15 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2013 9:05 AM by webspinner RSS

    Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6

    fourwhitesocks Community Member

      I'm looking to update from DW cs5.5 to DW cs6, and am wondering is this a simple process?  I always worry about doing updates because it seems like they sometimes can be trouble.  How will it affect any sites that I have made in Dw cs5.5?  Are there any know problems after doing the upgrade?  Any info on making this change would be super, thanks in advance...

        • 1. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
          mhollis55 Community Member

          Firstly, if you update, you don't have to move all of your sites. And Dreamweaver CS6 will run nicely with Dreamweaver 5.5, so you can have both.

           

          Secondly, Dreamweaver is a code editor. While DW CS6 does have a few new bells and whistles, it does not change the underlying aspect of the code you are using, which is HTML, JavaScript and php (or Cold Fusion and ASP). Dreamweaver provides code hinting for all of these, and helps you build websites. I upgraded from Dreamweaver CS3 to CS 5.5 and use both on my Mac (Snow Leopart) without any issues. My older sites are in CS3. Newer sites are in 5.5.

           

          I still haven't seen any really compelling reason to upgrade to CS6.

          • 2. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
            Jon Fritz II MVP

            Depending on which version you upgrade to, either the perpetual license (disk copy) or Cloud version (download) it can have some pretty significant affect on your workflow.

             

            The Cloud version has deprecated a lot of features people use. Check this documentation out for details...

             

            http://helpx.adobe.com/content/help/en/dreamweaver/using/changes-insert-options-creative-c loud.html

             

            If you have a lot of personal settings (snippets, library files, etc) you'll need to migrate them over...

             

            http://cookbooks.adobe.com/post_Migrating_Dreamweaver_configuration__site_settings-17658.h tml

            • 3. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
              fourwhitesocks Community Member

              mhollis55, I totally do understand what you explain in your second paragraph, but I guess I thought that when you purchased the upgrade that it just overwrote your existing DWc.5.5 and then added the new or changed features thus resulting in DW CS6...do I have that all wrong?

              (like after purchasing the upgrade the end result is having cs6...)  Am I confused in how that works?  Or IS the upgrade - priced at $125 the whole program and is cheaper because I already shelled out the big buck for the complete CS5.5... not sure if I understand then.  After upgrading do you have both versions on your computer or just the newest.. then do my sites made with cs5.5 open in dwcs6?  Sigh 

               

              Just trying to understand.

              • 4. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                fourwhitesocks Community Member

                I also thought that if I purchased the upgrade to DWCS6 that I would have access to the Adobe Exchange panel for cs6, which would enable me to use plug-ins, extensions?  I can't make use of it now since I only have DWCS5.5...?

                • 5. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                  mhollis55 Community Member

                  I do not think that an installation of a newer version of Dreamweaver will "overwrite" anything.

                   

                  But with respect to extensions, everything from everyone I have ever used works with almost all versions of Dreamweaver. Adobe has not changed the extension framework. I successfully installed a brand new extension from the folks at Project 7 into Dreamweaver CS3 just two days ago.

                   

                  So, if you're going to the Adobe Exchange, you can also go to their Classic webpage (it has the same stuff) and log in with your Adobe ID and browse and get whatever you need. You can also do a Google Search for "Adobe Dreamweaver Plugin" and get about 4,290,000 results. I think Adobe may have you fooled into thinking that you must upgrade to get plugins. That is false.

                   

                  -Mark Hollis

                  • 6. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                    Nancy O. MVP

                    CS6 is a separate installation.  You won't lose anything.

                     

                    Be sure to Export Site Definition settings from your old DW.  Close. 

                    Open CS6, Site > Manage Sites > Import.

                     

                    The most difficult part of migrating was getting my custom snippets folder into CS6.  I had to create a custom snippet in DW CS6 first.  Then I was able to move/copy custom snippets from old version to new CS6 folder.

                     

                    Nancy O.

                    • 7. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                      fourwhitesocks Community Member

                      Ok, just trying to make sure I'm understanding...if I purchase the upgrade to go to Cs6 it's the whole program?

                       

                      This is probably the dumbest question of the whole night but I'm missing something, if it is the whole program why is the price so much different then purchasing it on it's own??? 

                      Nancy O. wrote:

                       

                      CS6 is a separate installation.  You won't lose anything.

                       

                      Be sure to Export Site Definition settings from your old DW.  Close. 

