Join James Williamson for an in-depth discussion in this video Downloading the Spry framework, part of Dreamweaver CS4: Introduction to Spry.
Although Dreamweaver ships with much of the Spry framework, Adobe is constantly updating and adding to it. In fact, Spry is still considered to be in beta. Before starting any Spry project, you should check to make sure you have the most current release. As of this recording, the Spry 1.61 release is the most current version. Although Dreamweaver CS4 shipped with Version 1.6, Adobe has created a Spry Updater for Dreamweaver, which can update any previously built Spry content to the latest version. You can download both the Spry 1.1 release as well as the Dreamweaver Updater from Adobe's Spry homepage, and here we are at Adobe's Spry homepage.
You'll notice on the left-hand side we have a lot of information about Documentation and Samples, and we'll talk more about that a little bit later on. Right now, I want to talk about downloading the Spry framework; that's a must for anybody that's going to be working with Spry, even if you have the latest version of Dreamweaver. On the far left-hand side, this is the Dreamweaver Spry Updater. So if you've built some applications with an earlier version of Spry, something prior to 1.6, you'd want to download that using the Extensions Manager and then update your older pages. However, if you're looking for the Spry framework, you can find that right up here in the upper-left hand corner. I should point out that if you download the entire Spry framework, the Dreamweaver Spry Updater is included. So I'm going to go ahead and click to Download the Spry framework. Before you download it, you'll need to enter in an Adobe ID and your Password. And if you don't have one of these, they're free. So just take a moment or two to sign up, and you'll be downloading Spry in no time.
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