You shouldn't have to pay, but Spry isn't around anymore: Update on Adobe Spry framework availability : Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog . You can still download the source code, but it's not actively developed or supported: adobe/Spry · GitHub .
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Adobe wants me to pay for Spry...
I doubt it. Spry is dead. Adobe abandoned it in 2012 because it's outdated. It doesn't work well on touch-screens or modern browsers. As of DW CC 13.0, Spry was removed from DW. Why would you want to use an outdated widget?
Use jQuery instead.
My mistake. I thought widgets were called Spry Widgets, hence my need for Spry.
Ok, new question, how do I get widgets? DW wants me to pay but I've already paid for DW.
The link from DW goes to a post by Tareq Aljaber written in June 2013.
I suppose I should have named my version of DW, it's CS5
Some widgets are free (the bulk of those on Adobe's Add-ons page): https://creative.adobe.com/addons and some are paid extensions made by various companies like Project 7 or DMXZone.
What are you looking for exactly?
You're probably thinking of the now-defunct Widget Browser which fell from graces a long time ago because the 3rd party developers had no interest in updating their widgets.
Adobe Add-ons replaced Widget Browser. Some are free, some are commercial products.
My Advice is to look at jQuery UI widgets first (free): Accordions, Menus, Tabbed Panels, Calendar date pickers, sliders...
If you need something specific, tell us what you're looking for and we can probably direct you to a proper resource.
The site that the old built in Widget Browser used no longer exists. There's no way to get that back. The Widget Browser itself has been gone from the program for a fistful of versions.
If someone at Adobe told you that you'd have to purchase an upgrade in order to get it back, I'm guessing there was such a language/terminology barrier that they ended up giving you bad info.