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The return of the browser wars has meant that users expect more and more HTML5 features on the sites they visit. Dreamweaver CS6 is intended to give web designers and developers the tools they need to deliver those sites, adding support for modern CSS3 features like CSS Transitions, along with Fluid Grids that allow sites to be designed once and then delivered to phones, tablets and PCs. There's also improved mobile support, with JQuery Mobile Swatches for themes, and integration with Adobe's PhoneGap service to turn web applications into native mobile apps.
Dreamweaver is in two CS6 suites: Design/Web Premium (£1,509 ex. VAT; upgrade from £298) and Master Collection (£2,223 ex. VAT; upgrade from £397). On its own, Dreamweaver CS6 costs £302 (ex. VAT; upgrade from £95). Dreamweaver CS6 is also available via a Creative Cloud subscription (£38.11 ex. VAT on an annual subscription).
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Fluid Grids are a powerful HTML5 tool, and can simplify building sites that work across phones, tablets and PCs. You start by using Dreamweaver CS6's grid wizard to choose the number of columns in a grid, as well as the percentage of the page used for columns. Grid elements will align to your columns, and you can choose which ones show at which screen resolution. There's no need to add code — CSS media queries handle browser resolution detection for you.