3 DVDs –
Applications, Content, Video Workshop
Adobe CS3 Web Premium and Standard Workflow Guide
3 DVDs –
Applications, Content, Video Workshop
Considered the defacto standard when it comes to web development, Dreamweaver is such a powerful design application that it succeeded in replacing Adobe’s own GoLive with the CS3 release which came as a part of the Macromedia acquisition. Dreamweaver CS3 focuses on tighter integration across popular Adobe standards such as Photoshop, Flash, Fireworks and Device Central. Lets take a further look at some of the new and improved enhancements in this release:
Some of the rich functionality of Spry Effects includes the ability to add visual transitions to page elements, effects such as grow, shrink, fade and highlight to almost any element on an HTML page. Effects don’t require any server-side logic or scripting to accomplish. When a person is viewing your web page browses an HTML page and triggers an effect, only the object to which effect is applied gets updated; the entire page doesn’t need to be refreshed.
Spry Widgets make it possible to add dynamic user interface elements to web pages with little or no manual coding. Spry widgets are pre-built components that you can customize using CSS, and then add to your web pages. They include CML-driven list and tables, accordions, tabbed interfaces, and form elements with validation. Until now, these objects have been difficult to build and required advanced coding skills. Spry widgets make this process easy and flexible. Users new to Dreamweaver will welcome their simplicity. Professional coders will appreciate the deeper level of customizability Spry widgets offer.
integration with Flash, Photoshop and Fireworks
Dreamweaver CS3 enhancements make using SWF files easy. Simple dialog boxes let you modify parameters such as loop, auto play, quality, and scaling, as well as pass parameters to the SWF, on an instance-by-instance basis. You can even preview the SWF without switching to a browser. When edits are required, you can open the original FLA file with click of a single button. If you are not accustomed to using Flash, you can still work with Dreamweaver by adding interactive Flash elements to your web pages.
Using the Insert menu, you can create buttons and text elements, and then configure labels, styles, and actions to suit your needs. You can even insert Flash video files and customize the look and performance of the player skin.
Cross-Browser Compatibility Check & Css Advisor
Web Designers and Developers often face the unbearable task of ensuring their content looks, works and operates the same way across multiple web browser platforms. Issues often arise in areas of consistency and performance, not to mention appropriate Cascading Style Sheet Adherence. The new Cross Browser Compatibility Check and CSS Advisor in Dreamweaver CS3 are designed to make it easier to create standards-compliant pages that display and function reliably in a variety of settings.
Dreamweaver first identifies HTML and CSS features that are likely to cause browser-rendering problems. From the Results panel, you can then access the CSS Advisor, a community-created website that describes the most common browser rendering issues and suggests possible workarounds. The integration between local authoring tool and online knowledge base makes it possible to stay current with the ever-changing browser technologies.
Web developers can take advantage of the ability to at anytime during the development process to check your web pages against a configurable set of common browsers, IE 6, Mozilla Firefox, Apples Safari to name a few. A concise results panel will cite warnings and errors that you can filter for easy review. Selecting any issue will allow you to see the problem, ignore the problem for all pages, or get more information and possible workarounds. Issues are even highlighted in code view, adding warning and error icons to the page sidebar, and underlining the problem code in each line.
As your pages mature and grow, your CSS rules usually evolve. During development, you may find the need to rename, move or add CSS rules. The new CSS management features in Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 make it easy for you to maintain your CSS structure and leverage your work for use in multiple pages or even multiple sites.
You can now easily move rules from document to document to external files, and even among external files. You can also easily convert inline CSS to and from external CSS documents, reorder rules within documents resolve conflicts during CSS merges, and quickly comment and uncomment CSS for easy experimentation.
mobility - Adobe Device Central CS3
If you are targeting your content for mobile devices, Dreamweaver CS3 makes it very easy with the addition of Adobe’s Device Central which simplifies the creation of mobile content by quickly displaying HTML content and allowing you to scroll using the buttons on the device. The Small Screen Rendering (SSR) mode will shrink the text and images to show the content much as it would appear on the device. Now you use Dreamweaver and Device Central to create and preview mobile content with rich user interfaces.
Calling this a great release of Dreamweaver would be an understatement. Dreamweaver CS3 focuses on the user experience from the developer’s perspective while taking into consideration the end users’ needs and experiences. Although the interface has not changed like some of its siblings, Developers can appreciate some of the finer details of this release. Creating powerful web pages that target multiple platforms adding rich functionality, interactivity and dynamism sure make this an enticing upgrade. Dreamweaver is definitely a release that should be on every web developers list, the focus on reliability, multi-web browser support and integration with its siblings to enable powerful workflows is enough to make it the best release to date.