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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  • Code types
    If you're working with any of the more popular web development environments, you'll find the tools you want in Dreamweaver. There's support for ASP and ASP.NET, as well as PHP and Adobe's own ColdFusion. Pick the environment you're using, choose a layout template and you can start coding. There's even support for standalone JavaScript, so you can use Dreamweaver to create and edit JavaScript libraries, as well as working with newer technologies like node.js.

  • CSS Transitions
    CSS Transitions are one of the more useful features in CSS3, replacing what would have been lines of JavaScript with a few CSS statements. You can use transitions to add basic animations and effects to a page, and Dreamweaver CS6's transition tools make adding them as easy as selecting an element, and then choosing the appropriate rules — from triggering a transition, to choosing the properties to modify — and the final end state for the transition.

  • Business Catalyst
    Adobe has integrated its Business Catalyst hosting service with Dreamweaver CS6, making it easy to publish sites to the service. There's also a library of Business Catalyst components, which can quickly add extra functions to a site — these are specific to the service, however, and won't work anywhere else. Dreamweaver users get a trial account that can be used to share prototypes and completed sites with clients. A subscription is needed for more permanent use.

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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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