How To Use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX Paperback – Sep 19 2002
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is definitely geared towards beginners, but at the same time I found a lot of the explanations a little lacking. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003
This book is very easy to use. It is very colorful and makes it visually interesting.Published on Aug. 24 2003
If you are new to Dreamweaver Mx and Fireworks Mx, this book will get you up and running quickly. Very nice step by step instructions on how to accomplish easy to complex tasks.Published on Aug. 3 2003
I don't know how anyone could rate this book highly. It was loaded with errors and unexplained situations. Read morePublished on June 20 2003
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