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By: Ashton Sanders

Dreamweaver: Disable Searching for New and Changed Files

May 7 2009

Filed under: Dreamweaver,Webmaster

I use Adobe Dreamweaver 8, and every time I go to work on a large website (where I have a large number of files on my local server), I get a little pop up dialog saying:

Opening Site

Searching for new and changed files.
You can safly stop this if you have not
changed any files outside of Dreamweaver…

Here’s a quick screenshot of the dialog that pops up:

Searching for new and changed files.

Searching for new and changed files.

This has been getting increasingly annoying, as if I don’t his stop, it takes up to 10 seconds to finish the scan. Most of the time when I do hit stop, it lags for 6 seconds and then stops.
Continue Reading…

By: Ashton Sanders

Dreamweaver 8 Deleting Usernames and Passwords

Jun 18 2008

Filed under: Dreamweaver

I had a problem a long time ago, and again recently, and figured I’m not the only one to have this problem:

Every time I close and open my Dreamweaver 8 (weather I restarted my computer in between or not) I would not be able to connect to the website I had been using last. The username and password for that website was gone. I would have to manage that site in Dreamweaver, and add in the username and password again.

The guys over at Phoenix Development wrote a great blog post with a link to the Dreamweaver 8 update you need to install to get it to work.

Apparently the bug is created when you have Internet Explorer 7.0 and Dreamweaver 8 on the same machine. I have no idea why this would delete your usernames and passwords, but it does.

Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Dreamweaver Tip – Hidden Files

Nov 9 2007

Filed under: Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver 8 is my current FTP client of choice. I am also a LAMP programmer, which means I use .htaccess and .htpasswd. These two files are named by only an extension and no file name. These files are automatically hidden, and you will continually find novices claim that a website doesn’t have an .htaccess file just because he can’t see it.

.htaccess files are automatically hidden on most LAMP servers.

Seeing Hidden Files in Dreamweaver 8

Dreamweaver will allow you to see hidden files on the remote server. The steps are pretty easy.

First Open up the website that you would like to see the hidden files for, and connect to the remote server. Then click on the “drop down menu” button in the top right of the “Files” sidebar.

View Hidden Files

Then select “View > Show Hidden Files.”

View Hidden Files

Viola – Hidden files like .htaccess appear!

View Hidden Files

-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

Dreamweaver 8 – Starting up with Remove View

Nov 6 2007

Filed under: Dreamweaver

Starting up Dreamweaver 8 with Remote View

When you start up Dreamweaver 8 under normal settings, you are on Local View by default. Anyone who is not working solo on a project knows the devastation of working on an old file and overwriting the current file. This can occur without realizing it if your Dreamweaver 8 is on Local View by Default.

I’m looking to find the solution to the problem!

If you know what setting will allow you to start up in Remote view, please leave a comment.

-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

DreamWeaver 8 – Zoom

Apr 26 2007

Filed under: Dreamweaver

I was in the process of converting a website template (in image form) into an HTML/CSS Document with DreamWeaver 8. As I was getting close to finishing, both documents looked very similar. I spaced out and clicked “Ctrl =” as I do when I want to zoom in using PhotoShop or Fireworks, and I couldn’t believe it: DreamWeaver 8 Zoomed in! WHAT!?

It’s not the most useful thing in the world as I almost never use the design view, but it’s a sweet piece of functionality.

Ctrl = Â Â Zoom In
Ctrl – Â Â Zoom Out

(Note: I always remember Zoom In as “Ctrl +” because “+” is on the same key as “=”.)

-Ashton Sanders

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