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Extending Dreamweaver

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Video: Extending Dreamweaver

From time to time, you're going to want to add some type of functionality to your site that just isn't included in Dreamweaver's Default Toolset or Capabilities. Now if this happens, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're out of luck, or that you are going to have to code the functionality yourself. Chances are, the very feature you're looking for might be only a click-away. We have kind of experimented already with Extending Dreamweaver when we were talking about using the widget browser in the previous movie. But there is another option as well to Extend Dreamweaver. Adobe's Dreamweaver Exchange is an open marketplace, where you can download JavaScript Behaviors and Dreamweaver Extensions that can extend the functionality of Dreamweaver.

Extending Dreamweaver

From time to time, you're going to want to add some type of functionality to your site that just isn't included in Dreamweaver's Default Toolset or Capabilities. Now if this happens, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're out of luck, or that you are going to have to code the functionality yourself. Chances are, the very feature you're looking for might be only a click-away. We have kind of experimented already with Extending Dreamweaver when we were talking about using the widget browser in the previous movie. But there is another option as well to Extend Dreamweaver. Adobe's Dreamweaver Exchange is an open marketplace, where you can download JavaScript Behaviors and Dreamweaver Extensions that can extend the functionality of Dreamweaver.

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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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

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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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