Dreamweaver is a great software package for designing and developing interactive, dynamic websites. If you've ever created a cross-browser compatible CSS layout from scratch in Dreamweaver, you quickly come to realize there has to be a better way to design standards compliant CSS layouts from within Dreamweaver. WebAssist and CSS guru Eric Meyer have teamed up to create a Dreamweaver extension that makes life as a web designer a whole lot easier.
Eric Meyer's CSS Sculptor from WebAssist is an excellent Dreamweaver add-on that builds compliant CSS layouts from an easy-to-use wizard-like interface. For Dreamweaver designers who are migrating to CSS layouts from table-based layouts, it provides a great way to learn how you can control website layout using cascading style sheets. For more advanced Dreamweaver users, the huge time savings in generating custom CSS layouts is alone worth the cost of the extension.
The flexibility of the software allows the user full control over their final tableless Dreamweaver CSS layout, including columns, header and footer, background images, margins, padding, link states and much more. CSS Sculptor allows full customization of your layout, so if you want a two-column fixed width layout, a three-column hybrid layout, or a single column with a header and footer, it can do it. Easily include background images into any layout div, create faux columns in your page or even add repeating gradient images all from within the easy-to-use wizard. Version 1.1 comes with 41 basic layouts and 12 color schemes to get you started, and all layouts can be easily modified for your specific needs. Options include fixed width, liquid, elastic or hybrid, all with 1, 2 or 3 columns and optional headers and footers. The newest version now includes the ability to use a full width header area. You can also save your presets, so you can quickly generate new websites from layouts you have already created. Dreamweaver integration means you can revisit the CSS Sculptor interface at any time to modify your layout.
The code output is compatible with Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.x and 7.x; Firefox and Mozilla 2.x; Safari 2.x and Opera 9. CSS Sculptor can be used with Dreamweaver 8 or Dreamweaver CS3 on both PC and Mac. The pages generated can be incorporated into static, dynamic or even Dreamweaver template pages. For a full Dreamweaver CSS solution, team up with WebAssist CSS Menu Writer to create standards compliant CSS horizontal and vertical navigation from within Dreamweaver.