Adobe’s Dream Weaver is what you need for web designing! (This is not a promo ad) For those learning about creating html or CSS and the general process of creating a web page this program really is a dream. Using it for the first time I must admit it is a bit challenging but once you know which buttons to push you’ll find the program is very user friendly.
So what can you do using Dreamweaver?
Well open a web page…what do you see? Tables, text, changing fonts, adding images, loading videos and photos, creating a online portfolio – all this is possible. While you code you can view your work in split mode which allows you to see what your website will look like on the web. If code is entered incorrectly you will be able to pick it up by looking at your web preview or by the sections Dreamweaver highlights. If you open a tag to put in an image <img> the tag will turn pink, but if it is not closed with </> it will no longer be pink and you will know that you need to close your tag if you want your image to appear.
Also for those learning every code off by heart…relax. Dreamweaver has preset codes all line up for you, once you’ve entered in the first part of a code, a drop list of suggestions will appear which allows you to select the code you need. Some may argue that this features makes for lazy web designers who don’t learn code but make use of the suggestions. Once you have put together a web page you also have the option of viewing the layout according to different browsers under the ‘check page’ tab click on ‘check browser compatibility’.
Dreamweaver keeps things organized under a managed site wherein you place all images used or sites created. Although Dreamweaver is an amazing app for any designer to have I wouldn’t be rushing too quick to the stores just yet…it proves to be very costly.