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Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 New Features List
April 12, 2010

Here is a list of new features for Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. See our Dreamweaver CS5 Resource Center for free Dreamweaver CS5 Tutorials & Videos, and the free Dreamweaver CS5 30-day trial download.

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Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 software offers a comprehensive integrated environment in which to design, develop, test, and deploy websites and applications of all flavors—spanning the gamut from the simplest, static HTML page to complete sites built upon complex dynamic application frameworks.

Dreamweaver CS5 streamlines both front-end and back-end development tasks with ease. With a set of integrated tools available directly in the authoring environment, Dreamweaver CS5 increases your productivity and virtually eliminates the need for external third-party browser-based tools.

Creative professionals can jump-start the design process with updated CSS starter layouts and leverage enhanced CSS features for increased control and creative flexibility. Developers benefit from interacting directly with their database-driven applications and Ajax interface elements, including testing individual states of a page or application throughout the development process. With many compelling new features, Dreamweaver once again raises the bar on productivity and efficiency for web designers and developers alike.

Support for PHP-based content management systems
With authoring and testing support for third-party PHP-based content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, Dreamweaver CS5 delivers a professional development environment for creating robust websites. Dynamically Related Files provides direct access to the assets necessary for these complex systems, including dynamically generated pages and content. New Live View Navigation allows you to explore the various states of your dynamic applications and pages—even those already deployed on a live server.

Dynamically Related Files
One of the biggest challenges in developing sites with a web-based content management system such as Wordpress, Joomla!, or Drupal is understanding how a page will look when finally assembled. This is primarily because a page itself is generated dynamically by the CMS from any number of individual pieces, known as includes, and is dependent on server-side logic to be viewed in a browser.

The Dynamically Related Files feature in Dreamweaver CS5 helps you access files and update pages faster, as well as simplify management tasks for complex sites. With a single click, you can direct Dreamweaver to discover all of the external files and scripts necessary to assemble the page and display their filenames in the Related Files toolbar. With Live View enabled, Dreamweaver renders the page as it will appear in standards-compliant browsers, complete with dynamic, database-driven content and server- and client-side logic.

Even the simplest pages in many of the popular CMS frameworks and themes have numerous dynamically related files, making it difficult to find the particular related files you need. With the ability to filter file types or use a wildcard expression, Dreamweaver lets you focus specifically on the files that you want to edit. If a related file doesn’t exist locally, Dreamweaver CS5 shows a prompt, and allows you retrieve the file from the server with a single click.

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This image shows an html page in Internet Explorer 7 (left) and Internet Explorer 8 (right). You can clearly see the JavaScript bug displayed in the Columns menu in IE 7. The ability to freeze JavaScript locally and then preview the page in a large variety of browsers and operating systems using Adobe BrowserLab makes it easier for you to find bugs and browser rendering differences.

Live View navigation
Live View navigation expands upon the Live View feature introduced in Dreamweaver CS4 and allows you to quickly and accurately check your code and your CMS design themes. With Live View navigation enabled, not only can you view a page as it is rendered in standards-compliant browsers, but links are active, allowing you to interact with server-side applications and dynamic data.

In addition to the rendered Live View of the page, Live Code highlights changes as they happen, allowing you to quickly locate the dynamically loaded data or code changes triggered by JavaScript. At any stage of development, Live View navigation also allows you to enter a URL to inspect pages served from a live web server and easily edit pages you have browsed to if they exist in one of your locally defined sites.

Enhanced CSS inspection tools
By separating page markup (HTML) from the actual presentation of the content (CSS), web designs have become much more flexible and adaptable. However, for seasoned professionals and novices alike, there is a need to understand how page elements relate to one another, as well as to have the freedom to iterate and experiment with their page designs in real time. With enhanced CSS tools and Live View, Dreamweaver CS5 gives you more control without having to leave your editing environment, even giving you the ability to view any link state and change text size—tasks that previously required a browser.

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View, access, and edit any file related to your PHP-based site or content management system with Dreamweaver CS5.

The Inspect command
Develop CSS-based designs more efficiently and accurately by visually displaying the CSS box model properties—including padding, border, and margin—in detail, without reading code or requiring a separate third-party utility such as Firebug. For designers who are new to web design or looking to expand their understanding of CSS, Dreamweaver CS5 makes it much easier to learn about the properties of an HTML element.

In the past, external browser-based tools were required to visually identify page elements and their related CSS styles. This tedious process involved previewing the page in a browser, enabling the tool or plug-in, and then exploring the document to find the properties you wanted to change. Because this activity occurred in a browser, you had to keep track of all the changes made, and then copy and paste them into your web documents in Dreamweaver. In Dreamweaver CS5, you can use the Inspect command in tandem with Live View to quickly identify HTML elements and their associated CSS styles, giving you immediate feedback.

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When an element is highlighted in Live View, its corresponding CSS rules and cascade are exposed in the CSS Styles panel where they can be edited in real time, removing the need to copy from an external tool and paste the results into Dreamweaver. When inspecting in Split view, the corresponding HTML code—including the tag—is immediately selected.

