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Does Dreamweaver CS3 support the Visual Studio ASP.Net Master Pages?

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Does Dreamweaver CS3 support the Visual Studio ASP.Net Master Pages?  Specifically can I utilize Visual studio for creating the code / basic pages & master page template and utilize Dreamweaver for the graphical / html design/editing?

I am currently utilizing Dreamweaver MX 2004 and it does not display these pages properly but would upgrade if this was a feature of CS3.
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No, Dreamweaver CS3 doesn't support master pages the way Visual Studio does.
You can open up content pages and edit the html.
But if you try to open a *.master page, it only shows codeview and not design view.

I use DreamCS3 for design also...but usually just design in it, and then paste to VS.
If I need to make modifications, I usually create a new temporary html page in Dream and then copy/paste the html from the *.master page into the temp html file in Dream, then copy/paste back into VS when I'm done.

It's a pain, but VS is such a poor design tool and Dreamweaver is a poor ASP.Net IDE (as I'm sure you realize)
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by:bakraniar
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If you open a content page do you see any of the master page content?  i.e. banner navigation etc.. that is placed on the master page.
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>>If you open a content page do you see any of the master page content?

No, you only see the content page html
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There is a solution to the problem. I don't know if it works with older versions, but it works at least in Dreamweaver CS5:

Open MMDocumentTypes.xml. It sis located under "...Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CS5\Configuration\DocumentTypes". Add "master" to the document type APS.NET_VB and ASP.NET_CSharp.

<documenttype id="ASP.NET_VB" servermodel="ASP.NET VB" internaltype="Dynamic" winfileextension="aspx,ascx,asmx,master" macfileextension="aspx,ascx" file="Default_vb.aspx" writebyteordermark="true" newdocumentname="WebForm" mimetype="text/html">

<documenttype id="ASP.NET_CSharp" servermodel="ASP.NET C#" internaltype="Dynamic" winfileextension="aspx,ascx,asmx,master" macfileextension="aspx,ascx" file="Default_cs.aspx" writebyteordermark="true" newdocumentname="WebForm" mimetype="text/html">

It works like a charm.
Marcus

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