Dreamweaver: Disable Searching for New and Changed Files

I use Adobe Dreamweaver 8, and every time I go to work on a large website (where I have a large number of files on my local server), I get a little pop up dialog saying:

Opening Site WebsitesinaFlash.com

Searching for new and changed files.
You can safly stop this if you have not
changed any files outside of Dreamweaver…

Here’s a quick screenshot of the dialog that pops up:

Searching for new and changed files.

Searching for new and changed files.

This has been getting increasingly annoying, as if I don’t his stop, it takes up to 10 seconds to finish the scan. Most of the time when I do hit stop, it lags for 6 seconds and then stops.

Dreamweaver 8 Deleting Usernames and Passwords

I had a problem a long time ago, and again recently, and figured I’m not the only one to have this problem:

Every time I close and open my Dreamweaver 8 (weather I restarted my computer in between or not) I would not be able to connect to the website I had been using last. The username and password for that website was gone. I would have to manage that site in Dreamweaver, and add in the username and password again.

The guys over at Phoenix Development wrote a great blog post with a link to the Dreamweaver 8 update you need to install to get it to work.

Apparently the bug is created when you have Internet Explorer 7.0 and Dreamweaver 8 on the same machine. I have no idea why this would delete your usernames and passwords, but it does.

Ashton Sanders

Dreamweaver Tip – Hidden Files

Dreamweaver 8 is my current FTP client of choice. I am also a LAMP programmer, which means I use .htaccess and .htpasswd. These two files are named by only an extension and no file name. These files are automatically hidden, and you will continually find novices claim that a website doesn’t have an .htaccess file just because he can’t see it.

.htaccess files are automatically hidden on most LAMP servers.

Seeing Hidden Files in Dreamweaver 8

Dreamweaver will allow you to see hidden files on the remote server. The steps are pretty easy.

First Open up the website that you would like to see the hidden files for, and connect to the remote server. Then click on the “drop down menu” button in the top right of the “Files” sidebar.

View Hidden Files

Then select “View > Show Hidden Files.”

View Hidden Files

Viola – Hidden files like .htaccess appear!

View Hidden Files

-Ashton Sanders

Dreamweaver 8 – Starting up with Remove View

Starting up Dreamweaver 8 with Remote View

When you start up Dreamweaver 8 under normal settings, you are on Local View by default. Anyone who is not working solo on a project knows the devastation of working on an old file and overwriting the current file. This can occur without realizing it if your Dreamweaver 8 is on Local View by Default.

I’m looking to find the solution to the problem!

If you know what setting will allow you to start up in Remote view, please leave a comment.

-Ashton Sanders

DreamWeaver 8 – Zoom

I was in the process of converting a website template (in image form) into an HTML/CSS Document with DreamWeaver 8. As I was getting close to finishing, both documents looked very similar. I spaced out and clicked “Ctrl =” as I do when I want to zoom in using PhotoShop or Fireworks, and I couldn’t believe it: DreamWeaver 8 Zoomed in! WHAT!?

It’s not the most useful thing in the world as I almost never use the design view, but it’s a sweet piece of functionality.

Ctrl = Â Â Zoom In
Ctrl – Â Â Zoom Out

(Note: I always remember Zoom In as “Ctrl +” because “+” is on the same key as “=”.)

-Ashton Sanders

Product Comparison – Dreamweaver MX and 8

For the last 4-5 years I have been using Dreamweaver MX for most of my website design and Internet work. It was a great program in the beginning because I could create a page using tables in the design view, and then I could look at the code, and Dreamweaver MX would tell me the code that they used to create the page.

So if you are looking at learning HTML and how to make websites with tables, Dreamweaver is a great choice.

I recently upgraded to Dreamweaver 8. There are a number of key difference in this upgrade which make it 10x better than it’s predecessor: Dreamweaver MX.

Websites Transfer:
The first thing that I noticed when I opened my Dreamweaver 8 for the first time is that it saved all of my sites from my earlier Dreamweaver, so I didn’t have to spend a couple hours transferring all of my sites to the new Dreamweaver. I didn’t actually have to do anything to start working on my website design or making corrections on the Internet. It was good to go.

File Activity Box:
The second this is when you are uploading something using MX, you can’t do anything else. So if you have a couple videos to upload, a pop up window appears and you can’t use Dreamweaver at all as long as that pop up window is in your way. You have to wait for them to finish uploading before you can do anything. In Dreamweaver 8, the window that pops up is entitled “Background File Activity.” And it is just that. It works in a separate screen allowing you to edit open documents and continue working. (Note: Your computer can only have one connection to an FTP site at a time, so while you are uploading something you can’t do anything else with the same or another remote server.)

Server Disconnection Notice:
On of my biggest annoyances with Dreamweaver MX, is that while I was working on a website design or Internet page, the connection to the remote server would get lost, and it would lag my whole computer for a couple seconds and then give me a pop up that read: “You have been disconnected to the remote server.” Then when you clicked the cancel button, it would try to connect again. Truly a large waste of time for everyone. Thankfully, they removed this pop-up window in Dreamweaver 8. Now your connection to a remote host can last for hours, and if you get disconnected, the button will become unselected, and thats it!

Use of stylesheets:
As any Search Engine Optimizer knows, tables and commands can be some of the worst things for a website as they can clutter up your code, and make it difficult for search engines to index your entire site. In this new Dreamweaver 8, not only does it understand CSS very well in the website design view, but it you can tell it to format your page with CSS or depending on your preference. This is a great tool, because Email Newsletters should not use CSS includes, as they will sometimes get lost. So if you’re doing a newsletter, you can just switch over to the tag for any visual work you need to do in the design section. It also knows all of the CSS commands, making it easier to learn new CSS!

Error Detection:
Dreamweaver 8 now has a great HTML error detector. It will tell you almost immediately any obviously incorrect tags you have on your page. A great tool for creating HTML and CSS Valid Pages.

So as you can tell, if Dreamweaver MX was okay, Dreamweaver 8 is AMAZING! and I can’t wait to see what Adobe has in store for us with Dreamweaver 9! On that note, I cannot believe that Adobe has bough Macromedia! One of the two largest Internet program creator are now one. From PDF’s to Flash, you get it all from Adobe now… But thats a subject for another post.

Until Then,
-Ashton Sanders