Macromedia Studio MX All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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* Self-contained minibooks provide complete coverage of the entire Macromedia Studio MX package-Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, ColdFusion MX, and FreeHand 10
* Bonus minibooks deliver the lowdown on Macromedia Sitespring as well as other Web development tools and techniques
* Packed with extra visuals, including lots of screen shots illustrating
* step-by-step instructions
* Shows how to use each program separately and in tandem to create state-of-the-art Web projects

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Overview

* Self-contained minibooks provide complete coverage of the entire Macromedia Studio MX package-Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, ColdFusion MX, and FreeHand 10
* Bonus minibooks deliver the lowdown on Macromedia Sitespring as well as other Web development tools and techniques
* Packed with extra visuals, including lots of screen shots illustrating
* step-by-step instructions
* Shows how to use each program separately and in tandem to create state-of-the-art Web projects

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More than 250,000 web pros have purchased the new Macromedia Studio MX: Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, FreeHand 10, and a developer edition of ColdFusion MX, all bundled together at a big discount. Many more are using at least some of these products. Maybe you're one of them -- upgrading one product at a time, as you need them -- and as you can shake the money loose.

Wouldn't it be nice to have one easy-to-understand book that introduced all these products, showed how they fit together, and walked you through the whole process of building a site with them? Here's that book: Macromedia Studio MX All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies®.

Think of it as seven books in one. The first: a concise five-chapter introduction to web development. Damon Dean begins with practical techniques for creating and organizing content; mapping your "plan of attack," and deciding which tool's right for each job. Dean also offers a six-page "checklist" of best practices for building web sites.

Next, he presents five "books" covering each individual Studio MX products -- each roughly 150 pages, and concluding with a full chapter on integrating that product with the rest of the suite.

Dean's "book" on Dreamweaver MX begins with an easy-to-understand tour of Dreamweaver's visual interface and views; then moves on to creating simple web pages, setting page properties, working with text, tables, images, links, and rollovers. You'll learn how to define and manage sites, work with Dreamweaver's powerfully efficient templates, monitor page download time, and use check-in/check-out Version Control to keep everyone on the same page(s). There are chapters on forms and layers, even a detailed introduction to using Dreamweaver to create ColdFusion code.

Dean next moves on to Fireworks, which just keeps on getting better. He begins with the revamped, high-productivity Fireworks MX interface. Using Fireworks MX's Property Inspector, for example, you can inspect and change every object property from one location. You not only have better control, you can exercise it more rapidly.

You'll learn how to use Fireworks' drawing, text, line, and fill tools; select, control, and transform image elements; cope with web color management; and much more. There's a full chapter on layers and frames, plus step-by-step coverage of image slicing and optimization. Dean covers image maps, using behaviors to build interactive graphics, even a bit of animation editing.

He also walks you through using Fireworks MX's new Data-Driven Graphics Wizard, which allows you to connect graphics files with XML files and automatically generate new graphics on the fly -- very powerful.

Next, it's on to Freehand, the venerable illustration tool that's been extended to the Web (making it ideal for repurposing images for graphics-rich print environments and interactive online environments). Dean walks through Freehand's interface and basic toolset; working with layers; using Freehand's text tools; working with predefined shapes; and much more. There's also a full chapter on Freehand's color management tools, which are crucial for both Web and print work.

Dean then offers a concise and practical introduction to Flash -- from basic moviemaking principles all the way to the rudiments of ActionScript. You'll get hands-on practice with the timeline, library, and image editing tools; learn to use symbols to build more efficient content; create animations; organize your movies with layers and scenes; add audio and video clips; create Flash forms; and, of course, export movies and generate accompanying HTML.

Dean's concise introduction to ColdFusion thoroughly demystifies this product. He walks you through configuration and installation; shows how to set up data sources and connect with mail servers; and teaches the basics of the CFML tag language. That leaves room for more advanced techniques -- ranging from writing SQL queries to generating graphics with CFGRAPH.

He concludes with a five-chapter walkthrough of the entire Studio MX site development process. There are practical processes for creating site maps and user interface design diagrams; integrating Flash content; and finally, constructing your dynamic site with ColdFusion and Dreamweaver. You won't find a more wide-ranging introduction to Macromedia Studio MX -- all of it. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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“…beginner-friendly tome…”(Web Pages Made Easy, July 2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764517990
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/7/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Damon Dean has been working in Internet technologies anddevelopment for nearly a decade as an Editor, Producer, andDeveloper. As a Development Editor for Sybex, Damon was responsiblefor developing both the multimedia and computer game book lines.After developing those properties into profitable units, he movedon to Postlinear Entertainment, where he produced and designedonline multiplayer computer games for publishers such as Sega andMGM.  Three years later, Damon took his software developmentskills and moved into Web development. As a founding member of 415Productions, Damon worked with several large companies, includingCredit Suisse, Robert Mondavi, HP, and BART. His application designand development resume includes architecting and building ContentManagement Systems, Extranets, corporate Intranets, and enterpriseCRMs. After four years at 415, Damon moved on in the summer of 2001to be the Internet Services Director at a private foundation inOakland, CA.
Damon has written several books dating back to 1996. His firstbook, A Pocket Tour of Multimedia on the Internet (Sybex),was eventually translated into five languages. In 1997, Damon begana relationship with Wiley Publishing (formerly IDG Books) and haswritten several books for them, including Web ChannelDevelopment For Dummies, FrontPage 2000 For Dummies QuickReference, Act! 2000 For Dummies Quick Reference (coauthor),and most recently, Cascading Style Sheets For Dummies.

