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This comprehensive guide to Macromedia Dreamweaver 2 for Mac and Windows serves as both an introductory aid for beginners and a useful reference tool for more experienced users. Lowery does it all: he explains features and technologies fully, throws in lots of usage tips and cross-references, and offers screen shots and step-by-step projects.

Lowery begins by explaining Dreamweaver, the current HTML standards, and new features such as dynamic styles and JavaScript behaviors. He provides a tour of the interface and helps you set your preferences, starting you off in the planning and creation of your first site. Later he goes into more detail about HTML, showing how to use Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programs, plug-ins, ActiveX, Java applets and scripts, and VBScript. (DHTML gets its own section too.) There's a series of explanations on specific Dreamweaver capabilities, from creating objects to customizing behaviors and tags.

General interest Internet topics get their due, and the book covers multimedia elements, including how to add video, audio, and Shockwave movies to your Web page. For larger-scale Web sites, the sections on Cascading Style Sheets and XML will be useful, and information on dynamic databases and e-commerce issues wrap the book up nicely.

The appendices offer primers on the HTML editors BBEdit and HomeSite--advanced HTML editors for Mac and Windows users (respectively)--and on Dreamweaver Attain, a companion Dreamweaver program that helps you create instructional Web sites. The companion CD-ROM includes demos of Macromedia's Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash 3; sample code used in the book; and Dreamweaver behaviors, objects, commands, style sheets, and inspectors. --Kathleen Caster

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If Dreamweaver 2 can do it, you can do it too… With its groundbreaking page-layout capabilities, new Dream Templates and Commands, unique site-management functions, plus support for the latest Web technologies, Dreamweaver 2 brings you more control and more flexibility than ever before. Whether you're creating heavy-action sites packed with sound effects, Shockwave movies, sophisticated animations, or data-driven, interactive sites for e-commerce, you'll find all the information you need to speed construction, smooth maintenance, and power up your pages in Dreamweaver 2 Bible. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Dreamweaver 2
  • Quickly build a site using Dreamweaver's windows, palettes, and inspectors
  • Drop links, client-side image maps, and interactive forms into your site
  • Manipulate elements online or offline using Cascading Style Sheets
  • Set up frames easily with Dreamweaver's click-and-drag functionality
  • Liven up HTML pages with CGI scripts, JavaScripts, applets, and controls
  • Create Web pages with active content through Dreamweaver's new database connectivity partners
  • Preview audio, video, and other active content at design stage
  • Add a third dimension to your Web page with Dynamic HTML layers
  • Explore Web-based learning opportunities with Dreamweaver 2 Attain
  • Include the latest Web technologies such as XML and SMIL
Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash 3 demos on CD-ROM, plus nearly 300 Dreamweaver extensions, including:
  • Behaviors
  • Objects
  • Commands
  • Style sheets
  • Browser profiles
  • Inspectors
  • Queries
  • Beatnik Player
  • A Web resource directory and all the sample code from the book
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best book out there for Dreamweaver 2 Feb. 4 2000
By JRK - Published on
I have about 3-4 years of HTML experience but I wanted to improve the time it takes me to create pages, so I got into Dreamweaver. There are two important parts to Dreamweaver outside of knowing HTML, which are (1) working with the Graphical Interface (ie- where to click) and (2) working with the 'extras' such as DHTML and XML. This book does both. There are three chapters on how to add multimedia to your site with stuff like Shockwave and Flash. There are four chapters on DHTML stuff - layers, timelines, CSS. Another section which I didn't use but may be helpful to you out there is how to use Dreamweaver's web site management tools, like FTP and site map. No matter what kind of web publishing positioning you are in, if you want to know Dreamweaver, get this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great book Dec 4 1999
By Billy Dunn - Published on
This is one of the few books about Dreamweaver 2.0, but it's absolutely one of the two very best books available. If you are looking for a great reference that is structured in such as way that you'll actually learn the methods, then buy this book. I believe you will have a very hard time finding better reference material on Dreamweaver 2.0. Another consideration should be Dreamweaver 2.0 - Hands On Training, the other great Dreamweaver book oriented more towards a careful and thorough tutorial. Buy it - this one is a keeper!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Shorten Your Learning Curve ! Jan. 10 2000
By Uncle Fester - Published on
I have read this book. This book will help you become a professional. It covers everything that you can imagine, after all Macromedia is great at delivering professional tools, but lacks comprehensive reference materials. If you purchased Dreamweaver, this Bible will take weeks off the learning curve. Finding what you need to get work your completed is made simple with the extensive cross-reference index. The CD was lacking as many different contributors addressed the same problems over and over, but for a beginner it's a great jumping off tool. This book reveals many secrets that will save you countless hours in understand why things work they way they do and provides many type along examples. But if your really clever go to the on line sites referenced and simply cut and paste. Soon you will have animated pages that play RMF (rich music formats by Beatnik) that load in less than 13 seconds and everyone will think you're a genius.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and well-written Nov. 23 1999
By monkuboy - Published on
The user manual that ships with Dreamweaver is pretty basic and leaves something to be desired if you are seeking an elaboration of any of the great features this program possesses. If you're going to spend the bucks to acquire the excellent software, spend a little more to get this book, too- it is well worth it! This book puts pretty much everything you would want or need to know about Dreamweaver 2 in one place, written in a clear, organized manner. As an aside, I just purchased Mr. Lowery's book on Fireworks 2 after seeing how much more comprehensive and understandable it is than the user manual that comes with the Macromedia software.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good start, but has a way to go. Oct. 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Good book for fundamentals such as style sheets and basic coding; however, the book leaves out a very good portion on one of the main reason a web developer would want to use dreamweaver, the templates function. I find this section of the book to be more of a joke than a section. Moreover, its lack of description on how to link template files to the site manager leaves much to be desired.
All in all, if you are a beginner to dreamweaver and web publishing, it wouldnt hurt to have the book on your desk. Just know that if you wish to do more of the complex things such as running your site off templates, you are in store for headache or two.