Macromedia HomeSite Release Notes

Macromedia HomeSite+ for Dreamweaver MX Release Notes

System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium-compatible processor, Pentium II or higher recommended
  • Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000 Professional/XP Professional, Home
  • Internet Explorer 4.5 or higher
  • 64 MB of available RAM, 128 MB recommended
  • 40 MB of free hard disk space
  • 800 x 600, 256-color display
  • CD ROM Drive for packaged version
  • ColdFusion 5 or higher Server (for ColdFusion application debugging, database access, and deployment)

Installing and Uninstalling

To uninstall HomeSite 4.5.2 after installing HomeSite+, you must first uninstall HomeSite+. Here's the proper sequence:

  1. Install HomeSite 4.5.2
  2. Install HomeSite+
  3. Uninstall HomeSite+
  4. Uninstall HomeSite 4.5.2

Installation Known Issues

  • JRun Studio 3.0.1 may be installed on the same computer as ColdFusion Studio 5 and/or HomeSite+. The preferred sequence of installation is to install JRun 3.0.1 and then ColdFusion Studio 5 and/or HomeSite+. But, if you do install JRun Studio 3.0.1 after installing ColdFusion Studio 5 and/or HomeSite+, you must reinstall ColdFusion Studio 5 and/or HomeSite+.
  • If you uninstall HomeSite+ when you have more than one version installed on the same computer, do not select to delete the shared files during the uninstallation. For example, when HomeSite 4.5.2 and HomeSite+ are installed on the same computer and you uninstall HomeSite+, dialogs will appear during the uninstallation asking to delete shared files. In those dialogs, you must select No (the default is Yes). If you do inadvertently delete the files, you will need to reinstall. It is important that earlier versions of HomeSite or ColdFusion Studio are installed before later versions. So, you would reinstall HomeSite or ColdFusion Studio 4.5.2 first and then HomeSite+. [29480]

Installation Wizard Known Issue

After uninstalling, the InstallShield Wizard Complete dialog may appear, indicating that installation has completed instead of uninstallation. [29633]

Installation log

If you have installation problems, the HomeSite5Plus.log file, which is installed in the Windows root directory, can be a valuable source of information for troubleshooting the installation routine. You can attach to email sent to our Support staff.

Running the Initial Configuration Wizard

The first time you run HomeSite+, the application checks for a previous version, and if one is found, you can selectively import settings from that version.

New Features and Enhancements

  • HomeSite+ supports RDS connections to ColdFusion MX servers.
  • We have added a new check box in the FTP & RDS settings dialog that allows a user to specify to always use binary transfer with FTP. The product makes the assumption to use ascii with certain file extensions. By checking the new check box ("Always use binary for FTP transfer") this assumption is bypassed and these files are transferred in binary mode in both directions (up & download). We have specifically added this feature to handle unicode file transfers which are otherwise altered and rendered unusable by ftp transfer. This should affect both the feature docs and the release notes dealing with work arounds and warnings about Unicode transfers. [28519]

File Extension Manager

The new File Extension Manager makes it easier to organize the different file types supported in HomeSite+. To open it, go to Options > Settings > File Settings > Extension Manager.


The File Extension Manager panel contains five columns:

  1. The Group Name column shows the file type names that display in the dropdown list of a files in dialog boxes.
  2. The Extensions column lists the extensions in that group.
  3. Selecting a file group in the Editable column means that HomeSite+ will open those files in the editor.
  4. Selecting a file group in the Image column tells HomeSite+ to treat that file group as an image file - the file will not open in the editor. Selecting a file group in the Image column clears the group in the Editable column. Both checkboxes for a group may be cleared.
  5. The In Filter column determines how the group name displays in the right-click Filter menu in the files pane on the Files tab.

To set filter options:

  • Selecting both the Editable and In Filter checkboxes displays the group name when you set the Web Documents filter on the Filter menu.
  • Selecting both the Image and In Filter checkboxes displays the group name when you set the Web Images filter on the Filter menu.
  • All group names selected in the In Filter column, display in the All Web Files list. This is handy if you want to add file types, such as .zip or .swf, in the File Extension Manager and display them as web files.

Managing file extensions:

  • Click Add and complete the entries in the dialog box to add an extension group.
  • Select a group row and click Edit to modify the extensions, using standard file wild cards, such as * and ?. Separate entries with a comma.
  • Select a group row and use the Move Up or Move Down buttons to change its position in the list.

ColdFusion MX support

The new CFML MX tags and functions are supported in Tag Chooser, Tag Insight, tag editors, and Expression Builder. F1 Help and embedded Help for the new tags and functions is also available.

