As promised, I have started night school learning Web Design using Dreamweaver MX. After ten hours of lessons, I am getting on great. One of the frequently asked questions on my course is "how easy would it be to progress onto CS3 after becoming efficient with MX?". Is the program designed to work in basically the same way?
Can you give us some understanding of why you're learning such ancient, outdated software?
Dreamweaver MX was released in the year 2002.
Dreamweaver CS3 shipped in 2007.
The web and Dreamweaver have both evolved enormously since then, especially with CSS-based layouts, standards-compliant coding and HTML5/CSS3.
We are learning MX and some languages (html,css so far) at the class to give people an insight into web design to see if we want to take it further. It is run by a local adult education group. I dont really want to buy MX as it is so outdated and was wondering whether I could use this basic knowledge of MX to create a site on one of the newer programs (I am planning on doing a lot more training, but probably not with the same group). What could you recommend please?
What could you recommend please?
Take a class in html and css......rather than Dreamweaver, certainly find a tutor who doesn't just rely on Dreamweaver as it will get you know where fast.
You can definitely use HTML and CSS knowledge in current versions of Dreamweaver.
CSS has changed a lot more than HTML.
The CSS in MX was probably CSS1. Since then we've progressed through CCS2 and CSS3 is now all the rage in modern browsers (e.g. IE9 and IE10, Firefox 12 and Chrome 18)
Adobe will be releasing CS6 of all their products next week (probably around May7) so that would be the version to invest in.
The first thing we were taught in the class was writing html and CSS so that we can use Dreamweaver properly. We spent 10 hours doing that and are still learning. I just really wanted to know if CS3,4 or 5 are of a similar layout and use to MX. If I was to purchase a new version of Dreamweaver, will I understand most of the controls?
Yes I will see if I can get on with 5.5 first then and then maybe purchase CS6. My website http://www.pawpoint.co.uk is made with an online program (Weebly) at the moment and has over 200 html errors. I am not able to correct these. This gave me the initial idea of learning to design myself.
Don't know if this may interest you or not, but CS6 will be offered by subscription basis on the Creative Cloud.
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