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It is full of bugs and just doesn't work like it should
I take it that you know how 'it should work'
If so, maybe you would benefit from hand-coding, in a text editor
e.g. scite : [scintilla.sourceforge.net...]
Dreamweaver has a lot of bugs and is just really slow (granted I use file caching) so just interested in another alternative.
It's fast(I use FileZilla, hate DW FTP), stable, does php, & works with any of the latest extensions I've tried. I spend more time in Notepad these days but it's still my most prized 'legacy' CD, though you can pick it up on ebay for less than $50.
Occasionally I'll use some utility to "tidy up" and remove some white space, but the code put out is just fine.
I'm re-doing several old sites (that are in a bit of a mess) so it's a lot of hand coding for styles, but once that's done it's clear sailing.
I've certainly run into real bugs in Mac versions of Dreamweaver. I think my "favourite" is trying to save and getting a message saying I've made a change to a non-editable region (which I haven't but never mind), and would I like to revert back to my last save or continue?
Both buttons revert back to last save...
But if you copy the whole page before it reverts, and once it does select all and paste it over the top, Dreamweaver shuts up and lets you save.
And another headache is that when a style is altered DW automatically inserts CSS into the code. This can get messy over time if more than one designer is working on it.
I am currently using DW8 on a PC. I use MX2004 at home on my Mac and it works better. I like to tweak the code by hand and also use DWs CSS feature, but almost always create the CSS in Notepad and then just make minor edits in DW. It handless CSS well with exception to adding the random styles. Does anyone use CS3? Any improvements?
I don't even touch the WYSIWYG part; I always write my own code, so I think I would actually be better off with a text editor with syntax highlighting.
Even with DW2 (which didn't support PHP or include Doctypes) you can add functionality (create an Object) to use a variety of PHP includes rather than SSI, can add an Object to include a doctype, and you can make your own basic site template for individual sites that includes all common elements to use instead of the default that opens when you start a "new" document - and it's customized however you want it.
Lean, mean, lightweight code, exactly as you like it, with the old DW2 even.
As an example, you can find all the Header 2 lines, and add an underline to them. Dreamweaver won't strip those underlines from the HTML and use CSS to apply it to Header 2.
Likewise, you could frequently use blocks of small dark red text on a cream background. Intelligent code would mean writing those as DIV element and creating a class to define those styles.
I am a visual guy so I am looking for a WYSIWYG editor as my post indicated.The reason I bring these up is that you are a visual guy who apparently does know how to write HTML and CSS. My strong suggestion is that you do your visual design as a pure design exercise. You can use any application you want, even a drafting board, and end up with a graphical/visual design. Then, do your hand coding to implement that visual design in an intelligent way.