We have been using DW CS3 for quite some time and have a fairly basic website using it. We are thinking about going to CS5. Is the converting of the files in the website project folder (which is offline) going to be a problem?
It shouldn't be a problem, but you can use DW CS5 on a free trial basis for 30 days to test for yourself.
OK, here's a few "gotchas"
Dreamweaver CS3 can create a flash slideshow without you needing Flash. Adobe took that feature out of CS4 and CS5. So you won't be able to maintain that kind of creation in the newer versions.
All of your HTML, XHTML and CSS material should come through just fine and there is an HTML5 addendum you can get for free from Adobe that will allow you to work on the newer standard for web design.
If you're using a Mac, Adobe has rewritten the application in the Cocoa framework, so it should be more Mac-like.
There is no conversion necessary, though it may need to rebuild cache files for any websites you have ongoing.
If you have a lot of sites you're managing, I would make absolutely certain you have everything backed up.
I was using the free download trial version of Dreamweaver CS5 without any problems and I could swear I was working with CS3 files. Now that I have purchased the CS5 I cannot seem to work on the CS3 files in CS5. Should I have to convert them in order to work on them in CS5?
One other question, what is the best audio file format to use with Dreamweaver if I want to be able to loop the track.
Yes. I posted something on another thread that seems related so I
will try to elaborate. I have files that were created in Dreamweaver
CS3 and recently upgraded to CS5. I have both programs still on my
system, which is Mac OS 10.6.8. When I try to open the CS3 files in
CS5 I cannot do so because the site and html files is not there
visually. This is why I asked about the need to convert. I did find a
way to do something which is hinky but, I will share it since it is
so simple and seems to solve the other problem as well.
I opened the site file in CS3. opened the site management and
exported the site to a new folder. Now the site is visible and I can
open all the files inside CS5. It does create an extra site file, so
I just deleted that one and am left with a usable site in CS5.
I plan to copy off the sites to a new folder and then proceed rather
than overwriting the old ones, just in case.
I hope this helps someone else.