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The Welcome screen

From: Dreamweaver CS4 Essential Training

Video: The Welcome screen

In this chapter we'll take a closer look at the Dreamweaver interface before we move on to creating our groundswell site. Knowing where things located and how they worked within Dreamweaver will really pay off in creating efficient workflows and doing things the right way. The first interface element we'll take a look at it is the welcome screen. When you open up Dreamweaver the welcome screen shows up front and center, located where you would normally see an open file. Opening a file will replace the welcome screen, but closing the file will bring it right back.

The Welcome screen

In this chapter we'll take a closer look at the Dreamweaver interface before we move on to creating our groundswell site. Knowing where things located and how they worked within Dreamweaver will really pay off in creating efficient workflows and doing things the right way. The first interface element we'll take a look at it is the welcome screen. When you open up Dreamweaver the welcome screen shows up front and center, located where you would normally see an open file. Opening a file will replace the welcome screen, but closing the file will bring it right back.

Let's take a look at all the things that the welcome screen allows us to ask us. The first thing you notice the in the left- hand column you have Open a Recent Item. What this is is a list that's populated by all the files that you've been recently working on. For example, if I click on lifestyle journal, it takes me directly to my journal page, so I can continue working on that. I'll just go ahead and close that again. If you haven't worked on any files at all, that list will be empty and the only thing you'll see is this open directory. Now the open directory allows you to browse throughout your site or any folder in your site for a specific file if it's one that you haven't been recently working on. So that nice too.

The middle column allows us to create new files and notice that we have a full listing of different file types. So HTML, we have a few dynamic file types like Cold Fusion, PHP and ASP, CSS. So some these technologies might not mean anything to you right now, but the more you design websites, the more that you're likely to use these types of files and being able to create one by just clicking on a single icon, like this, gives us a brand-new page is a real timesaver. The pages are created to the specifications that are in your Dreamweaver preferences. So you'll notice we didn't get any type of a dialog box asking us for any settings for our HTML file.

On the right-hand side we have a column that says Top Features and this is a really nice little training component of Dreamweaver. If you want to learn more about a new features such as Code Navigator you can simply click on this link. In addition to links for those specific videos, if you look in the lower left corner of the welcome screen, we have Getting Started New Features, Resources. This will take us online to Adobe's website to open a more robust help file, which is really nice. Finally in the lower right-hand corner we have this really neat little branding area. What this is is if you have an Internet connection this will go out to Adobe's website and it'll let you know if there any updates available for Dreamweaver CS4, new articles on Adobe's website or things that might interest people that use Dreamweaver. So this is a really need little feature that every time you open up Dreamweaver, you might want to take a look at it and see if there's anything new going on.

If you don't like the welcome screen, and for life of me I can't imagine anybody that wouldn't want to use this but if you just think it's cluttering up your workspace, you can click on the Don't show again. Now what that means is the next time you open up Dreamweaver, the welcome screen will not be here. If you do that by mistake, and you want to bring it back, you simply go to your preferences and here I'm going to Edit > Preferences. On the Mac you go to Dreamweaver > Preferences. If I go to the General category, which is right up top there's a checkbox that says No, no. I do want to show the welcome screen and it would bring it back the next time you open up Dreamweaver.

I love how the welcome screen unobtrusively gives me access to recently opened files, allows me to create new files with a single click and gives me access to training videos on new features in CS4. I also like how any updates or new articles from Adobe.com will appear when you have Internet connectivity. I think you'll find, as I have, that you'll use the welcome screen frequently when working with a Dreamweaver.

