Feature Comparison

Dreamweaver 8 continues to build upon prior releases. This chart compares version 8 new features and enhancements to prior existing features.

Dreamweaver 8 Dreamweaver MX 2004
Work with Best Practices
Visual authoring with XML data yes no
Unified CSS panel yes no
CSS layout visualization yes no
Style rendering toolbar yes no
XML Editing and Validation yes plus yes
Rendering of CSS-based designs yes plus yes
Integrated Accessibility Site Reporting for Priority 1, Section 508 yes plus yes
Accessibility: Support for WCAG/W3C priority 2 checkpoints yes no
Integrated Accessibility References yes plus yes
Pre-Built Page Accessible Page Designs and Templates yes plus yes
Dynamic cross-browser validation yes plus yes
Support for authoring mobile content yes plus yes
Define Page Styles with CSS yes yes
Get More Done
Zoom yes no
Guides yes no
Coding toolbar yes no
Code collapse yes no
Site relative references yes no
Workspace layouts yes no
Tabbed documents for the Macintosh yes no
Background file transfer yes no
Compare files yes no
Code Hints for HTML, CSS, ColdFusion, ASP, ASP.Net, JSP, PHP, ColdFusion, XML, XSL, JavaScript yes plus yes
Code editing improvements yes plus yes
Open, documented API yes plus yes
File locking with Check In and Check Out yes plus yes
WebDAV support yes plus yes
Copy and paste text from Microsoft Word and Excel yes yes
Centralized access to re-usable code snippets yes yes
Integrated image editing toolbar yes yes
Templates for easy reuse of design yes yes
Integrates with the Latest Technologies and Standards
Flash Video yes no
Integration with Contribute and the Macromedia Web Publishing System: notification and event logging yes plus yes
Support for PHP 4 yes yes
Support for PHP 5 yes yes
Support for ColdFusion MX yes yes
Support for ColdFusion MX 7 yes yes
Support for ASP, ASP.NET and JSP yes yes
Reference content for: HTML, CSS, SQL, ASP, ASP.Net, PHP, ColdFusion, JSP, XML, XSLT, JavaScript yes plus yes
Live Data View yes yes

yes plusIndicates feature has been improved