The FTP functionality springs to life and, at least in theory, downloads the files you have selected.
5. The first two bugs detected:
Two problems happened when I tried to import my website from the Internet into Dw:
To workaround the program's inability to import all of the files, I used our Ipswitch WS_FTP program to copy all of the website's files from our server into a new empty folder on our office computer. I then chose the "Manage Sites" option from the Dw "Site" pull down menu, highlighted the site name, clicked on the Edit box, selected the Remote Info category. On the Remote Info window, I selected "Local/Network" and specified the folder that I had recently created to contain the complete copy of the web site. Then I was able to resume the importing sequence described in section 4 above.
At this point, I screwed up all my available courage, and double clicked on a typical essay. It sprang to life in the left side of the Dw page, apparently intact except for a few "</font>" labels highlighted in yellow. These may be examples of incorrect or redundant HTML coding as a result of poor coding by the earlier FrontPage program.
Review so far:
So far, I have spent the equivalent of a day exploring Dreamweaver. It would have gone much faster if the Dreamweaver documentation were a little better organized for a target audience of people like me who are using a competitive program on their own website and desire to evaluate Dw.
Still, once you find the applicable help files, and options on the pull-down menus, the work goes easily.
So far, the Dreamweaver CS3 program has not collapsed. It has continued to operate without crashing -- far longer than any of the Expression Web versions have achieved to date.
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