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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (July 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201741334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201741339
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,967,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training is the latest, updated version of the highly acclaimed tutorial from leading Web-design trainers Garo Green and Lynda Weinman. Thousands of Dreamweaver users have learned how to use the program by simply doing the step-by-step exercises in this foolproof book. The exercises use a real-life Web site to demonstrate how to create everything from rollover effects--using automated JavaScript behaviors, to page layouts--using one of Dreamweaver 4's latest features, Layout Tables. Advanced sections of the book show how to create interactive, moving elements in your Web site, and how to download and use the hundreds of free extensions available online to Macromedia Dreamweaver users. And throughout the book, readers learn useful bits of information about HTML, online type, Web color, and more.

In addition to the book, readers get a CD-ROM complete with exercise files and informative QuickTime videos that offer additional support for each chapter.

About the Author

Lynda Weinman is the creator of lynda.com, a leading force in Web-design training. An author and designer, she has been teaching digital arts since the late 1980s at such places as Art Center College of Design, American Film Institute, San Francisco State, UCLA, and most recently at her own popular training center in Ojai, California. Her best-selling books, including Dreamweaver 3.0 Hands-On Training and Designing Web Graphics.3, are used by professional Web designers worldwide.

Garo Green is the Director of Training at the Lynda.com Ojai Digital Arts Center in Ojai, California. He has worked primarily in the development of custom curriculum and courseware for software training and has extensive knowledge of HTML, computer graphics, and Web design.


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Customer Reviews

It's very concise and easy to understand.
Intra-Designs.com
Even if I don't remember each step exactly, I comprehend the concepts and can always use the book to look the steps up again if I need to.
S. Moore
To learn Dreamweaver I highly recommend this book.
chris

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bronwen on November 11, 2001
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In my review for <Creative HTML Design.2> I admitted to being a Lynda convert, and so I am. I am a freelance web weaver, and Dreamweaver is my HTML editor of choice. I also teach web design and development in Southern California, so I am always looking for good references to use in class or tell my students about.
Like other books by Lynda Weinman, the Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training is well written and comprehensive. My one and only complaint is that her HOT books are targeted mainly for folks who are new to web design, so some of the in-depth, nitty-gritty details I might be looking to add to my arsenal (I've been building web pages since 1994) are sometimes lacking. This book is no exception to the rule.
This particular text has several advantages over other Dreamweaver references for several reasons:
1) It's written in English, not "geek".
2) It includes tons of screen captures (mostly grey-scale), step-by-step instructions, AND a CD-ROM with lesson files. This allows you to follow along with the book and do EXACTLY what is shown in the text.
3) It contains practical tips on typography, image optimization, and cross-browser compatibility.
4) You don't need a crane to pick it up. ;-)
Unfortunately the book glosses over some of the fine points about using frames, tables and layers in web designs, but these points are minor when compared to the strengths of the book overall.
If you are just starting to learn Dreamweaver, or if you are an intermediate user who is looking for an easy to use reference, I highly recommend adding this to your library!
BKA
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Moore on September 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Outstanding... You can tell the authors of this book are teachers and not just writers. This is evident in the step-by-step, clear and concise instruction they give us on how to accomplish each objective in the book. I'm a software instructor at a business school in PA. I teach ages from 18 to 78 in my classes. I know so well that people just don't "get it" if they can't follow along and work the problems with the instructor.
There is a place out there for reference books, you know the ones... they regurgitate all the information that comes with the user manual for the software, but I don't find these very helpful when learning a new program. This is defiantly not one of those books. The authors don't hedge on the advanced stuff either. There are a few chapters near the end of the book that require some conceptual thinking (working with timelines comes to mind), but here again, the reader is in good hands all the way. And for those really difficult concepts there are Quick Time movies that demonstrate exactly how it's supposed to be done.
There are aprox. 630 pages of instruction in the book, and I chewed it all up in a couple days. Do I remember everything I read? Heck no! But I understand what I read, and now I can go back and start applying the lessons to my own website. Even if I don't remember each step exactly, I comprehend the concepts and can always use the book to look the steps up again if I need to. Oh, and by the way... I just read another person's review of the Dreamweaver 4 Bible. The reviewer observed that the author of that book, while very long on explanations of HOW to do things, was very short on suggestions on WHEN to do things. This is one of the things I appreciated most about Garo and Weinman's teaching style.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason White on October 24, 2001
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It reminded me of Adobe's 'classroom in a book' books. The lessons are well thought out and advance the reader from basic concepts to intermediate, and some advanced concepts. I liked this book over a lot of reference-type books in that it forced me to press the buttons and understand the concepts by doing them ("Learning by doing" -quote from back cover of book)
There was a chapter on HTML which isn't a prerequiste for learning dreamweaver, but useful. There's also chapters on javascript behaviours, layout, typography, and using GeoCity to put a website online. The book is a decent reference, although its strength is in its tutorials, and as reference it is unable to cover all of Dreamweaver's features. It also only covers the standard version of Dreamweaver, and not UltraDev. Overall, the book is a good purchase if you need to learn dreamweaver 4 and plan to actually read it through.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Prinzing on August 19, 2002
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I already knew HTML before I bought Dreamweaver. However, I still didn't have a clue how to use Dreamweaver. I have never used an HTML generator before. The manual that came with Dreamweaver is very comprehensive, but the tutorial was boring and I still wasn't learning Dreamweaver.
After I got this book, I was a bit intimidated by the number of pages. Once I started the lessons I quickly started understanding Dreamweaver. One reviewer commented that there are "missing steps". I didn't have any trouble following along and noticed nothing missing. That reviewer also found it difficult to remove the lessons from their hard drive. I'm not exactly sure what is so hard about right-clicking and delete. Yes, the program warns you just as Windows warns you before you delete a file.
I find that this book compliments the manufacturer's manual. There are a few obscure things that I wanted to do that weren't covered in the book, however the manual's index pointed me in the right direction and made sense since I now knew how to work Dreamweaver.
I'm sure knowing HTML first helps, but is not necessary. It is amazing that you can build an entire page without writing a single line of code. As a matter of fact, if you want to learn HTML, you could do so after learning Dreamweaver. It allows you to view the code that you just created.
I think that the book assumes you already know how to build a web page. If you don't, you might think there are "missing steps" because the book does not explain how to create and manipulate images. However, that's not the function of this book. It teaches you Dreamweaver and it does a very good job of it. Dreamweaver will not make you a webmaster any more than a hammer and saw will make you a carpenter. It's a tool you need to learn how to use to do a job you already know.
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