CSS enable/disable
Quickly and easily disable and re-enable CSS properties directly from the CSS Styles panel in Dreamweaver CS5. Disabling a CSS property simply comments out the specified property without actually deleting it, and the affected property is no longer rendered. This convenient option for toggling CSS properties on and off, coupled with the ability to inspect CSS, allows you to remain in your editing environment throughout the development process, eliminating the time-consuming process of previewing in the browser and troubleshooting with browser-based tools.

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CSS starter layouts are now color-coded—liquid layouts are in shades of blue, and fixed layouts are in earth tones.

Integration with Adobe BrowserLab
Dreamweaver CS5 integrates with Adobe BrowserLab, one of the new CS Live online services*, which provides a fast and accurate solution for cross-browser compatibility testing. Whether you are new to web design or a seasoned professional, you can use BrowserLab to preview web pages and local content with multiple viewing and comparison tools, customizing sets of browsers to meet your project’s requirements.

While working within Dreamweaver CS5, you can interact with your page in Live View, including the ability to freeze JavaScript-triggered interactions, and then send this “snapshot” of the page directly to BrowserLab for an accurate preview in the specific browsers and operating systems you’ve chosen. For traditional designers who want to understand how the various browsers and browser versions render their content, Onionskin view in BrowserLab allows you to overlay the same page in two different browsers or browser versions to easily spot differences.

Enhanced support for Subversion
With Dreamweaver CS5, you can manage files more effectively in collaborative, version-controlled environments with enhanced support for Subversion, an open-source version-control system. In Dreamweaver CS4, Subversion support was limited to the most basic functions of locking and unlocking files and generating status updates. Dreamweaver CS5 expands support for Subversion, allowing you to move, copy, and delete files locally, and then synchronize changes with your remote SVN repository.

The new Revert command allows you to quickly correct tree conflicts or roll back to a previous version of a file. From the Repository View of the Files panel in Dreamweaver CS5, you can reduce clutter by directly performing svn:ignore commands to hide files you don’t need to access. To ensure future compatibility, the built-in Subversion libraries in Dreamweaver CS5 are designed to be updated by the Adobe Extension Manager. As newer versions of the Subversion libraries become available, they will be made available to the public as free extensions at Adobe Exchange at

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The new Site Setup dialog box shows you all you need to get started with a new website design: a site name and a local site folder. As your site development progresses, Dreamweaver CS5 will prompt you for additional information needed for the site definition, such as the name and location of the FTP server (to put the files online for viewing), or a staging server (to view the files locally before putting them online).

PHP custom class code hinting
Display proper syntax for PHP functions, objects, and constants to help you write code more accurately. Dreamweaver CS5 provides enhanced PHP code hinting on the fly by dynamically parsing PHP code and updating it as you type—even with code that hasn’t yet been saved to disk. The code hints for PHP core functions and objects include the function signature, the module that defines the function, a description tooltip that mentions the PHP versions in which it is available, the method and parameter descriptions, and a link to the manual page.

Code hinting also works with your own custom functions and classes, as well as with third-party frameworks such as the Zend Framework. Dreamweaver CS5 dynamically highlights errors and provides alerts in the Information bar to help you more efficiently find and fix errors in your PHP code.

Site-specific code hints
As sites become more and more customized, especially those built using content management systems and/or custom plug-ins, the need to edit customized code efficiently becomes more important than ever. Site-specific code hints within Dreamweaver help you to more efficiently handle PHP coding tasks on a site-by-site basis. Theme files for blogs and other custom PHP files and directories can be included (or excluded) to customize the coding environment of Dreamweaver CS5 when working with third-party PHP libraries and CMS frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla! and others. For robust code hinting, you can also specify files and even folders located outside of the defined site root.

Enhanced CSS starter layouts
Jump-start your standards-based website design with updated and simplified CSS starter layouts. Based on user feedback and constantly evolving CSS best practices, the CSS starter layouts have been completely rewritten. For example, complex descendent selectors have been removed in favor of simplified, easy-to-understand classes, and the overall structure of the documents has been revamped.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5To help ensure success with the new layouts, instructions and comments are included both in the CSS code and the text of the document. Regardless of your experience, CSS starter layouts speed your development time by providing a variety of solid structures upon which to build your designs. For print designers and others just making the move to web design, CSS starter layouts can dramatically speed up the learning process.

Simple site setup
To help make setup faster and easier, the Site Definition dialog box has been extensively redesigned, implementing many improvements suggested by web designers and developers who use Dreamweaver on a regular basis. You can start with as much or as little detail as you like— even with just a site name and local site folder—and Dreamweaver will prompt you for the remaining details as they’re needed as you build your site. For more advanced projects, you can specify multiple servers with custom names to utilize staged, networked, or other server types.

Integration with Adobe Business Catalyst
In today’s competitive environment, your clients demand more from their websites—they want true business results. With the Adobe Business Catalyst® extension for Dreamweaver (available separately and in English only) and the Business Catalyst online service* (available separately) you can deliver powerful online businesses without programming and at a fraction of the time and cost—all from within your familiar Dreamweaver workspace.

Business Catalyst is an online service that can replace as many as five or more applications and tools with a single central platform for web designers that works hand in hand with Dreamweaver through the Business Catalyst extension for Dreamweaver. Using the unified platform and without back-end coding, you can build everything from amazing websites to powerful online stores, and from beautiful brochure-ware sites to lead generating mini-sites.

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