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      11.02.2009 08:10
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      Still a more than adequate web design piece of software

      Whilst everyone knows that Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 is nowhere near being the newest version of Dreamweaver on the market, it does still have everything you really need to be able to create your own web sites from scratch and put them live on the internet. Obviously newer version in the Adobe CS series' will have more features and may have been made easier to use, but that does not take away from the effectiveness and reliability of the MX 2004 version being reviewed here.

      Firstly, when opening the box, the installation is very easy and fast to do and the instruction manual, should you choose to use it, is comprehensive and easy to read. However, a quick search on the internet will find you lots of video tutorials for you to work through which, being a visual person, made it easier for me to pick up.

      The software interface may look a little daunting at first but it reall is very clear and gets easier by the day once you start to use it regularly. There can be no doubting the power of Dreamweaver 4 and I can proudly say that I had a web site up and running within 3 weeks of buying the product. Obviously my newer sites are a lot better though as I start to integrate Flash movies and Fireworks into the proceedings.

      If you are looking to use this as a coder or a designer it is definitely the program for you as you can easily use and switch between both set ups. You can even have a split screen mode which shows you both and as you click on an image or section of the actual design it will take you instantly to where that code is in the HTML / CSS mark up.

      The site set up menu is also very easy to use and assuming you have bought your hosting and domain and therefore have an FTP password, you can literally press connect on Dreamweaver and drag and drop the files to the world wide web. It really is that easy.

      To go through all the great functions of Dreamweaver 4 would take another 10,000 words or more so I will just leave you with a taster here and I think I have already wetted the appetite to buy this for anyone who was mulling it over. The great thing is that with newer versions on the market, the price for this version has shot right down as a result.

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      27.08.2002 08:57
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      General/Summary: When I first downloaded the game I thought excellent, couldn't put the mouse down because the campaigns were superb and the FMV's at the end of each campaign were incredible (they were half the reason I couldn't stop playing). After the campaigns I just lost interest. However I shall purchase the game to play online (cannot connect to battle.net with hacked version). Gameplay: Like I said in the summary, after the campaigns, you soon lose interest and given that you can complete the campaigns within a couple of nights, its not really worth it. Playing against the computer soon gets boring as there are no difficulty levels, and it would be better if you could interact with computer allies more. Graphics: What can I say, graphics great, cut-scenes sublime and the scroll to ground level option great. The starting intro is also very good. Sound: Good especially if you have a Creative EAX or Dolby Surround compatible card. However, if you have a slow system, the sound can get a bit jittery.

