7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2012 2:45 PM by zrants RSS

    Converting CS3 files to CS5

    xhefri

      Hi, Just a quick question. 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? We would like to upgrad to make use of some of the new features and so we can be compatable with outside devlopers we want to have work on the site. Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
          Randy Edmunds Adobe Employee

          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.

           

          HTH,

          Randy

          • 2. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
            mhollis55 Community Member

            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.

            • 3. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
              Randy Edmunds Adobe Employee

              If you're using a Mac, Adobe has rewritten the application in the Cocoa framework, so it should be more Mac-like.

               

              That is not true for Dreamweaver. Where did you get that information?

               

              Thanks,

              Randy

              • 4. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
                mhollis55 Community Member

                Funny, that's from Adobe's information they sent me. So they're still using the 1999 transitional framework. Pathetic after ten years. Did they rewrite Photoshop only?

                • 5. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
                  zrants Community Member

                  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.

                   

                  mari@abazaar.com

                  • 6. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
                    John Waller MVP

                    There is no conversion required.

                     

                    HTML and CSS is plain text.

                     

                    CS3 files should open in CS5 without any issues.

                     

                    Can you elaborate on the difficulties you're facing?

                    • 7. Re: Converting CS3 files to CS5
                      zrants Community Member

                      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.

                       

                      Mari