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Don't like DW's CSS editor, but need the FTP support

Any other apps that code CSS better, but have integrated FTP?

9:56 pm on Feb 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I use DW8 now on a Mac, and it fits well into my workflow, although I'm not crazy about the speed of the app and it does too much WYSIWYG stuff for my liking. I hand code (X)HTML and CSS, so I don't need one of the drag and drop editors. I have been testing a few fancy CSS-specific editors, such as CSSEdit2 and Stylemaster, both of which have nice little tools to help the coding process. The main problem is the fact that by using these, I have to add another step and upload/put the file via Transmit or another FTP client. Dreamweaver's advantage comes in where I can mirror the site on my local machine, and I can use quick keystrokes to save and put a changed CSS or HTML file.

Basically I'm wondering if there's a solution to my problem. I want to be able to edit CSS (and hopefully HTML in the same program) with these nifty lightweight editors, but also have FTP integrated into it. I don't need any WYSIWYG support. Any chance there's a plugin for Dreamweaver that contains better CSS support? How about a 3rd party CSS editor that has decent FTP support? Am I asking too much?

8:05 am on Feb 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Why bother making the integration of FTP a major factor in your decision? FTP can be handled in a number of ways. You should use the editor you prefer regardless of this factor. FTP synchronization can be attained by a simple one click batch file. Or use an FTP program.
8:13 am on Feb 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Why bother making the integration of FTP a major factor in your decision?

I think that's because it is of more importance then the CSS editing. What he wants is integration and the ease of management/work flow that comes with it.

I use DW8 as well, and do all my html, php and CSS in there. I'm using the FTP waaay more then I do CSS, so for me the decision is based first on ease of managing multiple (> 100) websites, then the other factors...

I don't need any WYSIWYG support.

Can't you just work in Code view then? I mean, it does autocomplete for you, what more do you want if you don't want wysiwyg (other then perhaps a color picker, which DW8 doesn't really have?).

3:30 pm on Feb 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Try PSPad. I recently switched to this great editor and it has FTP support built in, which is really useful.