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      08.07.2002 05:03
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      Last night after days of waiting and foaming at the mouth, my copy of Macromedia Dreamweaver finally arrived and I can now say that by no means was I disappointed. Not the first of its kind, Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 has come along way to provide a intricate Web Designing Tool which shall make all those editing chores a mere dream. I recommend Macromedia over Front Page because of the range of exciting and web page enhancing tools such as flash and roll over images whereas the designs possible with Front Page are very middle of the road and typical of a boring and ordinary web site. Macromedia tools allow a complicated but easily designed, dreamy looking website to be set up. The images and applications are fresh and give a clean look to any web page. The navigation and interface of the application is very customisable. I'm not simply talking about colour but the actual tools and objects that are on display. From the main window you have the power to choose which tools should be on display and the size of their palettes. Unlike a lot of other Web Design applications, Dreamweaver's tool box can be completely hidden or moved anywhere on the screen so that you can see what you are doing better. In addition there are measurements on the screen so you know what design specifications you are working to specially when creating images in Photoshop. The help option is very useful as it takes you to a whole new web page like interface where you can search through a huge database of help files guaranteed to find what you are looking for. In addition to troubleshooting there is also advice on how one should go about setting up a web site and the things they need to take into consideration when doing so. This is in the form of a step-by-step guide. In addition to this, you can choose to load the demo and watch as Dreamweaver shows you how it should be done, at the end of the presentation you should be comfortable with the interfac
      e and controls of the application; all this without ever having to connect to the internet. However, when you do finally connect to the Internet a whole new world of Dreamweaver shall open up to you. As soon as you register there are a number of plug ins which the guys at Macromedia have been kind enough to produce and in addition to this they are free and relatively small files so you won't have to spend hours staring at the screen for your plug in to be downloaded. The tools are brilliant and range from simple text tools to complex flash tools, which will really improve the aesthetics of your site. The beauty of it all is the ease at which these things are implemented. Click on the link and do as you are told, within seconds you will have a roll over image or whatever you wanted, its as simple as that. When designing your website you also have the ability to view it as it would indeed be viewed in Microsoft explorer. Here you are given a true image of your web page and indeed it is easier to build on. Dreamweaver fully supports the animations etc of your images so don't be disheartened if the effect you are looking for such as fade to grey isn't available in the interface. I use Adobe Animation Shop to create animated pictures and I find that this is fully supported by Dreamweaver although I cannot vouch for every image editing software. Uploading files is simple and uncomplicated. Apart from the ease and help files, you actually see your file being uploaded so you know for a fact that it is up there in cyberspace. Just press synchronize and your entire efforts are uploaded. However, I must mention that Dreamweaver does have a few glitches and errors, as does any other piece of software that I have ever come across. Now the beauty of Dreamweaver is that rather that saying it is beaten, it provides online support and patches which shall get your version up to 100% health
      , now that's product support. Dreamweaver 4 is a saga in motion and I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about building a website of their own. In addition to Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop would be a nice addition as I can verify that the two are fully compatible. So what are you waiting for - weave your dream out!

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        16.10.2001 01:25
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        Dreamweaver 4 is for me quite simply the best web design and editing software around. There is seemingly hardly anything this application can't do, and it lets you do it all so easily. Using it is, in fact, a dream. I started my web design career using Front Page and produced lots of boring 'boxy' looking sites thinking they were fine. I then moved onto Hot Metal Pro, which was an improvement, but nothing prepared me for the way Dreamweaver 4 would change my working day. First, the interface. The great thing with D4 is that the interface is totally customisable. You choose what palettes you want to display (Objects, Properties, Layers, Frames etc. etc.) when you want to display them. So if you're doing a simple text page with maybe an image or two, you'd just have your properties box and maybe your objects palette on display. If you were playing around with layers, however, then you can have your layers palette up instead and maybe your behaviours too if you want do combine the two for some really funky functions. Back to those layers. They are just the best thing ever, enabling you to design just as you would on a DTP application like Quark. Then adding show-hide layer behaviours means that you can have a multitude of pages within a page, with you dictating just what is hidden and what is revealed when someone moves their cursor over certain objects. The commands are excellent too, letting you clean up your html in a jiffy, remove html tags from documents you've pasted in from Front Page or Word, and do site-wide reports that will pick up a whole host of potential problems for you. I use Dreamweaver combined with Fireworks, and the two compliment each other well, though I prefer to do my images first time around in Adobe. I then use Fireworks to add behaviours and dynamic functions, and vitally to slice large images and export them to Dreamweaver as html for faster downloading (Adobe Image Re
        ady can do this but not so efficiently I find). Publishing with Dreamweaver 4 is a doddle too. Just define your site, set your local and remote details and away you go with a simple click on 'synchronise' or 'put'. Publishing is very fast and, unlike with Front Page, for instance, you can see the whole process as it is happening like you can with a stand-alone FTP client. Learning to use Dreamweaver: I taught myself with the CD tutorial and the manual, and then went on an advanced course with a Macromedia certified trainer to really get to grips with html3 capabilities. If you're totally new to web design and you start with D4, you'd probably be best off with a Dummies book or a Sams Teach Yourself. Dreamweaver 4 combined with Fireworks costs around £350 (PC version, Mac slightly cheaper), or you can get D4 on its own for about £230 (again, Mac version a bit cheaper). Expensive compared to Front Page and Hot Metal, but worth every single penny if you're going to use it a lot. And once you've got it, you can register with Macromedia and download literally hundreds of add-ons for free, some of which are superb (and, alas, some of which are a total waste of time, but it's trial and error here). D4 isn't perfect. It has its glitches and quirks, but Macromedia are working ont hem and you can download patches from their site. Overall, I love this programme and wouldn't go back to anything else. I've only given a tiny taster of what D4 can do (I haven't even mentioned timelines). Do yourself a favour and download the trial version from macromedia.com NOW. NB. Although it's not perfect, I don't expect any software to be perfect, hence the 5 star rating.

