Join Laurie Burruss for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting Dreamweaver for the first time, part of Creating a CSS Style Guide: Hands-On Training.
The first thing we are going to do is start Dreamweaver, set up our doc and take a look at the Welcome Screen. To find Dreamweaver application, double click on the Macintosh Hard Drive. It should be an icon in your upper right- hand corner. Click on your Applications folder, scroll down through your applications till you come to Dreamweaver CS4. Click on that folder, then look for the Application icon and we are going to set it up so we can be power users, so let's click on the icon and drag it down to our dock. That way it will be available for us throughout our project.
If you are doing this on Windows, you will look on your C Drive, go to the Program Files, go to your Adobe folder, and locate Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 inside that folder. Go ahead and click on that folder and look for the Application icon, right click on that Application icon and choose to pen it to your Start menu. You could also find it under your Start menu, under you Adobe folder or your Adobe Suite folder. So I'm going to close up our files up here. Let's go down to the dock and click on Dreamweaver and start the application. As soon as Dreamweaver CS4 opens, it presents you with the Welcome Screen. The Welcome Screen has three activities that you can do. You can open up a recent item, you can create new documents.
All kinds of documents including code, CSS style sheets, script. You can define a site. The third column is new videos and features that are supported by Adobe TV. It's important to take a look at the three or four buttons down here in the lower left corner. Getting Started is a great place for beginners to go to. It usually has tutorials for the first time user of Dreamweaver. Whenever you are buying a new version of Dreamweaver, check out New Features. It usually explains what the new feature is and how to use it in the context in which it was developed.
Resources is an excellent place to go to get the full benefit of the Adobe support, help, information, tutorials, developer center, all the kinds of things that they can do to help support you with this product. But my favorite button is actually the Dreamweaver Exchange, which is really run by the community of Dreamweaver users. There is third-party plug-ins, there is extensions, there are forums on CSS, places to talk about bugs, all kinds of fun things, and really this is where the active participants in Dreamweaver put up information and help each other out.
It's important to understand what happens in the bottom right corner of the Welcome Screen. This area will change all the time. Every time you open up Dreamweaver with the Welcome Screen, it goes out to the Internet to see if there is new information, new updates, new news items that Adobe Dreamweaver wants to distribute to you. This takes a lot of processing speed, and if you leave the Welcome menu on all the time, you will find that it really takes a hit on your processing speed when you are working inside of Dreamweaver. So that we can work as fast as we can and as efficiently as we can, let's go ahead and click on Don't show again. As soon as we click on that, a dialog box comes on the screen telling us that if we turn this off, we can always turn it back on again by going up to our General category in the Preferences. So don't be afraid, anything you do in Dreamweaver you can always undo.
Now we are going to go ahead and close the Welcome Screen and get ready to set up our site and define a site.
Download the exercise files from the Exercise Files tab.
- Planning a site from a blank file
- Creating and editing a style guide with just HTML
- Using the Property Inspector for text markup
- Inserting images, tables, and footers for a custom look
- Creating and editing an external CSS style sheet
- Building a custom color palette for a site
- Testing web pages in various browsers
- Styling tips for professional sites