Series: Beginner's Guides (Osborne)
Paperback: 550 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia; annotated edition edition (September 10, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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I've been using all sorts of computer software for a long time, but I became so frustrated trying to learn Dreamweaver and Fireworks that I almost gave up! Luckily, I saw that this author was very active in posting to the Dreamweaver and Fireworks news groups that I thought I'd buy ONE more book to help me learn the programs. Am I ever glad I did.The author builds your knowledge very carefully, making sure you understand each concept before you go into the software to apply it. By the end of the third chapter I felt like I was already much more confident in how to use Dreamweaver, and by the last Dreamweaver chapter I was sure I knew what I was doing. Finally!The last half of the book takes you through Fireworks and how the two programs work together and was almost a bonus. Two books for the price of one!If you're not sure that you're up to learning Dreamweaver (and it really isn't the easiest program to understand) then this is the book for you. Combine that with the excellent insturction that you get in Fireworks, and this book is well worth the price.
I had had very little training in HTML and web design, so I decided to get this book after purchasing D4/F4. Initially I skimmed through the book and tried to jump right into web design, which was a mistake. I went back to the beginning of the book and decided to start over, and it has been smooth sailing ever since! Each chapter in the book is designed to ingrain skills in your head by repeating tasks and building upon them. It is very explanatory and extremely easy to follow. As the book goes along, it assumes you know more and treats you less like a beginner and more like a pro. This is a must have for designers using D4/F4. Highly recommended!
I'm new to both Dreamweaver and Fireworks. The manuals that came with the software were intimidating. This book was just what I needed. The lessons work from the ground up.I won't give it 5 stars, though, because I'm a Mac user and this book is written for the Windows user. Sure, it has a few mentions of Mac items here and there in parenthesis, but all of the graphics are Windows screenshots. Also, some of the instructions work only in Windows. For instance, an instruction says "Open Dreamweaver and press the F8 key to open the Site window". When I did that I got a Mac OS window about extending the keyboard capabilities. I had to go to the "Site" menu and choose "New Site" to accomplish the task. Then the instruction said to right click on a folder and make a selection from a pop-up menu. On the Mac, Control-click did the trick but it took me awhile to figure that out.If you're new to Dreamweaver and Fireworks like I am you need this book. If you're a Mac user you need to be the kind of Mac user that is familiar with cross platform issues in order to decipher some of the Windows stuff or you'll get frustrated at times.
I am just starting the text, and though it seems to contain all I need, I get the feeling that about 30% of the words read are unnecessary. There is way too much friendly talk to make the transition for non-technical users as well as repetition, and unnecessary praising of the program.
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