Expression Web vs. Dreamweaver
Now that we know a bit about both editors, let us look at the pros and cons of each one to come to a conclusion as to which one to opt for based on our needs.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 – To download the latest trial version of Dreamweaver click here.
Microsoft Expression Web 4 – To download the latest trial version of Expression Web click here.
User Interface and Ease of Use:
Adobe Dreamweaver allows the user to dock controls and windows as per his/her convenience. The user interface looks cluttered due to the availability of various controls, and it may take some time for the developer to become familiar with the controls and menus.
Lots of templates are available which the developer can use to his advantage.
Microsoft Expression Web has a clean interface, as one would expect from the maker of FrontPage. It also provides access to complex controls while still maintaining a less cluttered interface than Dreamweaver. Not many templates are available but excellent support for CSS is provided.
Adobe Dreamweaver has features like auto complete, tag inspector, different views (code view, design view, split view), CMS support, etc. Dreamweaver allows Photoshop and Fireworks elements to be integrated easily to offer better graphics and visual appeal.
Microsoft Expression Web, in its latest version, includes an important feature called Super Preview which allows the developer to see how the designed web page looks in other browsers like IE6, IE7, IE8 and Firefox (if it is installed).
Expression Web beats Dreamweaver in this domain. The latest version of Expression Web costs $149 when compared to Dreamweaver which costs $399 and upgrades cost $199.