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Video: Dreamweaver and Flash integration

Dreamweaver and Flash share one of the closest integration workflows among Creative software. Once the Flash SWF file has been inserted into your web page, Dreamweaver creates a link to the original FLA file. If you need to edit a file, just use the Properties Inspector to open the original Flash file. While editing in Flash, you'll see an Editing From Dreamweaver icon. Clicking on that will save the file, republish your movie and return to Dreamweaver with the updated SWF file. Let's take a look at that round-trip editing workflow.
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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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Watch the Online Video Course Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training
15h 22m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor James Williamson explores the tools and techniques of Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe's web design and development software. This course covers both the ins and outs of Dreamweaver, as well as recommended best practices for crafting new web sites and files, the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and how to ensure clean and accessible code. The course also includes how to use tools in Dreamweaver to create and style web pages, manage multiple sites, and add user interactivity with widgets and scripting. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Defining and structuring a new site
  • Creating new web documents from scratch or from templates
  • Adding and formatting text
  • Understanding style sheet basics
  • Placing and styling images
  • Creating links to internal pages and external web sites
  • Controlling page layout with CSS
  • Building and styling forms
  • Reusing web content with templates
  • Adding interactivity
  • Working with Flash and video
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Dreamweaver and Flash integration

Dreamweaver and Flash share one of the closest integration workflows among Creative software. Once the Flash SWF file has been inserted into your web page, Dreamweaver creates a link to the original FLA file. If you need to edit a file, just use the Properties Inspector to open the original Flash file. While editing in Flash, you'll see an Editing From Dreamweaver icon. Clicking on that will save the file, republish your movie and return to Dreamweaver with the updated SWF file. Let's take a look at that round-trip editing workflow.

So we have our mission.htm file open from the 15_03 folder, and I'm going to go ahead and click on the Flash file, if I don't already have that installed. Now I want to point out something about the exercise files in your Flash movies. When you place a SWF file on the page, Dreamweaver should automatically link to the FLA file that created it, as long as it can find it. So we do have the option of being able to use the Point to File icon or the Browse icon to assign an FLA file after the fact. In the course of copying Exercise Files, it's very common for Dreamweaver to get confused about which file it belongs to.

So at the beginning of this exercise, one of the things that I'd really recommend doing is going over to your Files panel, opening up this Assets folder,where the banner_ad.fla file is and just use the Point to File icon to point to it and reestablish that link and make sure that you're editing the proper FLA file. It's also not a bad idea in your own Dreamweaver projects to occasionally check that and make sure that moving files around or editing files hasn't corrupted that link or caused Dreamweaver to look elsewhere for that file.

You want to make sure that you're using the most current version of it. Okay, so with this selected, I've mentioned before and I'm just going to play it here to just show you what I'm talking about. Our banner ad is animating but it really doesn't have that oomph that we wanted. It just keeps looping and there's nothing about our summer specials, our 20% off that we were supposed to see here. So obviously the Flash designer probably handed this over to us a little early in the design and development process. Maybe they didn't get a change to finish it. So what we're going to do is we're going to use the round-trip editing between Dreamweaver and Flash to go ahead and make those changes.

So I'm just going to stop that. And with that selected, all I have to do is go right over here to Properties Inspector and click Edit. Okay, so here we are in Flash and you'll notice that we have in the upper left-hand corner a little Editing From Dreamweaver icon. Now I probably should have mentioned this earlier but I know that some of you guys viewing this title might not have Flash installed. If you want to experiment with this workflow, just go ahead to Adobe's web site and download a free 30-day trial of Flash CS5. Then install it and you can come back and complete this exercise.

Okay, one of the things we're going to do first off is to stop our movie from playing. And we're just going to do some really basic scripting work. I knew a ton of people right now are going "scripting, not a chance." Well, it's really not that hard, trust me. So, what I'd like you to do is this little panel right down here is called the Timeline, and the Timeline is really where we control all of our animations and in terms of scripting, it's where we also store all of our scripts. So you can see the playhead, which is this little red line right here that you can pick up and move around.

You can see the playhead is just sitting right there on Frame 180. Go ahead and click on this keyframe. It's this little rectangle with an A above the circle right there, you just want to click on that one time to select it. When it's selected, it'll be highlighted. And that is the only frame you want to have selected. And you'll notice that this is our Actions layer, so this is where we store all of our ActionScripting and ActionScript is the programming language in Flash. So we need to stop our movie. What I'm about to do next is open up my Actions panel. Now on the PC, I can hit F9, but on the Mac I can also hold down the Option key and hit F9.

It'll open that panel up. If that doesn't work for you, you can always go up to Window and choose Actions. So my Actions panel is now open and what I'm going to do is just click on the first line of code right here. This is our code pane, and I'm going to type in the word stop. I'm then going to open the parenthesis, close the parenthesis and type in a semicolon. I told you it is simple. So the Flash programming really isn't that hard. I'm going to close the Actions panel and there's something else that kind of is bugging me.

