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Downloading the Spry framework

From: Dreamweaver CS3 Projects: Creating Custom Spry Widgets

Video: Downloading the Spry framework

Although Dreamerweaver ships with much of the Spry framework in place, Adobe is constantly updating and adding to it. Before starting any Spry project, you should check to make sure you have the most current release. As of this recording, the Spry 1.6 framework is the most current version. Since Dreamweaver CS3 shipped with version 1.4, Adobe has created the Dreamweaver Spry Updater, which can update any previous Spry content to the latest version. You can download the Spry 1.6 release, as well as Dreamweaver Updater from Adobe's Spry homepage.

Downloading the Spry framework

Although Dreamerweaver ships with much of the Spry framework in place, Adobe is constantly updating and adding to it. Before starting any Spry project, you should check to make sure you have the most current release. As of this recording, the Spry 1.6 framework is the most current version. Since Dreamweaver CS3 shipped with version 1.4, Adobe has created the Dreamweaver Spry Updater, which can update any previous Spry content to the latest version. You can download the Spry 1.6 release, as well as Dreamweaver Updater from Adobe's Spry homepage.

Now Adobe has a habit of moving some of these homepages around so if you go to this link and you don't find the Spry homepage, just go to labs.adobe.com, do a search for Spry and their homepage will come up. On the Spry homepage, you can find a lot of things and in just a little bit we'll take a look at some of the documentation and some samples that you've got. But what we're looking for is the Dreamweaver Spry Updater and on the homepage, we have a direct link to that at the very last link, so I'm going to click on that. Now the first time you download something from Adobe's website, they're going to ask you for an e-mail and a password.

If you haven't registered, go ahead and register on their site because they don't spam you and it's pretty quick and painless process. So I'm typing in my e-mail, and I'm going to type in my password. You can even tell the website to remember you. And then just login. So that'll take you to the Spry Prerelease 1.61 and obviously if there is a more current version, it'll take you to that release. I'm going to scroll down and what I'm looking for is the Spry Prerelease. Now there's two downloads here. There is the Spry Prerelease 1.6 and then there's just the Spry Update Extension for Dreamweaver CS3.

Now if you just download that, it's a lot smaller in size, but you don't get the entire Spry framework. So I'm going to recommend that you download the entire Spry Prerelease and that gives you the entire framework with sample pages, documentation and everything else you'll need in addition to the Spry Updater. So I'm going to click Download for Mac and Windows, we'll have to pick our platform. Here we get a ZIP file and click OK to save that to your desktop or whatever location you want to retrieve that from. So I downloaded the Spry framework and I saved it to the Chapter 3 directory in my exercise files. So I'll open that and here is the extracted folder.

You see it's Spry_P1_6_10-01. Again, if it's going be a more recent build than this, you'll see a slight difference there. I'm going to open this up, I know a lot of stuff's going on in here. I've got the includes files, I've got some samples, I've got some widgets that we are using in just a little bit. Now some of these are automatically included with Dreamweaver and some of them are not. So we'll cover those in just a moment. What I'm interested in right now is our Dreamweaver Updater. So I'm going to go to the Dreamweaver folder and open that up, and inside that, I've find an Adobe Extension, the Spry16Updater1.0.0.

I'm just going to drag that out to my desktop so that I can find it pretty easily, although you can really install this from anywhere, it doesn't really matter. And to install it we're going to jump back into Dreamweaver. Back in Dreamweaver, we need to go ahead and install our Updater. So I'm going to go up to Help and choose my Manage Extensions. This will open up Adobe's Extension Manager. Once your Extension Manager comes up, you're going to install a new extension, and you'll need to browse out to find that and I put it out on the Desktop so I could find it a little easier.

So there it is. I'm going to install that. You'll have to go ahead and accept the license agreement. And it's been successfully installed. Now, of course, before it can take effect, we'll need to restart Dreamweaver. So I'll close the Extension Manager we'll close Dreamweaver and we'll restart it. When you restart Dreamweaver after installing an extension, you'll have a Spry Updater overview file to read. So you can read through this and learn how to use the updater. Notice this is basically saying that if you've used Spry in any of your previous sites, you can run the updater and update it to the latest framework.

Click OK. So to run the Spry Updater, you just go to Site, Spry Updater and it'll tell you exactly what the installed version and whether that's being used in the current site. So the way to do this is to navigate to a site where you've used some older versions of Spry. It'll tell you what the installed version is, whether it's 1.4 or 1.5 or whatever it was, and then you can go ahead and update that to their latest release which would be 1.6. So in this case we're not going to have to do a thing because this site doesn't have any of the older installed things.

Our framework is now installed and ready to use. Let's take a look at Adobe's online documentation that should serve as a starting point for any custom Spry project.

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