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Dreamweaver MX 2004

by Macromedia
Windows, Mac
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • The professional choice for building web sites and applications
  • A powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support
  • Developers and designers at every skill level can create appealing, standards-based sites and applications quickly
  • Developers can use it with the server technology of their choice to build powerful Internet applications
  • Includes leading support for CSS-based design to hand-coding features
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  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Item Weight: 358 g
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  • ASIN: B0000CDTVS
  • Release Date: 19 Sep 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,497 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, if you know what you're doing 10 Aug 2005
I've worked as a web designer for four years, using Dreamweaver all the way. I've got MX 2004, which I've had since it was released.
Dreamweaver templates are a godsend, and so is the WYSIWYG editor, which is incredibly accurate compared to previous versions of Dreamweaver. For creating large websites, tools such as "Check links sitewide" (finds broken links and orphaned files) is superb and saves a lot of time. Also, the search tool is excellent, allowing complex find and replace procedures to be performed right across the site.
I think the problem people have with Dreamweaver is people with no experience in web design approach creating their first website as if it's going to be the same as word processing. It's not. Dreamweaver can be incredibly powerful, but you must spend some time understanding what it's actually doing for you. Dreamweaver MX 2004 uses CSS to style the site for instance, and it's important to understand what CSS is, and what its benefits are, otherwise you'll be fighting the tool, not working with it. I used to use the CSS editing tool, but now I have a good knowledge of CSS, I tend to find it faster to code by hand. When in Code view, hitting Ctrl + Space gives code completion help, which can help if you're stuck, and can also speed you up.
When I'm using Dreamweaver I'm constantly switching between Code view and Design view, and I think it is essential to know how to use both to get the most out of the tool.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Expensive, but good for design 3 Feb 2005
By Mary
When I first bought dreamweaver MX I thought it would allows me to create databased websites, which it would have if I knew ASP or PHP and how to build a database. Which I didn't, so it's not like easyGen that allows you to build dynamic sites without any programming skills.
But I would still say it is a very good program if you are a programmer or interested in design. Yes, it's expensive and I think over priced, especially when you concider how much easyGen is. Yet I still think as a design package it's probably the best on the market. Once you get in to it, it's full of useful features and easy to use, once you get to understand it, which has taken me months.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For professionals......... 12 April 2005
Dreamweaver MX 2004 is recommended for professionals not beginners or intermediates. Beginners have a good chance of trying it once or twice, then giving up in disgust, and go onto the net and go to a 'make your own free website' webpage.
Intermediates will have a hard time fiddling around with it and will only have a fair chance of making a succesful webpage if there is a professional or advanced person there to help him/her.
This is also far too expensive for many ordinary people to afford! Think about it; 320 quid! Many people will just decide to either get a cheaper website maker or a make on the net.
But on the current market, this is still the best website maker. It is by far the most complicated, but also makes the most professional websites. This is for people who are very good at computers and/or professionals.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still way better than frontpage 24 Sep 2003
This is the choice for proffessionals and novices alike, it is so simple to use and has amazing results. The only thing that I would say that is bad about it is this: I have dreamweaver mx and mx 2004, I would say that there isn't much new in this edition. The GUI now looks way better. Also the CSS support is now way better, although I still am not sure whether it is worth the upgrade. Download a free trial from macromedia's site and check it out for your self.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating in the extreme 3 Mar 2004
This software is slightly better presented than previous versions, but beware serious problems with the FTP engine, which render the software virtually incomptible with some hosting services.
A patch for this program to fix the appalling FTP performance and general unreliability of the program is way, way overdue. Dreamweaver MX 2004 is sluggish at best, even on a very high-spec PC.
There is not a great amount more that is new in this software from the original MX version - some good CSS support (though I still prefer to write CSS in TopStyle) and some features such as browser compatibility checks are improved. I keep wanting to go back to the original MX version at the moment!
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bloated and crash-happy 26 Dec 2003
By A Customer
I've been a Dreamweaver user for a long time and I really wanted to like this version as it adds lots of functionality that has been sorely lacking in previous versions. Unfortunately, this product was released before it was finished and it shows in a big way. I'm very glad there was a free demo version available from the Macromedia website because I think that having the demo really helped me dodge a bullet here.
The first thing you'll notice about this product is that it is SLOW! It takes an age to load and a fast typist can peg the processor at a high level of utilization. What's more, the built in FTP client pegs the processor at 100% when transferring data. And this is on a fast system, an Athlon XP 2800+ with a gig of high-speed low-latency DDR RAM and a fast hard drive. I dread to think how it would run on a more run-of-the-mill system as you would find in your average office.
Secondly, it crashes with ridiculous regularity. All you have to do is open the search/replace dialouge to stand a 50/50 chance of the program bombing. All kinds of other features will cause random crashes as well, and there are still a few bugs in the user interface layout that date back to the last release of Dreamweaver, which has been out a year now. This is quite simply unacceptible. Don't Macromedia beta-test their software anymore?
If this wasn't bad enough this program has been out months and still no sign of a patch. Releasing bug-ridden and lethargic software is bad enough but if you don't make every effort to fix the problems as soon as they becoem apparent then don't expect to hang onto a big userbase.
While the improved CSS layout and display is extremely welcome, there are still problems to work out.
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