32 Replies Latest reply on Jul 20, 2017 4:45 PM by GeneralUSA

    Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac

    RICH POW Level 1

      Hi,

      Preview in browser not working for Firefox - Mac. I'm guessing it could be somthing to do with my update to FF 3.6 as it was fine. The browser opens but the temp file does not show.

       

      Anyone any ideas?

       

      Rich

        • 1. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
          Mason Oller Level 1

          I was able to fix the regular DW html preview bug by making sure local file paths followed path naming conventions. But, now I have a different problem; Firefox 3.6 will not display a DW preview of an html or php file from the localhost. I am using MAMP 1.7.2 on Mac 10.5.8. If I manually enter the path name in the address bar, Firefox will open the files. DW localhost previews will display in Safari and Opera.

          • 2. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
            yachts99-2vTvY1 Level 2

            Same thing happened to me. The Preview in Browser from DW has stopped working in FF since upgrading to Firefox 3.6

            • 3. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
              Mason Oller Level 1

              Was reading a mozilla users thread about this; Firefox considers the new way better (no spaces or special characters in path names). I tried this, but still had problems. Don't look for a fix from mozilla as they think everyone else is out of step on this.

               

              A suggested workaround is Automator. I tried the recipe suggested in the thread, but it didn't work. The poster insisted it should, so I looked at it closer, trying to find out why mine didn't. Then I hit upon this idea; I have my preferences set so that DW opens DW files whenever those files are double clicked, and, any html docs without the DW icon open with Firefox. Taking this into consideration, I came up with a recipe that works.

               

              First, if you haven't already, set the default broswer in Safari's preferences to Firefox.

               

              Open Automator and set up the following workflow:

               

              Get Specified Finder Items - add the DW doc you want to preview in Firefox.

              Set Application for Files - set Firefox as the application

              Display Webpages - this opens Safari (or the default broswer set in Safari's prefences).

               

              Save the workflow as an application (ex: StandardBrowser.app)

               

              Add the new app to the DW browser list.

               

              The path (Get Specified Finder Items) must be edited for each page you want to preview. I suppose you could create an Automator app for each page and add them to the browser list, but I prefer to just edit the Automator app for each page. Just reopen the app in Automator and add the path to Get Specified Finder Items.

               

              UPDATE: I posted a copy of this at the mozilla users forum where I got the Automator tip. The poster replied that I had one step too many. You don't need the middle step in the workflow above. Also, he said on his 10.6 machine that step one will work just by itself and that step three will work just by itself. Neither one of the one step solutions worked for me (10.5). I updated my Automator app by eliminating the second step, and it's working just like the three step version.

              • 4. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                Yosmite Level 1

                Mason,

                 

                Thanks.  The Automator workaround works.  Still, its not a very satisfactory solution.  I'll be testing more in Safari until Adobe or Mozilla fixes this. I just hope we don't have to wait until CS5 or FF 4 for it.

                • 5. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                  axzerty Level 1

                  This is not working for me, either. Which is a total pain, having gotten very used to checking, checking, checking.

                   

                  Firefox, I'm saying goodbye. Adobe, I'm betting you're not totally innocent.

                   

                  Hope it's soon that you guys fix this.

                  • 6. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                    charliechaz2 Level 1

                    Also not working for me. What a bore. That work-around might work but who wants to build a new path for every document? Might as well just dump the file onto the icon manually, or enter MAMP URL by hand. I think I'll just switch to another browser for basic testing. Too bad I like all the toolbar add-ons etc for Firefox.

                    • 7. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                      Mason Oller Level 1

                      If you create a site on the Desktop, the preview will work in Firefox  3.6. The site can be in another folder on the Desktop. The site name  cannot have spaces in the name, and if in another folder, that folder name cannot have spaces. Also, the testing server option must be set to none.