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          07.10.2001 03:32
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          Ok Most People Look At The Price Tag Of Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 And Say How Can Something Be So Expensive But I Thought I'll Give It A Try And Went To Macromedia's Homepage And Downloaded A 30 Day Trial Version Of It And I Was Instantly Gob Smacked, I Couldnt Believe How Easy It Was To Use Frames, Use Flash Intros And Flash Buttons Also Use The Awsome Power Of Shockwave, From The Moment I Used It I Was Hooked And I Had To Get It, I Saved And Saved And Saved Untill I Eventaully Found It At A Computer Fair A Month Later Second Hand For Just £75 I Could Not Believe My Eyes And I Snapped It Up Very Quickly And Took It Home The Posiibilities Are Endless And It Can Also Bring You Money By Designing Sites For Other People And As You Build More, You Will Get More Experience When This Product Is Used With Fireworks Flash Maker You Have An Unstoppable Web Page Making Combination In My Opinion I would Download The Trial Version First Then If You Like Save Up For A Copy You Will Not Regret It, I Promise !, Namek_Assasin :)

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            23.09.2001 04:00

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            An excellent programme for developers worldwide! Although the it is very highly priced! - Advantages: Good Tips, Helpful, Quite a few extras - Disadvantages: Very Expensive, Hard to learn

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            20.09.2001 20:30
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            I've been using Dreamweaver since the early version 1 betas were released and even back then, it looked like something special. The fact is, you can build a complete site with Dreamweaver, with no need for any custom CGI scripting software, text editors or anything else. Obviously, you need to build your graphics in another program, but that's IT! If possible, pickup Dreamweaver and Fireworks together. They are (in my opinion), the best in their field and cannot be beaten by Frontpage and Photoshop, which I consider to be their closest contenders. Dreamweaver contains some really handy features. If all your pages have the same basic makeup, use a template and save yourself the hassle of recreating the design each time. Navigation bars can be easily implemented on EVERY page using the libraries feature. With libraries, you can put anything into a separate Library file (a navigation bar, copyright notice, even PHP/ASP) and add it to your pages. If you want to edit the content of the Library, it will reflect the change on any pages that include it. As I say, this is incredibly useful when using navigation bars. If you add an option to the navigation bar, you need only do it once. The other pages will be updated automatically. A lot easier than using SSI's or a server based updater and you also have the bonus of it being WYSIWYG. Dreamweaver 4 also features the Macromedia Extension Manager, which you can use to add new features to the software. The Macromedia Extensions website contains more than 1000 user created extensions which you can download. The extensions range from code manipulators to ZIP managers and can be VERY useful and save you a great deal of time. It's not all sweetness and light though, as Dreamweaver produces some really bloated code when inserting it's "Behaviours". The JavaScript it produces is pretty much undecipherable and the effects can rarely
            be dragged and dropped into another page of pure code without errors. Also, the FTP client is a little unstable, frequently crashing when unable to connect. Another problem I found is that (on Windows 2000), the Dreamweaver XML files that contain source code controls and menu options can frequently become truncated. Windows 2000 tries to fix them and from then on in until you reinstall DW, the code that Dreamweaver produces is unreadable (although still functional). Overall, a real time saver, great for sites that contain your OWN code, but not for sites that rely on Macromedia's interpretation of a rollover or moving text...also a bit on the pricey side!

