If you are interested in getting DW up and running, there are a few Mac users here that should be able to point out other items, aside from the normal DIY troubleshooting steps:
Otherwise Brackets would probably be more useful in your workflow than a broken DW...
...it's also free.
If you're looking for a better version of Dreamweaver, Brackets is not the way to go... unless you really are a glutton for punishment. The best alternative to Dreamweaver CC 2017 is, inarguably, Dreamweaver CS6, which can be installed from the Creative Cloud desktop App. You might have to do a little digging, as Adobe seems averse to making things very obvious, but it is there under Previous Versions.
I just mention Brackets as a free alternative to something that sounds like it's bringing more than its fair share of frustration to the OP.
If the other Cloud versions aren't working, CS6 Cloud might not be an option either, but it's simple enough to get to...
1. Open the CC Desktop App
2. Click the Apps tab
3. Scroll down to "Find Additional Apps" and click the blue link in the right of the bar
4. Select View Previous Versions from the pop up menu (bottom option). That will create a DW Install icon under the Find Additional Apps bar
5. Click the Install button and choose DWCS6 Cloud from the list.
There are currently 8 versions available in the CC Desktop App, 5 can be installed at the same time on the same machines, they just won't run at the same time (CS6 Cloud, CC, CC2014.x, CC2015.x and CC2017.x). The 3 versions of CC 2017 are overwriting updates though, you can only have 1 version installed.
When installing later versions, make sure to click the Advanced Options link in the installer dialogue so you can turn off the "Remove Previous Versions" option. That will allow all of the versions mentioned to coexist, relatively peacefully, on the machine.
Hey, I really appreciate your replies Jon Fritz and ALsp. I might try CS6, but it was such a horrible ride too. With each version the problems have gotten worse, and now it's not even usable at all. I'm not necessarily looking for a free solution. I'll pay for it. I just need an interface for coding, and since I pay for the Adobe Suite, I've always used it. I like being able to code locally, but when I hit save, it saves and uploads to the site and I can refresh the page in the browser to see what my changes did. I used to have a staging server, but honestly when I work on a page now, I'm not worried if it's broken for a few minutes while I make code changes.
Sync would be a bonus, but honestly sync in DW has been broken for years, and I occasionally just download a new local copy of my site occasionally when I go in and make code changes, so I'm not even dependent on that work flow now. I just need an app to code that let's me save locally and upload the modified file to the website at the same time.
Again, really appreciate the help. As for trying to resolve issues with DW and troubleshooting, this was the final nail in the coffin for me. Adobe has had years to get it's act together and it has failed miserably with DW.
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Can we please have the crash logs? This will help us investigate and fix your issue sooner.
For location of the log files, see Find launch log files | Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Adobe Creative Suite 5
And is there a particular site where it is crashing- like wordpress that you mentioned? or is it happening for all your sites? can you share a video clip demonstrating the issue?
DW crashes trying to update the cache. And yes, it's a particular site, but only because when launching DW it wants to open the last site I was working on, so that site is www.bellevuefineart.com. It never gets past updating the cache file, and just crashes.
Here's the log file from the last crash. Any recommendations are welcome, including other applications I can use to do basic coding. That's what gets me here. I'm not doing anything that should crash a program. I'm trying to open a file locally in code view and then save/upload.
Here's the latest crash log: Dropbox - dreamweaver-crash-logs
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We could not figure out much from the crash logs shared. I also used the same site and set up a testing server to put files on save and I am not able to see any crash while Updating cache dialog is on.
We would definitely need more details, can you share dump (.dmp) file while you Dw is in crash/hang state. You can create dump file by right clicking on the process from the Task Manager. Can you share a video clip demonstrating the workflow when the crash happens?
Sorry I never responded to this. I did fix the issue. I deleted the previous cache file and the problem went away. But I do find it poor programing that a cache file would completely and repeatedly crash DW. But alas, it's working.