Dreamweaver MX 2004 or Dreamweaver 8?

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  1. dferigmu macrumors 6502

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    I really want to buy Macromedia Dreamweaver so I can update my Web site without having to go to school. Currently, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 academic is $100. The soon to be released Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 academic will be $200.

    My questions are:

    What's the difference between the two and is the extra $100 worth it for the updated version?
     
  2. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    i'm personally not sure what the diffrence is. I know that Dreamweaver MX, and MX 2004 are not that much diffrent, except for some of the ways in which you set codes in the action window. I'm sure there are many more diffrences of course, but those are the ones i remember off the top of my head.

    However, i am guessing that Dreamweaver 8 will be diffrent in some way now that Adobe acquired Macromedia.

    I was on Adobe's site last night and noticed alot more usage of what i thought was Flash [could have been AfterEffects]. i just took a Flash class during summer session, that is to me why it looked like flash.
     
  3. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    With the major difference in price, I'm thinking I would go with Dreamweaver MX 2004 if I were you. I think the main new features in Dreamweaver 8 are related to better visual CSS support.
     
  4. Voidness macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think this is the case here. Dreamweaver 8 has not been influenced by Adobe, since the work on it began before Adobe acquired Macromedia. I read somewhere on Adobe's site that the next version of Macromedia Studio (The one which was announced recently) will not be affected by Adobe.

    Since Dreamweaver 8 hasn't been released yet, I can't recommend anything. Dreamweaver MX 2004 certainly does the job. But the new features in Dreamweaver 8 mentioned on Macromedia's site look very promising (Especially in CSS and XML). Here's the list of the new features: http://www.macromedia.com/software/dreamweaver/productinfo/features/

    I like this one the most (well, not really, but it mentions Mac :D ):
    Too bad this feature was avalible in windows since Dreamweaver MX :(
     
  5. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    If you order Dreamweaver 2004 from Journeyed, they will give you the free upgrade to 8 when it comes out also they have it listed for $99.

    Link
     
  6. dferigmu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What exactly is CSS?
     
  7. dferigmu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will they really give you 8 totally free?
     
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  10. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    On most of the edu sites if you buy now they give you a free update coupon, so pay less now upgrade shortly ;) I'm thinking of doing this with the bundle set and saving $150.
    I think that you need to buy before Sept. 15 or 25th. but not sure :cool:
     
  11. dferigmu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean by edu sites?
     
  12. Euan macrumors regular

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    Educational
     
  13. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Thank you, yes I get (since I'm a student) a booklet for education discounts and the prices are good but look close to see if they are edu or full versions of the software.
    I know for a fact that Macromedia Studio MX 2004 is the full version ($149) and then they give you an update coupon for the next one due out soon.
    Just doing it this way will save (on an edu price) of $140, full price for next Studio will be $289 edu.
    Hope this helps if you are a student ;)
     
  14. Euan macrumors regular

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    Most always are. If not, sites will often give you a comparison between what you get with the full version and what comes in the student version.

    Failing that just ask them!
     

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