Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
What’s new in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 (pdf)
Pros: The interface finally looks like it belongs with the rest of the suite. A favorite feature, the insert toolbar, joins the panel. Just click the little arrow and you can see the rest of them. Designers who prefer to do hand coding will feel less hatred toward Dreamweaver CS4 as it makes it easier and faster to view code. Previewing now known as Live Code view works better in rendering how the code looks in a browser without leaving Dreamweaver. You can also interact with the rendered page to test the effects and forms.
You can view the code and the preview in a split screen so you can analyze and edit code and see instant results. Also cool is InContext Editing, which lets non-web developers (clients, content people, etc.) control content without messing with anything else. In other words, web designers don’t have to update the tedious parts of the site (content and images) and can leave that to the others. CS4 also crashes less than CS3 – but of course, that can vary from computer to computer. CS3 improved Photoshop integration and CS4 takes it another step importing them as Smart Objects.
Cons: People who design sites with WYSIWYG interfaces might find the new interface more complicated and difficult to navigate. Even the options and busy interface could overwhelm the experienced user (like the author of this article).
Upgrade: Upgrading from CS3 to CS4 may not be worth it unless you want more code control and more CSS implementation. Dreamweaver CS4 is a solid and complete upgrade for anyone using anything older than CS3, but it could scare those who prefer to stay away from code.