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Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences

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Video: Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences

Dreamweaver is designed for both the Mac and the PC, and although Adobe does the best they can in making the program the same in both platforms, there are a few slight differences between the two versions. Let's take a quick glance at those differences in case you ever have to move from one platform to the other. So what I've done is I've opened up Dreamweaver obviously, and I've opened up a brand-new file. So you're not opening up a file from any location, you can just go to File and choose New and choose a new default HTML file, or you can just go right to the Welcome screen that we talked about in the last movie, and click Create New HTML and it will show you exactly what I have up at the moment.

Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences

Dreamweaver is designed for both the Mac and the PC, and although Adobe does the best they can in making the program the same in both platforms, there are a few slight differences between the two versions. Let's take a quick glance at those differences in case you ever have to move from one platform to the other. So what I've done is I've opened up Dreamweaver obviously, and I've opened up a brand-new file. So you're not opening up a file from any location, you can just go to File and choose New and choose a new default HTML file, or you can just go right to the Welcome screen that we talked about in the last movie, and click Create New HTML and it will show you exactly what I have up at the moment.

The first thing I want to point out is the slight difference in menus between the platforms. Now, as you can see on the PC, the Application Toolbar is this toolbar right here. It has the Layout, Extended Dreamweaver, and Site pull-down menus, and the Workspace Switcher. That is integrated on the PC with the main program menu. Now on the Mac, as you can see, the Application Toolbar is simply part of the Window Chrome, if you will, of your open document. So it's not part of the menu, but it is attached right up here and you won't be able to undock it and move it around. It's going to stay up on top of the document window the entire time you have that open.

Another slight toolbar difference involves the Style Rendering Toolbar. Let me show you how to open that up. I'm just going to go to right up here to the Document Toolbar, which is just above the open document, I'm just going to right-click, Ctrl+click on the Mac, and I'm going to choose Style Rendering. So this opens up the Style Rendering Toolbar. Now, on the PC, which is what we're looking at right now, I'm free to undock this toolbar and move it around. Kind of move it wherever I would like and then redock it anywhere that I'd like. So you'll notice I can even move it up. So as you can see, you can dock it with existing toolbars.

You can make sort of a new toolbar area for it. I like docking it with the document toolbar, just because it sort of fills that out and gives me very quick access to it without cluttering up the workspace. On the Mac, the Style Rendering Toolbar, when I turn it on, it's going to dock with the document toolbar, and as you notice I can't move it. So I can't undock it. If you don't have enough room to display it, essentially what's going to happen is you're either going to get a much taller document toolbar, or you can have a portion of it sort of clipped off.

Another slight difference between platforms is in where you'll find your Preferences. Now, on the PC you'll go up to the menu and you'll choose Edit>Preferences, but as you can see here on the Mac, I'm going to go up to Dreamweaver and choose Preferences. So a slightly different location, same exact panel. Like most Adobe applications, Dreamweaver is also very keyboard shortcut rich. Now, these keyboard shortcuts can change based on the platform. Most of the time it's simple changes, like using the Cmd key on the Mac in place of the Ctrl key on the PC, but occasionally there will be a bigger shortcut difference due to the operating system.

Just be sure to check out the shortcut keys if you have to switch platforms. Keyboard shortcuts can be found under the Edit Menu on the PC and under the Dreamweaver Menu for the Mac. So it's just like the Preferences. One of the biggest differences between the Mac and the PC is how the Files Panel is handled when expanded. The Files Panel handles all of your site management in Dreamweaver and acts as the FTP client for uploading and downloading files on your site. Now, to show you how that works I'm just going to define a site really quickly here, and once again, I'm just going to give it Dreamweaver CS6 Essential (DW CS6 Essential), and I'm just going to go to my Exercise File, and it doesn't matter which folder you choose, so I'm just going to choose the first one there and save it.

Now, the reason I'm doing that is so that I have access to the Files Panel now. On the PC, there's this little button right over here on the far right-hand side. It's there on the Mac as well, but when I click that on the PC, the Files Panel expands and it takes over the entire program. So it basically removes everything else, it expands to take over the entire screen. It kind of replaces the rest of the application. And so what that allows you to do is do all of your site management in one location. You can upload your files, you can download your files, and then when you're finished, once you click that icon again, it will collapse back down and sort of retake its place, that sort of minimized look within the dock.

Now, let's take a look at how that works on the Mac. Now, on the Mac when I click this button, you'll notice instead of taking over the whole interface, it simply becomes a floating panel. Now, how large this panel becomes is totally up to me. I can resize this panel, I can move it around, and do whatever I want to with it. Now, all of the menu options continue to come from the Dreamweaver menu up top here instead of on the PC. On the PC when we expanded it and it went full screen, the PC had its own little submenu up top that replaced the main document menu, but as you can see on the Mac, the menu structure up top remains more or less unchanged.

So while these are subtle differences, they're very important to note in case you find yourself working on a different operating system than what you're used to, or in this case, watching a tutorial that uses a different OS than the one that you're currently using.

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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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