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Using CSS to create drop caps in your design can be cumbersome. If you’ve used dropcap.js, you know it’s a much easier way to realize your design. The good news? We’ve made it even easier for Dreamweaver CC users with a native dropcap.js extension called Dropcaps.

Now you can enlarge the first letter of a paragraph or section of text to catch readers’ attention and jazz up your design.

 

Dropcap first character

Dropcap first character

 

Let’s take a look how you can do that in a few easy steps:

Installing the Dropcaps extension

  1. Quit Dreamweaver CC.
  2. Make sure you have installed the Creative Cloud Desktop App. 
  3. Make sure sync-files feature is turned on and not paused. 
  4. Make sure you have installed a compatible Adobe application.
  5. Install the Dropcaps extension from the Adobe Add-ons page.
  6. Check that you have acquired your Add-on.
  7. Restart Dreamweaver CC 2014.1 so that the Add-on can be enabled.


Using the Dropcap extension

  1. Launch Dreamweaver CC.
  2. Open your web page in Dreamweaver.
  3. Select the required paragraph:
    • If you are in Live View, simply click the text element.
    • If you are in Code View, position the cursor inside the text or tag, or select the text.
  4. Open the Dropcaps extension dialog box by selecting Window > Extensions > Dropcaps, or by using the Keyboard shortcut = Cmd+Alt+L on Mac; Ctrl+Alt+L on Windows.
  5. Specify the following details in the Dropcaps extension dialog box (see Figure 1):
    • Height: Number of lines that the height of the drop caps element spans. Counting is from top to bottom.
    • Baseline (optional): The line number to which the base of the drop caps element aligns with. Counting is from top to bottom. (Default value: same as height)

No. of characters (optional): The no. of characters to which the drop caps effect should be applied. (default: 1)

Dropcaps Extension

Dropcaps Extension

 

  1. Click “OK”.
  2. File > Save to confirm changes.

 

Note: An ‘extDropcaps’ folder gets created in the same directory as your web page. This folder contains the JavaScript for the drop cap effect, and needs to be uploaded to your publishing server along with the rest of the files and scripts.

To edit the drop cap’s properties, select the text element, open the Dropcaps extension, and edit its values.

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Best,

The Dreamweaver Team

 

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The latest release of Dreamweaver CC has not only introduced new features but also has major improvements to existing ones such as the CSS Designer and the Element Quick View. We’ve created a couple of videos to provide an overview of these features and the enhancements we’ve made in Dreamweaver CC.

CSS Designer

This video provides an overview of the CSS Designer panel and highlights the improvements to it. In this video you’ll learn how to:

  • Start a page design with the CSS Designer.
  • Work with the CSS Designer visual controls.
  • Use the panel’s workflow enhancements.

You’ll also take a look at how Live View integrates with the CSS Designer feature, making web design easier than ever.

Element Quick View

The Element Quick View panel lets you easily modify the HTML structure of your page with a tree view.  In this video you’ll get an overview of the feature and learn how to:

  • Use the Element Quick View to precisely insert elements into your website.
  • Easily edit the structure of your website.
  • View editable and dynamic (read-only) elements.

 

Where to go from here?

Download Dreamweaver CC and give these features a spin. Adobe has published thousands of free learning tutorials and videos for all skill levels: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. We encourage you to continue to provide your feedback and input as this is what shapes our products.

Best,

Dreamweaver Team


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Today we’re excited to announce the 2014 release of Dreamweaver CC! This latest version will improve your productivity and streamline your web design process, making it quicker for you to build and edit your web and mobile projects.

Can’t wait to get your hands on it? Download Dreamweaver CC now.

Here’s what you’ll find in this release:

New Live View editing

This update adds new editing features within Live View, which was upgraded to use a brand new rendering engine last August. You can now visually edit your page and preview changes without switching between display modes and constantly refreshing.

 

Need to change an image? Click on it and swap it out. Need to edit text? Change it without having to scrub through your markup. With Element Display, you have quick access to CSS selectors, tag information, image editing properties and text editing and formatting, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time with development tools to decipher how and where CSS properties are applied. Now, you can click on HTML elements inside of Live View and immediately see the element tag, applied CSS selectors, so you can quickly add or delete selectors found in your stylesheets. You now also have access to the CSS Designer, Insert Panel, Properties Inspector and other panels to quickly build and edit your page within Live View. Learn more about how to use Live View features here.

