Windows and Mac differences

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Windows and Mac differences

Whether you're working on a Mac or on Windows, you'll find that the differences in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} between the two platforms have been kept to a minimum. It makes it much easier on people who have to work on both platforms, to get their bearings and to get to work. For the most part, things work pretty much the same in {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} on both Windows and Mac. In fact, most of the differences you'll come across have to do more with the basic differences between Windows and Mac OS X than any specific differences between the two versions of {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} For example, in Windows the entire {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} application appears inside one big window. Every panel, window, and dialog box appears within this main window, and therefore clicking this minimizes button up here minimizes the entire application. This is also something you just want to be a little bit careful about, because I've seen a lot of students Intend to just close a web page, but instead click on this close button up here by accident and end up closing the entire {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} program. It's not the end of the world because {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} will prompt you to save any changes you haven't saved, and you can always cancel from there. And, even if you have saved your changes, and the program closes, you can just open it up again. But, it does get annoying if you start making the same mistake over and over again. So, just be aware of that issue. The Macintosh interface, on the other hand, has all free floating windows, which can be nice, but also posses their own set of issues.

For instance, it's much easier to accidentally close your palettes on the Mac side of things. For example, I've seen a lot of people just close the Properties Inspector because its in their way, instead of just moving it out of the way. You can always bring it back, but it's much easier to make this mistake on the Mac than it is on Windows. Now, in both versions of {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} it's important to note about the Window menu. The Window menu is where you'll find all the panels that are available in {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and it's where you'll want to go if you've accidentally closed a panel and can't figure out how to get it back. So, if I did accidentally close my Properties Inspector, I can find it right here. Select that, and it pops right back up. I can just put that wherever I want.

Under the Window menu you'll also find valuable keyboard shortcuts. So, you'll probably want to memorize the shortcuts for the panels that you use most often, like Command or Ctrl + F3 to open the Properties Inspector, for instance. Or F8 to open up your Files panel. You'll eventually figure out which panels you use the most often and then you can always look in here to figure out what the keyboard commands are. Another really useful feature you'll find under the Window is Workspace Layout, which we looked at in the previous movie. This is great if you've just totally screwed up your workspace to the point where you can't even recognize it anymore.

Just come in here, and on the Mac you can select Default to go back to the way {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} first appeared before you messed things up. On Windows, under the Window Workspace Layout area you'll find Designer and Code views. We saw earlier that the designer view it like the default view on the Mac. The coder view sets up the workspace in a way that's optimized for people who prefer to write a lot of code rather than layout things visually. Both Mac and Windows versions also give you layout options if you have multiple monitors connected to your computer. You can select Dual Screen to see what that looks like. If you have two monitors you'll just have to try this setting out to see what it looks like, because I can't really show it to you here. Okay, so basically there are only very minor differences between the Mac and Windows version of {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} At least as far as the interface is concerned.

Now let's start looking at some of the specific panels around the {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} interface and see what they're used for.

Windows and Mac differences
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Windows and Mac differences provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Garrick Chow as part of the Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training

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