I am about to start learning DW CS5 and when I go to the help menu I get help for newer versions... how do I access the help that should come with the program - please?
DW previous versions are archived as PDF and available at https://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/archive.html.
Direct link to CS5.5 is here: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/dreamweaver/cs/using/dreamweaver_cs5_help. pdf
Because I own it and it will do everything I need.
In my opinion, like many programs it has become bloated with too many
features, (can you say Word), and Adobe has tried too hard to continue to
resell it by adding more and more stuff The whole problem with the software
industry is that it is based on quarterly sales, not customer needs. If we
don't add more stuff you don't keep paying
That is where the subscription model comes in, a different paradigm designed
to guarantee a steady income whether or not we make good decisions regarding
adding more "features" to the product. Oh, there might be a steady stream of
cool stuff for the first while, after all it is a marketing problem right
now, but once you have committed then
An example of what is really needed in software development is in the video
editing arena, Premiere Pro has been struggling for a while, (at least since
CS4) to handle new codecs and HD. So was Final Cut Pro, but Apple had the
guts to rewrite the application from the ground up and got blasted by their
user base for it. The truth is I can now edit multiple HD streams quickly
and easily on a simple laptop with FCPX, not so with Premiere Sure FCPX
doesn't have the same features as FCP but it works, and works quickly.
I wish more companies would take the plunge and rewrite legacy code that was
started decades ago instead of piling new code on top, trouble is we, the
user base, won't support them
Thanks for your question,
The breakneck speed with which web technologies are changing puts CS5 in the shadows of CS6 and CC as they have much better support for HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Web Design & jQuery. 4 year old software might be all you need to maintain legacy sites but I wouldn't want to rely on it for future development.
Again, I own it and it will do everything I need (you haven't actually
asked me what my needs are have you?)
I guess that unlike some others I am not enamoured with the latest and
greatest having cut my teeth on punch cards and run software development
companies I've seen too much
My initial problem is with the online support; it isn't. Adobe changed the
web side in order to make life difficult for me and try to force an upgrade
instead of simply giving me what I paid for. When I bought the Master
Collection I didn't have time to mess around with DW but the help/tutorials
were right there. Now I go back and poof! They're gone. That is, IMHO, not a
good user experience.
I shouldn't have to create yet another account, don't get me started every
Tom, Dick and Harry wants to "own" their customers now, thanks BTW to the
latest and greatest on the web anyway having to create an account and
basically wasting days of my time in order to access easily what I paid for
is galling, to say the least.
Am I the only person who feels this way?
I am a little surprised at your response though, be honest, does Adobe
compensate you in some way? I ask because we used to hire forum "experts" to
act as independent contributors and help customers, I think we called it
"Web 2.0" LOL
Any web programmer I've ever hired/worked with with never use something like
DW for real development, everything is hand-coded. DW only works in a
professional sense as a place to create mock-ups, no? Anyway, that is what
I'm doing as I said it works for me.