Adobe GoLive CS2 review: Adobe GoLive CS2

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Setup and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Enhances the creation of CSS Web sites and shares their elements across the Adobe CS2 product line; improved text, layer, and layout tools are a bonus.

The Bad Interface still requires extensive palette use; more complex than Macromedia Dreamweaver.

The Bottom Line GoLive CS2 may not win over converts from market leader Macromedia Dreamweaver, but this upgrade plays up its strengths, namely integration with other Adobe software.

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Adobe GoLive CS2

Ever since it purchased the GoLive Web design software six years ago, Adobe has worked hard to dovetail this tool to fit in with its more mature applications. Adobe GoLive CS2 further integrates its feature set and work flow with other Creative Suite 2.0 programs, bolstering its case against market leader Macromedia Dreamweaver . Dreamweaver offers a better HTML tool, but if you need to integrate graphics apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator into your Web designs on a regular basis, GoLive is your best bet.

GoLive CS2 takes a novel approach to Web page creation; instead of a blank page that you build from the ground up with tags or tools representing tags, you get palettes of objects, such as tables or text boxes, which you can drag onto the page and arrange. While earlier versions of GoLive used hacks, such as invisible single pixels, to force page layouts, this update follows W3C standards to produce much cleaner source code. And GoLive CS2 provides extensive tools to create dynamic Web sites, whereas programs such as Dreamweaver and BBEdit still focus on single Web pages.




GoLive CS2 offers plenty of options for creating dynamic Web sites and content for mobile devices.

GoLive CS2 expands the package for GoLive features that debuted in its prior incarnation so that you can open an InDesign CS2 project and automatically view it as an XHTML Web site. GoLive CS2's new standards-compliant CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) layout tools include drag-and-drop CSS block objects, so you can quickly assemble designs by dragging CSS elements from a toolbar.

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