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Dreamweaver CC 2014: hands-on review

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Last week Adobe released a brand new milestone version of their suite of creative tools, including Dreamweaver CC 2014. Dreamweaver CC 2014 is already available to existing Creative Cloud subscribers by simply using the Creative Cloud website, or the desktop app, to download the new version.

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10 ways Adobe has transformed Dreamweaver

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The latest version of Adobe’s web design tool, Dreamweaver CC,  integrates with many Creative Cloud apps and services – allowing you to get your ideas and mockups online as fully-working sites or prototypes as quickly as possible.

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Adobe announces major update to Dreamweaver

The first new features have arrived for the CC version of the popular web design tool. Find out what Adobe’s added.


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Why I love this free alternative to Dreamweaver

Microsoft’s Expression Web 4.0 won’t cost you a penny – and Stefan Lindblad reckons it’s a worthy alternative to Dreamweaver.


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New Features of Dreamweaver CC

New Features of Dreamweaver CC

Adobe Dreamweaver is web design and developing application for creating websites and applications for use on multiple targets including browsers, devices, and tablets. Web-designers use Dreamweaver to create website prototypes using web-friendly artwork. Using CSS inspectors and tools you can create standard-based websites and applications that will easily flow across multiple screens. Web-developers use Dreamweaver […]

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Hands-on review: Adobe Dreamweaver CC

Adobe has today released the latest version of its suite of creative tools, including Dreamweaver CC. We got early access to the new version, and took it for a test-drive to see what’s new, and whether it’s worth taking the plunge into the Creative Cloud to get the latest version.


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How to Change Adobe Dreamweaver Code View Theme

You have probably been told that staring at bright computer screens for a long period is bad for your eyes. You might reply that we have dark themed websites and the dark backgrounds are cutting down on the damage caused. Plus, dark themes can make anything look a whole lot cooler.

If you work on Dreamweaver a lot, you might like this particular tip we have for you. We found a way to change the HTML view on Adobe’s Dreamweaver into ‘night mode’, thanks to

Dark Theme Dreamweaver

This is a really cool trick for coders, designers or developers working on Dreamweaver. It works on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, CS5.5, CS4, CS3 and on both Windows and Mac platforms. And if you don’t like it, it’s easily reversible.

Here’s how you set it up.

Changing Dreamweaver Coding Theme

First, you will have to download this Colors.xml file, the file that will change the colors of the HTML tags and its elements.

Replace Colors.xml file

With Dreamweaver closed, navigate to the folder where the Colors.xml file is.

For Windows XP:

For Windows Vista:

For Windows 7 & 8:

For Mac:

Upon entering the CodeColoring folder, you’ll see a single Colors.xml file.

Dreamweaver Colors

Rename the file to Colors_Original.xml. By doing this, you can keep the original file, for if you want to revert to default settings.

Dreamweaver Original Colors

Move or Copy and Paste the Colors.xml file into the same folder.

Edited Colors

Changing Background Color

With the light colored text settings inserted, you will have to change the default background color of the code window from white to black.

To do this, open Dreamweaver and press Ctrl + U to open the Preferences. Look for Code Coloring on the right panel and change the Default Background color setting to something dark.

Dreamweaver Background Color

A pure black background might not work so well because it will contrast with the white text too much, so a color like #2B2E46 works really well; you can experiment with other dark colors to find one that suits you best.

Dark Theme Dreamweaver

Revert To Default Settings

If you do not really like the change, the process is easily removed.

Remove the just inserted Colors.xml file. Then, rename the Colors_Original.xml file to just Colors.xml.

Dreamweaver Original Colors

Then in Dreamweaver, press Ctrl + U to open up the Preferences, click on Code Coloring on the right panel and change the Default Background from black to the color white.

Original Background

Adobe unveils new version of Dreamweaver

We reveal the biggest updates to the web design tool and why you won’t be able to buy the latest version in the shops.


