Dreamweaver Release Notes

Dreamweaver 8 and Dreamweaver 8 Update 8.0.1 and 8.0.2 Release Notes

This document addresses issues not covered in the Dreamweaver 8 documentation. This document may be updated as more information becomes available.

About Dreamweaver 8

Macromedia® Dreamweaver® 8 from Adobe is the industry-leading web development tool that lets you efficiently design, develop and maintain standards-based websites and applications. Dreamweaver 8 provides a powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support.

What's New in Dreamweaver 8

Dreamweaver 8 includes many new features to help you create and maintain websites that range from basic home pages to advanced applications that support best practices and the latest technologies. For a list of the features, see the Dreamweaver page on the Adobe website at

About the 8.0.1 Update

Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 (8.0.1) fixes known problems in Dreamweaver 8. Make sure the language version of the updater matches the language version of your copy of Dreamweaver. For example, you can't use the English updater with a non-English version of Dreamweaver.

About the 8.0.2 Update

The Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 (8.0.2) update includes all of the fixes in the 8.0.1 update. If you haven’t installed the 8.0.1 update yet, simply install the 8.0.2 update to get all the fixes for both updates.

Also make sure the language version of the updater matches the language version of your copy of Dreamweaver. For example, you can't use the English updater with a non-English version of Dreamweaver.

Note: If you press Cancel during the installation process in Windows, you will no longer be able to update Dreamweaver. To update to 8.0.2, you will need to uninstall and re-install Dreamweaver. For more information, please see Tech Note 785362aa at

If you installed Dreamweaver 8 from a CD, you will be prompted to insert the CD when running the 8.0.2 updater. If you no longer have the CD, you can try the following workaround:

  1. Download the Dreamweaver trial version installer from the Dreamweaver website.
  2. Launch it.
  3. Once the Welcome dialog box appears, browse to C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Installations\Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.
  4. Copy the msi installer to the desktop (or anywhere).
  5. Quit the trial installer.
  6. Launch the 8.0.2 updater.
  7. When prompted for the original CD, click the Browse button and select the msi from step 4.
  8. Finish the installation.

For network installations, please read Installing Studio 8 Windows products over a network (Tech Note a4175402).

System requirements

Dreamweaver 8 supports Windows® 2000, Windows XP and Macintosh Mac OS® X 10.3 and 10.4. Starting with this release, however, Dreamweaver no longer supports Windows 98, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server, or Macintosh OS 10.2.x or earlier.

Complete product system requirements and recommendations are available at

This product contains activation. An Internet connection is required to complete activation.

Issues resolved with the 8.0.1 update

The 8.0.1 update fixes bugs in Dreamweaver 8 on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. The following are some of the more important issues resolved. A list of all the bugs fixed is available on the Adobe website.

Starting up

The update fixes a sporadic problem where Dreamweaver would not start after a few days.

Files panel (Macintosh)

The update fixes a problem on the Macintosh where Dreamweaver would take a long time to resize the Files panel or display the Assets panel when it contained a lot of image files.

File time stamp (Windows)

The update fixes a bug in Windows where Dreamweaver incorrectly time-stamped remote files when putting the files using a Local/Network connection.

Issues resolved with the 8.0.2 update

The 8.0.2 update fixes the following two issues on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms.

SQL injections in web applications

The update updates server-side code generated by Dreamweaver to protect databases against SQL Injection.

Active content

The update fixes a problem with the code generated by Dreamweaver when it inserts active content such as a Flash file in a web page. In the latest versions of Internet Explorer, the generated code by Dreamweaver does not allow users to interact with the active content unless they click it. The update fixes the code generated by Dreamweaver so that users don’t have to click the active content. The update also provides a way to repair the code of existing pages with active content.

Known Issues


Migrating your sites
If Dreamweaver MX 2004 is installed on your computer, Dreamweaver 8 will automatically migrate your sites.

Usernames and passwords for your sites must be re-entered
For sites migrated from Dreamweaver MX 2004, you'll need to re-enter the username and password in the Site Definition dialog box before you can connect. This is one-time requirement. We changed the way Dreamweaver encrypts the usernames and passwords used for FTP, SFTP, RDS, and WebDAV connections. We now let the operating system do the encryption.

New tag completion behavior
The new default behavior in Dreamweaver 8 is to automatically complete the closing tag when you type “</”. Dreamweaver figures out which tag needs to be closed for you automatically. This new behavior is on by default. The classic Dreamweaver closing tag behavior can be turned on in the Code Hints preferences panel (Edit > Preferences).


Diff tool preference for the Macintosh
If you want to use a file comparison tool with Dreamweaver, you must specify it as a preference. For Macintosh diff tools, you must specify the tool or script that launches the file comparison tool from the command line, not the actual file comparison tool itself. Launch tools or scripts are typically located in the usr/bin folder on your Macintosh. For example, if you want to use FileMerge, browse to usr/bin and select opendiff, which is the tool that launches FileMerge. For BBEdit, select usr/bin/bbdiff. For TextWrangler, select usr/bin/twdiff. For more information, see" Specifying the comparison tool in Dreamweaver" in Using Dreamweaver help.

Help content does not appear
In some cases when attempting to view Help within Dreamweaver (Help > Dreamweaver Help), the viewer content is empty. The aliases to the Help files may not have been created correctly during installation or are pointing to the wrong locations. For detailed instructions for fixing this problem, see Help viewer does not show content (Macintosh only) (Tech Note a3f38dcf) on the Adobe website.


Dreamweaver 8 includes a variety of media to help you learn the application and become proficient with creating web graphics. The Dreamweaver help system includes documentation to help you use Dreamweaver and develop Dreamweaver extensions. You can also consult additional online resources on the Dreamweaver Documentation Resource Center at

The Dreamweaver Documentation Resource Center includes errata correcting known errors or omissions in the Dreamweaver documentation.

Reporting a bug

Found a bug? Your first step should be to contact Adobe Customer Support. They can help you resolve issues and they can also log bugs. If you're no longer eligible for support, please use the Adobe Software Feature Request and Bug Report form.

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