Dreamweaver CS6

Dreamweaver CS6

Summary: Dreamweaver CS6 delivers enhanced HTML5 and CSS3 features, flexible design tools and better mobile support. It also integrates Adobe's Business Catalyst hosting service.

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  • User interface
    There's a cosy familiarity to Dreamweaver CS6. The familiar mix of design and development tools remains, surrounded by properties panels and the tools you'd expect. There's the option of switching between views targeted at different users, including a multi-monitor view. Open a page and you can switch quickly between a design/layout service and a code editor with support for HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as a WebKit-based Live view that lets you see rendered pages without having to leave your code and open a browser.

    Screenshots: Simon Bisson/ZDNet UK 

  • Fluid Grids
    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.

  • Live view 
    Once you've created a Fluid Grid layout you can add page elements, using DIVs to wrap and group elements. Using Dreamweaver's Live view you can choose which screen resolution you're working in, and then place DIVs appropriately. Some may be in different places and in different sizes for different views, while some may be hidden. It's best to start with the mobile layout first, before working on desktop and tablet views.

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Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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