Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Complete UI 2007 for Dreamweaver

Category: JavaScript, Toolkit, Utility

Awhile back we discussed Dreamweaver as a potential Ajax IDE.

Here’s the press release:

Nitobi”s Complete UI is a powerful set of components that will give Dreamweaver users the ability to present data in an engaging format in a fraction of the time,” states Michael Lekse, Vice President of Sales and Services at WebAssist. “Dreamweaver professionals looking to enhance their user interface functionality should turn to Nitobi with confidence.”

The easy drag and drop feature for Dreamweaver reflects Nitobi”s philosophy of fast, easy web application development–a key selling point of Complete UI. Complete UI components are designed to be easy to implement and to help create web applications with intuitive and graceful user interfaces. The Complete UI suite includes:

  • Grid — A cross-browser spreadsheet with Excel “copy/paste”, LiveScrolling, and more.
  • ComboBox — A drop-down menu with autocomplete functionality, similar to Google Suggest.
  • Calendar — A high-performance calendar picker that can be used with Nitobi Grid or in standalone web applications.
  • Callout — A rich, skinnable tool-tip that prompts users with real-time feedback and helpful instructions as they navigate through an application.
  • Fisheye — A tool bar menu featuring fisheye magnification, similar to Apple OS X tool bar.
  • Spotlight — A tool for creating stylish guided tours of websites and applications.
  • Tabstrip — Folder tabs for navigating to different sections of a web application via Ajax or iFrame requests.
  • Tree — A hierarchical data view, similar to the folder view in Windows Explorer.
  • Ajax Toolkit — A library of fully-documented tools used in Nitobi components that can be re-used in your own applications, or to build your own components.

In addition to Dreamweaver support, Complete UI includes enhancements to Nitobi Grid, including expanding spreadsheet-style rows and even better performance.

What better way to check this out than a set of screencasts?

What do you think of Dreamweaver now?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:43 am
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It’s nice but to be honest, I will be much more excited if dreamweaver has plugin for Ext-JS. If anybody knows about such plug-ins, please do let me know!

Comment by Liming — October 3, 2007

I know its the hip thing to be anti-dreamweaver, but give it a chance.

Comment by Ian — October 3, 2007

hmm… ok but not like wow!

Comment by . — October 3, 2007

Its not the editor which is hated , it’s wannabies who use it and call themselfs ‘webmasters’. They damadge industry’s reputation, and their code is unusable =/

Comment by mefisto — October 3, 2007

Are “dreamweaver professionals” similar to “flash professionals”?

Comment by James MacFarlane — October 3, 2007

I want to handcode, maybe I’m getting to old for this. Extensions keep dumb people dumb.

Comment by Trulli — October 3, 2007

“What do you think of Dreamweaver now?” – same as before – Good product to learn and practice HTML and thats it!

Comment by ajaxus — October 3, 2007

Congrats with this new release! It seems this product is aimed at ‘traditional’ HTML developers, who can use Ajax components without having to write complex JavaScript, so not the typical Ajaxian reader. I’m going to try it out myself to see if it’s really that simple to use :-)

Comment by Jep Castelein — October 3, 2007

Personally, I wish Adobe would further enhance it’s actual editor, which is pretty darn amazing. If there were some more features of a true IDE, I would be pleased as pie, but unfortunately, it is very much geared for the WYSIWYG side of things.

However, here is where I think DW really stands out as an editor:

1. Define a project as a site. It’s very simple to do, requires little to no ramp up time, doesn’t inject a project file into your working directory, and allows you to upload upon save to either an (S)FTP server, WebDav, or even somewhere on the local file system.
2.Searching across specific folders in your Project/Site and searching across the entire Project is not only super simple, it’s incredibly fast. It’s UI is also better than almost any other editor/IDE out there, including Eclipse, Aptana, etc.
3. It is fast. It blows the other editors like Eclipse/Aptana out of the water. It also seems snappier than things like Komodo. It is a hog compared to UltraEdit/EditPlus, and the like, however.
4.It’s autocomplete is wonderful. I wish it was easier to customize, but it covers the bases of the different possible HTML and CSS attributes really well.

Where I think it needs some drastic improvement is:
1. Plugins. The normal Dreamweaver plugins are a pain to develop, and most of the time, people are doing them for crappy “widgets”. I guess that’s the nature of the beast with something that’s both WYSIWYG and a code editor.
2. I wish you could customize the word character break symbols. For instance, when I double click a CSS selector with a dash, most the time, I want the entire selector. I’d prefer to be able to change what characters the word selection breaks on.
3. I wish it could support bundles, like TextMate/e does. They would be incredibly powerful.
4. Javascript editing and autocompletion could be DRASTICALLY improved. You can customize it, but again, you’re stuck modifying cryptic XML files in order to do it.

I almost wish they’d go back to having a Dreamweaver UltraDev that focused on the coding environment a lot more. I am really hooked on the program for it’s project/site capabilities, and it’s editor features, but there will come a time soon when another editor will take all that is good about Dreamweaver, and add real software development tools, and then I am gone.

So Adobe, please, hit the sweet spot for those of us who like your product, but need, in the immortal words of Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor, MORE POWER. :)

Comment by Nate Cavanaugh — October 3, 2007

Dreamweaver is still being developed? interesting.

Comment by DB — October 3, 2007

@DB – Yes, and very actively developed at that. If DW CS3 didn’t get that point across, I’m pretty sure the next release will.
@Nate- great comments and points, all- thanks! I’ll make sure the dev team hears every one.

-Scott, Adobe

Comment by Scott Fegette — October 4, 2007

DW is one of the best IDEs especially for PHP. Not other IDE gives you code intellitype, with database calls, drag and drop and easy setup. It you want to hand code – good luck with that, seems you like getting paid to write BS all day long. Coders who use Notepad type programs are seriously ones that write the code that is unmaintainable. Can you say job security?

Comment by VelkyMX — October 7, 2007

How about a contest where a simple project is created using both methods – Dreamweaver built – Hand Coded – . I would be interested in comparing the time to build, and the size of the completed code.

Comment by DSpike — November 1, 2007

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