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How To Use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX [Paperback]

Lon Coley
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Sept. 19 2002 How to Use.
This award-winning, step-by-step approach provides visual solutions to more than 100 Dreamweaver and Fireworks tasks.
Full-color, two-page spreads visually explain how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver X and Fireworks X to create compelling Web pages.
Lon Coley is an experienced trainer and adult educator who has taught thousands of students to use Dreamweaver and Fireworks to build a Web site.
The only value-priced four-color Dreamweaver and Fireworks book for beginners on the market that teaches how to use the two programs together effectively. With over 150 two-page spreads which illustrate and clearly explain each Dreamweaver or Fireworks task, How to Use Macromedia Dreamweaver X and Fireworks X visually teaches the reader everything she needs to know to create Web pages, from entry-level, beginning concepts to advanced techniques for the experienced designer. Illustrations and figures lead the reader through each task with easy-to-follow directions and visual cues. The Dreamweaver/Fireworks Suite can be a somewhat intimidating combination for the beginning user, but How to Use Macromedia Dreamweaver X and Fireworks X, with its visual, step-by-step approach, makes it simple to learn the basic techniques involved in using Dreamweaver and Fireworks.
Lon Coley is an IT professional specializing in Office and Internet applications. An experienced teacher and trainer, Lon writes and develops dedicated customized training courses for business and education. These courses cover the whole spectrum of her expertise and are always prepared with the individual client in mind. As a firm believer that anyone can build a Web site with the right tools and training, Lon often works with companies who want to develop their own Web sites but think they need an expert to call on when they are struggling. She serves as a designer, trainer, and consultant through her company, Ariadne Web Designs.

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How to Use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX provides visual solutions to more than 100 Dreamweaver and Fireworks tasks. Full-color illustrations and figures lead the reader through each task with easy-to-follow directions and visual cues. The Dreamweaver/Fireworks Suite can be a somewhat intimidating combination for the beginning user, but How to Use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX, with its visual, step-by-step approach, makes it simple to learn the basic techniques involved in using Dreamweaver and Fireworks.

About the Author

Lon Coley is an IT professional specializing in Office and Internet applications. An experienced teacher and trainer, Lon writes and develops dedicated customized training courses for business and education. These courses cover the whole spectrum of her expertise and are always prepared with the individual client in mind. As a firm believer that anyone can build a Web site with the right tools and training, Lon often works with companies who want to develop their own Web sites but think they need an expert to call on when they are struggling. She serves as a designer, trainer, and consultant through her company, Ariadne Web Designs.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better by far! June 9 2004
Format:Paperback
On the surface, this book looks good. It is one of the many visually oriented books for dreamweaver MX/Fireworks that deals with the issue of integrating the two. I got it because it was easier to wade through than some of the 1000 page books with no visuals.
The biggest disapointment however is that the author has done the projects that she tells you to do, but doesn't tell you that the projects don't work!
I wanted to create pull down menus or at least jump gates in dreamweaver. After killing myslef and creating pull down menus in fireworks that have to be exported into dreamweaver I found that there is a flaw in dreamweaver that she doesn't mention. Dreamweaver has it where anything added to a template that involves action, doesn't update to all the pages using the template.
In other words, after struggling for days, I found on the dreamweaver bulletin boards that if you do anything that is put into an already existing template, such as a navigation bar, pulldowns, etc. they will not be updated. So now everytime I make a change, I have to cut and paste this new pull down bar into every single page of the website and it is a pain.
She never mentioned this. I even found her email address in the book and emailed her. No response!
This book would have been better it if had actually mentioned this. Buy a book from on author who actually uses the software in everyday situations, not one who is a professional software writer and only uses the software once!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh...I see the tree! Dec 13 2002
Format:Paperback
In many of the "how to" books on Fireworks and Dreamweaver I've read, there has been a tendency to pile on and sadly, even show off the author's knowlege rather than staying focused on the task at hand. This is all fine for veteran web masters(who probably don't need the books in the first place). But for the person who is new to the interface, it is best to keep things simple and focused. We don't need to see the details of the whole forest ecosystem when all we want is to build a little treehouse.
This is why I find Lon Coley's book so valuable. It stays focused on the concept and, I might add, gives some pretty good hints and tips. The large color illustrations are also a nice break from the monochromatic examples in most texts.
Most books claim they are designed for the "beginner to the advanced user", but they usually focus somewhere in between. They make too many assumptions about the Newbie's level of experience, and most really advanced techniques require their own books. This book is truly for the Newbie beginner and it fills a badly needed slot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent format Dec 8 2002
Format:Paperback
I really like this book a lot. I have other books on Dreamweaver and Flash but this is my favorite for both.
First it selects the essential tasks you have to do. For a small book it's incredible how often the procedure you need is right there.
Second, it picks a smart easy way to do each of the things. Other books have examples that are overly complex for no good reason.
Third, each procedure is profusely illustrated so it's hard to miss the point. One screen shot for every step. It even has circles around the button on the screen shots and a picture of a mouse with the word "click". In the middle of the night you really appreciate this kind of idiot-proof design format.
Finally, it's a really pretty book. After a wading through books with 1,000 pages of text, something this colorful is easy on the eyes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book June 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've been using computer for over 6 years now and wanted to jump and create little bit nicer web site for my little company. I think i'm pretty experienced PC user.
This books has so many errors leading to nowhere , author using CSS styles without even explaining what CSS actually ..... I could go on but i think you get the idea....
HORRIBLE BOOK. Do not make same mistake i made and look elswhere for your Dreamweaver MX fix. ( Especially if you're new to Dreamweaver MX , and this book is suppoused to me FOR newbies , heh ) I cant imagine any experienced Dreamweaver MX user usinng this , and newbies will get lost by the time they get to CSS Class style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect getting started guide Oct. 5 2002
Format:Paperback
With the many books out there on the subject, I was really impressed with how clear and easy to use this book is. You can work through the tasks in any order you like, even with no previous experience. Everything is laid out in an easy follow format, and the color pictures help to see everything clearly. I would recommend this as the perfect beginners book as it covers everything you need to create a website with great graphics as well as giving handy tips that I had not seen anywhere else. Money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Get Started and Loads More Nov. 2 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is great for anyone who has never used any kind of webdesign software. It has great pictures and cool hints for doing stuff. The text is clear and easy to read and the book introduces all the important parts of both bits of software. Once you have used this, you will feel confident to learn and do more than you thought you could. It might not make you an expert, but will be a great starting point for anyone taking the plunge
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