Andy Cowitt is a Senior Integrator for 415, Inc., a Webdevelopment firm in San Francisco. Having been at 415 since thecompany started, Andy has worked on Web sites and multimediaapplications for Apple, Oracle, Macromedia, the San FranciscoSymphony, KQED, and Beaulieu Vineyards, among others. He’sbeen using Macromedia’s Web development products since eachof them arrived on the scene. In his spare time, Andy has beenknown to write, sing, and play guitar for his pop band, ThePinecones. He lives in Oakland with illustrator Michael Wertz andtheir dog, Olive.

Ellen Finkelstein has written numerous best-sellingcomputer books on AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and Flash. She writesarticles for several Web sites and is also a content consultant forWeb sites and presentations. Her AutoCAD 2002 Bible is inits third edition, and her Macromedia Flash MX For Dummiesis in its second edition. She writes at home so that she can takethe bread out of the oven on time.

Doug Sahlin is an author, graphic designer, and Web sitedesigner living in Central Florida. He is the author of ten bookson computer graphics and Web design including Fireworks 4 ForDummies, Macromedia Flash MX ActionScript For Dummies, andFlash MX ActionScript for Designers. His articles andtutorials have appeared in national publications and have beenfeatured at Web sites devoted to graphics and Web designs. Whilehe’s busy writing, Doug’s steadfast companion andsocial secretary, Niki the Cat, occupies a small sliver of sunlightbeside the computer. When he’s not busy writing, Doug designsWeb sites for his clients. When he manages to find a spare momentaway from the computer, Doug enjoys photography, music, or curlingup with a good book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Book I: An Introduction to Building Web Sites.

Chapter 1: Why Build a Web Site?

Chapter 2: Developing Web Content.

Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Tools for the Job.

Chapter 4: Best Practices for Web Development.

Book II: Dreamweaver MX.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Dreamweaver MX.

Chapter 2: Creating Basic Web Pages.

Chapter 3: Creating and Using Dreamweaver Sites.

Chapter 4: Punching Up Your Pages with Forms and Frames.

Chapter 5: Laying Out Pages with Layers.

Chapter 6: Using ColdFusion MX in Dreamweaver MX.

Chapter 7: Advanced Web Page Design Techniques.

Chapter 8: Integrating Dreamweaver MX with Other MacromediaProducts.

Book III: Fireworks MX.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Fireworks MX.

Chapter 2: Fireworks MX Basics.

Chapter 3: Working with Text, Shapes, and Images.

Chapter 4: Transforming Text, Shapes, and Images.

Chapter 5: The Power of Layers and Frames.

Chapter 6: Slicing Up Content for the Web.

Chapter 7: Advanced Fireworks MX Tools.

Chapter 8: Integrating Fireworks MX with Other MacromediaProducts.

Book IV: FreeHand 10.

Chapter 1: Introduction to FreeHand 10.

Chapter 2: Understanding FreeHand 10 Basics.

Chapter 3: Using the FreeHand 10 Text Tools.

Chapter 4: Creating Illustrations with FreeHand 10.

Chapter 5: Transforming Text, Shapes, and Images.

Chapter 6: Exploring the Color Management Tools.

Chapter 7: Integrating FreeHand 10 with Other MacromediaProducts.

Book V: Macromedia Flash MX.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Macromedia Flash MX.

Chapter 2: Using the Graphics Tools.

Chapter 3: Working with Symbols.

Chapter 4: Making Your Life Easier with Layers.

Chapter 5: Creating Animation.

Chapter 6: Adding Sound and Video.

Chapter 7: Publishing Movies.

Chapter 8: Getting Interactive with ActionScript.

Chapter 9: Creating Interfaces with Components and Forms.

Chapter 10: Integrating Macromedia Flash MX with OtherMacromedia Products.

Book VI: ColdFusion MX.

Chapter 1: Introduction to ColdFusion MX.

Chapter 2: Working with the ColdFusion Administrator.

Chapter 3: ColdFusion MX Basics.

Chapter 4: Understanding CFML Basics.

Chapter 5: Variables, Functions, and Structured Data.

Chapter 6: Using Databases with ColdFusion MX.

Chapter 7: Advanced ColdFusion MX Features.

Chapter 8: Integrating ColdFusion MX with Other MacromediaProducts.

Book VII: Bringing It All Together.

Chapter 1: Organizing Your Site.

Chapter 2: Designing the Look of Your Site.

Chapter 3: Adding Flash Movies to Your Site.

Chapter 4: Building Your Site with Fireworks MX, Dreamweaver MX,and ColdFusion MX.

Index.

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