Adobe GoLive CS2 review

Second choice doesn't have to mean second best

GoLive's features include 'smart objects' for handling graphics natively

TechRadar Verdict

GoLive is easy to use yet powerful, but isn't so good at powerful development work


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    Built-in live rendering with Opera

    Simulate mobile phone browsers

    Easier to use than Dreamweaver

    Auto-export web graphics from CS2 files


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    Bit buggy

    No help with dynamic pages

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GoLive has been the poorer cousin of Dreamweaver over the last few years, which is a shame, because in many ways it's a superior app.

For one thing, GoLive is easier to use. It's WYSIWYG, just like Dreamweaver, but its 'layout grid' option for building pixel-accurate layouts helps to overcome the limitations of Dreamweaver's purer 'layout tables' approach.

Its palettes of page elements are more extensive and useful than Dreamweaver's. It integrates better with Creative Suite apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, generating web graphics of the exact dimensions you require from native file formats of any size, updating them whenever you alter the originals.

As well as all this, GoLive has a built-in rendering system based on the Opera browser that lets you see how your page is working out, moment by moment, without having to 'Preview in Browser'.

It also has far better support for mobile standards, such as mobile XHTML, and a rendering system that simulates most of the popular mobile phone browsers.

It includes page elements and templates for MovableType and TypePad blogging services, and it has its own mini-multimedia studio for generating QuickTime tracks and DHTML animations.

But there are deficiencies. It's buggy, and it has little of the dynamic web page support of Dreamweaver, only promising not to rewrite any scripting code it finds, rather than giving you help in creating your own code. It's also inferior when dealing with more uncommon standards such as XML, XSLT and ASP.Net.

If you're looking for an advanced package and are happy to fill in any blanks with hand-coding, GoLive is excellent. If you're looking for something that can deal well with the very peak of web development, it doesn't quite have what it takes. Rob Buckley was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.