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Starting Dreamweaver for the first time

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Video: Starting Dreamweaver for the first time

The first thing we are going to do is start Dreamweaver, set up our doc and take a look at the Welcome Screen. To find Dreamweaver application, double click on the Macintosh Hard Drive. It should be an icon in your upper right- hand corner. Click on your Applications folder, scroll down through your applications till you come to Dreamweaver CS4. Click on that folder, then look for the Application icon and we are going to set it up so we can be power users, so let's click on the icon and drag it down to our dock. That way it will be available for us throughout our project.

Starting Dreamweaver for the first time

The first thing we are going to do is start Dreamweaver, set up our doc and take a look at the Welcome Screen. To find Dreamweaver application, double click on the Macintosh Hard Drive. It should be an icon in your upper right- hand corner. Click on your Applications folder, scroll down through your applications till you come to Dreamweaver CS4. Click on that folder, then look for the Application icon and we are going to set it up so we can be power users, so let's click on the icon and drag it down to our dock. That way it will be available for us throughout our project.

If you are doing this on Windows, you will look on your C Drive, go to the Program Files, go to your Adobe folder, and locate Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 inside that folder. Go ahead and click on that folder and look for the Application icon, right click on that Application icon and choose to pen it to your Start menu. You could also find it under your Start menu, under you Adobe folder or your Adobe Suite folder. So I'm going to close up our files up here. Let's go down to the dock and click on Dreamweaver and start the application. As soon as Dreamweaver CS4 opens, it presents you with the Welcome Screen. The Welcome Screen has three activities that you can do. You can open up a recent item, you can create new documents.

All kinds of documents including code, CSS style sheets, script. You can define a site. The third column is new videos and features that are supported by Adobe TV. It's important to take a look at the three or four buttons down here in the lower left corner. Getting Started is a great place for beginners to go to. It usually has tutorials for the first time user of Dreamweaver. Whenever you are buying a new version of Dreamweaver, check out New Features. It usually explains what the new feature is and how to use it in the context in which it was developed.

Resources is an excellent place to go to get the full benefit of the Adobe support, help, information, tutorials, developer center, all the kinds of things that they can do to help support you with this product. But my favorite button is actually the Dreamweaver Exchange, which is really run by the community of Dreamweaver users. There is third-party plug-ins, there is extensions, there are forums on CSS, places to talk about bugs, all kinds of fun things, and really this is where the active participants in Dreamweaver put up information and help each other out.

It's important to understand what happens in the bottom right corner of the Welcome Screen. This area will change all the time. Every time you open up Dreamweaver with the Welcome Screen, it goes out to the Internet to see if there is new information, new updates, new news items that Adobe Dreamweaver wants to distribute to you. This takes a lot of processing speed, and if you leave the Welcome menu on all the time, you will find that it really takes a hit on your processing speed when you are working inside of Dreamweaver. So that we can work as fast as we can and as efficiently as we can, let's go ahead and click on Don't show again. As soon as we click on that, a dialog box comes on the screen telling us that if we turn this off, we can always turn it back on again by going up to our General category in the Preferences. So don't be afraid, anything you do in Dreamweaver you can always undo.

Now we are going to go ahead and close the Welcome Screen and get ready to set up our site and define a site.

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Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training

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Laurie Burruss
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  1. 6m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Objective of this course
      3m 38s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 11s
  2. 28m 26s
    1. Starting Dreamweaver for the first time
      3m 38s
    2. Defining a website
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding the Dreamweaver interface
      9m 43s
    4. Setting up a custom workspace
      4m 10s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 52s
  3. 56m 54s
    1. Laying out a page in a text document
      3m 40s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      3m 27s
    3. Inserting an image
      8m 22s
    4. Marking up text using the Property Inspector
      6m 48s
    5. Marking up text by hand
      9m 21s
    6. Inserting, formatting, and selecting a table
      8m 16s
    7. Creating links
      12m 26s
    8. Styling a footer
      4m 34s
  4. 22m 15s
    1. Using Modify Page Properties to create embedded styles
      12m 22s
    2. Creating links with CSS
      4m 55s
    3. Working with Code, Split, and Design views
      4m 58s
  5. 8m 52s
    1. Defining browsers to test a web page
      2m 24s
    2. Previewing a web page in a browser
      6m 28s
  6. 16m 44s
    1. Using a span tag to add a class and customize appearance
      10m 34s
    2. Using the Tag Inspector to create and edit additional styles
      6m 10s
  7. 48m 42s
    1. Exporting existing styles into an external style sheet
      7m 0s
    2. Using the CSS Styles panel to add a new style
      5m 43s
    3. Using the div tag to create a content container
      11m 8s
    4. Overriding the default browser styles
      2m 46s
    5. Applying padding and margins
      4m 57s
    6. Styling header tags
      5m 34s
    7. Creating and styling compound tags
      5m 12s
    8. Editing preexisting rules
      6m 22s
  8. 19m 36s
    1. Improving the Footer
      5m 12s
    2. Commenting a CSS style sheet
      7m 0s
    3. Creating a custom color palette
      7m 24s
  9. 3m 6s
    1. Style sheet final review
      3m 6s

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