Adobe Dreamweaver is a web development tool initially created by Macromedia in 1997 and later purchased by Adobe Systems in 2005. It is one of the oldest and most recognizable pieces of website creation software.
Dreamweaver is currently available for Windows and Mac. Its last version is CC 2015, released in June of that year. It upgraded the software’s responsive design skills while adding features like website preview for mobile devices and a new code editor.
The latest update to that version, which came out November 2, now allows developers to edit CSS while working with HTML seamlessly, a complete redesign of the user interface, real-time preview in browser, a multiple cursor function, and much more.
What does Adobe Dreamweaver do?
Dreamweaver is a web development application, which means that is a software that coders can use to create websites. It provides the developer with a user interface (UI) where they will input the HTML and CSS code and allow them to edit it using various tools.
HyperText Markup Language (or HTML) is what generates the skeleton of a website. Web developers write long pages of HTML lines that describe how their site should look like, down to its size, its colors, its media support, the font, everything.
The Cascading Style Sheets (or CSS) are text files included in the website’s code that help to shape its appearance. Dreamweaver, like other web applications, gives developers some tool to work efficiently with these two elements and quickly create responsive sites that are full of content and load correctly on any device.
Dreamweaver uses what is called a ‘WYSIWYG’ interface, which stands for ‘What You See Is What You Get,’ meaning that displays what the website will look like in real time as developers edit its code.
How to use Adobe Dreamweaver: Tips & Tricks
Dreamweaver has many tools to make the experience of writing code faster and less tedious. For example, HTML and CSS usually separate themselves in other web applications, but with Dreamweaver, you can bring your CSS to the screen by just pressing Ctrl+K, which puts the CSS properties on the top of the screen.
Also, to avoid writing the same line of code over and over again, a process that many web developers encounter, Dreamweaver allows users to press down Ctrl to mark multiple lines of code for the user to edit simultaneously.
Dreamweaver’s new main screen is bigger and users can change the color of the background to one that allows them to read lines of code better. By pressing Ctrl+U, users can open the Preferences panel and use the ‘Code Coloring’ option to edit this.
Adobe’s official Dreamweaver website contains a broad range of tutorials for both beginners and experts on the software’s capabilities, how to build a basic internet site, understanding code terms, and more.