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Web designers familliar with previous versions of GoLive won't find GoLive CS jarring, but they will discover many useful new features.

Style Previews: Although GoLive has long supported Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), GoLive CS is the first version that offers a preview of styles as they're created instead of just when they're applied to text and objects on a page.

Photoshop Support: You can now crop Photoshop files from within GoLive, avoiding common extra steps. You can also zoom in on Photoshop files to see details.

Flash Conversion: Flash SWF files are more elaborately supported, too. You can convert Illustrator files to SWF within GoLive, and there's better JavaScript for handling redirection across an entire Web site, for browsers that don't have a Flash plug-in installed.

Packages: GoLive can now display previews of InDesign CS files, using InDesign's Package For GoLive feature. The preview is a replica of the InDesign layout, but individual objects, text layers, and stories can be dragged directly onto Web pages. You can also place native Illustrator and Photoshop files within package files on GoLive pages, and manipulate them within the program, as you could in previous GoLive versions.

Added Software: The biggest change to GoLive is the external software that the program now interacts with. The first is Adobe Web Workgroup Server (AWWS), which was bundled with GoLive 6 and is now called Version Cue. It's available only as part of Adobe Creative Suite.

AWWS managed only Web sites, but Version Cue stores revisions and allows file check-in and checkout for all CS applications. This lets groups collaborate on projects, with all of their resources and versions in a central depository. Only one user at a time can check out a file.

The second application is Co-Author, a program that lets a user edit Web pages that a designer has set up in GoLive CS. The designer defines regions, called templates, on each page. For instance, a menu document might have templates that allow a user to add new entrees or update prices.

The Web designer uploads the pages and then exports an encrypted XML document containing the FTP user name and password for accessing the Web site. A Co-Author user imports this document and can then open any file with tem-plates on the Web site. Co-Author users can change only specific areas within a file and do so with the help of a wizard. -- GLENN FLEISHMAN

See also Adobe Puts It Together.

PDF Express

Fast Layout

Edit PDFs: GoLive CS lets you edit bookmarks and hyperlinks directly in PDF documents, and you can turn any Web page into a PDF file instantly from a page-layout window. (The latter feature was available in GoLive 6, but only through a plug-in that Adobe sold separately.) Opera Rendering: Adobe licensed Opera Software's HTML-rendering engine to provide dynamic previews of a CSS style as it's defined. Opera's engine is also used to provide an optional live preview, via a rendering window, of pages as they're designed. The preview refreshes as you make changes to the raw HTML or the layout (if you work graphically in GoLive's Layout mode).
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