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Exploring the Application toolbar

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The application toolbar in Dreamweaver is designed to give you quick access to program options such as Workspaces, Document Views and Site Management. It's also where you'll find panels that can extend the functionality of Dreamweaver by downloading interactive widgets or accessing many of Adobe's new online services. Now I just have a blank document open here, so that we can see the workspace in its entirety, if you don't have one of these open, just go to the welcome screen and click on the new HTML icon and it'll open up a blank document for you, okay. For those you on the Mac, you'll see a slightly different set of options than we have here on the PC.

Exploring the Application toolbar

The application toolbar in Dreamweaver is designed to give you quick access to program options such as Workspaces, Document Views and Site Management. It's also where you'll find panels that can extend the functionality of Dreamweaver by downloading interactive widgets or accessing many of Adobe's new online services. Now I just have a blank document open here, so that we can see the workspace in its entirety, if you don't have one of these open, just go to the welcome screen and click on the new HTML icon and it'll open up a blank document for you, okay. For those you on the Mac, you'll see a slightly different set of options than we have here on the PC.

Now I'll kind of explain the differences as I go through them. Okay, so the application toolbar itself is pretty small. If you'll notice on the PC it just goes from here to say about here and it includes pretty much only about three or four things right now. Now in the last movie we spend a good bit of time taking about workspaces, so if you've seen that movie, I think you've a pretty good handle on everything that is going on within the workspace switcher, but that is indeed part of the application toolbar. You'll notice, just to the right of the workspace switcher there's a little search field over here and this confuses a lot of people.

This is actually a help menu and the idea behind this is that you type something in such as you know CSS styles and hit Return or Search. Dreamweaver is going to take you out online and it's going to search the Community Help pages for exactly what you've searched for. Now the Community Help Pages, the relevancy of the information that you typed in, it's sort of cloud sourced. So sometime you're going to find exactly what you're looking for, sometimes it can be a little frustrating. So try to be really specific with what you type in and be aware that this page changes a lot, so the results that I'm looking at or even the page layout or even the functionality, that I'm showing you guys may change in the future since this an online feature.

Now over on the left-hand side of the application toolbar we have three quick little pull down menus. I call these quick menus, because they give you quick access to specific features. For example, if I go to Layout, notice that it gives me quick access to Code, a Split Code view, a Code and Design and what's really nice again, there is no Split Code View button right here, but there is here. So, if I need to look at say my CSS on one side, my HTML on the other, I can go to that Split Screen View and it allows me to kind of see two code windows at the same time. That's kind of a neat actually.

You can also change it to Split Vertically, so that the panels are on top of each other, but I really like the Split Vertical Layout and not so much the Horizontal Layout. Now the middle menu here is the Extension Manager, Widget Browser and where you can go out to Dreamweaver's exchange. Now I'm going to talk more about this in a movie little bit later on in the title when I talk about Extending Dreamweaver. What this allows you to do is sort of go outside of Dreamweaver and grab some things that are going to make Dreamweaver more functional. So for example, if you want a calendar widget or if you're looking to drop Google map into the program and you want that automated.

There are things out there with in the Dreamweaver marketplace that can allow you to do that and these are the items that would help you browse for those things. Extension Manager is where you'll sort of load all the plug-ins that you and extensions that you download for Dreamweaver and the Widget Browser is sort of a unique little application where people can create really handy widgets, such asSlideshow Galleries and things like such asthat that you can just sort of insert directly onto your page without having to really know a lot of code. So these can be extremely useful and I'm going to show this off in more detail a little bit later on in the title. Now just beside that we have our Site Management capabilities and notice that there are two options to create a New Site or to Manage Sites and of course, all of these things are actually available in the Menu commands themselves.

You'll notice when I go over to Site, here is New Site and Manage Sites as well. It's just that the application toolbar gives us nice quick access to those things without having to search and comb through a lot of menus. So, for some common tasks that you might want to perform or for some very specific things, it's very quick place to go up and grab them. Now you may not, for whatever reason, like the application toolbar, maybe you just find it annoying, I don't know, but if you ever want to turn it off, you can. You can go right up to the Menu and go to Window and notice right there I can click on Application Bar and it turns it off, and if I go and turn the Application Bar back on, it comes back.

Notice that regardless of whether you switch the Application toolbar on and off again, the Workspace Switcher and the Help Search remains, so those things remain apart from the Application toolbar. Now if you're on a Mac, the last part I should you where I went to the Window and should you this option down here, your options look a little different and I want to explain those. The first thing that you're going to notice is that the Application bar at first glance this option is probably grayed out, and that's because you have to choose between whether or not you want the workspace to be within what's called an application frame.

Now most Mac applications have floating windows that sort of float around and the Desktop is visible in the background, you'll notice on the PC, for example, that I can't see any of the Desktop. And if I rearrange my panels, rearrange this, or even close this file, I still can't see the Desktop. It's locked in with in the application frame itself. Well, that's not the way Mac applications are. So, Dreamweaver gives you the option of having this sort of application frame or not. I personally find the lack of an application frame a little--I don't want to use the word confusing--but it's sometimes annoying, because there are so many times I click on the Desktop without meaning to and I loose focus on the application, so I really like having that application frame.

By default, you'll notice that application frame has a checkmark beside it. For those of you on a Mac, if you deselect that, now everything sort of becomes a floating panel and you're able to go back up to Window and turn the Application Bar either on or off. Now again, another sort of Mac and PC difference is when you turn the Application Bar off on the Mac, and again, I know we don't have any visuals of this, but if you're on a Mac give this a whirl. If you turn the Application Bar off, you also lose the Workspace Switcher and that the Help Search feature. So, those are two sort of differences between the PC and the Mac interface.

And if you're on a Mac and you won't get it back again, really simple to do, just make sure Application Bar is turned on and then click the checkbox beside application frame again, and you'll see the Application toolbar sort of stretch itself out, so that it fits the application frame itself, okay. So, even though its kinds of small in size, the Application toolbar does put considerable power in your hands, but the workspace switcher alone is something that you're going to just use continuously inside of Dreamweaver. So again, even though it may not have that many options, it's an incredibly handy toolbar to have around.

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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