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Adobe previews new Web dev tools

Want to see what's in store for Adobe CS4? Public betas of Dreamweaver and Fireworks are available for download at Adobe Labs.

Want to see what's in store for Adobe CS4? Public betas of Dreamweaver and Fireworks are available for download at Adobe Labs.

The release of the Dreamweaver and Fireworks betas this week is the first public outing for the new tools and a chance for developers outside the Adobe community to offer feedback, or as the company put it, "kick the tyres and ensure that it meets your needs".

Dreamweaver CS4
The Web authoring tool is back in CS4 and new features being touted by Adobe include:

|>A with a new UI and live view system based on WebKit.
|>Improved ability to manage related files associated to a current Web page, such as PHP, CSS, and XML.
|>New code navigator includes all the code sources that can affect your current selection in code or design view.
|>Improved CSS support.
|>Code hinting for AJAX and JavaScript frameworks.
|>Improved integration with Adobe Photoshop. Users can drag-and-drop PSD files into Dreamweaver directly.
|>Integration with subversion software to give the developer an environment of check-in, rollback, versioning, etc.
|>Support for authoring Adobe Air applications.

Fireworks CS4
It looks like Photoshop and Fireworks are not merging into one product as previously predicted, and the Web graphics tool will continue to stand on its own.

New features for this release include:

|>Streamlined user interface to fit better with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash.
|>Ability to export whole Web page designs, along with CSS-based layouts, to Dreamweaver.
|>Export to PDF.
|>Adobe Type Engine, included in Photoshop and Illustrator, is now in Fireworks CS4.
|>Ability to author Air prototypes in Fireworks to be exported to HTML, CSS, Flex, or Flash.

To view some of the features, here is a video demo released by the Adobe team:

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