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In Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor James Williamson explores the tools and techniques of Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe's web design and development software. This course covers both the ins and outs of Dreamweaver, as well as recommended best practices for crafting new web sites and files, the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and how to ensure clean and accessible code. The course also includes how to use tools in Dreamweaver to create and style web pages, manage multiple sites, and add user interactivity with widgets and scripting. Exercise files are included with the course.
Adobe Dreamweaver is the most the most popular Web Development Application on the market today. It offers a robust feature set that allows users to quickly design, develop, and deploy Web sites. One of the main reasons for Dreamweaver's popularity is its powerful visual workflow that allows designers to create sophisticated, standards-compliant Web sites without having to write a lot of code. Dreamweaver is used in almost every aspect of Web design and development. Rather than just being a page creation tool, the program was designed from the very beginning to help designers create and manage entire sites.
Now, Dreamweaver is probably best known for its powerful page design tools. Dreamweaver features both a Design and a Code View that allows designers to work in the environment that they are most comfortable with. Those that prefer to hand-code their sites will find a powerful Code Editor that speeds the process of writing code and features tools that ensure that code syntax and structure are correct. For those that prefer to design visually, Dreamweaver's Design view offers a WYSIWYG, or What You See Is What You Get Editor, that allows designers to create pages visually while generating the code for you.
Additional tools, such as the Insert panel, the CSS Styles panel, and the Properties Inspector makes it easy to insert objects such as images, links, and tables, build forms, style pages in text, and even insert complex Ajax-driven user-interface widgets without having to generate the code yourself. There is even a Split View that allows you to see both the visual layout and the code simultaneously. Dreamweaver also features a number of starter pages. Now, these are pre-built CSS driven page layouts designed to get new designers up and running or to simply speed up the process of designing pages by providing standards-compliant, fully CSS driven layouts that designers can use for their own content.
Dreamweaver templates allow designers to rapidly build and maintain sites by creating custom template pages, build pages based on these templates, and then update entire sections, site-wide, by making a single edit to the template on which those pages are based. As part of the creative suite, Dreamweaver also enjoys a high degree of integration with other creative suite applications. Photoshop users can import a fully layered Photoshop file into Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver will export an optimized Web graphic based on the Photoshop file and create a link to the parent PSD file.
Designers can then simply update the Photoshop file to update the Web graphic, no matter how many times it's used within the site. Dreamweaver's integration with Flash makes embedding Flash content and deploying video on your site as easy as dragging and dropping a file. Regardless of your experience level, if you have never used Dreamweaver before, you are going to be impressed with the tools it offers to efficiently build and maintain standards-compliant Web sites.
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