                       

                      If you're writing php to a MAMP server, you have to navigate to the localhost files to preview in FF 3.6  You can then bookmark the files you're working on. Or, you can use Automator to make a  kind of bookmark to use in the DW browser list. I've been looking for an AppleScript that will do the same thing without having to enter a path name for each file. I've been scanning the add-ons at Mozilla and the extensions at DW exchange hoping someone will write a plugin for this, but so far no luck.

                       

                      Firefox does not see this as bug, so don't look for them to "fix" it -- and 3.7 and FF4 are on the way. FireFox is cool,  but like I've read in other forums, if you're going force Mac  developers to choose between DW and FF, then Safari's Developer menu starts looking like a decent alternative to Web Developer and Firebug.

                       

                      If you're addicted to those tools the way I am, then you should download Mozilla's SeaMonkey 2.0.2. It previews DW html and php with MAMP set as the testing server, and you can add Web Developer and Firebug extensions to SeaMonkey. Or, download FF 3.5.8

                      • 8. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                        Lesley Fenton Level 1

                        What a pain. Have wasted time this morning trying to get it to work and assumed it was something I'd inadvertently done. At least now I'm glad it's not just me (sorry guys). Life (and web-design) is complicated enough without having to do a work-around on something that worked perfectly well yesterday. Sorry, not a very constructive post but allows me to vent my spleen!

                        • 9. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                          Mason Oller Level 1

                          Update: the site doesn't have to be on the Desktop, it just has to have no spaces in the path name and testing sever set to none. I read about the Desktop soulution in another froum. I tested it and it worked, but I should have tested it for other locations before posting. Sorry 'bout that.

                          • 10. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                            RICH POW Level 1

                            Just read another post offering a suggestion to downgrade to 3.5.8.

                             

                            http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-older.html?from=sfx&uid=300882&t=443

                             

                            All up and running again with this version.

                             

                            Rich

                            • 11. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                              pablo1992 Level 1

                              Just tested it on the

                              Desktop, but no dice.


                              • 12. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                aefoley Level 1

                                The solution I'm using is to make bookmarks in the FF toolbar for the pages I'm testing. Refresh, refresh, refresh. Simpler than automator.

                                 

                                This is a problem Adobe should address, though, or Firefox. I don't care who fixes it, but this really should work.

                                 

                                Ann

                                • 13. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                  pablo1992 Level 1

                                  Ann,

                                   

                                  That was an easy solution that was staring me in the face. Granted it's not as good as Adobe fixing things, but it feels less troubling than pimping out my mac with automator.

                                   

                                  As it is, Dreamweaver has always been a bit buggy, and I don't expect much improvement.

                                   

                                  Point of note:

                                   

                                  Freeway by Softpress has no problem previewing in Firefox. Quark also previews in Firefox without a hitch. And neither of them crash half as much.

                                  • 15. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                    charliechaz2 Level 1

                                    Before you bookmark, you can just test in Chrome, Safari, or Opera, or IE if you're on windows, and quickly copy/paste the URL to FF if you have to use any of the 3rd party geegaws available there. I find reconstructing the path to a MAMP port location possible but a bit tedious.

                                    As this problem was "ain't broke" until the FF fix came along, personally I choose not to blame Dreamweaver.

                                    I would imaging the security fixes in the new FF are there for a reason, and so would rather not back-grade. Perhaps the security is the source of the problem? A balance of security vs. ease of functionality is always an issue, whether one is a software developer, or anybody who has a house or apartment with a front door. I look forward to the 3.6.2 fix mentioned by Mason above.

                                    • 16. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                      lordsoth9 Level 1

                                      I just updated to FF 3.6.2 with DW CS4 Build 4117, MBP OSX 10.6.2.

                                       

                                      Still nothing!

                                       

                                      Restarted, reset DW browser list - nothing.

                                       

                                      Guess 3.6.2 is not the answer.

                                      • 17. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                        aefoley Level 1

                                        A few days ago (for reasons totally unrelated to the browser preview issue) I ended up reinstalling my operating system, upgrading to Snow Leopard and reinstalling CS4. So, of course, the Firefox install is 3.6.2.

