Packed with hands-on instruction, and expert tutorials from the crème de la crème of the Macromedia development community, Macromedia Studio MX 2004 Bible is everything web developers need to build cutting-edge applications with Macromedia’s product line. Covering of all the Studio MX 2004 applications - Dreamweaver MX 2004, Fireworks MX 2004, Flash MX 2004, ColdFusion 6.1, and FreeHand MX, Macromedia web development expert Joyce Evans guides readers through the use of each product, but more importantly, how they can be used together to build next-generation, data-driven web applications. Topics covered include:
- Building data-enabled sites with Dreamweaver 2004
- Creating Flash MX 2004 animations
- Working with ActionScript
- Creating web graphics and animations with Fireworks MX 2004
- Building interactive ColdFusion Applications
- Integrating Flash and ColdFusion
- Drawing vector art with Freehand MX
The Companion CD-Rom incl udes trial versions of the software as well as extensions, sample databases, images and applications.
About the Author
Joyce J. Evans developed the scope and focus of this book, as well as wrote the Fireworks and Flash sections. Joyce is a training veteran with over tenyears of experience in educational teaching, tutorial development, and Web design. She has received EditorsChoice Awards for her book Fireworks 4 F/X and Design and has authored several computer books, including Dreamweaver MX Complete Course and Fireworks MX: Zero to Hero. Joyce is a Team Macromedia Volunteer. Her work can also be found in the Macromedia Design/Developer center. She can be reached at Joyce@JoyceJEvans.com. Her Web site is www.JoyceJEvans.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to Macromedia Studio MX 2004.
Chapter 1: What Is Macromedia Studio MX 2004?
Chapter 2: What’s New in Macromedia Studio MX 2004.
Chapter 3: Designing the Habitat Alert Web Site.
Part II: Finessing Macromedia FreeHand MX.
Chapter 4: Introducing Macromedia FreeHand MX.
Chapter 5: FreeHand MX Art in a Nutshell.
Chapter 6: Drawing with FreeHand MX.
Chapter 7: Using FreeHand MX Symbols and Styles.
Chapter 8: Understanding FreeHand MX Typography.
Chapter 9: FreeHand MX and Web Graphics.
Chapter 10: Basic FreeHand MX Animation.
Chapter 11: FreeHand MX Animation Techniques.
Chapter 12: Outputting FreeHand MX Documents.
Part III: Mastering the Power of Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004.
Chapter 13: Getting Around in Fireworks.
Chapter 14: Applying Color.
Chapter 15: Drawing Like a Pro.
Chapter 16: Designing Spectacular Text Effects.
Chapter 17: Working with Bitmap Images.
Chapter 18: Designing Navigational Elements.
Chapter 19: Automating Your Workflow.
Chapter 20: Designing Animations.
Chapter 21: Slicing and Optimizing.
Part IV: Unleashing the Power of Macromedia Flash MX 2004.
Chapter 22: Navigating through Flash MX 2004.
Chapter 23: Designing Visual Content.
Chapter 24: Symbols and Libraries.
Chapter 25: Animating a Movie.
Chapter 26: Working with Sound.
Chapter 27: Flash Components and Behaviors.
Chapter 28: Publishing Your Flash Movies.
Chapter 29: Using ColdFusion MX with Flash Remoting.
Part V: Developing in Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004.
Chapter 30: Understanding the Dreamweaver Environment.
Chapter 31: Starting a Web Site with Dreamweaver.
Chapter 32: Building a Simple Page.
Chapter 33: Using Tables for Complex Layouts.
Chapter 34: Building Basic Navigation Links.
Chapter 35: Using Cascading Style Sheets.
Chapter 36: Working with Libraries and Templates.
Chapter 37: Tapping into the Power of Forms.
Chapter 38: Building a Framed Site.
Chapter 39: Building Navigation with Behaviors.
Chapter 40: Inserting Media Elements.
Chapter 41: Working with Behaviors, Custom Scripts, and Snippets.
Chapter 42: Extending Your Dreamweaver.
Chapter 43: Building a Dynamic Site with DHTML.
Chapter 44: Publishing Your Site.
Part VI: Using ColdFusion MX in Dreamweaver MX 2004.
Chapter 45: The Role of ColdFusion in Your Web Sites.
Chapter 46: Creating a ColdFusion Application in Dreamweaver.
Chapter 47: Working with Forms and ColdFusion MX.
Appendix A: What’s on the CD-ROM.
Appendix B: About Our Guest Experts.
Appendix C: Installing Macromedia Studio MX.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Macromedia offers a bundle of tools that span visual web site development. I say visual because the emphasis of the tools is on building complex HTML web pages and groups of these pages, where the groups might typically constitute a website. The tools basically construct static web pages with intricate graphical content. For example, Flash is wonderful for making animated graphics. While Fireworks claims to be better than Photoshop for editing still images. I am not sure whether this is indeed so. But the book's narrative on Fireworks shows impressive functionality. I should qualify my earlier statement. You can certainly add sound effects in Flash. And there is some ability to have dynamic webpages, using DHTML. But the book really doesn't emphasise it. Just gets a passing mention. Overall, the Studio should handle many needs for web developers. Though note that the construction of dynamic pages is most often done via JSPs or Active Server Pages, which is outside the scope of Studio.