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Discover how to build web sites, prototypes, and more in this course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Author James Williamson shows designers how to take control of their site by properly naming and structuring files and folders; how to create new documents and web pages from scratch or with starter pages; and how to add content such as text, images, tables, and links. James also provides a background on the languages that power projects built in Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS—and introduces the programming features in the application, for developers who want to dig right into the code. The last chapter shows how to finesse your project with interactive content such as CSS3 transitions and Spry widgets.
There are literally hundreds of the Behaviors and Extensions that you can browse and install using Adobe's Extension Manager. Chances are you just might find exactly what you're looking for. And just to kind of show this feature off, I am going to go right back up here to our Toolbar, I don't have a page open right now. So we are just sort of concentrating on what the Exchange is. I am going to grab the pull down menu for Extend Dreamweaver and I am going to choose the Extension Manager. So this is the Adobe Extension Manager, and of course, we're looking at the Extension Manager for CS6 and you sort of think of this as the place where we get to manage all the plug-ins for Dreamweaver.
But not just Dreamweaver, notice that we also can Manage Extensions for a host of other Adobe products. Of course, we're going to focus on Dreamweaver. If I don't have any Extensions Loaded, so if I want to see what's out there, I can just browse to the Exchange by clicking right here on this Exchange icon. Now that's going to take me be online to Adobe's Marketplace and Exchange. They have a ton of different Exchanges; of course the one that we are interested in is Dreamweaver. So when I click on this, that opens up the Dreamweaver Exchange and here, we see a lot of different Plug-ins, Extensions, Behaviors, there are all sorts of really cool stuff in here.
For those of you that have sort of been bemoaning the lack of jQuery Integration inside Dreamweaver, I think you'll find that when you come to the Exchange, there is a lot of jQuery going on within Dreamweaver. So we have some recommended Pics, if I go up, we can take a look at the most recent ones that have been uploaded, the most popular ones that have been downloaded by the most people, and of course, the highest rated as well. Now you'll notice that some of these have Buy beside them, this is indeed an open marketplace, some of these items are free, some of them, you're going to have to pay for, but most of them are pretty reasonable based on what you're looking to do.
So if you want to download a Calendar Widget to place on your page, if you're looking for some type of a Ratings Widget to integrate into your site, Slideshows, there is just a tremendous amount of things going on here that you can browse from. Notice that you can look for different types of categories, like Navigation Aids, any Rich Media support, Table support, Web Analysis, so you can put some type of analytics on your page using some of these Extensions. So these are really powerful, once you go ahead and decide to either Download or Buy one of these. You will download within the Extensions Manager and allow you to install it and use it, the next time that you launch Dreamweaver.
So definitely check out the Dreamweaver Exchange, it's got this constantly Expanding Library of Extensions and Behaviors. So be sure to make regular visits to it to see what's been added. You never know when you are going to find something that speeds up your workflow or helps you add additional functionality to your sites.
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