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              19.09.2001 19:29
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              Now, not so long ago, say 10 years there was this thing called the internet, the home of geeks and computer nerds!. this incarnation of the internet was boring, plain text, no images and definatley no streaming media!. then came along HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language for those of you who don't know) and this revolutionised the internet, wow, images, text formating!!. this was done using text editors like notepad, and it took forever to create a page, hand coding all the tags, been there done that, until Macromedia Dreamweaver came along, this beast is any web profesionals dream, just type it in and it does all the coding for you, great, I hear you cry!, but this is not the only thing, oh no, in the most recent of offerings from macromedia, is version 4, this is the best yet, I use it all day in my day job, and then all weekend in my "other" job. It has very handy features suchas global find and replace, so say if you have misspelled a word 4000 times throughout a large site, you can just do a find and replace and dreamweaver dos it all for you, you don't have to edit each page painstakingly by hand. I would never go back to hand codeing. The only downpoint is, it has a very steep learning curve.

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                12.08.2001 05:47
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                Before I write this Op I would like it known I am a complete novice and this is my first website so hopefullt this advice will help newcomers how wish to Construct a webste…………….. When it come to writing a Web-Site you have so many different options of how to construct it and what program to use and you can even do it or do it on line. Well after trying out a few I have chosen Dream weaver 4 as the clear winner. I did check out other options – Online website creation – Not enough choice or control over your website tried to there templates and having to be online while writing ect the good side to online website creation is it’s cheap (FREE) but if like me you believe you get what you pay for well that says it all. Freebies off Magazines – Hot Metal Pro, Web plus 1, Web Personal Edition and a couple of others all had the same problems beside being older software (well it is free!) their interfaces were hard to manage the import of graphics the use of buttons inserting html (Dream weaver taught me that to) were always difficult the linking up of pages complicated. I think you get the Idea just could not get A software package that I could use. Microsoft FrontPage and FrontPage Express – Found these two program to be great at the time easy to use simple to get a good looking website easy to link pages ect where’s the problem now I hear you say Well after writing the website and uploading it I then find my I.S.P. (Tascali) doesn’t support the program as a lot of ISP’S don’t (check before you waste a lot of time!!). So finally Dream weaver 4 – At first it as a look of Photoshop 6(Very complicated) but it’s not once you get use to writing and placing things in layers (like text box’s in Word) Simple insert Layer and then fill it up with Words and pictures and pull it to t
                he exact place you want it. My first bit of advice is to draw your Home page and the links you want save it as a Blank and open it every time as a new page and insert new things so your pages are identical .You can Insert Flash buttons (ones that do things) and download new buttons inserts layers ect from the dream weaver website where programmers share there advice and creations. You will learn have to use html without it needing to be a big problem. The knowledge will creep in as the program helps you with it although there is no need to learn it at all if you don’t want to as the (what you see is what you get interface is great! “WYSIWYG”) There really is far too much for me to go in to as the program has so many extras if you get to know how to use them all or even need to use halve of them you are a better man/women than me. The end result is a professional software package capable of anything you see on the Internet Yet easy to get in to and produce a website for beginners like me while all the time encourging you to try new and more daring things out. The only problem with this package is the price £300 RRP or near as damn it but I think it is coming down in price at the moment. Please-please-please check out my website to see the results and give me your feedback as I don’t seem to be attracting many visitors (not dream weavers fault). The Website is www.Everley-Recipes.Co.Uk and you guested it is a Food site!! Yours hope it helps. Joe

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                  10.07.2001 04:15
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                  I used to use notepad to write my HTML code... the results were to say the least appaling! Then I got a Claris product... nothing really improved. Then one day a cousin of mine gave me a copy of Dreamweaver 2. That program just made me think...why did I waste my time trying to master the HTML code.. all i had to do was click a few buttons in Dreamweaver, and the desired was done!! I have followed Dreamweaver ever since... Dreamweaver 4 has a few improvements. For one thing there is now a lot of integration with Macromedia's other powerhouse Fireworks, and also Flash. A lot of Javascript control has been added, and small neat touches like the menus have been made better. I've made many websites now with Dreamweaver. And I can tell you that not one of them has had any errors - with Dreamweaver, you can tweak almost every aspect of your site without actually knowing HTML code. However I would recommend that you should know HTML to a small extent, so that you can do neat little tricks with mouse rollovers and other things. I wouldn't purchase Dreamweaver 4 by itself. It isn't as functional without Fireworks or Flash beside it. Perhaps that is just my adapted workflow. So whether you are a newcomer, or an advanced user, Dreamweaver is the web-design package to get. Trust me, it is fun to use!

