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Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Dummies

   by Janine Warner / Susannah Gardner

    For Dummies
    20 October, 2003


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Editorial description(s):

"...should be a permanent fixture on your desktop..." (Practical Web Projects, January 04) "...should be a permanent fixture on your desktop..." (Practical Web Projects, January 04)

Book Info
Guide to creating dynamic Web sites with no experience necessary. Includes trial software, sample templates, and more on CD-ROM. softcover.

From the Back Cover
Add multimedia, create templates, and save time with Cascading Sheets

Get up to speed on the latest features of Dreamweaver and build your own site!

Do you want to create a sophisticated Web site that’s easy to develop and maintain? Ready to integrate the latest innovations and add interactivity? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced Web developer, this easy-to-use reference will get you up and running quickly with Dreamweaver MX 2004, so you’ll be building cutting-edge sites in no time!

Discover how to:

All this on the bonus CD-ROM

About the Author
Janine Warner is an Internet consultant, author, columnist, and speaker.

Susannah Gardner is the owner and creative director of Hop Studios Internet Consultants, and teaches online journalism at USC.

Book Description
* The fun and easy way to get up to speed on Dreamweaver-the award-winning industry standard for Web site design and Web application development
* Covers designing a well-planned site, coordinating the design work, adding graphics, framing pages, formatting text, adding interactivity, working with multimedia files, building a dynamic site, bringing data into the site, and more
* Dreamweaver currently holds approximately eighty percent of the professional Web development tool market, with more than 2.5 million Web professionals using it
* Revised throughout to cover the latest updates and enhancements made to the upcoming release of Dreamweaver MX 2004
* Written by veteran For Dummies author Janine Warner, a leading author in Web site creation and Web application development areas

Reader review(s):

Very useful, February 1, 2004
Dreamweaver is a great program for building a full website. I have as many as 40 pages spun off one template, and about 80% of all my website pages are template pages. It's a real timesaver. Dreamweaver makes using templates for similar webpages easy. Unfortunately, Macromedia's documentation is often dry and a little tedious to try and understand. Fortunately, we have How To books we can count on to make things easier. This book by Warner and Gardner is the best I could find in the bookstore, and I think you'll find it very useful as I did.

Only Dummies Buy This, December 19, 2003
This book is an example of "rush to print". Several major areas Dreamweaver have been changed but you would never know it from reading this book. Templetes are completely different but it is not obvious in book. The move toward greater use of CSS is completely ignore. One can not figures out how CSS boxes and borders work for this book. Having purchased many "Dummies" books in the past I will be very careful in the future.

A Very Complex Program, Made Easy, January 18, 2004
Here's a little secret: HTML is easy. A good, useable, expandable Web site, though, that's a lot harder, and Dreamweaver is the tool that every professional Web developer I know uses; it's the Mack truck of Web editors. Susannah Gardner and Janine Warner should get a medal for writing a Dummies book for this mega-program, and for doing such a good job with it, that medal ought to be gold. In a mere 390 pages, they cover: Defining and planning Web sites, streamlining your work with templates and library items, working with images, HTML tables, frames, layers, DHTML, JavaScript "behaviors" (as Dreamweaver calls them), integrating with other Macromedia programs like Flash and Fireworks, using forms, and integrating dynamic (i.e. database driven) content. Whew! I recommend the book for anyone who is new to the program, and wants to start out leaning the basics and go all the way to the most advanced uses. However, if you're already an expert Web developer and need more depth on a particular area of Web development, you may want to pick up a different book specific to the task you're trying to do (database integration, for example). What this book does is give you a complete VIP tour of the program, and explain what every part of it can be used for. It's a great first book. Oh, one more thing: The 2004 version of Dreamweaver has a few new changes, including: it handles MS Office importing better, and though it's not yet perfect, it's much better at handling CSS now; if that's important to you, you should upgrade, and get this book.

Should you upgrade?, December 5, 2003
Susannah Gardner, one of the authors, here. I thought it might be useful to know whether it's worth upgrading to Dreamweaver MX 2004 if you are already using MX.

There are some significant changes to the interface in MX 2004, most particularly in the area of implementing Cascading Style Sheets (previously fairly messy to do). CSS is now part of the Properties inspector, and changes made to the style of text, etc., on the page will automatically create a new style. Things like page link colors, background colors, text colors and styles have also been implemeted through style sheets in Page Properties.

Also helpful are some new inline image editing tools, again located in the Properties inspector. You can crop, resize and optimize from within Dreamweaver, using an integrated Fireworks tool. This would be a great tool for folks who are updating a page but don't have a graphics program on their computers, or who simply don't know how to use a graphics program.

Finally, and this really is pretty cool, you can now copy and paste from Word and Excel and retain all the formatting of those programs, including a table structure for Excel data. This has really reduced some of my production time, since I frequently have clients who send me Microsoft Word files with fonts and layouts they want duplicated on the Web.

I hope this information is useful for you. Please don't hesitate to contact either Janine Warner or myself if you have questions about the book. Happy Web designing!....

A Dummies review, November 17, 2003
Lot's of people know lot's of things about building a website. I'm not one of them and that's understating it! I am, though, Dummie enough to start new things once everywhile and building my own website (a personal one for boosting my ego and a small business one for boosting my wallet) is next on my list. I am timemanager enough to seek for good guidance when starting something and have found that indeed luck is for the Dummies in life: I've found great guidance through the profound writing of Janine Warner. I'm reading the Dutch version of this briljant book and am understanding every bit of it. My first own site will be on line in only a few days and I am having great fun with it also. My compliments to the writer for her accomplishment.

Thank you for making it so easy, January 5, 2004
I've been wanting to learn to develop Web pages for a while and I finally made it my New Year's resultion to figure out how. Thank you so much for helping me not feel like a "dummie" and making it so easy to put up my first Web site. I'm still a college student but now that I've gotten my resume and other info online, I know I have a much better chance of getting a job when I graduate this spring!

Covers the Basics, December 4, 2004
Having only once created a webpage on FrontPage, I thought I was a bit ahead of the game. Still, I decided to look into a how-to book for dummies like myself.
Fortunately, I had also purchased the Dreamweaver bible. If you want to do more with your site than just pictures with text and tables... then this is a great book.
I found myself having to look at the Dreamweaver Bible to make my site better.
As for content presentation, I would have preferred if they include Cascade Style Sheets with the inital introduction to HTML. The flow would have been much better.
This book does a bad job covering and Keywords.
So, yes, it's ok for the PLAIN basic of all basics. I recommend it merely for the fact that it introduces you Dreamweaver Menu Items and helps you get around the workspace. But it is not the only book you will need- unless you're just interested in creating a little site with little pictures of your little puppy. Even then, the authors do not cover on getting your website on search engines and finding it once it is up there.

A rush job, November 10, 2004
The first 75% of the book deals with plain HTML, forms and other buttons and takes one from 0 to 5 on a scale to 1000. A lot of space wasted on mechanical clicking around the interface. Explain the menus and options and how to use them and don't need to walk through each one as if I've never seen a mouse. Now, if all you want in a web site is a bunch of words, links and pictures, all you need is MS Word and then Save as HTML. So, I imagine the fun part is when you have a database, to make the site smart... The database examples have missing steps and built in assumptions, no clue as to what could go wrong, etc. Needless to say, I spent many hours searching the net to fill the missing spaces left by this book. To my surprise, I found Macromedia's ONLINE UltraDev help a much better resource, with better explanations and a lot more graphics. Thanks Jannine, but no thanks!

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