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Dreamweaver MX 2004

by Macromedia
Windows 98 / 2000 / XP, Macintosh
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:    Windows 98 / 2000 / XP, Macintosh
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the professional choice for building web sites and applications. It provides a powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support, enabling developers and designers at every skill level to create visually appealing, standards-based sites and applications quickly. From leading support for CSS-based design to hand-coding features, Dreamweaver provides the tools professionals need in an integrated, streamlined environment. Developers can use Dreamweaver with the server technology of their choice to build powerful Internet applications that connect users to databases, web services, and legacy systems.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I have used Dreamweaver 4 and MX. MX is certainly good enough to keep using, especially if your client websites are mostly maintenance projects. If you're still into DW4, you may be falling behind the proverbial power curve.
I've been using MX 2004 exclusively for about a month now. Buying wasn't an easy decision. When I purchase any piece of software, I don't just fill-out some requisition form, I have to spend my own hard-earned dollars. I read and re-read the other opinions posted here at Amazon before I ventured forth and downloaded a trial copy. To be honest, I found some of the criticisms valid, but most just never materialized for me. In fact, I'm more than satisfied that it was a great decision to move up to the new Version 7.0.
Here's my take on the 'cons:'
• 2004 does take a little longer than MX to crank up, probably on the order of 5-6 seconds longer. Regardless, if you run Photoshop, Illustrator or for that matter any Adobe application, you'll find the Dreamweaver MX 2004 start up still very speedy in comparison.
• Other critics have mentioned DW MX 2004 crashes especially with other programs running. Sorry, I just haven't had an occurrence.
• The FTP is just as smooth as MX. The coding seems to work fine for me. I can't identify any sluggishness or other maladies.
But, my computer is a PC running a Pentium 4 (2.40 GHz ) with 512 MB RAM on a very stable Microsoft XP Pro OS. Yes, it is a relatively "fast" computer with enough Ram to run the applications that I need to build my websites. It should be. You can't haul 25 tons of bricks with a pickup truck. If you're investing in top-of-the-line software, you need to have the hardware to support it. (MACs?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I use it for professional and personal use. June 8 2004
I owned Dreamweaver MX, and then bought MX 2004. Overall I'm glad I did, but I could see how some people might not need to upgrade. I mostly like the changes in CSS. It's added some wysiwyg functionally for certain CSS stuff. It does seem slower to load though. I run it on a 1.0GHz Pentium M Tablet PC with 512 MB of RAM and it takes a bit to come up but after it does performance is fine. Then it also takes a while to close. I really enjoy using macromedia though and would DEFINITELY recommend it over Frontpage which I used before I switched a couple years ago.
Also, I noticed some people complained that MX 2004 takes a REALLY long time to load. I might add taht 7.0 was the original version released and then they released an upgrade to version 7.1 for free (that you can get at macromedia.com) and it is supposed to improve "overall performance and stability" according to macromedia, but the version I bought came with v 7.1 so I never experienced 7.0. This could make a difference though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Upgrade, but . . . May 14 2004
I'm one of those people who tends to upgrade their more expensive software every other versaion rather than every one. That being said I've used both DreamWeaver 2 and 4, but never MX (5).
I didn't notice a lot of improvement in version 4 over 2, so I wasn't that anxious to do the upgrade. But I have to say that I love MX 2004! I won't go into an extensive list of things that I can do in this one that I couldn't before, but suffice it to say, there are a lot of them.
The biggest improvements to me are the more integrated workplace and the ditching of the floating palets. I hated the floating palets! I used the drop-down menues instead because they bugged me so much! I also love the improved FTP/Site Management interface. Secure FTP, people!
The tool is slick and powerfull. Well worth the cost to upgraders. The bad thing: It doesn't like my Amazon Associates code! It tags them as invalid HTML and ignores them when it uploads the site. As a result, I still have to edit those pages in FrontPage and uplaod the site using a traditional FTP client. Not good (this is why it only gets 4 stars).
Also, in the next version Macormedia should add an "as you go" spell checker or at least put a button for spell check on one of the button bars. This is another thing I use FrontPage for. I edit my more text intensive pages in FP and then import them into Dreamweaver.
Don't waste your money on the full suite, though. With the exception of DreamWeaver, none of them are worth the money. I'm glad I qualified for the Academic version (and discount).
The tools are overrated and over priced. If you're a web designer there are free or inexpensive tools that do what you need from Freehand and Fireworx.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what people are saying April 19 2004
I'm giving this a test drive with their free month trial. I love it already.
Web design is something very new for me. I'm a novice if there ever was one, to be sure. A few books, a few months of experience using Frontpage 2000, and little else is all I have coming to this program.
Even with my little background I already love it. There is a preciseness, a degree of control which I never found in frontpage. It is easy to use, though its significantly greater options make it more complicated at first to learn. I have yet to look at any book, and have already in a few days found my way around to do a basic page.
What is wonderful is I know that once I learn this, my only limitations will be my own skills. Frontpage always had a degree of distaste, for I knew it was a limited program.
As far as the negative reviews, which honestly made me consider whether to even try the trial, they're not up to date. Macromedia has released a very large patch, fixing most of the problems. I'm using a 850Mhz Pentium III with 380 mb of memory (a five year old computer, with a bit of updates) and I haven't the slightest bit of slowdown or other issues. It's clean and easy, and has expanded my web design world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade? What upgrade? Just problems
Upgrade? What upgrade? The older versions were much better than this one. This new version runs very slowly, adds redundant and unneeded tags and crashes more often than Windows... Read more
Published on June 25 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars buggy
I used earlier generations of Dreamweaver for years for Website design and maintenance. I was a fan, including of MX. Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Barnard D. Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems
I have been using MX2004 for close to 6 months now and I never have had any problems. I am running WinXP Pro and always have several other applications open at the same time (such... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Andrew H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy it if you Plan to Upgrade Your Computer
I bought this back in November and have only found it moderately useful. It works to do a drag-n-drop type layout, but if you have to interface with a database and even do... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Platinotype
1.0 out of 5 stars buggy to the nth
Having previously used Dreamweaver Version 4 to maintain a five- year old website, I finally bit the bullet and updated to Dreamweaver MX 2004. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Jim Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver 2 and 3 were better
Ditto to everything "arryman" said below. I am an Art Director and I recently upgraded from version 3. Read more
Published on March 9 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, works like magic
I decided I wanted to try designing my own web site but I'm not really a computer person. To test the water before I dove into it financially, I got the HOT Macromedia Dreamweaver... Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by Atheen M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars PC version review
I have used (not owned though) every version of Dreamweaver. Yes, 2004 MX is slower to load, but once I get into actually using it, I notice no speed drop. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
I personally use dreamweaver in my web design class at school, and i think its an exceptional piece of software. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Matt Gardner
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