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Efficiency Scores in Dreamweaver CS4 Beta

Adobe released the Dreamweaver (DW) CS4 beta on labs.adobe.com last week (along with betas for Fireworks and Soundbooth). The beta is available until final release for anyone with a CS3 serial number. If you use DW regularly, go get the beta! You can run the beta while still running CS3. This is a huge release, especially in terms of workflow efficiencies, with strong attention to standards.
My workflow to date generally involves efficiency-garbling tool-switching. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Dreamweaver (Find/Replace, FTP, Split View—seeing Design View while working in Code View, working on sites with DW templates/Contribute)
  2. Eclipse (JSEclipse, CFEclipse, PHP, synching with CVS)
  3. Firefox/ Firebug/ WebDev Toolbar (debugging & tweaking styles, testing standards & accessibility, debugging javascript)

Find-and-replace and ftp are hardly the main things for which DW is designed. That these are primary tasks for me in DW perhaps reflects the software’s (previous) focus on designers. CS4 represents strong attention to developer needs and workflow. It will be some time before I know if I can be as fast/effective with the new built-in tools for my tasks. I think it is likely that new features will reduce but not eliminate the need for round-tripping to more robust debugging tools. Nevertheless, it feels like someone was watching us work when they decided on a lot of the new functionality: hooray! Read the entire post: Efficiency Scores in Dreamweaver CS4 Beta

Kuler: Extract Colors from Photo

kuler screenshotI use a variety of color picker sites for inspiration, but I most frequently use Adobe’s Kuler (pronounced ‘cooler’). Like others, it has a variety of displays from which you can pick and adjust colors, a social aspect providing a means to benefit from the more artistic eyes of others, and the ability to export a set of swatches. I especially like the recently added ability to upload photos and have Kuler extract colors from the photo. You can influence which colors get extracted, selecting a ‘mood:’ colorful, bright, muted, deep, or dark. Of course, you can adjust which colors are picked as you wish. Watch a screencast of using the kuler image uploader/extracter.
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Adobe Buzzword Features & Accessibility

I’m intrigued by Adobe’s web-based word processor, Buzzword. (Adobe announced the purchase of the creator Virtual Ubiquity September 30th, 2007.) Buzzword is inviting to use, creates beautiful documents, has innovative file management and file sharing options. It’s built in Flex, using Flash (on the web) and AIR (on the desktop) so you can work online and offline. There are definitely areas where it has a ways to go in terms of features and accessibility.

During a demo, Rick Treitman, of Virtual Ubiquity, said “We don’t qualify as an accessible product, but Adobe has accessibility experts and I’m sure they’ll be crawling all over it.” Here’s hoping. He described Buzzword as an “ideal tool for students” and sees “students and educators as the bulk of early adopters.” Treitman indicated that they will be looking to Adobe to implement internationalization: “We’ve architected it properly to make that happen.” Documents can currently be saved as an MSWord doc, rich text file, html, or plain text. Encryption is not currently available.

screen shot of buzzword file list sorted by authorLike other web-based word processing platforms (e.g. Google Docs), you can share a document by entering someone’s email address. You can assign levels of access (co-author, reviewer, editor). You can sort your document list: alphabetically, by author, by your own roles, by last time you viewed the docs, by last time you modified them, and by file size. Read the entire post: Adobe Buzzword Features & Accessibility