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  1. 1m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 14m 50s
    1. Basic site structure
      2m 16s
    2. What is an index page?
      1m 34s
    3. Current web design practices
      2m 21s
    4. What is XHTML?
      3m 9s
    5. What is Javascript?
      1m 38s
    6. What is CSS?
      1m 51s
    7. File naming conventions
      2m 1s
  3. 24m 0s
    1. The Welcome screen
      3m 33s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 7s
    3. The Application toolbar
      2m 34s
    4. The Document toolbar
      3m 0s
    5. Arranging panels
      4m 43s
    6. Managing workspaces
      4m 14s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      3m 49s
  4. 18m 27s
    1. Defining a new site
      4m 12s
    2. Managing sites
      3m 59s
    3. Managing files and folders
      6m 3s
    4. Setting a default browser
      4m 13s
  5. 15m 14s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 51s
    2. DOCTYPE declarations
      4m 44s
    3. New document preferences
      2m 37s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 2s
  6. 20m 14s
    1. XHTML structure
      2m 27s
    2. Structuring content
      4m 11s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 22s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      4m 11s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 3s
  7. 52m 5s
    1. Understanding style sheets
      1m 59s
    2. Anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 32s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      3m 56s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      6m 36s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      4m 51s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      4m 52s
    7. Understanding Element Selectors
      6m 4s
    8. Understanding Class Selectors
      5m 39s
    9. Understanding ID Selectors
      5m 35s
    10. Understanding Descendent Selectors
      5m 30s
    11. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 31s
  8. 1h 0m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      4m 33s
    2. Declaring font families
      6m 3s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      3m 57s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      6m 13s
    5. Controlling line height
      5m 26s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      6m 45s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      6m 1s
    8. Aligning text
      5m 25s
    9. Transforming text
      4m 27s
    10. Using the cascade to control styling
      11m 56s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 1s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      8m 30s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      3m 44s
    4. Placing images on the page
      7m 45s
    5. Modifying image properties
      8m 6s
    6. Customizing images through CSS
      6m 4s
    7. Photoshop integration
      5m 16s
    8. Setting external image editing preferences
      2m 7s
    9. Modifying Smart Objects
      4m 9s
    10. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      5m 45s
    11. Using background graphics
      5m 42s
  10. 31m 3s
    1. Link basics
      3m 10s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      1m 25s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      4m 55s
    4. Absolute links
      4m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      4m 26s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 49s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 16s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      4m 54s
  11. 39m 17s
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 19s
    2. Structuring with DIV tags
      8m 48s
    3. The Box Model
      5m 9s
    4. Understanding floats
      4m 42s
    5. Clearing and containing floats
      4m 47s
    6. Using relative positioning
      3m 7s
    7. Using absolute positioning
      5m 42s
    8. Using fixed postioning
      4m 43s
  12. 51m 26s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      4m 45s
    2. Importing tabular data
      4m 44s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      7m 39s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      2m 56s
    5. Basic table styling
      6m 36s
    6. Styling table headers
      5m 13s
    7. Styling column groups
      6m 30s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      4m 24s
    9. Adding user interactivity to tables
      5m 12s
    10. Styling table captions
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 3m
    1. How forms work
      3m 5s
    2. Reviewing form design
      2m 51s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      4m 50s
    4. Setting form properties
      3m 46s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      3m 7s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 7s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      4m 35s
    8. Inserting radio button groups
      4m 34s
    9. Inserting checkboxes
      3m 15s
    10. Inserting text areas
      3m 37s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 31s
    12. Styling form elements
      6m 57s
    13. Adding form interactivity
      4m 19s
    14. Using Spry validation widgets
      10m 26s
  14. 35m 51s
    1. Planning for templates
      4m 0s
    2. Creating a new template
      3m 51s
    3. Creating editable attributes
      4m 55s
    4. Creating new pages from a template
      4m 57s
    5. Applying templates to existing pages
      3m 18s
    6. Working with nested templates
      5m 47s
    7. Working with repeating regions
      5m 42s
    8. Modifying templates
      3m 21s
  15. 35m 32s
    1. Behaviors overview
      2m 43s
    2. Getting more behaviors
      4m 44s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 6s
    4. Hiding and showing elements
      6m 7s
    5. Spry overview
      3m 3s
    6. Using Spry widgets
      5m 19s
    7. Adding Spry widgets
      3m 12s
    8. Using Live View and Related Files
      3m 18s
  16. 22m 1s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      3m 59s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      4m 18s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      3m 19s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 55s
    5. Adding Flash video
      3m 30s
  17. 22m 57s
    1. Using the History palette
      3m 45s
    2. Saving history steps with commands
      2m 59s
    3. Creating library items
      4m 55s
    4. Updating library items
      5m 2s
    5. Using Find and Replace
      6m 16s
  18. 23m 50s
    1. The Code toolbar
      4m 35s
    2. Setting code preferences
      4m 24s
    3. Using code hints
      6m 1s
    4. Adding comments
      5m 8s
    5. Finding syntax errors
      3m 42s
  19. 20m 31s
    1. Running sitewide reports
      4m 9s
    2. Checking for broken links
      3m 10s
    3. Validating markup
      1m 52s
    4. Checking for browser compatibility
      3m 14s
    5. Entering remote information
      2m 6s
    6. Synchronizing sites
      3m 26s
    7. Updating and publishing files
      2m 34s
  20. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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