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                    01.07.2001 19:43

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                    Good product but difficult to learn initially. Not the best web site editor around. - Advantages: powerful - Disadvantages: Expensive, hard to learn

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                    01.07.2001 17:53
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                    Dreamweaver 4 We all wish that one day we could have a website full of flashy Shockwave games, brilliant intro movies and some of the coolest features on the web. Until now, we have been stuck with the base HTML language to build our webpages or the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) software program. Frontpage was a significant step towards the perfect WYSIWYG program, but failed when you tried to include that little bit extra to your website. However, the masterminds of the internet, namely Macromedia, had the power to bring us the fourth installment of a wonderful program. Dreamweaver 4. What more can I say? Dreamweaver 4 has given us the opportunity to venture into the dazzling flashy graphics of the internet, all with great ease. It's tutorial system and many lessons that it offers, guides you through the first steps of your internet website creation journey. With immense ease, I was beginning to create a website that could actually work. And soon after a good hour, I was almost ready to create a website of my own. If there ever was such a program easier to learn than this, it would probably be called Dreamweaver 5! So now you've moved past the beginner stage and begun the intermediate part of your dream. Yet still you have not quite awoken to this dream. Only then do you realise the true extent of this product. Place in those cool buttons, where when you hover your mouse over it, it lights up or something along those lines happens! Shockwave and Flash can be added to website (considering Macromedia made these products, they have the ability to include them easily) to make your website different. You could evn create a good e-business website with Dreamweaver 4. Make your website what you want it to be. Then just when you think you've mastered everything, download more extensions for the program through the website or the special program it offers. Only now do you realise, this website designer tool could possi
                    bly be the best around. And believe me! Your £300 will definitely not be wasted on such an extensive, brilliant website designing tool. Dreamweaver 4 Hints and Tips 1) Before creating a website, make a folder dedicated to that website solely. Put all your images and every file on your website into here. 2) Gather information and images before you start. It always helps to have a forward knowledge of what your about to do. 3) Try not to upload anything to your website host before it is completed. You will get confused with the large amount of files to upload. Build up a good website and upload it all at once. Then when you add more things, create a folder (in the main website folder) called 'New Things Yet To Be Uploaded'. This will help you keep track of things you need to upload (simply move the files out of this folder once they have been uploaded) 4) Make sure the names of your pages give you a good, short desription of the page. A design like this helps: 'Main Site Name'_'Name of page (eg downloads)'_'Name of any sub pages (eg games)' 5) A good website always takes under 15 seconds to load up (in an average 56 kbps modem), unless it is a loading a video file. 6) Keep it simple, yet keep it informative. 7) Enjoy! Dreamweaver 4 - Easy to learn. Easy to master.

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                    14.06.2001 21:09

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                    Perfect for both beginners and experts alike - Advantages: Easy to use, Good Help guide - Disadvantages: None-really!

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                    01.06.2001 01:04

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                    Macromedia’s Dreamweaver is the most advanced way to create webpages. You can design them using plain HTML or in a WYSIWYG editor. Any webmaster would tell you that WYSIWYG is by far the quickest and easiest, but you can switch between modes at any time. As well as the basic HTML commands, you can add others, such as on mouse over images and interactive Flash (see my other opinion) text. It also lets you install PHP or SSI with ease, just leaving a small symbol to mark that it’s there. You can make templates in Dreamweaver for use with a script or program you have, and add pages by just entering text. You can also create CSS text styles and save them for use with Dreamweaver of any other HTML editor. Dreamweaver costs $299 from Macromedia.com, and if you ask me, is well worth every penny.

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                    23.05.2001 22:42
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