Adobe Dreamweaver

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Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Icon.png
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014.1 Screenshot.png
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014.1 running on OS X Yosemite
Original author(s) Macromedia
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Initial release 1997; 18 years ago (1997)[1]
Stable release CC (2015 - / June 16, 2015; 2 months ago (2015-06-16)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Windows
Type HTML editor, Programming tool, Integrated development environment (IDE)
License Proprietary

Adobe Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development tool developed by Adobe Systems. Dreamweaver was created by Macromedia in 1997,[1] and was maintained by them until Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005.[2]

Adobe Dreamweaver is available for OS X and for Windows.

Following Adobe's acquisition of the Macromedia product suite, releases of Dreamweaver subsequent to version 8.0 have been more compliant with W3C standards. Recent versions have improved support for Web technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and various server-side scripting languages and frameworks including ASP (ASP JavaScript, ASP VBScript, ASP.NET C#, ASP.NET VB), ColdFusion, Scriptlet, and PHP.[3]


Adobe Dreamweaver is a web design and development application that provides a visual WYSIWYG editor (colloquially referred to as the Design view) and a code editor with standard features such as syntax highlighting, code completion, and code collapsing as well as more sophisticated features such as real-time syntax checking and code introspection for generating code hints to assist the user in writing code.[4] The Design view facilitates rapid layout design and code generation as it allows users to create and manipulate the layout of HTML elements. Dreamweaver features an integrated browser for previewing developed webpages in the program's own preview pane in addition to allowing content to be open in locally installed web browsers. It provides transfer and synchronization features, the ability to find and replace lines of text or code by search terms or regular expressions across the entire site, and a templating feature that allows single-source update of shared code and layout across entire sites without server-side includes or scripting.

Dreamweaver, like other HTML editors, edits files locally then uploads them to the remote web server using FTP, SFTP, or WebDAV. Dreamweaver CS4 now supports the Subversion (SVN) version control system.

Since version 5, Dreamweaver supports syntax highlighting for the following languages out of the box:

Support for ASP.NET and JavaServer Pages was dropped since version CS5.[5]

Users can add their own language syntax highlighting. In addition, code completion is available for many of these languages.

Internationalization and localization[edit]

Language availability[edit]

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 is available in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean (Windows only), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.[6]

Specific features for Arabic and Hebrew languages[edit]

The older Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 also features a Middle Eastern version that allows typing Arabic, Persian, Urdu or Hebrew text (written from right to left) within the code view. Whether the text is fully Middle Eastern (written from right to left) or includes both English and Middle Eastern text (written left to right and right to left), it will be displayed properly.

Version history[edit]

Provider Major version Minor update/alternative name Release date Notes
Macromedia Old version, no longer supported: 1.0 1.0 December 1997 First version. Mac OS only.
1.2 March 1998 First Windows version
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0 2.0 December 1998
Old version, no longer supported: 3.0 3.0 December 1999
UltraDev 1.0 June 2000
Old version, no longer supported: 4.0 4.0 December 2000
UltraDev 4.0 December 2000
Old version, no longer supported: 6.0 MX 29 May 2002
Old version, no longer supported: 7.0 MX 2004 10 September 2003
Old version, no longer supported: 8.0 8.0 13 September 2005 Last Macromedia version. Included with Adobe CS2.3[7]
Adobe Systems Old version, no longer supported: 9.0 CS3 16 April 2007 Replaces Adobe GoLive in Adobe Creative Suite
Old version, no longer supported: 10.0 CS4 23 September 2008
Older version, yet still supported: 11.0 CS5 12 April 2010
Older version, yet still supported: 11.5 CS5.5 12 April 2011 Supports HTML5.
Older version, yet still supported: 12.0 CS6 21 April 2012 A perpetual license (disk version) and download only (Cloud version) exist with differing menu structure
Older version, yet still supported: 13.0 Creative Cloud 17 June 2013 The perpetual license option is dropped in this version.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Older version, yet still supported: 14.0 CC 2014 18 June 2014
Older version, yet still supported: 14.1 6 October 2014
Current stable version: 16.0 CC 2015 16 June 2015
Legend: Old version Older version, still supported Current version Latest preview version Future release

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dreamweaver system requirements at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2009). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  2. ^ "Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia" (PDF). Press Releases. Adobe, Inc. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Learn to build dynamic websites and web applications". Dreamweaver Developer Center. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  4. ^ David Powers (July 12, 2010). "Time to Learn PHP? Dreamweaver CS5 Is Here to Help You". Pearson Education, Adobe Press. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Adobe Dreamweaver CS5: System Requirements and languages". Adobe Systems Incorporated. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  7. ^ "New Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional Enhances Adobe Creative Suite 2.3". Adobe Systems. 18 September 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2014. Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium also bundles Dreamweaver® 8 
  8. ^ Adobe's Subscription-Only CC Release Carries Obvious Upside But Big Risk | Forbes
  9. ^ Adobe exec: Creative Cloud complainers will love us once they try us (interview), VentureBeat
  10. ^ Adobe's Move to the Cloud Incites Anger and Other Top Comments, Mashable
  11. ^ Adobe Creative Cloud: Reactions, responses and reassurance | Macworld UK
  12. ^ Neil Bennett (15 May 2013) Analysis: The real reason Adobe ditched Creative Suite for Creative Cloud, Retrieved on 2013-07-21,
  13. ^ Adobe’s Creative Cloud Sparks Thunderous Revolt, 25 May 2013,
  14. ^ Some Artists Give Adobe's Cloud Switch a Critical Review, Fox Business

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