                                         

                                        And Firefox browser preview works in Dreamweaver CS4! Yay!  But I'm not sure what did it. Reinstalling everything is pretty drastic, and it's hard to say what part of it actually did the trick.

                                         

                                        In any event, the browser preview does work if you get everything just right . Somehow.

                                        • 18. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                          WasBrit Level 1

                                          Well I just updated to Firefox 3.6.3, but it didn't fix the issue for me.

                                          No way I can afford the time to re-install the entire system right now, unfortuantely.

                                          • 19. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                            jmofischer Level 1

                                            Same thing here. The “Preview in Browser” in DW has stopped working in Firefox and does not work in Firefox 3.6.3. Removing spaces in the path name and setting “testing sever” to "none" does not work either.

                                            • 20. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                              lordsoth9 Level 1

                                              Hey all. It seems that the problem is fixed with Dreamweaver CS5 (trial) and Firefox 3.6.3. Although I am still holding my breath for my CS4 to work

                                              • 21. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                charliechaz2 Level 1

                                                Works now that I upgraded to Snow Leopard.

                                                • 22. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                  NanLan Level 1

                                                  Thank you!  My problem wasn't spaces in the path name, but in the

                                                  site name.  I removed the space and tried again and it worked.  Thans a lot!

                                                  This was driving me crazy!

                                                  • 23. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                    yachts99-2vTvY1 Level 2

                                                    I can confirm too that removing spaces from the site name also worked for me and Firefox nows previews correctly.

                                                     

                                                    However I don't see why I should have to change all my site names just to get Firefox to behave as the other browsers do already!

                                                    • 24. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                      Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                      While spaces in file/folder names are tolerated by many operating systems they have never been a good naming convention on the web.  Spaces are technically not-allowed so they get translated to %20 which  alters the URL. Use underscores, hyphens or a mix of upper and lowercase letters instead of spaces.

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      Nancy O.
                                                      Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                                                      Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists
                                                      http://alt-web.com/
                                                      http://twitter.com/altweb

                                                      • 25. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                        yachts99-2vTvY1 Level 2

                                                        I quite agree about the effect of spaces in URLs but this is about the Dreamweaver site name property, not the URL used to preview.

                                                         

                                                        Using "Preview in Browser" (Firefox) works even if the URL contains spaces but the Dreamweaver site name cannot have spaces.

                                                         

                                                        If the site name is changed (Site -> Manage Sites -> Edit) and the new site name contains spaces, the "Preview in Browser" function stops working, even though the URL is still exactly the same.

                                                         

                                                        Therefore I believe the site name has nothing to do with the URL used for testing but it does seem to break the function if the site name is not in a specific format. Also its worth remembering that this behaviour does not seem to happen in other browsers.

                                                        • 26. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                          yuytjtdh Level 1

                                                          same issue.

                                                           

                                                          FF 3.6.13 on a mac - the latest version - and previews on FF broke while they work perfect in Safari, Opera, Chrome, etc.

                                                          • 27. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                            MJP1113 Level 1

                                                            What fixed it for me was to go to Edit Browser List and check the box that says: Preview using Temporary File.

                                                            • 28. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                              NPleaze Level 1

                                                              This bug has driven me insane for months as well...

                                                               

                                                              It appears that FF3.6+ has new processes inhibiting the localhost

                                                              preview in browser features used in DW.

                                                              This bug naturally blows chuncks;

                                                               

                                                              (probably something to do w/ FF's:

                                                              "about:config -->security.fileuri.strict_origin_policy; {boolean set to the following} false vs True"

                                                              | or |

                                                              sump'n to do w/ FF's:

                                                              "about:config --> network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris; {set to the following --->} localhost").

                                                               

                                                              Anyhow...

                                                               

                                                              Here is a tolerable work-around w/ very little impact involved. You will end up w/

                                                              both FF's latest version installed, while sort uh reverse integrating back to 3.5.15

                                                              (when needing to preview in browser via DW), by pointing @ the appropriate

                                                              version needed to run the preview in browser feature!

