Dreamweaver’s New Features: A Detailed LookLet’s take a look at the new features being advertised for the new Dreamweaver CS4 Beta. Live View The live view may be the most outstanding of the new features. No longer do you have to open a browser to see a live view of the site you are working on. You can do it straight from Dreamweaver. And not only that, you can still select areas and have the code highlighted the same as if you were looking at the code/design view. Score: 9/10
Related Files A bar at the top of your document that shows all files related to that page. This is a great feature, especially if you are working on a very large site with a lot of script files and dynamic files that the site is pulling from. It shows you all related files including JS and other script language files that relate directly to the page you are working on. An example would be if you were using JS Lightbox on a page. The bar at the top will show you the JS files so you can access them without having to sift through large amounts of files and folders. Score: 8/10
Related Files Bar
Code Navigator A pop-up that shows you all the code sources that affect your selection. The code navigator takes the idea of related files a step further and gives you a pop-up that shows you all the code sources that are affecting your current selection…not just the page you are looking at. Score: 8/10
Code Navigator Pop-up
Coder Plus View
All in all the new features of the Dreamweaver CS4 Beta seem to do what they claim and few bugs were noticed. The program did have difficulty recognizing a favicon and allowing it to be checked out with the check out/in procedure enabled on the site. It seems that Adobe and Adobe Labs are on the move to create an even more integrated piece of software that facilitates and simplifies work for a huge number around the world. This simply solidifies Adobe’s commitment to be the one stop software solution for design and development of all media.