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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.
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.
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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