                                                               

                                                              1. Okay, so; Remove the FF3.6+ app that's in the Applications folder and stick it in the trash, or somewhere else, or wherever.

                                                              2. Search the Google and grab a copy of the old FF3.5.15, like this link here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.5.15/releasenotes/.

                                                              3. Download that old FF3.5.15 build and once its in your Applications folder, then move it to a savvy location, i.e. a folder on the desktop or something.

                                                              4. Next, move FF3.6+ back to the Applications folder (I'm on 4.0 by now (w/ still no bloody fix... (sheesh))).

                                                                  So now, we have the FF3.6+ is back where it should be (in Applications), and we also have the old FF3.5.15 saved in said savvy location.

                                                              5. Now, we point DW @ the old version of FF (3.5.15) via:

                                                                   a. Preferences

                                                                   b. Preview in browser

                                                                   c. Select Firefox as Primary Browser, and up at the top to the left of the + - fields, choose to edit the folder browser location for which DW shall rely on.

                                                                   d. Point the folder browser @ the old FF3.5.15 saved in your savvy location.

                                                                   e. Make sure that "Preview using temporary file" selection is enumerated w/ a check before selecting [Okay] to save these settings.

                                                              6. Now, when you Select "Preview/Debug in browser", yer DW is pointing @ the old FF and works super-fantastic (as it should).

                                                                  ***Remember, you can't run two versions of FF simultaneously, but you can run them parallel at different times w/ no impact!***

                                                              7. When you wanna see how it appears in the latest FF+ builds, close down the old FF, launch the new version w/ DW running, then (if you already

                                                                  messed w/ the about:config processes noted above) it should launch yer DW page when previewed THE FIRST TIME, AND THE FIRST TIME ONLY!

                                                               

                                                                  If you close this page when being previewed in FF+ builds, you'll have to

                                                                  quit FF, then re-launch again to get your one-time-preview before having to

                                                                  close FF again to re-preview said DW page, but really; screw the latest version:

                                                                  Use the latest Firefox (3.6+) for secure surfing, use the old Firefox (3.5.15) for debugging!

                                                               

                                                              Minus the impact of the one-time-set-up,

                                                              this work-around is the best of both.

                                                               

                                                              ^___^

                                                               

                                                              - p

                                                              • 29. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                                370H55V Level 4

                                                                You are aware that Firefox 4 is out now as well as 5 (beta), right?

                                                                • 30. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                                  NPleaze Level 1

                                                                  Yeah, that's why I said 3.6+ emphasizing the "+".

                                                                   

                                                                  4.0 is busted, too, tested as of yesterday.

                                                                   

                                                                  idk about the beta.

                                                                   

                                                                  - p

                                                                  • 31. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                                    privatehand Level 1

                                                                    I have the answer! Firefox 3.6+ does not like spaces in the paths, so remove them altogether or replace them with dashes.

                                                                     

                                                                    For example, if you have a folder called "web design" make it "webdesign".  Do this all along the path, from the main volume down to the folder containing your index.html file. Make sure there are no hidden trailing spaces. It happens. Then do an Edit Sites, delete the old links, and build the new one.

                                                                     

                                                                    It will work, I gurantee!

                                                                     

                                                                    For the record, I have a G5 Tower (PowerPC) running 10.5.8. The Firefox version is 3.6.24. Until I buy a new Mac that's as high as I can go.

                                                                    1 person found this helpful
                                                                    • 32. Re: Dreamweaver preview in browser not working Firefox 3.6 Mac
                                                                      GeneralUSA Level 1

                                                                      I basically had same issue. For me, it seems since I installed WAMPServer64 it had to be activated/started. Once I opened it, Dreamweaver's Live Preview started working again. Watched first few seconds of this video & my problem was solved.

                                                                       

                                                                      Hope this helps someone else too.

                                                                      1 person found this helpful