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This book answers many of the top advanced-level questions posted on the Dreamweaver Newsgroup through a series of 30 projects. Projects are grouped into design issues for easy reference. Each project will be from 3 to 10 pages in length and be designed in a 2-column format with step-by-step instructions on the left and corresponding graphics (or code) on the right. In addition, sidebars will be used to provide additional tips and tricks. Any effect, technique, or tip can easily be customized to fit a reader's ...
This book answers many of the top advanced-level questions posted on the Dreamweaver Newsgroup through a series of 30 projects. Projects are grouped into design issues for easy reference. Each project will be from 3 to 10 pages in length and be designed in a 2-column format with step-by-step instructions on the left and corresponding graphics (or code) on the right. In addition, sidebars will be used to provide additional tips and tricks. Any effect, technique, or tip can easily be customized to fit a reader's own design needs.
|1||Using Cascading Style Sheets to Make Selectable Themes|
|2||Building a DHTML Drop-Down Menu|
|3||Building a DHTML Flyout Menu|
|4||Using CSS to Make Navigation Images|
|5||Creating an HTML Frames-Based Interface|
|6||Creating a Clickable DHTML Tabbed Interface|
|7||Constructing a DHTML Collapsible Layer Menu|
|8||Simulating Tree-View Navigation|
|9||Scrolling a Layer with Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Some DHTML AniMagic|
|10||Putting a Presentation into Motion|
|11||Creating Simple and Disjoint Rollovers|
|12||Taking Control with Templates and Library Objects|
|A||The True Power of Dreamweaver: Extensibility|
|B||Top Ten Dreamweaver Sites|
|C: What's on the CD-ROM|
If, however, you are a Dreamweaver newbie, don't despair. Dreamweaver 4 Magic is a groundbreaking book that comes with a <drum roll> Technical Support Forum. Whoa! We are quite serious about making Dreamweaver 4 Magic an immersive experience built around an unprecedented support community where you can interact with fellow readers, as well as this book's authors, on a daily basis.
There's a lot of DHTML stuff inside. But it all meets the ECYVF test. No gratuitous fluff for us. All DHTML had to meet another, equally stringent test. It had to work in all version 4 and higher browsers including Netscape 6 and Opera 5. The pressure nearly killed us, but we did it. And you'll love it!
We've got dropdown menus. Flyout menus. Scrolling layers inside stationary widgets. Sliding presentations. Framesets that don't look like framests. Form buttons that act like image buttons. Disjoint rollovers. Collapsible menus. Tree menus. A tabbed interface. A hierarchical jump menu. And a top secret CSS Themes Extension with an off-the-scale wow factor. But there's more...
You'll learn a whole lot about advanced CSS and how to properly use that most powerful of Dreamweaver features: The Dream Template.
We got so excited in writing the projects that we almost forgot the appendices. Rather than do a last minute emergency appendectomy, we cooked up some cool stuff for the back of the book. We've included a comprehensive list of Dreamweaver resources, a listing of our favorite extensions (with guest commentary from the developers), and a listing of really cool and inspirational sites made with Dreamweaver.
The CD also contains an Extensions folder with sub-folders for Actions, Commands, and Objects...all in Dreamweaver Exchange .MXP format for click-click easy installation. Most of the Extensions were developed specifically for the book's projects.
Also included, are 30-day trial versions of Dreamweaver 4 and Fireworks 4.
You want fully functioning and logically structured navigation systems that can manage a working web site you'll be proud of. You want usable DHTML that works in all modern browsers. You want cool stuff that works to make a visit to your site that much more enjoyable.
So we assume, after all is said and done, that you really want a book like Dreamweaver 4 Magic!
The PVII Webdev Newsgroup...a wonderful place to ask questions, get answers, and chat with the authors!
