Adobe GoLive CS review: Adobe GoLive CS

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MSRP: $399.00

The Good New CSS editor; QuickTime authoring tools; PDF-X support.

The Bad Clunky interface; tiny icons; sluggish performance.

The Bottom Line GoLive CS is a solid Web-site creation option for designers, but only as part of the Creative Suite package from Adobe.

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7.0 Overall
  • Setup 7
  • Features 7
  • Support 7

Review summary

Editors' note: Shortly after this review appeared, Adobe changed its technical support policy, and we have made the appropriate changes to our review. For details, please see our corrections page.

For years, Adobe GoLive has been locked in a tough fight against Macromedia's Dreamweaver, and although GoLive CS offers many new Web-site creation features, this latest version feels like the least revised of the Adobe Creative Suite family. If you currently work extensively in Illustrator and Photoshop, GoLive CS's ability to import Photoshop, Illustrator, and PDF files with layers intact will simplify your life. And GoLive CS's Smart Objects, which allow you to prep and update objects in your preferred application, integrates well across the entire suite. But outside the Creative Suite environment, GoLive CS isn't yet compelling enough for you to forsake Dreamweaver in its favor.

If you're familiar with basic software installation options, GoLive CS is a relatively painless operation. Unlike Adobe Photoshop CS, GoLive CS does not require that you activate it within a month of installation.

GoLive began life as a product called GoLive CyberStudio from a German company called GoLive. Years after Adobe purchased it and renamed it GoLive, much--perhaps too much--of the original application remains. In fact, of all the Creative Suite applications, the GoLive CS interface looks the least Adobe-like. There are still the tiny, eyestraining, original GoLive icons, the Pick Whip (the rubber-band-like thing that enables linking to pages by dragging an animated line), and the near-pathological categorizing of every possible element of a Web page and the tidy layout grid. That said, GoLive CS should be familiar to anyone who's used Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, or InDesign CS.

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With GoLive CS, you can place text comments within a file.

GoLive CS runs on Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later or Macintosh OS X.

GoLive CS offers better design tools and multimedia access as well as better integration with other Adobe applications within the Creative Suite environment.

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