A Dreamweaver 8.0.2 Updater

By: Tom Green

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Set for printing

Last week before heading off to TODCON I did my due diligence and installed the Dreamweaver 8.0.2 updater. Later that evening one of the partners for whom I had done a video tutorial asked me where I had put it. Turns out I thought she was finished with it and I had pulled it down. Being the great guy that I am, I opened Dreamweaver and used the Put feature of the Dreamweaver 8 Files panel to upload it. This is where things get interesting.

When I opened the page in Dreamweaver, where the Flash SWF was located I was confronted with the following dialog box:

The ActiveX dialog box
Image 1 : Things aren't always what they seem.

I carefully read the dialog box and thought, "Yeah, that makes sense". I clicked the Yes button, the SWF appeared on the page and I saved the changes to the page. From there I uploaded the files to my server and notified my colleague the files were up. The response was not exactly what I expected. Essentially she hit the page and encountered the infamous full "White cow drinking milk in a snowstorm."

I thought this was rather odd and proceeded to work the problem from checking if indeed the files were on the site using both Dreamweaver's Local and Remote views and doing the same using WS_FTP on my PC and Transmit on my Mac. The files were there but no Flash SWF was appearing in the Browser. How odd.

If you have updated to Dreamweaver 8.0.2 and encountered this dialog box, here's what you need to do:

  1. Click the Yes button. The Help button takes you to a Tech Note that is explains what you need to do. Clicking the Preferences button simply opens the Dreamweaver 8 Preferences and shows you that yes, indeed, Active X content have the proper scripts added and that old tags will be converted when pages containing them are first opened. Before you proceed to the next step, save the page. Saving the page creates the folder mentioned in the third step.

    The Code rewriting preferences
    Image 2. The Code Rewriting preferences open when you click the button in the dialog box.

  2. Click the Refresh button in the Files panel or press the F5 key. This will refresh the files list in the root directory.
  3. When you press the F5 key scroll down through the list of files in the Root directory. You will see that Dreamweaver has added a Scripts folder to the lineup. If you open that folder you will notice it includes a file named AC_RunActiveContent.js.
  4. Upload the Scripts folder to your site and you are, as they say, "Good to go."

    The Scripts folder
    Image 3. Upload the Scripts folder to your site.


As you have seen things aren't always as they first appear when encountering ActiveX controls in the Dreamweaver 8.0.2 updater. Simply upload the resulting Scripts folder, you only need to do this once, and you will avoid my sad tale of woe.


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