Dreamweaver

Supported Product

Adobe Dreamweaver is the HTML/web authoring software application recommended for ISC's clients, including off-campus students. Dreamweaver is a solution for professional web site design and production. You can develop web sites, automate web site production, and enhance web team efficiency. Dreamweaver can be customized using HTML, JavaScript, and XML, for rapid Web development.

Please note that basic HTML skills are still essential for those who create or maintain web pages, and that some may want to configure Dreamweaver to call on a preferred text editor (such as BBEdit) for editing HTML code.

  • Important Notes: Some schools and units have standardized on the use of specific HTML/web authoring software applications and may not support Dreamweaver for their faculty and staff. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) strongly suggests that faculty and staff speak to their local support provider to determine which product(s) are supported locally before selecting HTML authoring software.

Windows compatibility

Dreamweaver versions CS5.5 and above are compatible with Windows 8.

OS X compatibility

Dreamweaver versions CS5.5 and above are compatible with OS X Mountain Lion.

Availability

Dreamweaver is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount. The Dreamweaver Creative Cloud version may be purchased and downloaded from Adobe's Dreamweaver web site on a subscription basis.

Training

ISC's Technology Training Services offers Dreamweaver training.

A number of Schools and Centers at Penn are providing lynda.com training to their faculty and staff. Considerable training is offered for Dreamweaver CS5.x and Dreamweaver CS6. For more information, see the lynda.com @ Penn page.

Related resources

Some schools and units have standardized on the use of specific HTML/web authoring software applications and may not support Dreamweaver for their faculty and staff. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) strongly suggests that faculty and staff speak to their local support provider to determine which product(s) are supported locally before selecting HTML authoring software.

Product history at the University

Various versions of Dreamweaver have been supported at the University since the early 2000s.

Dreamweaver 8.0.x and CS3 were on the supported products list for Fiscal 2009.

Dreamweaver CS3 and CS4 were on the supported products list for Fiscal 2010. This transition to a CS3 and above environment was made because 8.0.x was only partially compatible with Windows Vista and Mac OS 10.5 and above. Dreamweaver CS4 and CS5 were on the supported products list for Fiscal 2011 (this transition to a CS4 and above environment was made because CS3 is only partially compatible with Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6). Dreamweaver CS5.x and CS6 are on the supported products list for Fiscal 2013.

Beginning in 2013, Adobe moved away from a perpetual licensing model with their Creative Cloud suite. Dreamwweaver Creative Cloud is only available by subscription from Adobe.

Follow the steps below to configure SFTP transfers with Dreamweaver to origin.www.upenn.edu. These instructions apply to both the Windows and OS X versions of Dreamweaver.

    1. Launch Dreamweaver.
    2. From the Site menu, choose Manage Sites... . The Manage Sites dialog box appears.
    3. Click New... and select Site to define a new site, or highlight your existing site and click Edit... . The Site Definition for name of site dialog box appears.
    4. If you are in Dreamweaver CS4, click on the Advanced tab.
    5. Click Local Info in the left sidebar, and enter an appropriate name for the site (such as My Website in the Site name: field.
      • If necessary, set your Local root folder and Default images folder where you keep your local HTML and image files for your site.
    6. Click Remote Info in the left sidebar, and in the Access dropdown menu, choose FTP. Enter the following information accordingly:

      FTP host: origin.www.upenn.edu
      Host directory: The name of the web directory for which you have access (for example, /usr/local/ftp/html/directoryname
      or
      /usr/local/ftp/virtualhostname/html/directoryname if you use a virtual host on origin.www.upenn.edu).
      Login: Your account name, usually the same as your PennKey username
      Password: Your password on origin.www.upenn.edu (Set your local password)
      [Ensure the Use firewall checkbox is unchecked (temporarily uncheck Use Secure FTP (SFTP) if the option is grayed out)
      [Ensure the Use Secure FTP (SFTP) checkbox is checked]

  1. Click OK to dismiss the Site Definition dialog box.
  2. Click Done to dismiss the Manage Sites dialog box.
  3. You can now transparently upload or download files within Dreamweaver to origin.www.upenn.edu. Select Files from the Window menu (or press F8).
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Date Posted: March 15, 2013 Tags: Provider Resource, Supported Product, Adobe, Design

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