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June 5, 2010 0321701771 978-0321701770 1
Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 choose Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press.

The 18 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in Dreamweaver CS5. Readers learn what they need to know to create a professional website without having to delve into code. This completely revised CS5 edition covers Adobe's Spry framework for Ajax to create dynamic interfaces, Spry widgets (pre-built user interface components) to quickly add common components to Web pages; and Live View, a working browser rendering right in the program. The book also shows how to enter text in headings, paragraphs, lists, and tables; insert graphics and Photoshop Smart Objects; add links to text and images; apply cascading style sheets; and customize the Dreamweaver workspace. Readers will also learn to add interactive elements to their sites, such as Flash video and animation, get guidance for working with code, and finally publish a finished site to the Web.

The companion DVD includes lesson files so readers can work along with the book, as well as 2 hours of FREE video tutorials from 'Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 by Video' by video2brain and Adobe Press.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” –Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training.

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does–an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

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The Adobe Creative Team of designers, writers, and editors has extensive, real-world knowledge of Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

Product Details

  • Series: Classroom in a Book
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (June 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321701771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321701770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, I book I can use to teach with. August 12, 2010
The CS4 Classroom in a book sucked eggs. I would hand it out as a parting gift to my students.

This CS5 version has been completely re-written. I will actually use this book when I teach my Dreamweaver classes from now on. I'm an Adobe Certified Instructor. The lessons in this book cover all the basics beginners need to know. It covers lots of basic questions about HTML and CSS. There are better books out there for intermediate users, but for someone just getting started with no clue about HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver, I highly recommend this book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay book for Dreamweaver July 29, 2010
By Benicio
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is just 'okay' for Dreamweaver. Keep in mind the book is not necessarily for web building novices. If you already are familiar with the process of building a website, but new to Dreamweaver, then this book covers the basics for you. The examples used in the book are mediocre at best and the beef I have with it is that it forgoes explanations and just gives you instructions to do this or do that. Why something is done in a certain way is mostly missing.

I agree with another reviewer who said there were errors in the book. You'll find them mostly in the later chapters, however, I don't have much issues with those. By the time you get to those, you should have enough of a knowledge to correct them by yourself.

Bottom line is, I am neither overly satisfied nor disappointed in this book. But, for those who want something comprehensive, there are definitely better choices out there.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating November 30, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book and Flash-CIB from Adobe and while the Flash book was error free, this book was not! Two totally different directions in each book. If I could do it again, I'd try another DW book before getting this one! Lesson 14 is a disaster!

Book Errors:

1. A bunch of typos - including a section that starts off explaining how important being precise is in coding and then they make a typo in the coding themselves 3 steps later!!! And alot of the typos are in the coding (That alone should be a warning sign!!) And there's even a section that repeats the same sentence twice back to back.

2. Wrong URLs - towards the second half of the book, the book gives several URLs for more reference - about 80% of them did NOT work! So you're left in the dark.

3. Wrong images - some images dont match what is being said or seen on screen

4. Lesson 14 is totally screwed up in several ways - they should have titled it "Hey rookie - troubleshoot this section on your own!" -- the kicker is that its not a troubleshooting section, its about working with online data. Even the final sample preview page on the disk was wrong!!! Good Luck!

Some other problems I had with this book

-- You set up a styled list, delete it several chapters later, do it again a different style, delete that version chapters later, and create a new style of list - so you spend about a 1/4 of the book working on how to make a list look 3 different ways! Waste of time! Would have preferred to learn a better trick!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but some big errors June 20, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book works out well, but Chapter 14: Working with Online Data doesn't work. The sample finished file doesn't display the tables correctly, and when you're finished, yours won't either!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Proofreading = Do Not Buy! May 31, 2011
In theory, I'm a fan of the Adobe Classroom in a Book series. I used the CS4 books (all of them), and while there were a few errors here and there, overall it was a pleasant experience.

I wish I could say the same for Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book.

Things were good until Chapter 14, then the whole process just fell apart. I wasted probably four hours trying to realize what I was doing wrong, and then I went online and saw similar issues with other users. There are similar problems with the remaining chapters (15 - 17).

It's too late to get my money back, since I've had it a couple of months and marked up the text extensively. The first thirteen chapters are pretty helpful, but I cannot recommend the book because of errors in the last few chapters. I would look elsewhere for an introduction to Dreamweaver CS5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel like i got ripped off :( April 18, 2011
By Ana
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the Kindle version. I was so excited! then I started with the first lesson and realized I needed the DVD that was supposed to be included with the actual book! This sucks!!! :( I have no idea how to get the DVD now.

very VERY disappointed!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but needed another round of editing & QA August 17, 2010
My first impression is that there are a number of typos and missing/changed references that should have been caught by someone at the publisher in review. However, if the reader is really paying attention they will be able to fix them on their own. Other than perhaps the HTML based Spry data set example in Chapter 14, which didn't work at all, though I'm not sure that is a problem with the example in the book or with Dreamweaver CS5 itself.

Despite the poor QA review by Peachpit/Adobe Press (the publishers of the book), the book does what it sets out to do, which is teach you to use Dreamweaver CS5. There is a lot of content and it is presented well, though I found it odd that it didn't cover some of the basics like use of rulers and guides to help with design. It is not as detailed as the DW CS5 missing manual, but it is meant more as a tutorial than a reference, and as such, it is a good launching point for new Dreamweaver users.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Dreamweaver
I purchased this book so I could better understand how this software functioned as a web page design tool. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Job Adobe.
The corner stone of Web Building. DW is the must have book.. Things change so quickly at Adobe it is good they stay up too date.
Published 9 months ago by xamp10
4.0 out of 5 stars Required for class
Step by step instructions and templates to follow.
If you are looking for a reference to look up "how to" for specific techniques, this isn't it.
Published 11 months ago by Janet Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book is just what I needed and answered my all of my questions.
Thank you for the prompt service.
Published 12 months ago by Louise A. Rumnock
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly useful handbook
I found this handbook highly useful, even though I have been a Dreamweaver-user for quite some time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by PER WERNER SCHULZE
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver CS5
Received product ahead of scheduled delivery date and two days before start of class. Didn't realize there was so much HTML code involved but am actually enjoying the class and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anatalia Rapuet
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful
Comes with a disc that contains practice files, and the chapters take you through assembling different things step by step, with color pictures. Easy to read and understand.
Published 15 months ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
Good program but hard to learn. Depending on your background, will depend on what you get out of this program.
Published 18 months ago by Michael Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Web Development
It isn't for me. I didn't quite do well in the class that I purchased the book for. Perhaps I need to take it elsewhere.
Published 18 months ago by C. L. Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
well written and easy to understand. this is a great book for someone that has no understanding of the software and wishes to learn how to use it for maximum effort.
Published 19 months ago by Ricky
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