Dreamweaver crashes when editing a file

I lost all of yesterday to a mysterious problem with Dreamweaver CS3, the software I use to manage the www.slowtrav.com site. I am posting this because this will happen to everyone using Dreamweaver 9 (CS3) with PHP or ASP code.

I was going crazy trying to figure out what might be wrong. It took me hours to even figure out which pages crashed and why. When I determined what was happening, I posted on the Dreamweaver Support Forums and got my answer.

There is a known bug that happened with Dreamweaver CS3 after we switched off Daylight Savings Time. Read the TechNote Dreamweaver CS3 crashes after Daylight Savings Time ends.

I was working on the website and everything was fine. Then I opened up a page that I have worked on many times before and that had not changed recently. This page contained regular HTML and some ASP includes. Whenever I selected text or clicked and dragged the mouse to select text, Dreamweaver crashed with the error: Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Other pages, with only ASP SSI includes did not crash. Other pages where I call ASP scripts with variables did not crash. I took the page apart and rebuilt it piece by piece until I found the part that made Dreamweaver crash. It was a call to one specific script in the format:

🙂 Removing the code example, it made my blog crash!!

This script had not changed. The page had not changed. How on earth could this piece of code that had been there for years be the problem? The page on the website worked fine – it was only when I looked at this page in Dreamweaver, that made Dreamweaver crash.

I found the answer on the Dreamweaver Support Forums. I would have gone there sooner, but I did not even know what question to ask! I am posting this here in case someone else is running into this.

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Pauline Kenny

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6 thoughts on “Dreamweaver crashes when editing a file”

  1. I’m sorry you had the problem, but I was very interested to read about it.
    I’m spending all my spare time teaching myself new things and doing reading about websites.
    I have a new job at school next year using the skills I have taught myself – my class will be a computer/laptop class (unheard of at my conservative shcool) and they’ll go even further with publishing their work onto websites than they have gone this year.
    Did you see my homework site? It’s made specifically to make the homework look fun and to encourage the students and their parents to be more comfortable with what I’m doing.
    Anyway, it’s fun to read a technical post on websites so thank you for posting it.

  2. Thank you very much for sharing your experience and posting for others to read. The Dreamweaver crash has beeb absolutely frustrating and I was sure it was either my .asp code, or something on my pc. Google and your blog has saved my evening.

  3. Thanks for posting that, dude. I was getting that problem this morning and it was driving me crazy. I think I’ve restarted my computer 30 times or so today. Problem seems to have fixed itself now after I followed the instructions on the Adobe site. Thanks a million.

  4. Thank you for posting your problem. I found the solution I needed after having already given up and started using Editpad for my ASPs. 😛

    Such a shame Adobe won’t fix it…

  5. I just wanted to leave a quick note to also say THANK-YOU. I just starting having this problem and it completely confused me, until i tried to open the same file in Dreamweaver on another machine, and it worked fine. Luckily instead of spending hours trying to work out the problem, i just resorted to google and ended up here, deleted the file, now everything is working fine.

    Again Thank You,

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