) and there isn’t a way to add them… I just wish they fixed the software instead of selling broken software. Anyone in Illustrator 5.5 try and draw a line past the view-able stage area. The whole screen goes white. Inkscape doesn’t have any problems like that etc. Thank you for trying to make wonderful software to help us but please fix your software Adobe.

Manish Sonwal February 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I would like to see file comparison feature in two opened files in DW CS6. :-)

Barry Morris January 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

I would like to see bookmarks in code view for quick code navigation


david November 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I wish DW CS6 will offer more features on building mobile application and distribute apps into market easily. I also hope there would be more focus on MultiScreen design. thanks !

Alex Gubariu October 26, 2011 at 7:30 am

Any idea if Adobe Edge will be included in the CS6 suite?

dwcourse November 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Edge is still in Preview with a release promised sometime in 2012. CS6 is expected to ship sometime in the second quarter of 2012 so it makes sense that Edge would be rolled into some version of the Creative Suite at that time. But there has been no official announcement,

Kailene January 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

They’ve now updated and stated that Edge and Muse will only be released via Adobe Cloud subscription :(

dwcourse January 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

That is correct. It seems like a strange move for Adobe to make as I think it will hurt Edge and Muse more than it will aid Creative Cloud.

ShiMin MA July 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hello, does Dreamweaver CS6 when to release it?

dwcourse July 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

Adobe has announced that they will issue point 0 (CS 6.0, 7.0 etc.) releases every two years with point 5 (CS 5.5, 6.5 etc.) releases in the years in between. Since 5.5 launched in April of this year, we can probably expect CS 6 to launch sometime in Spring 2012.

notori June 6, 2011 at 5:03 am

WYSIWYG support for CSS3 and HTML5 of course! Even just for CSS3….

jcook June 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

Since Live Use uses the Web-Kit browser engine, you have support for HTML5/CSS3 there already. Of course, as I said, it would e nice to have an editable Live View to replace Design View which may be what your suggesting.

rahul dagli June 5, 2011 at 4:45 am

some more whishes:
1.Timeline feature like in flash to create animation and effects using html5 canvas element.
2.Some more wysiwyg functionality like flash catalyst or may be create dreamweaver catalyst cs6 as a seperate program without compromising on quality of code. create and publish static html and css website to popular cms’s like wordpress, drupal, joomla, concrete5 etc like artisteer.

twiss June 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

[@ rahul] #1 was implemented in CS3, with javascript. It’s been removed in CS4 and people are supposed to use Flash for those things.

jcook June 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

twiss is correct. However HTML5 does support animations (hence the Great HTML5 versus Flash debate). Adobe has previewed a new program, Edge which is apparently the way it plans to address the issue. Here’s the video:

jcook June 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Here’s another one:

A one stop dialog that would let you back up/restore the following:

1. Site Definitions (current, all or selected)
2. DW Configuration File
3. DW Preferences
4. and maybe Archive site(s) (current, all or selected)

Currently #1 is available but a bit hidden (in the Site Setup Dialog) and the ability to back up all site defs at once isn’t obvious.

#2 and #3 would come in handy since the solution to several DW issues is to replace these settings. Instead of deleting them and starting over it would be nice to have a way to restore them from earlier, saved settings.

#4 It’s a no brainer to pull copies of your site onto a backup disk but there are a lot of people without brains out there.

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