Well I'll chime in on this way. I first used GoLive 4.0 on Windows then moved up to GoLive 5.0 on Windows. I them moved to Mac where I used GoLive 6.0 and now I am using Dreamweaver MX 04 on both platforms. I by no means consider myself and expert but have been hacking around for years.
I like both products and have moved over to Dreamweaver simply because I want to get more involved in server side stuff, database and the like. It seems as Adobe in their great wisdon has dropped Dynamic Content from GoLive CS. I though I would give Dreamweaver a whirl.
For either program I would recommend a good understanding of how HTML really works. This makes it easier to debug some of the code that is produced with either program.
I personally use Golive (CS) as I prefer the interface which is typically Mac-like.
I never liked Dreamweaver, always seemed like a Windows application.
The new Golive no longer has dynamic website creation abilites (too bad!) since Adobe has decided to focus on using it as a repurposing tool for InDesign and Photoshop content. Its feature list is very impressive in thei respect (drop a PSD, AI or PDF file in there and it dynamically creates the web graphics for you and such) but if you want high-level coding capabilities Dreamweaver is better supported for that.
Adobe Golive CS is definately more Mac like than Macromedia Dreaweaver and definately has a more consistent interface in my opinion. It isn't without its share of small bugs and quirks though, that Adobe needs to address. But overall, yes I would recommend GoLive over Dreamweaver.
Also, ever tried the latest version of Dreamweaver 2004? EXTREMELY slow!. This has been confirmed on both a Dual 1.25Mhz G4, and 1.8Mhz G5 with 1GB Ram.
Hope this helps.
[ January 15, 2004, 10:37 AM: Message edited by: Mac à Montréal ]
After several years of working with GL I've still got a lot to learn and I'm constantly amazed at how much these two writers know--and they have a real talent for simplifying things (and slipping in a bit of humour at the same time).
This is my tool of choice and all the opinion here seems right.
When I try Macromedia products (older than MX version) I recognize the akwardness of their products and feel more home with Golive.
The decision of Adobe to scrap LiveMotion ( Adobe Flash alternative) and the abandon of the possibility to produce Dynamic content (was available older version but third party plugin can replace in a better way that lost functionality—see Adobe)
I have the impression that Adobe is going out of is Web publishing business leaving is faithful user in the dust and I will start to learn Macromedia MX and web products just in case.........