The Snippets Converter
Extension Developer: Massimo
Tutorial Author: Angela
About the Extension
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX now has the power of Snippets. Unfortunately,
the Snippets found in Dreamweaver MX's Snippets panel are not compatible
with HomeSite, JRun Studio, ColdFusion Studio or the Classic Snippets
Panel (by Massimo Foti). The reason for the incompatibility is
that Dreamweaver MX uses an XML file stored with the file extension
of .CSN. This not only means that Snippets created in Dreamweaver
MX cannot be used in other Snippets enabled programs, but that
other Snippets enabled program's Snippets are not available in
This extension addresses the need to convert Snippets created
in HomeSite, JRun Studio, ColdFusion Studio or the Classic Snippets
Panel into the Dreamweaver MX format for use.
Note: Snippets can be made compatible
with Dreamweaver MX, however Dreamweaver MX Snippets currently
cannot be converted to the two file format (.HSS and .HSE) that
HomeSite, JRun Studio, ColdFusion Studio and the Classic Snippets
Panel uses. The only way to use HomeSite, JRun Studio, ColdFusion
Studio type Snippets in Dreamweaver MX is with the Classic Snippets
The Snippets Converter v1.0.1
Extension by Massimo
Get the extension for Dreamweaver
- Access the extension from Commands» Massimocorner» Snippets
The following dialog will appear:
- Click the folder icon to browse to the Snippets folder containing
Snippets in the .HSS and .HSE file format. In other words, where
HomeSite, JRun Studio, ColdFusion Studio, or Classic Snippets
Panel Snippets are stored.
Note: Version 1.1 of the Classic Snippets
Panel will be available shortly after the official release of
Dreamweaver MX (see the Support section below). Classic Snippets
Panel prior to version 1.1 stores the files in the Dreamweaver's
Configuration folder under the "Snippets" directory.
Post version 1.1 the folder is named "Classic Snippets" (not
yet available). See the Classic Snippets Panel Help Documentation
for more information if needed.
- The "Overwrite existing Snippets" setting determines
if existing Snippets should be overwritten with any that are
being converted that use the same name.
Check the box to Overwrite existing Snippets if the Snippets
being converted are a newer version than those already installed
in the Dreamweaver MX Snippets panel. For Example, you may have
a Snippet named "My Copyright Info" that was created
or previously converted to the MX Snippet format. If you choose
to convert a Snippet by the same name, the existing Snippet will
be replaced with the newly converted one.
If you are unsure if duplicate names exist, uncheck the box or
choose Cancel and verify the file names are not the same as the
file names in the Dreamweaver MX\ Configuration\Snippets folder.
It is better that you only choose to overwrite existing Snippets
if you're certain that the ones being converted are all newer
because the action cannot be undone.
Tip: This setting is "sticky".
The next time you use the extension, the checkbox will be checked
only if it was checked the previous use.
- Click OK. When you are done, Dreamweaver will prompt you with
the results of the Snippets conversion.
- Start using all your newly converted Snippets in the Dreamweaver
MX Snippets Panel.
Remember, if you need Snippets to be compatible with other programs
always use the Classic Snippets Panel. There is currently no way
to convert from the Dreamweaver MX format to the format used by
other Snippets enabled programs.
If you encounter any issues with this extension or have questions,
please direct all inquires to the Snippets Exchange Support forum
Note: The Classic Snippets Panel is
officially retired, however if you do have an interest in the product
or need to get Version 1.1, please contact its creator Massimo
Foti and be sure to include Classic Snippets Panel in your