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I've noticed a lot of folks say they use dreamweaver even if they don't use the WYSIWYG editor. So, what's the deal? Why choose dreamweaver at about $400 instead of the free apps that do the same thing?

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Well in my case they gave it

Well in my case they gave it to me for free at work. I'd certainly never pay for it.

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good question

I got it for free when I was learning CSS, and just never changed to anythng else.
1. I like the features it has. I love how it will display a windows explorer like window right inside DW.

2. I love how DW lets you set up "sites" on you local machine, that can be synched to you web server.

3. Sometimes the WYSIWYG is useful in seeing how things are nested, without having to go through all the code. If I click an object in the WYSIWYG window, it tells me the hierarchy from the current object; that comes in very handy.

4. I love being able to click an XHTML line of codeor an object in the WYSIWYG, and see all the styles associated with it without having to open the .css file.

5. There is tons of database tools and such, I dont know how to use.

6. It holds a library of all you persoanl snippets of favorite code.

DW just maks thing faster and easy. I never trust the WYSIWYG for layout. It is mostly always wrong.

Thats why I like it. To be honest, I've never really tryed anything else that does all this. If you have anything better, please tell me here.

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Well, would you buy it if

Well, would you buy it if you didn't get it for free?

I couldn't give you a suggestion for something else because I only use Visual Studio (Visual Web Developer Express is the free version I used for a while) but you probably wouldn't want to use it unless you are developing for Windows Servers. Much like you, I don't know anything that does what VS2008 does and I also don't use the WYSIWYG except for the same reasons you mention.

After using the free version for a while I did purchase the Standard edition because I thought it was worth the price. The Intellisense feature really helps, especially when working on something I've never done before.

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CupidsToejam wrote:I got it

CupidsToejam wrote:

I got it for free when I was learning CSS, and just never changed to anythng else.
1. I like the features it has. I love how it will display a windows explorer like window right inside DW.

2. I love how DW lets you set up "sites" on you local machine, that can be synched to you web server.

3. Sometimes the WYSIWYG is useful in seeing how things are nested, without having to go through all the code. If I click an object in the WYSIWYG window, it tells me the hierarchy from the current object; that comes in very handy.

4. I love being able to click an XHTML line of codeor an object in the WYSIWYG, and see all the styles associated with it without having to open the .css file.

5. There is tons of database tools and such, I dont know how to use.

6. It holds a library of all you persoanl snippets of favorite code.

DW just maks thing faster and easy. I never trust the WYSIWYG for layout. It is mostly always wrong.

Thats why I like it. To be honest, I've never really tryed anything else that does all this. If you have anything better, please tell me here.

Smile HTML-Kit does all of the above and oh so much more oh and it's preview pane actually works!, price? absolutely zilch, The Weaver of Lies is a con! :curse:

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I'm starting to explore

I'm starting to explore Eclipse or more likely Aptana Studio

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Hugo wrote: HTML-Kit does

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Smile HTML-Kit does all of the above and oh so much more oh and it's preview pane actually works!, price? absolutely zilch, The Weaver of Lies is a con! :curse:

Another I've not used. I am downloading it now. Wink

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It has a thousand and one

It has a thousand and one plugins that can be very useful but have to be hunted down on the site.

It does take some getting used to and in some respects is overblown with functionality so much so that at times you feel you are drowning in a sea of functions and desperately trying to remember where a menu item was.

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[quote=Hugo HTML-Kit does

Hugo wrote:

Smile HTML-Kit does all of the above and oh so much more oh and it's preview pane actually works!, price? absolutely zilch, The Weaver of Lies is a con! :curse:

I'm going to look into this, thank you!

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Off Topic Sticky

Toejam there's a sticky somewhere about the pros and cons of various editors you might like to hunt up.

ETA: Duh! First in the Off Topic forum :rolleyes:
http://csscreator.com/node/8308

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There is also NetBeans.

There is also NetBeans. I've downloaded it but not installed it yet. On a Mac, Eclipse seems very greedy for memory, this isn't bad if you're just using eclipse, but if you need to do anything else which needs memory (like PS or VM testing) swapping is a problem.

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I use it because I haven't

I use it because I haven't found anything close on PC (Mac is another story, Coda is simply unbelievably awesome) for code highlighting and built in FTP. I tried NetBeans, but it's Java and I just found it horribly slow and clunky. Not tried HTML-Kit, but I'm checking it out now Smile

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b3n wrote:I use it because I

b3n wrote:

I use it because I haven't found anything close on PC (Mac is another story, Coda is simply unbelievably awesome) for code highlighting and built in FTP. I tried NetBeans, but it's Java and I just found it horribly slow and clunky. Not tried HTML-Kit, but I'm checking it out now Smile

I like Microsoft's free Visual Web Developer. Mostly for use in developing ASP.NET sites and you'd have to not have a distaste for Microsoft. Wink It's definitely not for everyone but it is pretty sweet.