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This article is very specific and is only intended to help if you are installing Dreamweaver 8 in a Windows 7 environment with Office 2007 installed.   I'm not sure why Microsoft tends to release OS' that should not be released but they do.  Windows ME and Vista are a few examples.  I was using Vista Business for a long time and had lots of problems with it.  After having enough, I installed another drive and installed W7-64 pro on it and slowly started to move everything over as I needed them.  Everything was working great until I tried to install Dreamweaver 8.  It installed fine but would not run steady.  Random crashes everywhere and W7 compatibility would not solve it.  The problem was most prevalent when opening files and Windows Explorer opened up, while browsing Dreamweaver would shut down.  Then I noticed that browsing more that 3 levels in any directory structure would almost guarantee a crash.

All of this said, there is a solution and it turns out to be simple.  As it turns out there is a compatibility issue with Dreamweaver 8 and the Groove option of Office 2007.  Groove is a feature of Office that allows users to create a workspace where files can be shared with others.  This feature modifies the Windows Explorer tool to allow for this feature to work.  Dreamweaver does not like this and will not work with it.

The fix, simply click add/remove features in the Office installation program and remove the Groove feature (see attached picture).  Just like that …
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Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 is a WYSIWYG web page editor that has advanced HTML, CSS, and Javascript rendering functionality and is probably the most well-known HTML editor available.

Much of Dreamweaver's appeal centers around the Design View interface, which does a pretty good to very good job of rendering a page's CSS and HTML into a fair approximation of what the browser will display via the WebKit framework.  Unlike a typical preview, web page authors can continue to edit the page content in this mode and, depending on settings, see placeholder icons for line breaks, positioned elements, code snippets, and much more.

Some users complain that Design View reacts so slowly as to become almost unusable and report having keystrokes take between two and three seconds to reflect on the screen.  This can be due to one of several factors:

1) Due to the load of having to draw and redraw the layout and CSS styles as the author types content into Design View, Dreamweaver may become a little laggy.  This information comes from David Powers (author of several books on Dreamweaver and one of Adobe's Community Professionals) in a slightly acrimonious Adobe forum thread. According to Mr. Powers:
Rules that apply to the <html> or <body> tags or that affect more than 10 elements force Dreamweaver to repaint the page completely.
His solution is to make sure your CSS declarations are as tightly targeted as …
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Thanks, good info. At one point, we got new 1000mbs switches at our location. Life was better but we had already gone to using local disks in our site defs. Then several of us moved away and we all went 99% remote. Due to budget cuts, our group doesn't get personal attention any more from PC/LAN admins. We're often on different versions of DW. It's futile to fight the machine so we just stick to site defs with local files on individual PCs, remote files on a web or file server depending on the project. Subversion would be a good idea but we just set up a check-in/out procedure that everyone follows and that has been sufficient for collaboration.
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Check-In/Check-Out works fine if and only if the following is true:

"procedure that everyone follows"

Because Dreamweaver allows other Dreamweaver users to overwrite CI/CO at whim.  So one bad user can ruin the whole thing.  Subversion will protect against that, at the price of complexity.
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I still run into .cgi files every now and then. In some instances, I actually prefer the simplicity of a .cgi script to other options. Since I use DreamWeaver extensively, what I needed was a way to open .cgi scripts in Dreamweaver. And I wanted to do it in a way that would support DreamWeaver's color coding and syntax highlighting as well. I also wanted to be able to open files with a .cgi extension by double-clicking on the file rather than launching Dreamweaver, searching for the file, etc.

First, a little background for the youngsters: Before PHP and ASP became popular, Web developers used the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) to process forms and such. A URL was used to point to a CGI script on the server (usually in the cgi-bin folder) and the form could be processed. The CGI script could be built in any of several languages, the most common being Perl. And a great way to simplify everything was to name all CGI scripts with the .cgi extension. In this way you could configure your webserver to treat all files with a .cgi extension as CGI scripts.

The first step was to find out how DreamWeaver decides which file extensions are supported. I scoured the internet for information on how to add file extensions to the DreamWeaver program. After several hours of searching I finally came up with a way to achieve our goal!

You will need to edit two files to add the .cgi extension with the full capabilities of Dreamweaver CS3, 4, 5, and beyond. These two files are an .xml …
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For those who don't know, Adobe Dreamweaver is a popular commercial web editor that enables you to design, build and manage complex websites. The editor is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web editor, which means that you can create your web page visually and whatever you see on the screen while developing appears in the viewer's browser when published.

This article describes how to get started with Dreamweaver.  We'll leave it up to you do create your web site's content.

Creating a site

You must define a Dreamweaver local site folder for each new website you create. Dreamweaver needs to know where your site files are in order to create all the internal links correctly and to update them when you move files to a different location within your site.

When you open Dreamweaver you can choose to "Create New Dreamweaver Site" from the Welcome Screen, or you can always select New Site under the Site menu. You will be presented with the Wizard to create a New Site.  You can follow the Basic Wizard to create the site, but we will Choose Advanced on the Tab Menu for this example.

1. Local info

Type in the name for your web site, this is the name just for you to use with Dreamweaver.  Choose the Local root folder for your project. This folder determines where on your computer the website files are saved. Choose Default images folder. Leave the check on "Links relative to Document".  Type the URL of your web site. This is the real …
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Kechka,

Great step by step tutorial.
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cool thanks!
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