Or better still, upgrade your version of DW - although
this is again at cost.
For a budget option - use notepad but remember to save the files with the right extension
This will always be an issue when you are using 12 year old software (DW2 release date December 1998)
There are 2 things you could try.
The first (which is unlikely to work, but simple) is to try running Dreamweaver in "compatIbility mode". To do this, right click the shortcut to Dreamweaver, select 'Properties' and then on one of the tabs (I forget which) there should be the option "Run this program in compatibility mode for". Select Windows XP (doesn't matter which SP you choose) and then try starting it again.
The second thing you can do is use the new Windows 7 XP Mode. Basically this runs a virtual XP machine and gives you a (free) copy of Windows XP within Windows 7. You can get this from Microsoft here:
Once that is installed, install Dreamweaver on the XP it loads on your computer.
If either of these solutions aren't to your liking then either get a new Dreamweaver (which should have no problem reading your old site) or, as this is considerably expensive, consider an open source alternative (open source being free).
There are many alternatives available, Google "Dreamweaver open source alternative" for a selection, but one I've liked in the past is Bluefish:
Although these options don't match the features of current versions of Dreamweaver, they are probably quite comparable to Dreamweaver 2 and most likely greatly surpass it (unless of course you're meaning Dreamweaver CS2).
yes, one of the very first suggestions I received was to have someone redesign the website using a much later edition dreamweaver.
I believe that the "notepad" suggestion will be a help only for me. My customers who place orders from my website won't be able to see my notebook. It is a selling website. People actually buy things from my website . So, all my prices must be up to date. When an item sells out,I need to remove the picture and all the related information. Customers can get angry if they place an order for an item that is still on the website (but of which I am actually sold)t I need to add new pictures and information at least once a week.
Set up a dual boot with XP on one partition and DW2 in that... you can access files whereverthey are on the system...
Cost: Free... Presuming you already own XP and DW2???
Thank you for your many suggestions.
You mentioned that a new dreamweaver would have no problem reading my old site. I actually do have the macromedia dreamweaver 8 cd. How do I make it "read" my dreamweaver 2 site? Is this cd capable of updating my dreamweaver 2 website in some way? I do not have the time to learn a new software. My website is quite large.
Yes, once you have installed Dreamweaver 8 use the "Site Manager" to add a site, and point it to the files for your old site made with Dreamweaver 2.
You may find that is is significantly different to Dreamweaver 2, I don't know, I only started using Dreamweaver at version 6 (Dreamweaver MX).
However, I do recall there used to be some option at first load to chose your interface which may have had something to do with getting it to look like old Dreameaver, and may have still existed in Dreamweaver 8.
I do own the cd's for
2. compaq operating system CD for windows XP
Is setting up the dual boot something that a dummy can accomplish? Are there any negative sides to this?
I'm sure with enough help a noob can setup a dual boot, but there is absolutely no need for this.
Windows 7 lets you run applications in compatibility mode. This removes the hassle of dual booting, and lets you run the application from within the same boot.
Just go here and download:
This will install Windows XP onto Windows 7 and then let you run your old programs.
This is far easier to accomplish than dual booting, and quicker than having to reboot every time you want to switch between using a Windows 7 program and XP program.
I do not know what" choose your interface" means. In my case, would dreamweaver 2 be my interface?
So, once I get the site changed over to DW8, I guess this means that I will have to learn the Dreamweaver 8 software in order to make changes and updates to that website. Right?
Thanks so much for your help and time. You gave me some good in
depth answers.I will install windows XP onto windows 7.