Element Quick View

Navigating HTML markup can be tedious since all your tags get lost between the content that fills your page. With the Element Quick View you get access to a display list of all the elements within your DOM (kind of like an elements panel for HTML) without having to sift through the noise of additional markup. Inside of this view you can view applied CSS selectors and rearrange, duplicate or delete elements. Your selection is also highlighted in both Code and Live views to see where the element lives on your page. Learn more about how to use the Element Quick View here.

 

Copy/Paste CSS

Copy > paste > edit is an old and cumbersome method of writing CSS that’s error prone. Now in the CSS Designer you can right click on a selector to copy all of the applied styles and paste them onto a new selector. You can filter what you copy by layout, text, border, background or animation styles and even navigate to live websites within Dreamweaver and grab styles from there. It’s the little things that add up.

There’s more you’ll find in this release, including new video tutorials to help you get started, site management certificate support and other improvements and bug fixes. See a full list of what’s new here.

Dreamweaver CC Video In-App Gallery

Grab the latest version Dreamweaver CC and see for yourself how these features work and can improve your productivity. This release was made possible by feedback from users like you – you can now provide your feedback directly within Dreamweaver CC(Help>Submit Bug/Feature Request) or through our community forums. Thank you for your continued support and help.

 

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Have you ever wondered where interior designers go for inspiration and ideas? More than 70,000 of them rely on the Trade Only Design Library (TODL), a site that connects them with sellers of goods for residential and commercial interior design projects. For manufacturers, TODL is also a great resource, generating 4,000 targeted leads monthly.

To keep both buyers and sellers engaged and make the site easier to navigate, TODL recently redesigned the site using Adobe Dreamweaver CC. Executive Creative Director Scotty Smith appreciated how Live View and Code View in Dreamweaver CC saved him time and helped him improve the site’s code. The responsive website is now easily accessible by designers in the office on a desktop computer or at a job site using a tablet or a smartphone.

TODL benefitted from working with tools in Adobe Creative Cloud and looks forward to taking advantage of even more time-saving features and services. “Adobe Creative Cloud has already saved us time by enabling us to easily share files, send links to files that can be viewed using standard web browsers, and integrate a wealth of creative new features into our designs,” says Smith.

Read the full story: http://adobe.ly/1eC7rUU

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21

Adobe Dreamweaver Survey 2013

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The Dreamweaver team is conducting a customer feedback survey. The objective of this survey is to connect with you, our users, and figure out from as many of you as possible what’s working in Dreamweaver and what isn’t. 

Your feedback is important to us. Participation in this survey is voluntary and your responses are completely anonymous. 

The survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete. Once you have completed all survey questions, please remember to click the “Submit” button to send your response. 

  • To begin, click on the link below.
  • After completing each page, the page will scroll down to the next question.
  • Scroll up or down If you need to change an answer.

We know your time is valuable, and we appreciate your participation. Thank you very much for helping to improve Adobe Dreamweaver.

 

To take the survey, click below: 

http://bit.ly/18bhS2n

Best,

Tareq Aljaber

Product Marketing Manager

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We’re thrilled to announce the #DreamweaverInAction series. Many of our customers have shared their great work and stories, so we decided to pass it along to the community.

The primary aim of this series is to show off our customers’ exciting work, inspire further creativity by sharing ideas and cultivate a discussion about the modern Dreamweaver. It will also help our featured customers get exposure through Adobe’s social channels and website.

We kicked off the series by showing off the creative work of AltaSartoria web design agency. Claudio Caciagli, lead designer and developer, has just launched this stunning responsive website http://altasartoria.com

AltaSartoria web design agency

AltaSartoria web design agency

 

We followed that up with an inspiring example by designer Jordan Flower, who used Dreamweaver and WordPress to create a business at Keys Apparel that supports victims of human trafficking.

Keys Apparel

Dreamweaver & WordPress site.

 

Do you have a great story to tell? Tell it to millions of Adobe customers. Send us your website or work you’ve created with Dreamweaver CC and be part of the story. You can share your story by sending us a message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AdobeDreamweaver) or tweet it with the (#DreamweaverInAction) hash tag.

