Dreamweaver or Nothing for Website Developers?
First of all, this is not a recommendation for Dreamweaver. If the title sounds like a covert suggestion to use Dreamweaver, please accept my apologies.
All I want to do is tell readers why Dreamweaver is such a big hit amongst developers when it comes to creating websites and web applications.
So without wasting any more of your time, here goes:
Single Panel – Multiple Designs
Dreamweaver CS5.5 offers you a feature known as ‘Multiscreen Preview Panel’. This feature allows a single panel view for styling and visualize rendering for not only the PC but also for smartphones and even tablets like the Apple iPad. This has made the job easier for developers to corroborate styles and data and ensure that a particular website design is compatible across various platforms and devices.
Faster and Simpler Integration of Interactivity
Ease of Conversion with PhoneGap
If you haven’t been impressed enough, here’s something that might get you going. Dreamweaver offers developers a feature known as PhoneGap, which helps build native apps for iOS and Android platforms with relative ease. This is great news for developers who haven’t got a firm hold on the business of building and packaging native apps for these mobile OS. What’s more, PhoneGap is an open source framework, while helps you convert existing HTML into mobile compatible application, quickly and cost-effectively.
All-in-One Creative Suite
Adobe, the company behind Dreamweaver, also offers other creative suites such as the Adobe Flash Professional, Photoshop, and Fireworks, amongst various others. A seamless integration of these suites in Dreamweaver saves time during project development and also ensures that a website project is a coming together of the best of designing elements.
Adherence to Guidelines
Difficulty in adhering to W3C designing standards is a common refrain of web developers. No doubt, the exacting nature of W3C standards is a challenge but what is even tougher is validating the accuracy of the design. This is where Dreamweaver scores over the other designing platforms. There is an online W3C validation system integrated with the software that helps you judge the accuracy of the web design standards that you have used.
And the list just goes on.
To say that this is the complete of list of functional benefits that make Dreamweaver the first choice of web developers and designers would be doing a great disservice to the software. There are plenty of other aspects that make this a highly popular web authoring and editing software.
About the author: Mark Spencer is an Internet Marketing Consultant working with PLAVEB, which is a Professional Web Design and Custom Website Development Company based in Los Angeles, California.
Stay Connected, Subscribe to the Lakeshore Branding blog feed via RSS, email and you can follow Lakeshore Branding on Twitter!
What do you think? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.