Adobe. Dreamweaver. Reviewed.


Adobe dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) program that let’s you create websites with a breeze. In this Adobe dreamwever review, I’ll tell you everything that I experienced while using adobe dreamweaver, what I liked, what I didn’t, etc.

Side note: More info about dreamweaver on adobe.com.

If you don’t want to read all of the review, here it is in parts (also known as the table of contents):

Let’s hop onto it.

Overview

Adobe Dreamweaver is a program that lets you create static websites with a point-and-click method. This tool can be and is used by various professionals and beginners that are looking to get dirty with code,, but not in a very harsh manner. I, myself, find that I’m using Dreamweaver a lot for some basic codes. However, some awesome stuff is still done on the web, where I read a lot of articles.

Related Reading: 7 websites I read everyday

Still, I look forward to Dreamweaver becoming more better & efficient, especially in responsive as well as Retina Web-Design.

PRICE

Adobe Dreamweaver isn’t one of those cheap little products. It also isn’t very high either.

Priced at $19.99(monthly subscription) – it’s latest flagship, Creative Cloud, in according to give you software also gives you cloud storage to & from which you can store your work. This has an added benefit, that is, you can work from anywhere, not just you laptop.

Also. you can get other adobe products for a monthly subscription of $49.99

If you are a newbie, but are craving for Adobe dreamweaver, go and get yourself a free 30-day trial. If you like it, you can buy it, otherwise, there is no problem.

System Requirements

Dreamweaver doesn’t require a load of memory, space, graphics, etc. But still, there are some things to keep in mind. The requirements are different for both Mac & Windows.

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Windows 8
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×1024 display with 16-bit video card
  • Java™ Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services. (for the latest Creative Cloud)

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.7 or v10.8
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×1024 display with 16-bit video card
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML5 media playback
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services. (for the latest Creative Cloud)

VERDICT

Though modern PC’s meet these requirements easily, the main problem for many is the internet connection. If you have a blazing network, you’re good, otherwise not.

Ease of use

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The Adobe dreamweaver welcome screen (Creative Cloud).

From a beginner’s point of view, Dreamweaver can be a little bit daunting at the first look (telling you this from a first hand experience). But, if you learn it, it can be your best companion – just like shoes for a runner. They can help you make websites with a breeze – everything included (tables, images, div’s, links, forms, etc.).

The welcome screenshot you saw above gives you quick access to your latest projects, as well as starting a new one. By default, dreamweaver provides you with various templates built-in that are HTML 5 & CSS 3 ready. You can quickly start hacking them.

On the other hand, if you look at the screen while you’re using it, it is fairly easy to use. It has generic menu items like file, edit, insert, etc.

On the right side, you have access to various things, just like in photoshop.

Adobe dreamweaver also gives you access to the code while designing. You can switch between Code view, Design view & Split view, although, there is a live view as well. While working on projects, especially responsive web-design projects, the split view is very handy. For some more, look at the screenshot below.

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The tabs you can see at the top right, help you switch between different views

On a side note, when you’re working on different projects, Dreamweaver provides a tabbed interface much like any modern web-browser.

VERDICT

Beginners might have a hiccup but many will learn to use Adobe dreamweaver very very easily.

Customizibility

To customize something means that you have the power to change it’s components the way you like

While many of the products you use everyday, many are not custom fitted for you. But, in Adobe Dreamweaver, it is the reverse.

Like many other adobe products, dreamweaver has many options to customize your workspace (the place where all your work components are present – especially in abobe products).

Even though by default dreamweaver provides a workspace in which all your things will be present, you can change them according to you will. You can rearrange palattes, menus, objects, etc.

VERDICT

This is one of my favourite features of adobe’s products: to be able to customize things to my own liking. Thumbs up for this one.

Design

Adobe has a legacy, and that is consistency of it’s design of it’s products.

No matter you use photoshop, illustrator, indesign, fireworks, dreamweaver, etc. , you have an almost same experience. The menu on the top, workspace customizability, components on the right, document in the middle, etc.

I must say that I didn’t find any difficulties with the design of dreamweaver, but I guess, it’s primarily because of my past experience with adobe products.

However, until a new user gets the hang of it, sometimes it might be bummer. Still, there are many resources to learn from (covered later on).

VERDICT

Adobe Dreamweaver has a consistency of design with other adobe products. However, if you’re still new, don’t quit. It’s quite easy to learn to use it because it’s design. And, once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that you are using other adobe products with a breeze.

Wrap-up

All in all, Adobe Dreamweaver is a very nice product from adobe that has kept it’s quality name. It’s simple to use, easy to learn, and has lots to master. I have seen many top web-designer use it to build awesome websites.

If you are a starter, I do not recommend you use dreamweaver. It’s quite costly.

FINAL VERDICT

If you have rich parents, high paying clients, or are some experienced web-worker, do go in for dreamweaver. However, if you are a starter, I recommend you use other free tools available and build your way up to dreamweaver.

Even though it’s awesome, it can be costly for some people.

It’s design, ease of use & customization are all great & all in all, provide a very good experience.

WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED

Well, Adobe has done much of the important work, but there are a few things I would like adobe to change in it’s future versions of dreamweaver :-

  • Better support for Responsive web-design. Yes, in the past (CS 6) & this version (CC), Adobe have improved a lot on responsive design. But there is till room for improvement. Main ones are responsive images & videos, tables as well as mobile forms 2.0
  • To start supporting retina web-design. I have an article about retina web-design. I haven’t seen adobe catching up with it, although, it has helped bring photoshop for retina devices. I would like this issue to be addressed.
  • Finally, Support for flat design. Flat design has recently emerged in the filed of web-design. Adobe’s lack of catching up can cause it damage. As with the above two situations, this can start getting frustating. However, there is a workaround for it. That is, you, yourself start looking, learning and creating flat design projects in Dreamweaver. Again, if it would be solved, it would be a relief for web-designers.

RESOURCES

Now, if you do have Adobe dreamweaver, here are some resources to get you started:-

So, this was the Adobe Dreamweaver Review. I definitely missed some points. Also, in the future, I’ll try to do dreamweaver tutorials – to get things done fast. However, if you are a beginner, don’t use this software just yet, but start with something like a text-editor. Sublime-text 2 and notepad++(for windows only) are great text-editors that help specially in HTML, CSS, and Javascript editors.

So, what do think of our Adobe Dreamweaver review ? What else corrections do you wish should occur ? Is there a better alternative to dreamweaver – free or paid ? Tell me the answer to those questions as well as your thoughts and reviews, in the comments below.

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