Adobe CS6 Design/Web Premium review
Graphics and publishing remain strong, but Adobe’s Flash web strategy is in disarray
Review Date: 23 Apr 2012
Reviewed By: Tom Arah
Price when reviewed: Upgrade, £298 (£358 inc VAT); Full, £1,509 (£1,811 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Ease of Use
The big news in CS6 is the rolling together of the Design Premium and Web Premium packages. It seems to make sense to have everything in one place, given the change in workflow now that smartphones and tablets are everywhere. Still, we know the design elements of Design/Web Premium are strong, but the web picture looks less so.
Then there’s the rise of mobile browsing. Dreamweaver CS6 bridges the gap between desktop and handheld devices with its CSS3-based Fluid Grid capability. Using the new Resolution Switcher in Live View, this lets you reposition page regions to tailor a single design towards desktop, tablet and smartphone screens.
For tablets and smartphones, the jQuery Mobile framework integration has been improved, with the ability to apply swatches to customise themes. With improved integration with PhoneGap Build, it’s also easier to package mobile applications for native app store-based delivery.
Finally, there’s the advent of Content Management Systems (CMS). Contribute’s time is finally up; instead Dreamweaver CS6 promotes integration with Adobe’s own CMS, Business Catalyst. It’s simple to post your site for hosting (fees apply), and you can also take advantage of built-in reporting and easily add modules, from ad rotators to e-commerce.
Before you tie yourself in, however, try the more powerful open source CMS alternatives: WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. You may not need Business Catalyst – nor even Dreamweaver.
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