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Updates for Dreamweaver, HomeSite, CF Studio for ColdFusion 8, 9, or 10

Note: This blog post is from 2012. Some content may be outdated--though not necessarily. Same with links and subsequent comments from myself or others. Corrections are welcome, in the comments. And I may revise the content as necessary.
If you may still be using Dreamweaver or HomeSite+ (or its older brother, HomeSite, or its older uncle, ColdFusion Studio), you may find that the tag insight, tag help, tag completion, and other features are not recognizing newer ColdFusion tags and functions, if perhaps you have updated to later versions of ColdFusion since installing those editors.

Well here's good news, that I find many don't seem to know: you don't need to put up with a lack of support for tags and functions for more recent CF versions!

(If as a reader of this entry, you'd want to make sure people know about still other editor/IDE alternatives, I will address that briefly also before we're through.)

So about DW and HS, the news (not so new) is that there are available free updates for these editors with respect to the later versions of CF. Specifically, you can find updates for Dreamweaver for 10, 9.0.1, 9, and 8; and you can find updates for HomeSite+/HomeSite/CF Studio for CF8.

You will find these various updates at the ColdFusion "downloads" page. [Update: Adobe has removed the links on the downloads page for various HomeSite, Dreamweaver, and Eclipse update files since I wrote this note. But you can find them in an archive.org version of the page from April 2014. That said, the links to some of the actual files on that page fail because archive.org doesn't store the content pointed to as on the macromedia.com site, because of a robots.txt file existing there. But you can still get the files in the links by visiting the actual links themselves, not the archive.org versions, such as the Dreamweaver updates for 9.0.1, the HomeSite+ update for CF8 and the Eclipse extensions for CF 8.0.1. See other links there to find still other files on that page. ] They're at http://www.adobe.com/support/coldfusion/downloads.html (not to be confused with the hotfix downloads page, http://www.adobe.com/support/coldfusion/downloads_updates.html.)

The downloads page offers the following (with a brief discussion and downloadable file for each):

  • Adobe ColdFusion 10 Extensions for Dreamweaver
  • Adobe ColdFusion 9.0.1 Extensions for Dreamweaver
  • Adobe ColdFusion 9 Extensions for Dreamweaver
  • ColdFusion 8 Update for Dreamweaver
  • ColdFusion 8 Update for HomeSite+

You can use the Dreamweaver extensions with any version of Dreamweaver that supports extensions (mxp files).

And you can use the HomeSite+ update for any version of that editor, as well as the related products, HomeSite and ColdFusion Studio. Just see the instructions in the readme file included in the zip. (And no, there are no updates for CF 9 or above, nor will there likely ever be, as HS is no longer sold/supported.)

Other available CF-related downloadable tools offered there

While you're visiting that CF downloads page, note as well that there are other available downloadable tools for use with CF in the various latest versions (CF 8, 9, and 10), including the Report Builder, SOLR Standalone Installers, .NET Integration Service Installers, SharePoint Integration Webparts, Server Manager WAR Files, and LiveCycle Data Services Components. You will also find the "ColdFusion Admin Server Components" for use with CFBuilder.

And near the bottom of the page is the old "ColdFusion 8 Extensions for Eclipse" which offered some features now in CFBuilder as an available free plugin (such as debugging and RDS features), as well as ColdFusion 8 Help Files for Eclipse (though most people would rely on help files from CFEclipse, if they were not using CFBuilder.) You can read more about these tools in a section about them in the CF 8 docs.

Get yer editor updates on

So if you're using Dreamweaver, or still holding on to good ol' HomeSite+/HomeSite/CF Studio, and are not yet using CFBuilder (including its free Express edition) or CFEclipse, or Sublime, Coda, IntelliJ, NotePad++, or any of the many other editors/IDEs that support CFML), then check out this updates page and get your DW/HS/CF updates groove on. :-)

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Hey Charlie - As Adobe have removed the link to the file I thought I'd post it here for other people looking for the extensions.

I'm in the process of making a version 11 extension and also one for Visual Studio.
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