by Scott Fegette
It's been about five months since we launched the public beta of Dreamweaver CS4. As the technical product manager for Dreamweaver, I want to say thank you for downloading the public beta and providing feedback. We may not have responded to every post, but we certainly read and considered each one carefully. As a result of your input, we've made some critical refinements.
When we launched the Dreamweaver CS4 beta, I wrote an article about the highlights of the new release. But so many more gems are tucked away in Dreamweaver CS4, so let me share some of my favorites. And remember, if you haven't downloaded the public beta, it is still available on Adobe Labs.
Figure 1. Live View options.
Figure 2. Live View settings.
To solve these problems, Live View has some great options you can leverage. Just click the disclosure triangle on the right side of the Live View button, and you'll see several options (as shown in Figure 1):
No matter what server environment you're using locally, these options help make integrated applications easier to preview, design, and debug. Be sure to check them out.
Figure 3. Inserting web widgets into Dreamweaver.
Figure 4. Yahoo YUI Calendar widget running in Dreamweaver CS4.
For example, Figure 4 shows a Yahoo Calendar widget running in within Dreamweaver CS4 Live View.
Those are only three of my unsung heroes in Dreamweaver CS4 — features I've become very dependent on in the last few months of development and that are now indispensable in my day-to-day workflow. I hope you enjoy them and all the other improvements we've added to this new release.
Scott Fegette is the Technical Product Manager for Dreamweaver at Adobe - focusing on web standards, community outreach and developer relations. After hours, Scott is a professional musician and photographer.