New tags:

  • cfargument
  • cfchart
  • cfchartdata
  • cfchartseries
  • cfcollection (list value of action attribute and name attribute)
  • cfcomponent
  • cffunction
  • cfhttp (firstRowAsHeaders attribute)
  • cfimport
  • cfinvoke
  • cfinvokeargument
  • cflogin
  • cfloginuser
  • cflogout
  • cfmail
  • cfimport
  • cfobject
  • cfobjectcache
  • cfprocessingdirective
  • cfproperty
  • cfreturn
  • cftrace
  • cfxml

New functions:

  • CreateObject
  • GetPageContext
  • GetMetaData
  • GetProfileSections
  • IsK2ServerABroker
  • IsK2ServerOnline
  • IsObject
  • IsProtected
  • IsUserInRole
  • SetLocale
  • IsXmlDoc
  • XmlFormat
  • XmlChildPos

Integration with other Macromedia products Macromedia Dreamweaver

If Dreamweaver is detected on your system, you can click the Open in Macromedia Dreamweaver toolbutton on the Editor toolbar to edit the current document.

Macromedia Fireworks

If Fireworks is detected on your system, you can now launch it directly by right-clicking on an <img> tag, a graphics file in the Files list, or the Thumbnail view of a file, and then selecting the Edit in Macromedia Fireworks command. This lets you quickly access image source files for editing.

Launching Fireworks from an image file other than a PNG prompts you to find the PNG file associated with that image. Selecting Yes opens the File Open dialog, selecting No opens the current file in Fireworks. You can set file open options in the source file dialog box.

FTP & RDS Registry Settings Change

FTP and RDS connections created via HomeSite and ColdFusion Studio 4.5.x are stored in the registry under HK_CU\Software\Allaire\RemoteServers.
You should be aware that when you upgrade to the latest versions of the Visual Tools products, you are given a choice in the Initial Configuration Wizard to bring the connections to the latest installations. The selected connections as well as any new ones created in these versions will be stored in the HC_CU\Software\Macromedia\RemoteServers key.

Shell Namespace Extension Compatibility

This release note is for users who want to continue using HomeSite/ColdFusion Studio 4.5.2. In the older versions of the Visual Tools, the Shell Namespace Extension was called "Allaire FTP & RDS". In the new versions, the SNE node is called "Macromedia FTP & RDS". When HomeSite+ or HomeSite/CF Studio 5 is installed on a machine with previous releases of these products, the previous versions no longer recognize the SNE node.

A utility is installed that can switch the name of the SNE back to "Allaire FTP & RDS". The program is called "SNECompatibility.exe" and it can be found in the program directory of the product, such as C:\Program Files\Macromedia\HomeSite+. After you install the latest version, run this utility. After this utility is executed both versions will recognize the SNE Node.


If you select the Allaire option, both your previous and latest versions of the product will have use that SNE name and both versions will work. If you select the Macromedia option, then the remote server functionality will work only in the latest version.