 

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When the first version of Dreamweaver launched, the web had only begun to emerge as a viable platform, and its capabilities were a fraction of what they are today. Since then, the web platform has changed dramatically, and continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

Designing for an evolving platform means that the tools one uses must also evolve. To best serve our customers, we are modernizing Dreamweaver to provide an all-in-one visual tooling environment for creating websites and mobile content. To do so we are streamlining the user interface, introducing new ways to tackle key areas of the web design process, and removing support for technologies that are not widely used by our customers.

Our first task has been to streamline the User Interface, which we have begun by consolidating several workflows (such as font management) and simplifying parts of the application (such as the Document Tool Bar and the Insert Panel). In addition, we have begun to identify and remove parts of the application that are redundant. We have already removed 10 panels, 14 dialog boxes, and 62 menu items. A simpler UI means fewer steps to accomplish your tasks, and fewer interruptions to your workflow.

The modernization efforts also include the introduction of the new CSS Designer panel in Dreamweaver CC. In future updates to Dreamweaver we will be overhauling the HTML & CSS preview / inspect / edit workflow, file and site management and collaboration in the app, responsive design tooling, performance, and more. Dreamweaver will also continue to receive regular updates that expose the evolving capabilities of the web and further integrate tools and services that improve productivity.

As we remove older features from Dreamweaver, we recognize that some customers may still depend on existing workflows/technologies. Therefore, in addition to making Dreamweaver CS6 available through Creative Cloud, we are also providing some alternatives. The table below covers some of the features we have removed, and the list of the extensions or workarounds that will enable affected customers to continue using Dreamweaver CC as part of their existing workflows.

Removed feature / functionality

Extension/Workaround

Additional information

Server Behavior, Bindings and Components Panels and Database feature There is a single extension to restore these features. Extension is available at:* Vista/Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CC\Configuration\DisabledFeatures* Mac OS X: /Applications/Adobe Dreamweaver CC/Configuration/DisabledFeatures

To install, follow instructions in the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB2vmNfcq7A

 

ASP, ASPNET, JSP Support There is a single extension to restore these features. Extension is available at:* Vista/Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CC\Configuration\DisabledFeatures* Mac OS X: /Applications/Adobe Dreamweaver CC/Configuration/DisabledFeatures These extensions are in MXP format. To convert them to the correct format, please follow the instructions in this video: http://youtu.be/8bzlrjHGsQcTo install, follow instructions in the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB2vmNfcq7A

 

 

Spry There is an extension to replace Spry datasets with jQuery datasets. It is available for free on Adobe Exchange. More info here:HTML5 Data BindingsBootstrap Extension  Replacement provided via deep integration with JQuery UI & JQuery effects. You can still download Spry from Adobe GitHub.
Widget browser Widget Browser was the only way to manage Spry extensions across Adobe applications. For more information please visit the following link:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/widgetbrowser/
ColdFusion Support ColdFusion has a dedicated IDE (ColdFusion Builder) that serves the development needs of the ColdFusion developers & community. Download ColdFusion Builder 2. Note: You can also open ColdFusion documents from within the files panel in Dreamweaver. Please click here for step-by-step instructions.

 

While Adobe has tested the extensions listed above with Dreamweaver CC, we do not provide support for functionality provided through extensions.

In addition to the extensions we’ve provided, we are particularly excited about two new extensions for Dreamweaver developed by DMXzone. They provide modernized replacements for two Spry workflows featured in previous versions of Dreamweaver. More information is available at:

HTML5 Data Bindings
Bootstrap Extension

We have just begun the modernization process and invite you to voice your opinion. We are committed to taking action on customer feedback and remaining as transparent as possible about our future plans.

Best Regards,

Tareq Aljaber

Product Marketing Manager

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We are pleased to announce the release of a modernized and streamlined Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver CC is the all-in-one visual tool to efficiently and intuitively create, publish and manage websites and mobile content.

New in Dreamweaver CC:
Create immersive web experiences with the new CSS Designer and visually apply CSS properties such as gradients, box shadows, and more. Dreamweaver CC is committed to producing clean, web-standards code, enabling you to design without the need to hand-code.

Dreamweaver CC also includes enhancements to its responsive design framework, Fluid Grid Layouts. We’ve addressed key usability issues to improve the design workflow, and to help you visually construct and build responsive websites that render properly on multiple screen sizes and devices.

Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC

Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC

By removing deprecated features and technologies, we are clearing the way to provide optimized features that support the latest and most relevant web technologies and standards. Our aim is to provide the ultimate user experience – a collection of productive and modern visual development features in a single tooling environment.

We have just begun the modernization process and invite you to voice your opinion. We are committed to taking action on customer feedback and remaining as transparent as possible about our future plans. More details will follow on what the modernization effort entails in Dreamweaver CC, and we eagerly await your feedback.

Over the past 12 months, we have been expanded Dreamweaver’s integration with many Creative Cloud services and tools. One of the many benefits to being part of the Creative Cloud is that you can access the vast and ever-growing Adobe Edge Web Fonts library. Also, with web technologies evolving rapidly, Dreamweaver CC helps you keep up by implementing features and addressing issues quickly. Creative Cloud members will receive regular updates to Dreamweaver.

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Another benefit of integration with Creative Cloud is Sync: Dreamweaver CC lets you sync both site settings and preferences, streamlining your creation workflow. Sync in seconds and start creating without the need to recreate or manually copy and paste files. With Dreamweaver CC & Creative Cloud, the creative world is at your fingertips.

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We are pleased to announce that Dreamweaver CC will be available to our customers to download very soon. With many new features and enhancements, the new Dreamweaver CC is modernized, lighter, smoother and easier to use than ever. Dreamweaver CC is THE all-in-one visual tool for building and creating mobile and web content.

The new CSS Designer in Dreamweaver CC provides a visual interface to let you quickly and intuitively work with CSS properties such as gradients, box shadows; CSS Designer helps you get your work done quickly and efficiently.

In addition, Dreamweaver CC comes with a streamlined workspace; a modernized UI and smoother workflows help you work more efficiently and intuitively. We have been focusing all of our energy and resources on making sure Dreamweaver supports the latest and greatest web and mobile technologies such as HTML5 and HTML5 forms, jQuery mobile support, CSS3, SASS / Less and more.

Constructing and building responsive layouts can be challenging for web designers, and requires learning new skills, but Dreamweaver CC is here to help. By using the enhanced Fluid Grid Layout feature in Dreamweaver CC, users can visually design & lay out their websites to display nicely on different screen sizes for desktop and devices.

Dreamweaver CC brings typography to the party and gives you access to the vast and ever-growing Adobe Edge Web Fonts library. You can use any of Adobe Edge fonts in a few clicks.

Building native mobile apps for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phones never been easier with the tight integration between Dreamweaver CC and PhoneGap Build. You can now publish and package your web content as native mobile apps in moments.

Dreamweaver CC, as part of Creative Cloud, boasts tight integration with many CC services and tools, and you can now easily sync your website settings and preferences from anywhere. Anything you need, whenever you need it, is at your fingertips with Adobe Creative Cloud. Watch our video to learn more about what’s new In Dreamweaver CC

 

Make sure you sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud. We look forward to seeing all the exciting work and experiences you will build with Dreamweaver CC. Buckle up and enjoy the ride on Adobe Creative Cloud.

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A few months ago I updated the live chat tool for one of the websites I manage so that it would proactively pop up after a visitor had been on the site for a couple of minutes and had viewed several pages. The pop-up is pretty intrusive which concerned me from a user experience standpoint, but I thought I would try it out anyway.

Here’s how the chat popup looks — you can’t navigate the site without closing it:

Proactive chat popup

We’ve now been running the proactive for four months, and the increase in the number of online chats it has generated is quite substantial:

Month Increase in # of chats
September 2011 433%
October 2011 211%
November 2011 195%
December 2011 195%
Average 258%

A 200%+ increase in the number of chats was certainly more than I had expected. Not surprisingly, I was also concerned about the negative impact in might have on other visitors who might find it too intrusive and instead choose to leave the site.

Fortunately, we have not seen any spikes in exit rates that could be attributed to this, nor has our conversion rate gone down. In fact, over the last quarter the site has experienced its highest ever revenue, although this is likely to be due to other activities and campaigns we have underway.

Despite its intrusive nature, we’ll be sticking with the proactive chat popup. If you are running an online chat service on your website — especially if it is an ecommerce site — and do not have it set to proactively pop up, you might want to test whether you can drive more chats this way.

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