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?



2 Responses to “Dreamweaver CS5.5 vs Dreamweaver CS6”

  1. Brae on May 22nd, 2012 6:01 pm

    Easy fix, stop using Dreamweaver. It’s always been garbage and will most likely continue to do so in the future.

  2. Nate on July 5th, 2012 2:33 am

    Hey mate I was just searching and came across your blog, I may never return but you never know 😉 I dont often comment on blog sites but my friend Im feeling your pain, and the above comment from Brae is erm augh how do we say, google “internet troll” brea and you’ll see a pic of yourself.

    I have been using Dreaweaver since the MX days and would have to say the leap from DW version 10 to 11 or as you’re naming them (both correct but im assuming youre using the full suite as I do), CS5 to CS 5.5 was painfull, CS5 was so buggy and slow and then for Adobe to have the cheek to release a 1/2 version that wasnt much better and expect us to pay for it, not release it as a patch saw me almost leave DW as I thought they were headed down the proverbial pooper, well my friend they saved themselves with CS6, ill address some of your questions.

    What you have to consider in my situation is I administer more than 15 sites with 2 of those having more than 30k pages, I as most still only use or have the need to use 1/2 of the program, but its got everything bundled, a one top shop if you will, where other progs require several other progs depending on what language you’re working in.

    FTP – Yes this has improved dramatically
    New Site Manager – Um I disagree I prefer the site manager so cant really offer an answer on that one 🙂

    Checking Cache Files – Yeah they fixed this, and you probably didnt uncheck “enable cache” its under “advanced settings” >>”Local info” in site manager, really its only needed if you are working on a local network with others changing, deleting or moving files, like me, but I can imagine its a pain if you’re not

    Hidden Notes File – lol this took me ages to find and I happened to stumble randomly across it, there is an option to “show hidden files”, you need to have it checked, goggle “dreamweaver show hidden files” its crazy that its not in a more obvious spot

    Enable Cloaking – the above should fix your cloaking prob

    .htaccess file – yeah I found that strange too, 🙂 CS6 its recognised whohoo.

    Generally all the stuff that really pissed me off since cs5 and even some of the stuff that didn’t work or was buggy back in cs4 like link checking etc, seems to be fixed in CS6.

    And no I don’t work for Adobe I friggin hate them as a corporation mainly because of the whole CS5 to CS5.5 thing but they have made amends, I just hope I never have to call support
    Whew I think I have craped on enough, but hope this has helped a bit buddy

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