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By Jesse Nieminen
February 26, 2003
November 3, 2004 6:23 PM
Thank you this was very informative!
January 5, 2005 1:17 AM
Henning von Vogelsang
June 21, 2005 7:33 AM
One of the rare fair articles about the two competing solutions. However, I disagree with the comparison of interfaces and I think you’re missing a few important points.
GoLive’s bloated interface: Like in most Adobe applications, one can modify the number of palettes, as well as the number and order of tabs within palette windows.
Harder to learn: Neither Dreamweaver nor GoLive can remove the fact it is hard to learn HTML or CSS for a new designer, who gets in touch with web design for the first time. Dreamweaver however reduces the impact of this fact by providing easier access, or a not so steep learning curve. As a trade in, Dreamweaver produces malicious code by default, proprietary code that is hard to edit without using Dreamweaver (template files). In combination with Fireworks’ slicing function, which is a popular feature used by newbie web designers, the results are even worse. You will find thousands of redundant files in media- and html folders, often carrying numbers for names, making it hard to identify files once you have to make changes.
While I agree that there are specific improvements required, especially in terms of XML and true visual CSS layout editing, I’m positive Adobe will clean up a lot once they will merge teams with previous Dreamweaver developers. It’s clear to me the two applications will be joined, now that Adobe has purchased Macromedia. Hopefully, this will mean a benefit for all of us and not result in multiplication of bloated features.
July 11, 2005 8:23 PM
I find GL easier to learn, but if you want your sites coded by hand look elsewhere. Owerall i tested both programs and found that GL bas better html output then DW (in WYSIWYG mode)
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