                      Open CS6, Site > Manage Sites > Import.

                       

                      The most difficult part of migrating was getting my custom snippets folder into CS6.  I had to create a custom snippet in DW CS6 first.  Then I was able to move/copy custom snippets from old version to new CS6 folder.

                       

                      Nancy O.

                      As per your second statement above, if I'm wanting to move my sites that were made in cs5.5 to DWCS6 then I have to do the Export Site Definitions, import process correct? 

                      • 8. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                        fourwhitesocks Community Member

                        mholliss55... I'm not talking about the Adobe Extensions...I'm talking about making use of Adobe EXCHANGE as I mentioned in my post. ....

                        It offers extensions but you have to own one of the CS6 creative suite products....that was one of the other reasons I mentioned for upgrading to DWCS6...

                         

                        https://www.adobeexchange.com/

                        • 9. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                          bemdesign Community Member

                          You are buying an "upgrade license". This upgrade license is cheaper then a full license and is only offered to owners of the previous version of Dreamweaver (or Creative Suite). But the Dreamweaver program itself, whether full license or upgrade license, is, for all intents and purposes, the same, full, product. Installing it will not overwrite your previous versions of the software.

                           

                          Exporting the site definitions from your old version just saves you time from recreating the site definitions after  installing the new version. So instead of manually creating the site definitions in your new Dreamweaver install, you can import the old site defnitions and *boom*, your sites will show up in Dreamweaver.

                          • 10. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                            fourwhitesocks Community Member

                            bemdesign wrote:

                             

                            You are buying an "upgrade license". This upgrade license is cheaper then a full license and is only offered to owners of the previous version of Dreamweaver (or Creative Suite). But the Dreamweaver program itself, whether full license or upgrade license, is, for all intents and purposes, the same, full, product. Installing it will not overwrite your previous versions of the software.

                             

                            Exporting the site definitions from your old version just saves you time from recreating the site definitions after  installing the new version. So instead of manually creating the site definitions in your new Dreamweaver install, you can import the old site defnitions and *boom*, your sites will show up in Dreamweaver.

                            THANK YOU , just the explanation I was looking for ;-)

                            • 11. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                              Zugz64 Community Member

                              I am having trouble migrating my Dw snippets from CS5.5 to CS6, can someone help me? Problem is I can't find the folder where my Dw5.5 snippets reside. Article http://forums.adobe.com/thread/494812 says they should be here:

                               

                              Mac OS X: Macintosh HD:<username>:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Dreamweaver CSx:<language>:Configuration. But, I don't see a Library folder under Macintosh HD:Users:<username>..., is it a hidden folder?

                               

                              And, if I go to Macintosh HD:Library:Application Support:Adobe there is no Dreamweaver5.5 or 6 folder. I do see CS5.5 and CS6 folders, but there is no Snippet folder under either of these.

                               

                              Thanks in advance for your help, Chris Roberts

                              • 12. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                                Nancy O. MVP

                                You must create a new snippet in CS6 first.  Then DW creates a custom snippets folder for you.  From there, you can copy your custom snippets from CS5.5 to new CS6 folder.  Don't feel bad, I spent an hour musing over this step when I upgraded.

                                 

                                 

                                Nancy O.

                                • 13. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                                  Zugz64 Community Member

                                  I created a snippet in Dw CS6 but don't see a Snippet folder for CS5.5 or CS6. Still need help. Thanks.

                                  • 14. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                                    Nancy O. MVP

                                    Maybe yours is hidden.  Enable hidden files & folders.

                                     

                                    On my system it's in:

                                    C:\ [username] \ AppData \ Roaming \ Adobe \ Dreamweaver CS6 \ [language] \ Configuration \ Snippets \

                                     

                                    In Mac OS X (Lion and Mountain Lion), open Finder and press Shift-Cmd-Go. Type ~/Library/Application Support in the dialog box, and click Go. You should then be able to find your Configuration folder.

                                     

                                     

                                    Nancy O.

                                    • 15. Re: Updating Dreamweaver from cs5.5 to cs6
                                      webspinner

                                      I was also not seeing a snippet folder in CS6 in this path:  C:\ [username] \ AppData \ Roaming \ Adobe \ Dreamweaver CS6 \ [language] \ Configuration \ Snippets \

                                       

                                      Then I had an idea.... try creating one and see if it shows up then... What do you know?  That worked.  After creating a dummy snippet, I now have a snippets folder in the path above.