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Adding a gallery widget

From: Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6

Video: Adding a gallery widget

Dreamweaver gives you the ability to add HTML, JavaScript, CSS to pretty much create whatever you want. But you don't need to create everything from scratch; you can use the Insert panel, has a bunch of Spry widgets. As I've used here, this happens to be the Spry Menu Bar widget, as you can see right down here. So I encourage you to check all of these out. There is some really good stuff. But I can go beyond this Spry Insert panel, and I can add additional widgets, because what I want to do is I want to add a gallery under these words Graphic Design, so that's what I'm going to do.

Adding a gallery widget

Dreamweaver gives you the ability to add HTML, JavaScript, CSS to pretty much create whatever you want. But you don't need to create everything from scratch; you can use the Insert panel, has a bunch of Spry widgets. As I've used here, this happens to be the Spry Menu Bar widget, as you can see right down here. So I encourage you to check all of these out. There is some really good stuff. But I can go beyond this Spry Insert panel, and I can add additional widgets, because what I want to do is I want to add a gallery under these words Graphic Design, so that's what I'm going to do.

Notice I have Live View turned on. I'm going to turn that off, and right in here, as I hit Enter, it's going to create a space there because that's where I want to insert it. Well, where is it going to come from? If I go to the Insert menu, go down to Widget, right in here. I currently don't have any widgets available, but I can easily solve that by going to this Widget Browser, selecting that. That will launch the Widget Browser, as you can see here. And know that you might have to accept some terms and conditions, but nonetheless, once you do, you can start to scroll through all of these various widgets.

You can even search, so if you want a gallery, you type in gallery. If you want a Lightbox, as they're also known, you can type in Lightbox. And as I do that what I want is this Clearbox Lightbox. Fairly new. If I select it, it's going to ask me to sign in, so just sign in with your Adobe ID, which is what I'm doing now. So sign in. Know that you can also create an Adobe account as well. It is free.

And once you do that, you click Sign In and then you'll have access to all those widgets. All right, here it is, my Clearbox Lightbox. It's great because I can add images, video, audio, Flash content, all as part of my portfolio. I'll scroll down. I love seeing this under the Compatible Browsers, the word ALL across all these different browsers. So it's going to work out great It's going to work cross browsers. Sounds good to me. I'm going to click Add to My Widgets.

Also I like seeing the word Free, so it's totally free to use. I'll click Accept, and now that it's been added, I can select Go to My Widgets. So I was on Adobe Exchange. Now in My Widgets, and I can select it. And now you can see a live view of the actual widget. So I can see how it works, and I can select an image. I can select any of this content, and as I do, this new window pops up. I can hit Refresh if I want, but really, I want to use this button here, Drag and Drop in Dreamweaver.

So moving that down, I can select Drag and Drop, just click and drag right over here, release. As I do that, it adds it. I love this. Since I've added that widget, I want to save my file, and when I do that, what happens is it shows all these various files that are going to get copied over, all the stuff that I didn't have to create, these various examples, all sorts of good stuff that I didn't have to create. So I'm selecting OK. Now let's preview it in a browser, just to see how everything works within the context of my page. And you can see it right in here.

So there is that image, clicking on it. I love that transition. I get the image. In fact, I can click to the next image and for all this content I can see right in here, I get a title and then a comment down below. In fact, as I roll over this, you can see that filmstrip that pops up as well, allowing me to navigate to a different image. So you can see this is pretty robust, very powerful, how I can add all of this content. All right! I love this.

I'm glad I actually have implemented it. And it's really that easy. You can see it right there. And anytime I want to insert it, I can go to Insert > Widget, and now it actually appears in my list right here. So really, my next step with this is start to replace these example images with my own images.

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