Adobe continues to produce valuable updates for its Creative Cloud software collection in 2014. The biggest change I detected with Adobe Dreamweaver 2014.1 release, which is based now on 64-bit architecture. Evidently, Dreamweaver is still being developed very actively and has a different fate than say Adobe Fireworks — abandoned but liked by many designers, just read the latest articles on SmashingMagazine.com. So now Dreamweaver is better compatible with PSD format (PSD asset workflow), take a look at the welcome screen below:
Here’s few screenshots of Dreamweaver CS 6 (version 12.0 build 5808) and Photoshop CS6 (version 13.0). By the way Dreamweaver CS 6 has no 64-bit version yet.
New Mini Bridge in the Photoshop:
I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on one of my secondary computers to see if it is playable. The kids were puzzled at first, but then realized that movies link works and there are new games hidden behind the Metro tiles.
I agree that Metro UI is more suitable for touchscreen hardware, and if there is no such hardware is present, it is difficult to justify its usability with only mouse and keyboard (although there are some very handy keyboard shortcuts).
I like Windows interface in general and I believe that Windows 8 works better and faster (that I can witness) than Windows 7. Yet, Metro User Interface is not a revolutionary move on PC screen. It is meant to be simple, which is a good approach. But a computer remains a very sophisticated device and Metro UI on top of it feels overwhelming to me, because as a power user I don’t mind multitude of controls and … empty space on my desktop. Empty space on my desktop is inspiring, as it can be filled with anything. Empty space in Metro is not easy to fill.
New Metro interface of Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8102) — available to everybody to download and try — has puzzled me from the first screen. I understand the concept, but I don’t see how it is going to be productive in its way to access programs and present information from the web. Font is not distinctive. If somebody likes clean and neat display, what is Metro going to look like then? This Powerpoint style of bright and big square titles is not new at all. Look at some screenshots below (click to enlarge):
Look at new Control Panel (click to enlarge):
Or another one:
The “problem” with running of Metro applications is that you cannot close them. If you leave them and run something else, they get “suspended” — look at the new Windows Task Manager (click to enlarge):
And another one:
If you need to disable Metro in Windows 8 Developer Preview, do the following:
Press Windows key + R to get Run command. Type “regedit” and press Enter. In the registry editor find the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled
and change its value from 1 to 0. Restart the computer. You should be done now. But what is the point of running Windows 8 without Metro??
Here’s more screenshots of the latest Windows 8 leak (build 7955):
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 has leaked on the web and available thru torrents (“thethingy” release). The version is 11.5 build 5315. Here’s some screenshots below.