Dreamweaver 8.0.2 menu options are grayed out from the view and insert menu when editing ASP or PHP files in either code, design or split view and the spell checker option is disabled

System Requirements:

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.0.2

The Problem:

When you are editing page content in Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.0.2 in an ASP file you are unable to chose many of the menu options from the insert or view menu, such as Server-side Includes, form’s and form objects irrespective of whether you are in code, split or design view.

Changing the view doesn’t influence the situation.

More Information:

This seems to be more of a bug in Dreamweaver 8.0.2 than an intended characteristic.

Of the information that I have seen published on-line, the suggested solution is to just change views, but this doesn’t fix it, at least not when I experienced the problem on a Windows XP Professional SP3 install. It was working fine in the same configuration on a Windows 2000 Professional SP4 install.

Steps to try

  1. Change view : View > Code / Design > Code and Design
  2. Rollback any custom extension installs and re-test
  3. Repair install Dreamweaver by going into Add or Remove programs in the control panel (Programs and Features under Vista / 7), select change and then hit repair
  4. Rename the file as a .html file. For example if your file is a default.asp file rename it to default.html and test in the editor whether the fault is coming from the parser for ASP/PHP etc
  5. This is the one that sorted it for me:
    1. Edit > Preferences > New Document
    2. Check to see what the default document type and DTD being specified are. In my case, these had been changes to set .asp and ASP VB Script as the defaults from the standard ones as specified below.
      Dreamweaver 8.0.2 Default Preferences
      For some reason, if you change these defaults, the behaviour of the editor changes and you will no longer be able to utilise all of the options from the insert menu. In my case, simply putting them back and restarting Dreamweaver re-enabled all of the content that was missing. Bug? Yes, I think so.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0.1 & Adobe Speed Launcher – it’s back, but they did not want you to know

System Requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.0

The Problem:

Second Adobe gripe in not too sizable space of time, here is the first.

Adobe Acrobat Reader (It’s Acrobat, it was Acrobat when they released it, it’s Acrobat now, sue me) has developed a superiority complex over the years. For some reason it thinks that it needs to sitting in RAM at boot time on everyone’s system, just so it can dump its IE ActiveX control into the browser AX cache the little bit faster. Newsflash – Every sys-ad under the sun deletes the darn thing.

It looked for a glimmering, magical moment when Adobe released Acrobat Reader 8.1.0 that they had finally woken up… alas they moved it out of the Start-up folder on the Start Menu and dropped it into the registry hoping that no one was going to notice.

The Fix:

Let us be honest here, you don’t really need me to tell you where to go. You already know, you just don’t want to believe it.



So pull out Group Policy and get deleting post-install. There are so many fun, time wasting ways that you can remove this (again and for the 11th time in a reader release).

If you are really stuck, here is a .reg sample that will do it:

“Adobe Reader Speed Launcher”=-

Adobe Flash Player & Shockwave Player Corporate Distribution i.e. redistributable binary

System Requirements:

  • Adobe Flash Player Plug-in
  • Adobe Shockwave Plug-in

The Problem:

Adobe are Google inept…

Here’s a really crazy idea, I want to redistribute Flash to PC’s without going to each PC and installing it by hand!

Obviously I’m off the planet on that one, having 600 workstations that got updated to Macromedia’s Flash 8.2x plug-in over a year ago because I wrote an installer for the blessed thing by hand. 30 workstations which had anything from flash 4 to Flash 8.2x on (which I did upgrade by hand).

Google anything to do with Flash, Deployment, Corporate, Redist, Redistributable… and you’ll get nothing back.

Shockwave is even worse, we wont go there. Suffice it to say much bandwidth was lost on the 30 workstations and the 600 never got touched, despite progressive urgent security updates coming out of Macromedia/Adobe on the poor state of their plug-in.

If anyone from Adobe is reading this, yes, I am irate, you wasted a significant amount of time which I will never get back again! LEARN TO MAKE A WEBSITE.

The Fix:

When Adobe released Flash 9.x, they changed the install system to a binary cab, the installer engine in cab 1, named “Ultrashim.cab” and then the data cab after it. For some reason I couldn’t build a hand installer on these because the thing never registered properly with MSIE.

When they release they removed the second cab completely, favouring some proprietary installer system in ultra-shim. If you pulled ultrashim apart and manually ran it, it would (eventually) install the 1.5MB data download after a significant wait time. Thing is that in my experience users get a little irate if they have to sit at a boot screen waiting for an unspecified amount of time while some unnecessary little loader daemon suckles the proverbial teat of Adobe Systems Inc.

For anyone who wants to look, here are Ultrashim.cab and the “really clever Adobe, you are so hilarious and clever” data file install_flash.foo.s.


Contrary to popular belief, and for those who don’t have enough hours in their day to read the small print on every Adobe.com page with “flash” in the text (and who are frantically Googling the topic). Adobe DO have corporate deployment systems for Flash Player and for Shockwave Player, they just don’t want anyone to find it.

Adobe will give you either a .exe installer (which does not have any silent install prompts that I can find) or a .msi which obviously does for both browser technologies. You can get hold of the MSIE version and the non-MSIE version (firefox and what have you), as well as multi-language and Linux/Unix/Mac OS versions.


How to get it

You have to site license yourself for it I’m afraid. The small print can be found here.

The following URL’s were valid at the time of publishing.

If you want Flash Player 7,8,9 only go to:

If you want Shockwave Player 10 only go to:

If you want Flash Player 7,8,9 and Shockwave Player 10 go to:

It is nothing more than a con to get you to sign up to their mail system really. so Adobe, yet again I’m not impressed. You’ll register, they’ll email you your welcome to Adobe fun email and behind that will come the automated download links.

I cannot post the download URL’s because the URL information contains the licensee registration ID. I can state however that the redists seem to be up-to-date at least in terms of Flash 9.