One of the very good thing in DW8 is the FTP manager too, you can transfert files in the background, when before you was stuck while it was transfering. Really great improvement.

Jeff J. Snider said on September 22, 2005

In case anyone is interested, I posted a little thing like this over on my blog, focusing on the integrated FTP. Thanks for the idea, Jonathan!

fabien. said on September 22, 2005

Nice Jeff. I wrote some things last week too.

Chris Mewhort said on September 22, 2005

Hi Jonathan. Long time reader -- but I don't know if I've ever commented. I agree with the "dragged through the mud" statement. Dreamweaver has such a bad reputation (as I guess all WYSIWIG's do) becuase so many people don't know how to use it.

One thing you didn't mention was the Find and Replace "Find in: Open Documents" which of course searches all open documents. This option has saved me HOURS of work on multiple occassions.

Glad to know there are other Dreamweaver fanatics out there.

Here's to Dreamweaver.

Ben Snape said on September 22, 2005

Yep, I couldn't live without the site wide find and replace in DW. Ok, other html authoring programs probably have this feature too, but it is very useful indeed.

Graham said on September 22, 2005

We use Studio 8 where I work, and I love working with Dreamweaver. I used to use MS Notepad to code sites, but I got turned onto Dreamweaver's great code-editing features and have not looked back. Like everyone else here, I NEVER use "design view" to actually create layouts, but I do occationally use it if I'm just editing content.

Another great DW feature besides Search and Replace is its ability to convert MS Word content into basic HTML. Admittedly, it works best with just simple p, ul, ol, li, and hn tags, and DW8 is still a little buggy when compares to MX, but this feature lets me grab conent from Word, and slap it into DW with p/li/ol/ul tags preserved. It does this at XHTML compliance levels to boot. This has saved me countless hours of wrapping blocks of text in p tags.

Scott said on September 22, 2005

At one of my part time jobs I spend a lot of time marking up content to go into an admin system for various clients. Sometimes, we're doing a redesign and I have to pull the content off of sites that were built years ago. Dreamweaver has been a godsend for me, because I can strip font tags automatically without affecting the content. Also, the keyboard shortcuts (ctrl+1-6 for headings) are handy when copying content for new sites out of client worksheets.

With a myriad of other useful features, dreamweaver works as a supercharged text editor for me. It's a shame that I don't get to flex more of it's muscle (because for basic text editing, it costs an awful lot) but it is essential to my productivity as an entry level (read bored and unhappy) web professional.

iflynn said on September 22, 2005

I couldn't keep reading the comments on Rogers page - I just got angrier and angrier at the foolish elistism running rampant there. I started out hand coding in notepad in '95, but was given Dreamweaver 2 at the uni when I quit freelancing. By now we're using DW MX 2004, creating pages using css+xhtml, templating everything and setting our content managers up with Contribute (we have over 150 content managers here with a range of no-html knowledge to the semi-pro). DW is a godsend. I'd like to see a hand-coder change say a navigation element on a 500 pg site that filters through all the pages in less than 5min. Thank you for being the voice of reason.

cody lindley said on September 22, 2005

A positive perspective coupled with factual proof. Clever! And well, people who are stilling using a text editor to write complex applications/website to establish some sort of elite attitude are simply allow their own pride to segregate their skill set from archiving the next level of proficiency, regardless the choice of IDE.

Jeff J. Snider said on September 22, 2005

I really think the big issue here is that way too many people on both sides of the issue are seeing a strict dichotomy, a black and white issue, when really there is a whole lot of gray area.

Some of the hand-coders are lumping all users of Dreamweaver in together, even though there are vastly different levels of Dreamweaver usage. Yes, it is possible to use Dreamweaver to create crappy sites with absolutely no knowledge of what you are doing; it is also possible to use Dreamweaver very wisely and efficiently to maximize your coding power.

On the other hand, some of the DW-users are lumping all hand-coders into the "they write out complex tables of billions of cells by hand, the dummies!" group. Yes, there probably are some people like that. But there are certainly some hand-coders who use PHP or other server-side languages to generate those complex tables from databases, or who have found some efficient way other than WYSIWYG to create complex tables.

As with almost everything that is reduced to "this or that," the answer is usually somewhere between "this" and "that," which means that the majority of people weighing in on the issue are at least partly wrong.

Graham said on September 22, 2005

I know that DW isn't exactly free, but when you look at evrything you get when you buy the Studio Suite, its not all THAT bad either.

We (have to) use Flash from time to time, so we'd be buying it seperately anyway, and I've really gotten to love Fireworks for doing site comps, so I'd buy that one a la carte as well. I've got one firm right now on Contribute, so when you look at all those factors, DW is pretty cheap when you're buying all the Studio programs anyway.

Joe Maddalone said on September 22, 2005

It's no TextPad ( ) but it is light years ahead of any real competition when it comes to handcoding.

Jakester said on September 22, 2005

Cool, I'll have to try it, I have DW but never use it cause I like making lean html files with Edit Plus. Thanx!

Jeremy Flint said on September 24, 2005

I have never really been a big DW user. My main code-editing app is HomeSite, which is essentially what is now used as DW's code editor.

HomeSite has always had the Find/Replace and the Code Collapse, which everyone seems to be making a big deal about now for some reason.

Greg Rewis of Macromedia is supposed to be here in town in October to give an overview of Studio 8's new features, so that should be interesting.

Jesse said on June 01, 2006

yeah dreamweaver is great. Though PSPAD ( Freeware also allows Search and Replace, not only that -- it has a Search and Replace in Files. Its lightweight and fast with a lot of the features dreamweaver has, a great tool if you need an alternative.

Charlie said on October 12, 2006

I wrote this article on improving dw's find and replace function using perl and Unix command lines tricks. Hope you like it.

Charlie said on October 12, 2006

sorry - link here

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