48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, if you know what you're doing,
This review is from: Dreamweaver MX 2004 (CD-ROM)
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.