This Summer Savings 20% Off should be showing up in our movie, but it's not. Well, if I look over at our timeline, I can see a layer here called text. If I toggle the visibility of that on and off, I can see that's the text that I'm looking for. Well, when I look at my layer types, I can see that this text layer is what we call a guide layer. And guide layers are layers where you place content that you don't only intend to publish. So maybe it's a layer where you're placing an image that you're using as a type of a template or maybe you're putting something on there temporary with maybe the intention of using it later on.

That's probably what happened here and the designer probably just forgot to go in and turned this back on. So what you're going to do is go over to your Timeline, right-click the text layer and you can see there is a little checkmark beside Guide. Click that and you can see that that icon changes and it's no longer a guide layer. Now you might have been wondering well we've made all these changes, do we have to save the movie? No, we don't. That's part of the beauty of this round- trip editing between Dreamweaver and Flash. Now that we're finished making our changes, all that we have to do is go right up here to the upper left- hand corner and click Done.

That's going to save the file for us. It's going to publish the SWF file movie out again and make sure that we have the most recent version of that inside of Dreamweaver. So now in Dreamweaver if I click the Play button, now as the animation goes through, it's going to place through one time, I see the text and there's our stop action right there. So the banner ad is now doing exactly what we need it to do. Now if you're a Flash designer or developer and you need to update your files frequently, this integrated workflow is going to save you a ton of time.

Switching back and forth between Flash and Dreamweaver becomes an orderly process and one that creates a seamless blending between the two environments.

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Q: After creating a website following the instructions in the course, the header background graphic appears correctly in all browsers except Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7.  The graphic works properly in IE 8. What can be done to make the graphics appear in IE 6 and IE 7?
A: To make the header background graphic appear, wrap the header div tag in another div tag and give it an ID like “mainHeader.” The problem stems from a bug in Internet Explorer that prevents the browser from dealing with absolutely positioned elements that are right next to relatively positioned elements.  Following the steps above should solve the problem.
Q: In the tutorial, the author links the Tool Tip to the word "More" at the bottom of the thumbnail photo field. I can't figure out how to place the <a> "More" on the thumbnail photo field.
A: In the example, there is a paragraph that wraps an <img> tag and the word "More," which is surrounded by an anchor tag (<a>). The author uses CSS to make sure the parent div tag of the thumbs floats to the left, and is only wide enough for the image. This causes the link text to break down onto another line. Then, the instructor uses CSS to align the link text to the right of the <img>. The link itself is a void JavaScript function, ( javascript();). This gives you a "dummy" link without returning you to the top of the page as the "#" dummy link tends to do.
If you were manually typing the text in, you could select the image, hit the right arrow button, and begin typing. The text should then appear on screen.
Q: In this movie, you are making changes to the HTML in order to customize the text layout on your page (i.e. h1, h2, and h3 tags as well as strong and em tags). I'm wondering why you are not using CSS to do this (i.e. font-size, font-weight). Do you typically use one method, or is it customary to do use both in a layout, and if so, what guidelines would you suggest to determine which to use when?
A: We modify the page's structure through the use of h1, h2, and other heading tags. So when we are choosing heading levels, we're not concerning ourselves with typography; we're establishing page structure. A heading is chosen to denote the level of importance for the heading, not typography.
CSS should always be used for presentation, not HTML.
Q: In the “Understanding ID selectors” movie, the author states that only one ID tag can be used per page, but then he adds two ID tags. Can you please clarify this for me?
A: You can use as many IDs per page as you wish. They just must all use a unique name. Therefore if you assign an element the ID of "header" no other element on THAT page may use the same ID.
Q: I noticed that in this course, the instructor uses this code on his CSS external sheet: @charset "UTF-8"; I was under the impression that this code wasn't necessary. The W3.org site is unclear on the matter. Is it necessary? Is it a best practice? Is it an older form of CSS?
A: The characterset attribute is added automatically by Dreamweaver, and there’s no practical reason to remove it. While it's not needed (the HTML page should indicate which encoding to use for the page) it is helpful if the CSS file is ever imported or used on a page where the characterset isn't specified. Think of it as a safety net for characterset encoding. Not necessary, but not harmful either.
Q: I need to add captions below images that I insert in pages of text. I played all the lessons in Chapter 5 (Adding Text and Structure) but none dealt with captions. I hope the author has an answer or can refer me to a source.
A: In HTML 4 and XHTML 1 (which is what Dreamweaver CS5 uses by default), there wasn't really a way to add captions below your photos. Most web authors would "fake" captions by having paragraphs of text below their images and using CSS to position and style the captions in the desired manner. Many would use a class such as .imgCaption to control the styling. To do this you would essentially position the text underneath the image through CSS (often by grouping the image and the paragraph in a div tag) and italicizing the text.

However in HTML5, there are new elements that allow us to associate images and their captions, the figure and figcaption element. Our author James Williamson just finished a course on HTML5: Syntax, Structure, and Semantics which details how to use it.

HTML5 Doctor also has a nice article on the figure and figcaption elements at http://html5doctor.com/the-figure-figcaption-elements/.
 
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