Answers to frequently asked questions about Dreamweaver

Basics

What is Dreamweaver and who is it for?

Adobe Dreamweaver is the world’s most complete tool for web designers and front-end developers. It combines a powerful design surface and best-in-class code editor with robust site management tools, for you to easily design, code, and manage websites.

Dreamweaver 2017 has been redesigned with a modern interface and fast, flexible coding engine to give web designers and front-end developers easier ways to create, code and manage websites that look amazing on any size screen. This release of Adobe Dreamweaver 2017 includes an all-new code engine, completely refreshed user interface with selectable dark and light themes, support for modern web workflows such as CSS Preprocessors, and lots more.

First-class integration with Bootstrap lets you build responsive websites that adapt and scale to any browser, regardless of the size, screen resolution, or orientation. Deep integration with Adobe CreativeSync makes it easy to work with design assets from tools like Photoshop and Illustrator, along with the ability to browse and access stock photos from Adobe Stock.

As Dreamweaver is a part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates as soon as they’re available. Learn more about Creative Cloud.

What makes Dreamweaver different from other web tools?

Dreamweaver is a unique web development tool that lets you visualize your site in real-time as you are coding.

  • Code faster and with greater flexibility with Dreamweaver's new coding engine. Code hints help new users learn HTML, CSS, and other web standards, and visual aids like auto-indentation, code coloring, and resizable fonts help reduce errors and make your code easier to read. 
  • Dreamweaver supports common CSS pre-processors like SASS, Less, and SCSS, with full code coloring, and compilation, so you can save time and produce cleaner code.
  • Write more than one line of code at a time to quickly do things like create a bulleted list, update a series of strings, and make multiple edits simultaneously.
  • Quick Edit offers an inline editor for the relevant CSS within an HTML file, so you can make changes fast.
  • Quick Docs saves you time by displaying relevant Web Platform Docs reference information for CSS properties directly within Code View.
  • Load and open files quickly and get through projects faster with a new performance-boosted and clutter-free workspace designed for developers.
  • Preview your page edits in real time as you code without having to manually refresh your browser. 
  • Use Dreamweaver's FTP features to push your files on to a web server.

Where can I learn more about new features?

See the What’s New page for details.

How does Dreamweaver compare with earlier versions?

Check out the Dreamweaver version comparison.

How does Dreamweaver integrate with other Adobe creative applications?

Dreamweaver can be used with other Creative Cloud tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, and more to build beautiful, modern websites. You can also share assets and collaborate with others with the Creative Cloud Libraries integration.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Dreamweaver?

See the systems requirements for information.

Is Dreamweaver compatible with Windows 10?

Is Dreamweaver compatible with macOS v10.12 or OS X v10.11?

What types of documents can I open with Dreamweaver?

Dreamweaver 2017 can open and edit multiple document types. Some of the document file types that Dreamweaver can open and edit are:

  • HTML documents
  • Server-side Includes
  • JavaScript documents
  • PHP files
  • XML files
  • SQL files
  • SVG files
  • Json files
  • Library files (*.lbi)
  • Template files (*.dwt)
  • Style sheets (*.css, *.less, *.sass, *.scss)
  • Active Server Pages and Active Server Plus Pages
  • ColdFusion templates
  • Manifest (*.appcache)
  • Directory Configuration files (*.htaccess)
  • Text files (*.txt)

What type of code does Dreamweaver produce?

All the features in Dreamweaver produce HTML5 code to align with the latest standards in web development. With use of the code editor, you have the ability to write and edit code to suit your own development needs.

Can I create responsive web and mobile content in Dreamweaver?

Yes. Dreamweaver supports Bootstrap framework for mobile-first, responsive websites. Dreamweaver also includes responsive features such as Visual Media Queries and Fluid Grid Layouts.

Can I continue to use earlier versions of Dreamweaver?

Yes. If you already have a prior installation of Dreamweaver CS6, you can continue to use it as is. With a Creative Cloud membership, you can download previous versions of Dreamweaver at any time to use alongside your current Dreamweaver installation.

Free trials

Where can I get a trial version of Dreamweaver?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a 7-day trial version of Dreamweaver — and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to an All Apps plan, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.

Can I convert my trial version to a paid membership?

Yes. You can convert your trial to a Creative Cloud All Apps or Single App membership by purchasing on the Creative Cloud website. After you purchase your membership, your desktop product trial will automatically be licensed upon relaunch.

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Dreamweaver?

Learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

Using Dreamweaver

How can I get started with Dreamweaver?

Check out Dreamweaver Learn & Support for all you need to get started, with video and step-by-step-tutorials as well as comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.

Where can I find the manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the Dreamweaver manual on the Dreamweaver Help page.

How can I give comments or leave feedback on Dreamweaver?

Visit the Dreamweaver forums to provide feedback or have your support questions answered.

Where can I report a bug or submit a feature request?

You can use this form to request new features or suggest changes to existing features. You can also get to this link from the Help menu in Dreamweaver (Help > Submit Bug/Feature Request).