Dreamweaver CS5.5 vs Dreamweaver CS6

I am currently using Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 and am thinking of upgrading to CS6 because I don’t really like CS5.5. But I’m not sure what the main differences are between 5.5 and 6 so I’m not sure if it makes sense to pay hundreds of dollars to upgrade. Here are my problems with Dreamweaver CS5.5 –

FTP – The entire FTP functionality in Dreamweaver has always been incredibly slow and oftentimes completely worthless. It’s so incredibly frustrating that Dreamweaver’s FTP has always sucked, and 5.5 didn’t improve it at all.

New Site Manager – I miss the simple site wizard interface of Dreamweaver 4, now it’s a little complicated to get a new site set up.

Checking Cache Files – When you create a new site via the site manager, CS5.5 automatically checks thousands of files, oftentimes locking up my entire computer for a minute or two when there are no files to check since they don’t exist!

Hidden Notes File – Why the heck does Dreamweaver always create those hidden notes files everywhere?

Enable Cloaking – I hate how Dreamweaver CS5.5 automatically enables cloaking, meaning I can’t see the .htaccess file.

.htaccess File – Dreamweaver still does not consider .htaccess to be a valid file extension so it will never open it up!

And tons of other stuff that I can’t think of. Anybody know how Dreamweaver CS6 compares to CS5.5?


PDF Access Denied Error When Trying to Upload PDF with FTP

Another annoying thing I seem to run into way too often is when I have a PDF open in Adobe Reader and I try to upload that same PDF with Dreamweaver’s FTP, but I can’t because I get an “Access Denied” error message. Simply because the PDF file is open on my computer. Does anybody know if this is strictly an Adobe issue? For both Adobe Reader and Dreamweaver? Or is it just an Adobe Reader issue and that I should try using a different PDF viewer?

Oh, and Dreamweaver FTP sucks!

Google Analytics IP Address Tracking Script with PHP

Google Analytics is by far the most widely used web analytics software, free or enterprise level, but it has several downsides, including lack of IP address tracking. You are able to drill down to the Service Provider names but that does not provide enough detailed data, especially if there are several users that use the same ISP but are in no other way related to each other, which can be a problem when analyzing traffic data.

Google Analytics obviously uses IP address tracking in their system but they choose not to reveal that data to its users for privacy reasons. This really does not make much sense to me since nearly every other web analytics tool allows you to track IP addresses. But luckily there may be a way around that by adding custom tracking variables with PHP (although it may be against Google Analytics TOS, which I am not really sure what will happen if you break the TOS).

So, here is how you can do track IP addresses in Google Analytics with this PHP and JavaScript script:

“javascript:__utmSetVar(‘php echo IP address function’)”>

Now you will be able to look up IP addresses in the User Defined field of the Visitors tab in the Google Analytics dashboard.

Drag and Drop FTP Client – FTP Alert Prompt

I think every FTP client I have ever worked with utilizes a Drag and Drop feature to move files and directories throughout the site. I use Dreamweaver and Filezilla for 99% of my FTP sessions, and I’ve run into this issue with both clients. The problem is that on way too many occasions than I’d like to admit, I have accidentally dragged files to the wrong directory and ended up having no idea where the heck the files went. And on a handful of occasions, these inadvertent drags and drops completely break the functionality of the site. Yeah, yeah, I should be using versioning control but for most projects I work on, I am the only one who is working on it and they aren’t too terribly complex to warrant implementing an annoying version control client.

Anyways, what I would like to know is if Dreamweaver has an option to turn on an alert prompt to confirm that I meant to drag a certain file or folder somewhere… however, I don’t want it to alert me every single time it happens, only when I make a mistake. Somehow, I don’t think the technology to understand if a user made a mistake or meant to do what they told the computer to do is advanced enough or even really exists at all! 🙂

Dreamweaver FTP Sucks – Dreamweaver FTP Problems – Filezilla Plugin for Dreamweaver

Let it be said that I hate Dreamweaver’s FTP. Yes, Dreamweaver FTP SUCKS. The FTP client included with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, along with every other version of Dreamweaver that I’ve used, is so painfully slow and worthless. I’ve experienced way too many “Operation time out – canceling…” errors in a row for my own sanity. Sometimes it helps by ticking the Passive checkbox but that certainly does not completely the solve the problem, especially if you’re uploading a ton of files. If only there was a way to add a Filezilla plugin to Dreamweaver, then I would be happy. But of course that will never happen…


Stop Dreamweaver 8 From Creating _notes Folders and dwsync.xml File

Ever since I upgraded to Dreamweaver 8, I’ve been annoyed by the _notes folders that are automatically created in each directory of the site. Of course, they are hidden in the Dreamweaver file view but they are visible in Windows Explorer if you are not hiding hidden file types. I often find myself having to delete these folders whenever I package up website files to send to other developers or designers. This link below provides a solution so that Dreamweaver 8 never creates the _notes folders and dwsync.xml files in the first place.

“Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 creates an _notes folder, even when you have the preference turned off in the Design Notes category of the Site Definition dialog box. Dreamweaver also creates a dwsync.xml file inside the _notes folder. When you run Clean Up in the Design Notes category of the Site Definition, Dreamweaver does not delete the dwsync.xml file or the _notes folder. (Ref. 196185)

Dreamweaver 8 keeps file synchronization information in the dwsync.xml file which is located in the _notes folder. Although the dwsync.xml file resides in the _notes folder, it is not a Design Note. The Clean Up design notes command only cleans up MNO files.

If you don’t use Dreamweaver’s Synchronize feature, you can disable the “Maintain synchronization information” option from the Remote Info category of the advanced view of the Site Definition dialog box. This will delete all of the existing dwsync.xml files and stop the creation of future dwsync.xml files and _notes folders.

Note: Disabling the “Maintain Synchronize Information” option will prevent you from using Dreamweaver’s Synchronize functionality.”


Dreamweaver Password Recovery

I don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten the FTP password to a site in Dreamweaver and needed to decrypt it in order to figure out what it is, so luckily I found the site below to unveil the password for you: