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January 27, 2023updated 15 Mar 2023 4:44pm

What is Dreamweaver?

Web design has never been easier thanks to Adobe Dreamweaver. But what exactly does it do?

By Tech Monitor Staff

Adobe Dreamweaver is a software program that focuses on web design.

Originally developed by Macromedia in 1997, it then got transferred over to Adobe in 2005, which continued its development and evolution.

Adobe Dreamweaver, software logo on the official website of Adobe.
Adobe Dreamweaver is a simplified web design tool. Image: Sharaf Maksumov/Shutterstock

The main elements that characterise Adobe Dreamweaver are the possibility to edit, create and manage websites and webpages without having to learn to code or the principles of HTML. This is because it bases on a WYSIWYG environment that allows every user to see a preview of the webpages during the creation.

Dreamweaver combines a visual design surface, known as Live View, and a code editor with features such as code collapsing, code completion and syntax highlighting.

What can Dreamweaver do?

The functions that Dreamweaver is capable of are many, which means it is a pretty versatile editing tool

For instance, it supports and reads varied web and programming languages including HTML, JSP and PHP, and it is available on both MAC OS and Windows.

It also offers coding assistance to beginners, and even allows the user to see the CSS box model without actually having to know anything about coding a stylesheet. 

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In addition, Adobe Dreamweaver has a wide range of colour palettes to choose from and organisational functions like file division to make the website-creating process as smooth as possible. 

Is Dreamweaver as good as other HTML editors?

The tool also includes code introspection which is designed to generate code hints that would help the developer when writing code.

Dreamweaver is similar to other HTML editors in that it allows the user to edit files locally before they are then uploaded to the remote web server via FTP, SFTP, or WebDAV.

Although the initial release was over 19 years ago, the product has been well maintained with recent versions including support for Web technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and other server-side scripting languages and frameworks.

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