Upgrading Dreamweaver - General advice required
I have been using DW8.02 and Win XP Pro for 8 years now and it has been amazing value for money - and still works just fine!
Problem is, I can't test my sites in modern browsers because Windows XP either doesn't support them or they are just crashing constantly (Firefox) so I am forced to update my operating system and, subsequently, my hardware so I felt that I should also make a decision about Dreamweaver.
I wanted to ask for some advice, particularly here amongst web developer colleagues, on my options. My apologies if this is not the right place to ask but the advice I've received in this forum has always been very helpful. I'm also looking to upgrade so that I can start enjoying WebAssist extensions again!
I don't keep up to date on new software releases because, well, because they annoy me. DW8.02 still works absolutely fine but, if I had believed everything I was told, I should have upgraded every step of the way through CS1, CS2, CS3 and so on. There was absolutely no need.
I'm confused by the "Creative Cloud" though, even after talking to Adobe sales who were telling me about my 20GB space on the "cloud"...I manage 75+ websites along with all of my client files (photographs, video, documents etc) and am worried about space restrictions.
Can someone clarify the following...
1) Does Dreamweaver CC, being an app as I understand it, allow me to work from files on my own PC/Workstation (localhost) or does everything have to be hosted on the "cloud". Abode sales weren't sure about this when I asked!?
2) Can I connect to domains/sites that I host via FTP using Dreamweaver CC regardless of my Adobe cloud space?
3) What is the "cloud"?
Windows 7, 7 Pro, 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, 8.1, Downgradeable to Windows 7...what the heck!?
I've been using Windows XP Pro and it has been great but, as I understand it, support ends in 2014. Problem is I'm so confused about my options and which one is best for a developer that I just don't know what to choose.
Which Windows operating system should I opt for, as a developer?
Can someone also explain to me why some new PC's I've looked at seem to offer a downgrade option to Windows 7. Is Windows 8 a problem? Is Windows 8 even suitable for developers? I don't need tiles for Facebook and shopping, I need access to my client files and developer software.
I should also mention that, ideally, I want to be able to run Classic ASP within localhost as a lot of my old sites were created using Classic ASP.
Jeesh, where to start on this one. Can someone recommend which processor and how much RAM I should get that will last me 5 years that will run Adobe CC? There is, again, so much choice that I'm completely baffled.
In 2005 I bought a Pentium III with 4GB RAM and, for me, it flew. I'm therefore confused about why 4GB still seems to be the standard...is that because the processors have moved on so much? i3, i5, i7...I'm not up to speed on hardware, nor have I ever been, so I'd appreciate some advice on a processor that's going to last me 5 years.
Really appreciate the help. Thank you.