Posted September 13, 2002
If you're interested in taking your Dreamweaver skills to the supercharged level, Dreamweaver 4 Magic is a "must read." The book's chapters are individual projects; so you can pick and choose the techniques you want to learn and the order in which you want to learn them. The authors represented are literally a "Who's Who" in the Dreamweaver community. The concepts covered in this book are as applicable to Dreamweaver MX users as they are to Dreamweaver 4 and UltraDev. This is one of the most valuable Dreamweaver books you'll ever work through, and New Riders' style is excellent! I couldn't give a book a higher recommendation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2001
From the moment I picked up Dreamweaver 4 Magic and began to flick through the pages, I new this was going to be a book I¿d find immensely useful. Al Sparber and friends take us through some of the more popular dynamic interface effects found on the Web today, as well as a number of cutting edge techniques we¿ll be finding on the Web tomorrow. Each chapter takes you through a technique step-by-step, and is supported with screen captures when necessary. I was pleased to see that the book wasn¿t either picture or word biased, but rather struck an excellent balance between detailed explanations and supporting visual material. Dreamweaver 4 Magic even comes with a CD-ROM containing some custom Dreamweaver extensions, designed to support the tutorials in the book. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2001
......Then this is a MUST HAVE RESOURCE. Between it and the 'Bible' series you are well on your way to demystifying the Dreamweaver product. I have been a designer for several years and now count myself among the growing number of 'Development-Designers' that can gice not only aesthetic input but influence functionality as well...sort of a 'chic-geek' The Authors break down their tutorials into product as well as project relevant sections that not only show you the ropes bt spark inspiration as to how you can make these things work in your day to day application. I am definitely not a bandwagon jumper but if these guys are driving....I'm along for the ride!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2001
I am been a member of the PVII's online forum for about 3 months. When I heard that Al and Gerry where about ready to release a book I was going to buy it no matter what, you know, to 'support' their efforts. Well, when I got the book my first impression was (as I was looking over my shoulder), 'Was Al and Gerry over my shoulder talking to me step by step?'. This book gets the closests to hand holding than any other book I have ever bought in my 17+ years of computer experience (CADD/Graphics). If you are a novice to dreamweaver get this book. In fact, I Think Macromedia should include this book along with the software and manual. I must admit though, you should have a 'general working knowledge' of Dreamweaver 4.0 (but is by no means necessary), it only makes some of the terminology easier to understand. If B&N had a 10 star rating that still wouldn't be enough.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2001
Having heard of Studio VII's work, I was eager to get a copy of this book. Well, to be more acccurate, I made a flying tackle for the UPS man before he even got out of his truck. And I wasn't disappointed...despite knowing of their work, I simply didn't expect the book to be this good. Aside from the book's rich production quality--lots of white space, easy-to-read screen captures, informative sidebar 'watch-out's'--the content is simply stupendous, the writing precise, economical, and witty. Each complex task is approached in a linear fashion with, as Bill Murray says, 'baby steps.' At no point does the book 'hurry' the reader through a given process. Moreover, not only does the book tell users what to do, but it also points out, just as importantly, what to avoid. And here's the kicker: where else can you get this information? Nowhere else. No other book that I've ever seen. As the authors patiently escort the reader through the processes of constructing a vast array of cutting-edge digital structures, Al Sparber and Gerry Jacobsen use--or, more accurately, twist, bend, and manipulate--Dreamweaver as effortlessly as if it were an erector set. Appearances notwithstanding, Dreamweaver 4 Magic is not a book...it's a tour de force software kit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2001
Resisting all temptation to simply rip the CD from its plastic prison I instead sat down and read the introduction to Dreamweaver 4 Magic. Having already had some exposure to the Author Al Sparber and his work, my expectations were high. I hadn't even finished the introduction and it was plain to see this was someone who not only enjoyed what they did but also was very proud of what they had produced and had pulled together a team that felt the same way. If you are looking for a book that offers advanced and intermediate level then this is the one for you. The projects aren't going to be over the heads of a beginner either. The way the projects are laid out and the step-by-step instructions and screen shots make it easy to check you are on the right track as you progress through the projects. It is hard to convey in brief the quality, attention to detail and thoroughness that has been put into this book. There are 12 projects in the book, each covering a different design and navigation feature. From the start, each project lays out good work practices for you to follow and rather than just spoon feeding you, the information leads the reader intuitively through each process. The text explains the reason why each step done a certain way then encourages you to go on and make modifications to the project so they reflect your own style. The projects themselves are supported with a library of the images and style sheets required to create them. These are provided on the CD supplied with the text. Incorporated into the projects are some great new behaviours making it possible to incorporate complex java scripting and Dynamic HTML (DHTML) into pages without the need to understand the java code or DHTML. These behaviors are included on the CD that accompanies the book. This book would have to get a 10 out of 10 from me. It will serve as a very valuable learning tool and a must have for any one that wants to design dynamic web sites with Macromedia Dreamweaver.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.