ThemeDreamer – Create WordPress themes in Dreamweaver

Our newest extension offering is ThemeDreamer from Virtuosoft.  We’ve been working with ThemeDreamer for several months and have been anxiously awaiting it’s release.  It’s still in beta, but you can download a trial which will deactivate upon the next release or buy ThemeDreamer at half of the final release price.

If you have ever tried designing a WordPress theme in Dreamweaver, you know it’s not very easy and the workflow is rather repetitive. Even with a local WordPress installation, you are continually editing, saving, previewing, re-editing, etc. ThemeDreamer takes a lot of the hassle out of creating WordPress themes by integrating with Dreamweaver’s design view. It takes the assortment of WordPress PHP files such as index.php, header.php, sidebar.php, footer.php, etc. and combines them to allow WYSIWYG editing in design view.

ThemeDreamer goes a step further and also tells you which files are being compiled in design view. If you open archive.php for example, at a glance ThemeDreamer tells you it is comprised of header.php, sidebar.php and footer.php. If you open single.php, you might see header.php, sidebar.php, comments.php and footer.php.

If coding is your thing, ThemeDreamer provides most of the WordPress code tags for quick reference and also provides template tags, include tags and conditional tags. Code hints are built into ThemeDreamer which provide proper syntax, parameter defaults and common optional values. If that wasn’t enough, you also have quick reference to the WordPress API documentation right within Dreamweaver.

ThemeDreamer installs as any other extension in Dreamweaver and you can toggle it on or off simply by clicking a button. It’s very easy to use and saves a ton of time if you regularly design WordPress themes. It already includes a ton of features, and many more are planned for the 1.0 release. Remember, if you buy it now you save 50% off the full release price.

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3 Responses to “ThemeDreamer – Create WordPress themes in Dreamweaver”

  1. Bill Harrel says:

    This seems like a great idea. I see from the product’s Website that some folks are using it with success, but I can’t get it to work. The extension seems to install properly, but it just won’t render WordPress pages and none of the buttons are live.

    Support at ThemeDreamer responded to my request for help with suggestions of things I have already tried. Kind of at a loss here.

  2. I’m relatively new to wordpress and haven’t built a custom template yet. Themedreamer looks great and pritty cheap too. I’ve got a fealling this will save a load of time and hastle. Looking forward to getting my teeth into designing a custom template with it. Cheers Ben

  3. Werbeagentur says:

    Well, we are using dreamweaver for customizing typo3 and wordpress templates. I heard of this usefull tool here and downloaded it. Hmmm… what shall i say. Yes you can do the job without it but it helps you working faster. A few years ago, people told that the only proper way of building webpages where programming them in an editor like wordpad. Then tools like golive, dreamweaver etc. came up and made working easier. Thats almost the same here. I hope this review helps you. And Ryan thank you for sharing your post with us.
    @Bill: if you need some help just drop me an email. i can try to help you if you want. (sorry for my bad english)