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This site was made and is maintained with Adobe Golive CS2 on Mac OS X.

There are probably inaccuracies in the description of Dreamweaver as I have not looked at it for a long time.

So far I have not worked with a commercial product that suited me better.

Golive was originally called CyberStudio, developed by a company called Golive, a group of Macintosh programmers in Hamburg (*).

I'm not sure the Adobe takeover was very productive.  Version 5 corrected a number of faults of the earlier one and (at least the Mac version) introduced a brilliant new little bug(**).

Golive CS2 is fine again.  Finally you can reliably follow a link:  when I'm editing a page in which there are links to other Golive pages, I expect there to be a simple way to follow a link and bring up the linked page for editing.  It existed in version 4 (though there it seldom worked).

Golive does not do CSS2 very well.  But it does everything better than that backward competitor, so-called "professional" tool called DreamWeaver.

Adobe wants Golive users to switch to DreamWeaver, but this must be either to please the DreamWeaver development team or because they want to push Flash or both.

DreamWeaver does not allow you to mark files against uploading.  Only folders can be marked and files of general types.  I like to keep the original PhotoShop or Illustrator files next to the png or svg files that I do upload.  I mark the source files in Golive and that works extemely well.  DreamWeaver is also exceedingly slow in deciding which files have changed, its pallettes for CSS are much more hopeless than those of Golive, I can't drag a file from the files window over my browser's window, the templates and library items are stored in folders that are mixed with my content, the handling of tables is primitive, etc.

In short, I just hate DreamWeaver, it's not productive.  But it is supposedly "professional".

Golive is not bad, but it too could improve.  That is now unlikely as Adobe has killed it.  If they adopt the good features of Golive into DreamWeaver, maybe we could be heading in the right direction.


(*) Yes, Germany, Europe, for those who need that precision.

(**) when you click on a file name in the site window, Golive selects the part of the name before the dot of the file extension.  If you then hit the right-arrow, you are supposed to end up with the insertion point at the end of the selection, i.e. just before the dot.  But lo and behold, Golive 5 then put the insertion point just after the dot! VERY annoying.  This was finally corrected in 7.0, but 7.0 was so slow that it was almost impossible to work with.

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