Getting Started with Dreamweaver

by Nick Jensen on December 1, 2013

I have just taken my first bite out of Dreamweaver, and I must admit, I’m impressed. Dreamweaver offers a level of control which surpasses every other HTML software program that I know of. The fact that I can simultaneously type out HTML code and see its WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) equivalent makes me an instant fan of Dreamweaver. When I first started learning HTML, I used Coffee Cup HTML editor, which in itself, is a great program. However, I disliked having to open my files in a web browser every time I wanted preview my work. Yes, it’s a straightforward process, but it’s also tedious. Not having to constantly preview code will save me a considerable amount of time.

I have only begun my journey through Dreamweaver, so any high praise I express about the product may be a tad premature. If I had to list one negative aspect of Dreamweaver, it would be the layout. Learning how to preview tables and images is usually straightforward. However, I have found that using the CSS Designer can be quite disorienting. I am embarrassed to admit it, but it took me around fifteen minutes for me to find the properties window inside the CSS Designer. According to Adobe, the properties window is supposed to be right next to the sources and selectors window. I couldn’t find it. Then, after screwing around with the program for a bit, I noticed that there was one last window under the selectors menu. It was almost completely hidden at the bottom left border of my computer screen. When I widened the CSS Designer workspace, the properties tab finally popped into view. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying Dreamweaver so far, but I wish I had more workspace room. In time, I’ll get used to it though. I’ll continue to share my thoughts on Dreamweaver over the course of this month, so if you know or are interested in learning Dreamweaver, please feel free to read my blogs on the subject. Until next time, fellow STCers!

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