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Dreamweaver revamped for the modern world

Can Adobe breathe new life into its ageing web design tool? We reveal what it’s added – and more significantly, what it’s removed – here…

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How to Create CSS Transitions in Dreamweaver

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One of the biggest new features of CSS3 are CSS transitions. The idea of being able to implement animation effects with css is exciting, because the idea of having animations that are cross-browser compliant is fairly new. Dreamweaver has integrated a new panel, giving you the ability to enable CSS Transitions in your websites. It is fairly easy, you just have to set things up properly first.

Below, I have a basic html document. I am just going to style the background property and have it repeat, so that you can see the effect.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<link href="transition.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />


I have created 2 small PNG files. They are both of the Twitter bird logo, and I saved them as transparent PNG files. One is red and the other is dark red. You can view the images shown below.



In your CSS Transitions Panel, click the “+” symbol and a dialog box will come up. In this box, you have to define the CSS rule that you are applying the transition effect to. We are applying ours to the body. Since we don’t have any css styles define yet, type “body” in the targeted rule text area, and select hover under the section called “Transition on:”.

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Next, you have to select which property that you want to place the transition on. For this tutorial, we are choosing to transition the background image. Click the + symbol and select background image from the drop down menu.

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Next, set the duration of the effect. This determines how long you would like it to take for the effect to transition. You can also set it to delay. I set this value to 1 second. You have the option to choose between seconds and milliseconds, which are typical in animation. The last option to choose from is the timing function, which determines if an item eases in, eases out, if it is linear, etc.

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The next thing that needs to be done is to select the end value. This determines what the end result of your transition is. If you don’t want to use images, you can also transition most CSS styles, such as color, width, etc. Dreamweaver will ask you in which stylesheet you’d like to create your transition. Make your choice and click create transition.

The problem is that since we had never defined a background image to start with in our stylesheet, we need to go back and specify one. Below is what the CSS looks like so far.

@charset "UTF-8";
body {
-webkit-transition: all 1s ease-in 1s;
-moz-transition: all 1s ease-in 1s;
-ms-transition: all 1s ease-in 1s;
-o-transition: all 1s ease-in 1s;
transition: all 1s ease-in 1s;
body:hover {
background-image: url(images/twit-hover.png);

We specified the hover image, but now we need to define the base image that we will start with. In the 1st body style, insert the following CSS:


The result depends on the browser that you are using. I have found that in Firefox, the transition is subtle, and it seems to ignore the ease-in effect. It still transitions from the first image to the second one. In Safari, however, the background delays and transitions smoothly from your beginning image to your final image with an ease-in effect in place. The result is shown below:

Starting background:
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Ending Background on Hover:

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You can also go back into your CSS, even in the ones featuring the transition, and define other rules, such as background position, no-repeat, and just about any other rule you can think of. Don’t think that because you defined a transition for a specific rule that you can’t apply other rules to it. Another interesting effect for your headers(or any text) is to animate a text shadow behind it. In the example below we will change the flat text into dimensional text with a shadow transition.

The CSS on the normal state:

h2, h2 a{
	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	text-decoration: none;
	-webkit-transition: all 2s ease-in .5s;
	-moz-transition: all 2s ease-in .5s;
	-ms-transition: all 2s ease-in .5s;
	-o-transition: all 2s ease-in .5s;
	transition: all 2s ease-in .5s;

The CSS when you hover over the text:

h2:hover {
	text-shadow: -2px 2px 3px #333;

The result is a smooth transition from a flat body of text, to a dimensional drop shadow behind the text. See the examples below:

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On Hover:
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The interesting thing about these transitions is that when you hover over the text, it transitions smoothly, but it also transitions smoothly back to is normal state as well. It doesn’t just jump abruptly back to the normal state, but transitions gradually back to its original state.


Using CSS transitions isn’t as widespread yet, due to its infancy. One thing to keep in mind is that not all CSS rules are available to transition. Dreamweaver provides the ones available, but you should also keep in mind that CSS transitions don’t display consistently across all browsers, so be sure to compensate for this so that you are left without an important style defined, such as your background. This is definitely a feature to look out for in the future, but if you want a new, interesting effect for your site, Dreamweaver can help you integrate it with the CSS Transitions Panel.

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