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Dreamweaver CS3 to CS5 - Can't Draw Layout Cells anymore?

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Hi Experts,

Kind of a weird question.  I've always created websites in Dreamweaver when it was Macromedia... then CS - CS3.  I just updated to CS5 and holy crap is it different.  I can't draw layout cells anymore and then place content within them?

I've created many different websites this way and they have all turned out great.  Is there anyway to continue in CS5 the way I used to do it before?  Or is that way all gone?

Thanks,
DJM
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It is gone.  I think they removed it in CS4.

You can still layout a site in Photoshop or Fireworks and export to Dreamweaver though.
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Wow...

So disappointing.  It was nice to draw everything out using a layout drawing tool and piece all of the puzzle pieces together to make the website.

It's like they made it harder to make a site rather than easier?  A lot more coding appears to have to be done now and CSS is a must.

Any other recommendations?  I've never used Photoshop for anything else but photo manipulation.
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It was just so much easier creating the puzzle pieces with layout cells all fitting together.
I've never used Photoshop for anything else but photo manipulation.

We will see how this works.  Otherwise it now looks like they made CS5 harder to use than CS3.  Now a much higher knowledge of coding will be required.

Any other recommendations?
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>> A lot more coding appears to have to be done now and CSS is a must.
>> Otherwise it now looks like they made CS5 harder to use than CS3.

Not so much harder as different and an attempt to be more standards compliant.  The old way of drawing a layout led to tables or absolutely positioned divs and in today's multi-platform environments those designs are just not as robust.  The replacement of the drawing tool with the pre-rolled CSS-based templates was probably welcomed by more people than decried.  You just happen to be in the minority that liked the tool.

Frankly, the drawing tool was always a poor substitute for Fireworks and now Photoshop but it allowed more people to work with just Dreamweaver standing alone.  Removing the tools almost forces a designer to purchase Creative Suite so you can see why it was in Adobe's interests...
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