Why I still use Dreamweaver 8 to edit Dorper in 2021


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In an era of Chromium based text editors popular with the webdev/soydev croud like Atom, Visual Studio Code, and Brackets, as well as older UNIX editors prefered by Luke Smith types like Vim and Emacs, why would I use Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, an editor from 2005? Dreamweaver, especially older versions, is known as less of a professional web development tool and more as a toy or a tool to be used for people who do not know how to use a big boy text editor. However, I do not see this description as accurate for multiple reasons.

1. Lightweight

While not as lightweight as editors like Vim or Nano, Dreamweaver 8 is still more lightweight than the Chromium based editors. See this comparison of the memory used editing this document:

VSCode = Bloat

VSCode is using 393 MB of RAM! Compare that to the mere 22.6 MB of RAM used by Dreamweaver 8. Dreamweaver 8 starts up fast and loads up new documents quicker than VSCode. VSCode has the audacity to claim it is "lightweight" even though it uses almost 400 MB of RAM:

Lightweight (LOL!)

I tried Dreamweaver CC 2021, it was not a pleasant experience. It lagged constantly and took over ten seconds to just start up.

2. Features

Dreamweaver 8 has features not found in most editors. Some of these features include broken link detection, link updating, tag autocompletion, tag building, design view, code validation, file system integration, templating, built in documentation, code formatting, site management, and date insertion. All of these features and more are baked into the editor. No time is wasted installing bloated add-ons and extensions written in languages like JavaScript, Vimscript, or Emacs LISP.

3. Integration

Dreamweaver 8 integrates well with other applications like Fireworks 8 and Flash 8. All you need to do is double click an image to open it up in Fireworks for editing. Flash 8 is one of the best versions of Flash and is still in use.

4. Compatibility

Dreamweaver 8 will run on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Mac OS X 10.3+. VSCode requires Windows 7 with .NET Framework 4.5.2 installed or Mac OS X 10.10+. This is important for a person like me who still uses computers with Windows 2000 and XP.

5. Assets Panel

Assets Panel

The assets panel is awesome. No need to google colors or mess with Chrome's built in color picker. All the colors you need are all available in the colors tab. All images on the site are available in the images tab, just drag and drop.