Adobe Labs – Adobe CS4 Dreamweaver Beta

Adobe Labs – Adobe Dreamweaver Beta:

The top new features of the next version of Dreamweaver include:

Live View

View your web pages under real-world browser conditions with the new Live View in Dreamweaver — while still retaining direct access to the code. The new rendering mode, which uses the open source rendering engine WebKit, displays your designs like a standards-based browser.

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Related Files

Manage the various files that make up the modern web page more efficiently in Dreamweaver. The Related Files feature displays all the documents associated with your current page, whether CSS, JavaScript, PHP, or XML, in a bar along the top of your document.

CSS best practices

The Property inspector’s new CSS tab shows the styles for the current selection as well as all the applicable CSS rules. Hover over any property to view a tool tip with jargon-free English explanations of CSS principles. New CSS rules can be created and applied in the Property inspector panel and stored in the same document or an external style sheet.

Code hinting for Ajax and JavaScript frameworks

Write JavaScript more quickly and accurately with improved support for JavaScript core objects and primitive data types. Work with popular JavaScript frameworks including jQuery, Prototype, and Spry.

Subversion integration

Dreamweaver integrates Subversion software for a more robust check-in/check-out experience with file versioning, rollback, and more. Once you’ve defined Subversion as your version control system, you can update your site to get the latest versions of its pages directly from within Dreamweaver; no third-party utility or command-line interface is required.

Ooooh…. trying it out now.  Subversion integration is a big deal for me.  I’ve been a big fan of TextMate for quite a while now partially because of it’s subversion bundle, but I miss Dreamweaver’s templates and file/link management.  This beta trial could prove interesting.  Luckily for me, work’s provided me w/ access to a copy of CS3, so I’ve received the beta key that lasts more than the 2-day trial period.

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