Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development tool from Adobe Inc.. It was created by Macromedia in 1997[1] and developed by them until Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005.[2]

Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014.1 running on OS X Yosemite
Developer(s)Adobe Inc. (2005–present)
Macromedia (before 2005)
Initial releaseDecember 1997 (1997-12)[1]
Stable release
CC 2019 ( / January 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows 10 version 1703 and above, macOS 10.12 Sierra and above
TypeHTML editor, programming tool, integrated development environment (IDE)
LicenseTrialware software as a service

Adobe Dreamweaver is available for the macOS and Windows operating systems.

Following Adobe's acquisition of the Macromedia product suite, releases of Dreamweaver subsequent to version 8.0 have been more compliant with W3C standards. Recent versions have improved support for Web technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and various server-side scripting languages and frameworks including ASP (ASP JavaScript, ASP VBScript, ASP.NET C#, ASP.NET VB), ColdFusion, Scriptlet, and PHP.[3]


Adobe Dreamweaver CC is a web design and development application that uses both a visual design surface known as Live View and a code editor with standard features such as syntax highlighting, code completion, and code collapsing as well as more advanced features such as real-time syntax checking and code introspection for generating code hints to assist the user in writing code. Combined with an array of site management tools, Dreamweaver allows for its users to design, code and manage websites, as well as mobile content. Dreamweaver is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tool. You can live preview of changes for the frontend. Dreamweaver is positioned as a versatile web design and development tool that enables visualization of web content while coding.

Dreamweaver, like other HTML editors, edits files locally then uploads them to the remote web server using FTP, SFTP, or WebDAV. Dreamweaver CS4 now supports the Subversion (SVN) version control system.

Since version 5, Dreamweaver supports syntax highlighting for the following languages out of the box:

Support for Active Server Pages (ASP) and JavaServer Pages was dropped in version CS5.[4][5]

Users can add their language syntax highlighting. code completion is available for many of these languages.

Internationalization and Localization

Language availability

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 is available in the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean (Windows only), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.[6]

Specific features for Arabic and Hebrew languages

The older Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 also features a Middle Eastern version that allows typing Arabic, Persian, Urdu, or Hebrew text (written from right to left) within the code view. Whether the text is fully Middle Eastern (written from right to left) or includes both English and Middle Eastern text (written left to right and right to left), it will be displayed properly.

Version history

Legend: Old version, no support Older version, still supported Current stable version Latest preview version Future release
Developer Major version Minor update Release date Notes
Macromedia Old version, no longer supported: 1.0 1.0 Dec 1997 First version. Mac OS only.
1.2 Mar 1998 First Windows version
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0 2.0 Dec 1998
Old version, no longer supported: 3.0 3.0 Dec 1999
UltraDev 1.0 June 2000
Old version, no longer supported: 4.0 4.0 Dec 2000
UltraDev 4.0 Dec 2000
Old version, no longer supported: 6.0 MX 29 May 2002
Old version, no longer supported: 7.0 MX 2004 10 Sep 2003
Old version, no longer supported: 8.0 8.0 13 Sep 2005 Last Macromedia version. Included with Adobe CS2.3.[7]
Adobe Systems Old version, no longer supported: 9.0 CS3 16 Apr 2007 Replaces Adobe GoLive in Adobe Creative Suite
Old version, no longer supported: 10.0 CS4 23 Sep 2008
Old version, no longer supported: 11.0 CS5 12 Apr 2010
Old version, no longer supported: 11.5 CS5.5 12 Apr 2011 Supports HTML5.
Older version, yet still supported: 12.0 CS6 21 Apr 2012 A perpetual license (download without ongoing payments) version and a cloud (subscription) version exist with differing menu structure.
Older version, yet still supported: 13.0 Creative Cloud 17 June 2013 The perpetual license option is dropped in this version.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Older version, yet still supported: 14.0 CC 2014 18 June 2014 DOM visualization tool, Live View upgrades, CSS Designer upgrades.
Older version, yet still supported: 15.0 CC 2014.1 6 Oct 2014 Ability to view and extract design info and images from Photoshop documents (PSDs), new templates, Live View upgrades, and 64-bit architecture.
Older version, yet still supported: 16.0 CC 2015 16 June 2015 Responsive design capabilities with visual media query bars, direct integration with the Bootstrap framework, ability to preview and inspect content on mobile devices, and improvements to the code editor.
Older version, yet still supported: 17.0 CC 2017 2 Nov 2016 Adobe release notes - Redesigned code editor, e-processor support, real-time preview in browser, quick editing of related code files, changes to UI
Older version, yet still supported: 18.0 CC 2018 19 Oct 2017 Adobe release notes - URL Test Button, Save Credentials, Search Bar support, Conflict icon is now displayed
Current stable version: 19.0 CC 2019 15 Oct 2018 Adobe release notes - JavaScript refactoring, ECMAScript 6 support, New CEF integration, Security enhancements

See also


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