June 10, 2007

Smart Objects live on... but how long can they hang on?

If you're a GoLive user (as I am), you have been worried ever since the merger about the future of the program. When Adobe finally announced the demise of FreeHand, hope was quickly draining. Well, take this little bit of info to the bank:

Adobe has released GoLive 9.

And would you believe it if I told you that the upgrade is actually quite a full one? The interface has been updated, the visual CSS stuff is pretty cool, and the look and feel actually match somewhat what you see in InDesign (for example, GoLive now has a Place function). And yes, it's Universal Binary and runs native on Intel-based Macs. It also supports Vista (although not the consumer versions). It's available via download only, and also has a free 30-day trial version.

For me, GoLive was always about the wonderful Smart Object integration with Illustrator (and Photoshop -- but mainly Illustrator). So I'm happy to see that I can at least stick to my Smart Object workflow for the time being.

But one look at Adobe's website and you'll see that every page that mentions GoLive 9 also features 3 or 4 links to documents or sites or resources on switching to Dreamweaver. I think it's odd how in one sentence you tout the new features of GoLive 9, and in the very next sentence, you offer reasons why you should switch from GoLive to Dreamweaver. Reminds me of when I was younger and when my parents tried to give me medicine (which of course I wouldn't want any part of). I would much rather have ice cream of course. And so my parents would say "fine, here's some ice cream" but of course, they would pour the medicine over the ice cream as if it were hot fudge. And we ate it.

Things haven't changed much since then, has it?

8 comments:

Aongus Collins said...

I used GoLive a while back, but moved to Dreamweaver because GL crashed far too often. Dreamweaver seemed overly restrictive as a design tool, so I compromised by designing templates in GoLive and maintaining sites in DW.

The latest trial version is a very substantial upgrade for a goodbye release ... and it contains an extension for exporting sites to DW. Having invested so much effort in GL, would it not make sense for Adobe to retain it as a prototyping tool for designers who hand work off to coders?

Mordy Golding said...

It is my understanding that Adobe is positioning GoLive as the "designer's" visual tool for web design, while Dreamweaver is obviously focused on delivering tools for developers and those looking for "more" in a web app.

I agree the upgrade is quite substantial and hope it will remain as a viable link in the designer/developer world.

638ways said...

My god. I didn't even know what there was a new version of GoLive - They haven't made much out of it. And I like some of the new features mentioned like the Indesign integration.

Strange Adobe

jimHere said...

GoLive at least does what it says.

Over the past couple years DreamWeaver's clunky UI and the limitations of a WYSIWYG web app not quite able to render to the real world moved me to making web pages in text, with css as the glue that makes it look good.

DreamWeaver has a lot of new CS3 features like translating an InDesign document to html, but the steps involved prove that it's easier to just do it from scratch with the InDesign file open for eye-balling.

Some features in Adobe's video tutorials also imply that developers, too, will use this instead of writing their own code in html-smart text apps.

Aside from students, the real web world is best derved with a combination of GoLive and Text.

d said...

How about Dreamweaver CS4 incoporate the new Golive interface that way it keeps all the programming advantages it currently has and graft on the new interface to make it a better design web app which is currently isn't. So basically a fusion of the best of Golive and Dreamweaver combined as Dreamweaver CS4.

JoeDrinker said...

I wish that they had bundled that with the new version of CS3. I've always been a GL user, and have been trying to get my head around the Dreamweaver interface since the upgrade, but still resort back to my GL work flow thinking.

Nice to know the old standby will still be there, albeit for a price.

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