I just used the color picker in Dreamweaver CC for the first time.
The preset swatches are gone.
So how users are supposed to set colors now: remember a specific value and type it every time? (Save for 14 swatches that can be saved manually).
I'm sure there are some new useful features in the new picker, but for the simple tasks it looks like a major step back .
Obviously I'm not a power user.
So if there are simple ways to set colors or if I'm missing something - any suggestions would be apreciated.
I don't think you're missing anything, the old hex color swatch pallet is gone.
There's really no need to force yourself to stick to the old "web safe" colors anymore. There isn't a monitor on the market with less that millions of colors, so holding to the hex colors is artificially limiting your designs.
I usually find my colors number settings (rgb normally) by using the Photoshop color picker, then add those settings in DW to get the same colors as my design.
A lot of people will place the colors used for a given site within comments at the top of their css, like this...
/* Dark Blue = rgb(7,1,147) */
/* Light Blue = rgb(151,147,240) */
That way you can always look to the top of your file to see what the settings are for that particular site. It's a change in workflow, but it is very handy especially if you ditch the CSS Designer and code your css by hand.
Thanks for clarifying it, John!
I'll have to use a new approach then.
I think that Dreamweaver is more of a layout application rather than an image editor, so it should have some sort of swatches palette like InDesign and Illustrator, in addition to the color picker.
I did hope that CSS Designer will make it easier to edit CSS interactively rather than code by hand - but it looks like it's not the case yet.
This new colour picker is amazingly counter intuitive. There is no way to "accept" a colour you have chosen. It took me ages to work out that you just click completely outside the app box and it will set the value in your code. There's no tool hint about doing that and it is hardly obvious! One effect of that non standard interface design is that you can accidentlaly accept a colour and have to start again, or launching the little painter pallette icon which comes up when your type "background: " for example sometimes closes itself immediately unless you double click without any mouse moevement whatever. Very frustrating and time wasting. Also the value box on the lower left is not editable. What I often want to do is set an existing colour in known HEX values and then explore lighter or darker shades along that area of the pallette. I'm sure it was better in the previous version. Why the backward step in terms of usability?
Yes I knew about that.
I hope a more powerfulk and user-friendly swatch palette will be implemented at some point.
You can submit an official request here: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform
If enough people ask for it, Adobe may just add one in.