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For me, DW is cumbersome. I haven't used the program since DW3 (I loved it at the time), but then I began to use more and more CSS, not only for styling of elements, but for positioning as well. DW writes horrendous inline styles: very bloated. I became very code conscious in all regards.
I got tired of "going back in and editing by hand," so I switched Homesite. It has all the advanced site management features I want and it allows me to work directly with my code without any interference.
Dreamweaver MX is an improvement, but still, after testing the pre-release, I deleted it and decided against the upgrade. Too bulky, with bells and whistles that only got in my way. It's not for me.
Efficient coding is always a goal to strive for: at least it should be. Hand coding is total control. I know there are fans of DW and FP (as well as other wysiwygs) but to each his own: what fits best into your work is something only you can determine.
But ultimately I code by hand. It's not so bad. With 1000 pages already coded, it's a lot of cut and paste.
I did look at DWMX, and tried to write an ASP.NET page, but it crashed on my server while my simple hand coded .NET pages worked fine. So I guess my DW days end at version 4.
I can still highly recommend it, and I do recommend it strongly for new developers. Their straight HTML isn't too bloated, but their tutorial is excellent, and an intuitive person can take the generated code and learn how to modify it.
It's well worth the price.
The built-in FTP and site management is quite good also.
Yes, highly recommended.