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Looking at the Welcome screen

From: Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

Video: Looking at the Welcome screen

Before we get started building pages, we should take a closer look at the Dreamweaver interface. Being comfortable with the interface, and knowing where things are located will make it easier to concentrate on the concepts and workflows being presented, rather than trying to find a specific toolbar or icon. Now first, I want to take a look at the Welcome Screen. When you open up Dreamweaver, the Welcome Screen is the first thing you see. Showing up right here in the middle of screen, where you would normally see an open file. You can think that the Welcome Screen as Dreamweaver's homepage, as it gives you quick access to a lot of common tasks in Dreamweaver.

Looking at the Welcome screen

Before we get started building pages, we should take a closer look at the Dreamweaver interface. Being comfortable with the interface, and knowing where things are located will make it easier to concentrate on the concepts and workflows being presented, rather than trying to find a specific toolbar or icon. Now first, I want to take a look at the Welcome Screen. When you open up Dreamweaver, the Welcome Screen is the first thing you see. Showing up right here in the middle of screen, where you would normally see an open file. You can think that the Welcome Screen as Dreamweaver's homepage, as it gives you quick access to a lot of common tasks in Dreamweaver.

Now if you open a file up, and I'll do that really quickly by just creating a new in here, the Welcome Screen is going to go away. But the moment you close a file, it'll come right back. All right, so let's take a closer look at the Welcome Screen and some of the things that it can do for you. The first thing I want to show you is in the upper left-hand corner of the Welcome Screen. I'll bet you my list looks a lot different than yours. This is Open a Recent Item, so the things that you've been working on recently, are going to show up here in a list and there's about the ten most recent. Now if you haven't worked on anything recently, that list will of course be totally empty.

So the first time you launch Dreamweaver after purchasing it, you'll probably see an empty list there, but that'll probably the last time you see an empty list. Now you also have the option of just going ahead and opening a file and browsing out to find a file as well. So if you just want to open one from a directory that you don't have defined within a site and it's not listed there, that's a very quick and easy way to do that. The middle column right here under Create New, allows us to create new files and the most popular types of files are listed there. Dreamweaver can certainly create more types of files than you're seeing here in this list, but this is just like some of the more frequently-used formats; HTML, ColdFusion, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, XML, things like that.

Now you'll also see Fluid Grid Layout which is new in Dreamweaver CS6, and the ability to either create a new Dreamweaver site or a new business catalyst site, and we'll talk about the site creation process in just a moment. The little link here that says More will take you to an expanded page, where you have a lot of other file types to choose from. So as I mentioned before it's certainly not the only file type available to you. Now in the third column over here in the Top Features, if you're new to Dreamweaver or just new to Dreamweaver CS6, and you want to run a little bit more about it.

For example, now you see here the option to create a new Business Catalyst Site. Well what is Business Catalyst? Well if you click right there on the Business Catalyst Authoring, it's going to take you out to Adobe's tv.adobe.com and you're going to see some videos related to Business Catalyst or some of the new feature overviews. So there are some top videos here for you to watch to get you up and running with Dreamweaver CS6, or more comfortable with some of the concepts. Now on the bottom of the Welcome Screen, we also have links to different help files online.

So if you click on any of these, like New Features or Getting Started, it's going to take you out to Adobe's Help section where you can learn little bit more about Dreamweaver or some of the specific concepts of Dreamweaver. The Dreamweaver Exchange is not necessarily a help file, it's a place where you can go out and extend Dreamweaver. Now later on in the title we're going to talk about the Dreamweaver Exchange, but it's a place where you can go out and grab some plug-ins or extensions that people have written, to extend a Dreamweaver's functionality. So it's a very, very handy place to go out and take a look at. Now on the right-hand side of the bottom of the Welcome Screen, I've got an area that I bet looks a little bit different from yours as well.

Now the reason for that is that I am recording this on a beta version of Dreamweaver. So basically they haven't plugged everything in yet. But when they ship that, this area is going to basically communicate with Adobe servers, and if there are any new features of Dreamweaver, for example, perhaps a new plugin or a new patch released for it, you'll see that message there and you'll also see other messages about what Dreamweaver has out, that's brand-new. So this is a nice little messaging center that Adobe has for you.

Now if you just don't like the Welcome Screen at all, you do have the option to select Don't show again. Now once you do that Dreamweaver is going to let you know, okay well, so you don't want to see it again, but if you do it's in the Preferences. So if you turn that off, the next time I'll launch Dreamweaver, here I'll show you. I'll go ahead and close Dreamweaver, and then I'll launch it again and once you open it again you can see no Welcome Screen. So I can go right back to my Preferences. Now on the PC I'm going to go up to Edit>Preferences, on the Mac you guys will go upto Dreamweaver>Preferences.

If I just click on the General category right there is the checkbox, Show Welcome Screen, and of course you have to close out Dreamweaver. But once you open it again there is the Welcome Screen. I love how the Welcome Screen unobtrusively gives me access to things like recently opened files. It allows me to create new files with just a single click, and it gives me a way to explore the new features found in Dreamweaver CS6. Now although some people tend to let the Welcome Screen kind of blend into the background, I think you'll find it really speeds up the process of opening up current files, or when creating new ones.

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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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