Known Issues

  • If you clear the Options > Settings > Markup Languages > Lowercase all inserted tags setting, tags will be inserted properly in uppercase, but the option will reset to the default (checked) when you re-start HS+.
    The workaround for this problem is to ignore that option and use the Edit > Convert Tag Case menu command to uppercase all tags before saving the document. To create a shortcut key for this operation, open the Options > Customize dialog box, select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, and enter a keyboard combination. [45944]
  • The following interface changes are in effect for this release:
    • All QuickBar tabs are displayed by default and individual tabs cannot be removed.
    • The QuickBar can be undocked and moved, but individual QuickBar tabs cannot be.
    • The right-click toolbars menu is disabled. You can use the Options > Customize dialog box to change the toolbutton display on toolbars and to add custom toolbuttons and toolbars.
    • The Resources window can be undocked and moved, but individual Resources tabs cannot be.
    • The default order of the Resources window tabs cannot be changed.
    • The default display and position of the Standard, Edit, View, Tools, and Debug toolbars cannot be changed.
  • When viewing files on a ColdFusion MX server over an RDS connection, please note the following issues [45379]:
    • Files viewed via Macromedia FTP & RDS in Windows Explorer when HomeSite+ is installed display the Modified date of 1/1/01 8:00 PM
    • Files viewed via Macromedia FTP & RDS in Windows Explorer when ColdFusion Studio 5 is installed display the Modified date of 1/1/1601 8:00:00 PM
    • The Files tabs in HomeSite+ do not display the date in the Modified column.
  • If you install HomeSite+ before installing Dreamweaver MX, and if you want to edit documents that are open in HomeSite+ in Dreamweaver MX, select the Options > Settings > Dreamweaver/UltraDev > Enable Dreamweaver/UltraDev integration option. [45661]
  • If you administer a Linux ColdFusion MX server via RDS in the Files tab of HomeSite+, you must remove "%20" from the URL of the Administration page in the Internet Explorer. [45767]
  • If you attempt to save a file to a folder on an FTP site that has the same name as a folder in the HomeSite+ root directory, the file is saved to the local folder. Macromedia recommends that you not use any of the following folder names on an FTP where you will be saving files: AutoBackup, Extensions, Help, Parsers, ReadmeContent, Spelling, UserData, Verity, Wizards.
    If the problem still happens, search your local drive for the files and copy them to the FTP site via the Macromedia FTP & RDS Shell Namespace Extension in the Explorer or on the Files tabs in HomeSite+. [30193]
  • GIF files cannot be viewed in Thumbnails and in the Image Tag dialog box, but they can be viewed in the browser and in the File > Open dialog box Preview Pane.
  • Setting XHTML as the document type when the DOCTYPE statement isn't on the first line may delete code. The workaround is to select Options|Set current document as XHTML and then to select "No replacement" in the dialog that appears. [30176]
  • If the DOCTYPE statement isn't on the first line, the document type may not be detected. [30175]
  • Tag Completion does not enforce XHTML rules. Enabling Options > Set Document as XHTML does not enable Auto Completion to function in XHTML mode.
  • On Windows 98/ME, drag and drop between the Desktop or Explorer to in-product remote servers or from in-product servers to the Desktop or Explorer does not work, although the cursor indicates that the operation will work.
  • File size rounding errors exist with remote files. Files appear to change size by 1K due to rounding down of the number of bytes as opposed to rounding up as with Window Explorer. No data is missing in these cases.
  • On Windows XP, if you delete a remote folder from the left pane of Explorer, the folder will continue to be displayed in the folder tree even though it has been removed. Closing and reopening the Explorer will fix the problem.
  • On Windows XP, double clicking a remote folder may not show the contents of the folder. A manual refresh (F5) will display the files in the right pane of Explorer.
  • Using the Word-wrap and Collapse text features together may cause the vertical scrollbar to disappear, preventing viewing of the remainder of the document. If this occurs, use the RMB Expand All Collapsed Sections command to restore the document. [29542]
  • If you try to open a folder that contains a shortcut (.lnk file) which refers to a non-existing folder, HomeSite+ will crash on NT. [29697]
  • With twelve items in the clipboard, and maximum clipboard entries set well above 13, copying the thirteenth item into the clipboard removes item 10, and ordering of items is mixed (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,13,11,12). [29596]
  • Embedded Help text in the HTML/XHTML tag editors may not display clearly. Use F1 Help instead. [29370]
  • If a document contains an XML declaration on the first line, using the Options > Set Document to XHTML command overwrites that declaration text. If you use the Set the document as XHTML command, you can then edit the declaration text as needed or insert additional XML declaration text. [29314]
  • Right-clicking an image in the Thumbnails tab in the Results window and selecting Properties does not update the Bits per pixel and Size in Mem properties.
  • Options > Settings > Spelling > Maximum number of suggestions can be manually set to a number from 0 to 30. However, the actual range of suggestions is 1 to 20.
  • The Configure FTP Server timeout setting is not functional. You can enter a timeout value but only the default setting is in effect.
  • The Tools > Verify Project with Linkbot feature does not work. If you use this command and Linkbot hangs, use Windows Task Manager to close it. [27661]
  • We have added a new check box in the FTP & RDS settings dialog that allows a user to specify to always use binary transfer with FTP. The product makes the assumption to use ascii with certain file extensions. By checking the new check box ("Always use binary for FTP transfer") this assumption is bypassed and these files are transferred in binary mode in both directions (up & download). We have specifically added this feature to handle unicode file transfers which are otherwise altered and rendered unusable by ftp transfer. This should affect both the feature docs and the release notes dealing with work arounds and warnings about Unicode transfers. [28519]
  • The Secondary Files tab will not consume resources on Windows 95/98/Me if it is not visible when the application launches. To hide the tab, disable the View > Resource Windows > Files 2 option. Restarting the application will regain resources used by the window. [27164]
Documentation Notes
  • ColdFusion online documentation is not included with HomeSite+ but can be viewed by selecting Using ColdFusion on the Dreamweaver MX Help menu.
  • The CFML Reference is also available from the dropdown book list on the References tab in the Dreamweaver MX Code panel.
  • While working in a document in HomeSite+, you can view the complete CFML Reference information for a CFML tag by placing the cursor in the tag and presing the F1 key.
  • If you want to add the CFML Reference to the HomeSite+ Help tree, you can download it from the HomeSite+ Support Center at See the Installation Instructions below for details.
  • To see syntax and usage information for all supported languages, open the Tag Chooser (Ctrl+E), select a tag, and click the Help button.
  • The SQL Builder uses the name "Query Builder" in the title bar of its dialog box, so searching the Help References for "query builder" does not yield results. Searches on "query" or "SQL" do return Help topics.
Installation Instructions for CFML Reference Archive
  1. Extract the zip file to your HomeSite+ root directory. The files will be installed in the /Help/CFML Reference folder.
  2. Open the Help Resources window, expand the CFML Reference, and check that the files are installed properly.
    The CFML Reference Help files display in alphabetical order (Windows default). If this display meets your needs, no further action is needed.
    However, if you want the CFML Help display organized into "books", like the Using HomeSite+ for Dreamweaver MX and the HTML 4.01 Specification Help files, then follow these additional steps:
  3. Open the HomeSite+/add_to_booktree.txt file in HomeSite+ and copy the file contents to the Clipboard.
  4. Open the HomeSite+/Help/booktree.xml file in HomeSite+, place the cursor just above the </help_ref> tag at the bottom of the file, and paste the copied text.
  5. Save the booktree.xml file.
  6. Open the Help Resources window, right-click in the Help files pane, and select the Refresh command.
  7. Check the CFML Reference display to make sure that it has updated, If so, you can delete the txt file.

The next time you run the Help Search engine, it will index the CFML Reference.

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