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Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is the first version of this Web design suite since Adobe acquired Macromedia.

Once installed, Dreamweaver looks more like Adobe's other products, but it will be familiar to users of previous versions. There are new, dockable palettes for new features.

CSS support now features a large set of templates and tools to help managing styles and info on how best to use the CSS, incl. Microsoft IE workarounds. You can drag a Photoshop file directly to Dreamweaver, you can select and copy any area of a PS image, incl. layers, and paste it into Dreamweaver.

Adobe's new Spry framework for Ajax is a JavaScript library of code snippets. It makes it easy to add client-side behaviors. It's broken into Effects, which are animations, Data, which binds dynamic data to HTML, and Widgets, which create interactive elements such as pop-up menus.

Those learning the baby steps of Web design should take a class or read some books before diving in. Dreamweaver's advanced features won't be intuitive for anyone who hasn't studied them first. But because of the high price tag, we don't recommend upgrading to CS3 as a standalone product.