|Written by barry shaw|
Dreamweaver and Flash can be referred to as the Rolls Royce of web design. These two multimedia software programs, specifically Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 and Adobe Creative Suite 5 (which include Flash Professional) bring your Web pages to life with interactivity and animation. In addition, a well crafted Flash website created with Dreamweaver is typically more user-friendly. The software allows the incorporation of sound, video and text that help the web surfer find germane and appropriate information. The bells and whistles created with Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 also keep the visitorâ€™s attention long enough to accomplish the goals of the site designer and owner.
<b><u>Create a Web Document</b></u>
Click on the desired document from the â€śCreate Newâ€ť list. If the â€śStart Pageâ€ť does not display when Dreamweaver opens, click â€śFileâ€ť and â€śNewâ€ť to open the â€śNew Documentâ€ť dialog box.
Select the â€śHTMLâ€ť document type from the â€śDocument Typeâ€ť drop-down list. Click â€śCreateâ€ť and a new dialog box opens as â€śUntitled Document.â€ť The â€śGeneralâ€ť tab of the â€śNew Documentâ€ť dialog box gives you access to various templates. Select a template or work with a blank page, then click â€śFileâ€ť and â€śSave Asâ€ť to open the save dialog box. Browse to the folder where you want to save the file, type in a filename in the â€śFile Nameâ€ť text box. The file extension will always be .HTM or .HTML, and one or the other will be set as the default. Click â€śSaveâ€ť and you will see the name change at the top of the window.
Add text and images to your palate or document by selecting â€śFileâ€ť and â€śInsert Textâ€ť or â€śInsert Images.â€ť The images can be manipulated and animated by right clicking on the picture and selecting from the available choices.
<b><u>Set Page Properties</b></u>
Choose â€śModifyâ€ť and â€śPage Propertiesâ€ť to set the Title, Margin, Color Scheme, Font, and Background. Setting the page properties is important because this will create the foundation for all the pages included in your website. Most Flash websites stay with a particular theme, therefore you can omit this step when adding more information to additional pages.
Choose â€śModify,â€ť â€śPage Propertiesâ€ť and â€śAppearanceâ€ť to change the font style, color, weight (bold, italics, size), links, and page headings. Click on â€śApplyâ€ť or â€śOKâ€ť to record the color scheme for the current page and for subsequent pages.
Open the â€śColor Pickerâ€ť box and click the â€śSystem Colorsâ€ť button. Click a color and adjust if you desire by using the â€śIntensity Sliderâ€ť or you can actually type in the hexadecimal number specific to a particular color. You can also utilize the â€śColor Pickerâ€ť icon that resembles and â€śeye-dropperâ€ť to change and modify your colors.
<b><u>Enter and Edit Text</b></u>
Start typing in your open document as you would on any other word processing program. The difference takes place behind the scenes as the built-in HTML editor turns your plain text into a language that is compatible to the Internet. Once you have a sentence or paragraph completed you are ready to edit your text.
Click once to move the insertion point and double-click to select a word or group of words. Once a word or words are selected the information can be copied, deleted, moved, set to bold, font changed, or the background color can be changed. Right-click on your selection and choose from the various options presented.
Insert an image into your text if you so desire. Highlight the image once it is placed into your document and select â€śAlignmentâ€ť from the menu to align the image right, left, or center. Add a border to your image by highlighting, right-clicking, and going into the â€śPicture Properties.â€ť