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General Discussion

Dreamweaver, why?


I am in the UK, and many of the job posts for web designers also mention Dreamweaver as essential or a good to have, from what I am learning here I cant see why its used in webdesign though?

Not sure if anyone here is also UK based, maybe working in the industry and can tell me how important it would be?

I say UK as from what I have found online is that dreamweaver is not used must in the USA and most people opt for hand coding, but then again the internet being the internet people do post lots of rubbish so correct me if im wrong!

From what I read on the abobe website it seems decent, long as you understand the code and dont use it as a replacement for understanding CSS/HTML and so on.

Shame being a member of treehouse wouldnt entitle you to a student version.

4 Answers

Tony Nguyen
Tony Nguyen
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Dreamweaver is very bulky and it takes too long to load. Plus it has features you don't even need. I highly recommend using Sublime Text. It's easy and lightweight with tons of great plugins and themes.

Well, here is a good review

I don't see it used much any more unless its a corporation or business that employs the developer and requires they use it.

With tools like Sublime Text, I don't think its as awesome as it used to be.

thanks ill check it out, but isnt Sublime Text just a text editor like notepad ++? I have the demo version and havnt really done much with it other than text editor.

It is, but it also has a file browser so you can see files, folders. Outside of that there are tons of plugins that do extra if you really need it. The only thing DreamWeaver has over it is the FTP, the live preview, and the addons it has... But the FTP is spotty sometimes, the live preview lies, and the addons are quirky at best.

ill check out the plug ins for Sublime, I think they have also fixed the dreamweaver preview, it apparently is a true preview according to the adobe website.

But still the problem is it seems to be mentioned on loads of job posts I have viewed as neeing dreamweaver experience, of CC at the very least which would mean I would need to get creative cloud anyways so would end up with dreamweaver as part of that.

I was just wondering as my goal obviously is a job and whilst id like to think they would prefer someone who can deliver more than someone who can use a certain tool, i was a bit unsure how important it would be to know in what seems to be a key tool.

I guess an example of what I mean is I mess about with 3d design quite a bit, I use blender which is free but you wouldnt get a job with just blender skills, you would need to learn a different tool (3ds max) to become employable simply because thats what they all use.