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I am a little new to dreamweaver I typically program webpages using notepad. So some of the features that dreamweaver adds I just don't get. However I believe I am having some bug or some setting is turned off that I don't know about.

My problem is that my pages are not saving, although (according to dreamweaver it is saving). It is not a cache problem.

After downloading the webpages (synchronizing) with the server I select one and edit it. I save the file and the asterisk in the title bar that signals that the page has changed disappears. However the file does not change on my computer. The changes cannot be viewed in the preview area, instead the old page is displayed and the mouse pointer changes to a circle with a slash. Uploading the code at the point would be pointless because the file on the harddrive has not changed, but when I do there are no changes, however the modifyed date does change. The file does not change.

Any ideas?
I think the biggest clue is that the mouse changes to a circle with a slash when I hold it over the design preview area.
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by:smurray20
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I am having the same problem with Ultradev 4.
Have you managed to solve the mystery?

I am also having a problem saving recordsets in the data bindings window - when i press the OK button the recordset has not actually been created.

Very confused and frustrated by this!
Suzanne
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prifre earned 400 total points
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Hi,

The only real solution to these problems is to upgrade to the latest version and hope the problems have been solved.
Regarding synchronization problems, I regard personally Dreamweavers FTP-handling as too buggy to be used on any slightly larger sites. It just does not work reliably. I myself use Total Command for ftp synchronization.

The problems that you both describe are due to problematic FTP-behaviour. If you open a file on the server, Dreamweaver downloads it and then enables you to edit it locally. When you then save the file, the file should by Dreamweaver automatically be uploaded onto the webserver. But since DW is buggy regarding FTP, if there are the least problems, Dreamweaver THINKS the file have been saved ok, but in reality, due to permission problems or compatibility with webserver problems, the file has NOT been updated, ie not saved.

The only good solution is to always separate the two tasks. 1) Edit files locally 2) Use FTP and synchronize/upload manually and check that it worked via a browser if uncertain. If you still have problems (due to incompatibilities with between DW&webserver, use some other FTP-program - WS-FTP, TotalCommander, etc There are MANY good ones.)

I mean - Dreamweaver is the best for webpageediting. But for uploading, there are far better (and more reliable) tools.

sorry
with a smile
/prifre
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ok by me...
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