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Battle of the WYSIWYGs: Adobe GoLive 6 vs. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX : Comments

By Jesse Nieminen

February 26, 2003

Comments

Rob Nelson

November 3, 2004 6:23 PM

Thank you this was very informative!

Joost B

January 5, 2005 1:17 AM

i agree

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.

Especially this last point, proprietary code, was the main reason why GoLive was bashed a couple of years ago. Adobe learned its lesson and now GoLive produces clean code, if also bloated at times, but never redundant, because it’s often using javascript code which has been made bullet proof to work with all modern browsers. However, by putting the java script in an external file code can be reduced to clean HTML 4.0 in GoLive.

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.

miki

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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