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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201734303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201734300
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,919,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A detailed but easy-to-follow tour
Dreamweaver's popularity grows with each release--and so does its tool set. Whether you're new to the program or just need to brush up on the latest features, Dreamweaver 4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide takes you on a detailed but easy-to-follow tour of this bestselling Web-design package.

The book's task-based, visual format cuts through Dreamweaver's complexity; it will have you up and running in no time. The step-by-step instructions and numerous screenshots let you go straight to work as you learn everything you need to know about Dreamweaver 4's tools, palettes, and site management features, including the new split-screen code and design view. Once you've mastered the basics, you can then move on to complex tasks such as automating and customizing Dreamweaver. Fully updated from previous, bestselling editions, this book remains one of the most useful, accessible, and affordable guides to Dreamweaver.

Tarin Towers has contributed as a writer and technical editor to more than a dozen books about computers and the Internet. As an editorial consultant, she has worked with such companies as Netscape Communications, Microsoft, Informix Software, and infoseek. She is also a published poet and essayist.

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The Dreamweaver Visual QuickStart Guide is now updated and revised to cover the latest features of version 4. Step-by-step instructions and plenty of screen shots guide readers through the tools, palettes, and site management properties of Dreamweaver 4, then on to the more complex aspects of the software, such as automating and customizing Dreamweaver. Fully updated to reflect all the latest changes in the software, this book remains one of the most useful and accessible guides to Dreamweaver.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By domdn@yahoo.co.uk on 16 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I thought I'd get by with the Dreamweaver 3 version of this and rely on the help function from within the DW4 software itself. While the program is helpful, there's something about this edition that just makes life easier. Clear-cut, no-nonsense (ie sans quirky comments, unlike "For Dummies") explanations and layout. I find the two-column layout easier to navigate through, and appreciate the short sentences (too short to be boring, hence a you can get through them quickly). And all the info's there - flash text, rollovers, cascading menus. Unlike, say, the DW4/FW4 Visual Jumpstart guide from Watrall, which just really shows you what basics are where, this book shows you WHY you would use certain functions. It's a guide and a constant reference. This should have a good shelf-life, as long as Macromedia doesn't upgrade DW4 as quickly as it did DW3 (12 months!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. C. Gaylard on 5 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is another one of those "does exactly what it says on the tin" type of books.
It is an excellent visual quick start and I was able to dive in and out of it find out what I needed to know.
Is it an in-depth knowledge tool? I have no idea.
It got me started quickly and efficiently and I have been able to use it as a reference so far. That's all I wanted.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Prince on 9 July 2002
Format: Paperback
State-of-the-art text for people wishing to get the most from their software and websites.

I have long since realised the value of having a good reference volume on my bookshelf, but with the advent of more complex software applications and programming tools, such books become essential reading if you are to get the most out of the latest packages - and not spend days on end simply working out the basics.
The Visual QuickStart Guides offer a two tier system. At one level they introduce you to the application in question and get you working in a very short time frame. And at the other, they act as a comprehensive reference tool for when you are well underway.
I have been using these guides for some time now, and my company regularly recommends them to clients and colleagues alike.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Worth any price! 20 Jun. 2001
By Dee K. Sadler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I teach Dreamweaver for an Apple Specialist, in a two day class and they recieve a book at the end of the class. I use to use a different book, but liked the other Visual Quickstart books, so I thought I'd try this one as well.
WOW! It has EVERYTHING I wanted from a book and then some. The 602 actual pages (not including the index) was impressive. Each chapter explains everything perfectly, and of course better than the manual. It was the perfect choice for my students because it is such a great resource. Plus, once they have mastered the basics, there is enough information to take their sites to the next level. This book gives the most information I have seen on Dreamweaver 4. The chapters on CSS and Layers alone are worth the price of the book. I was also impressed on the amount of information on behaviors, automation and customizing.Best Dreamweaver book around for the beginning to intermediate user.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great reference 2 Aug. 2001
By Avalon Daughter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised at the feedback I've seen on this book because I truly enjoy the Quickstart series of computer books. They're informative, detailed and the content is easy to find. In fact, their books were used as my textbooks in college and I liked them so much I continue to use them. But I won't say that these books aren't for a specific type of person. I will explain.
If you've ever picked up a Whatever-for-Dummies book, or the Idiot's-Guide-for-something or any kind of Textbooks-for-Morons you either like them or hate them. Why? Because they all seem to be written at the same level meaning they are real beginner books. If you are the type of person who doesn't know how to work a mouse, then I suggest that you stick to Dummy books. The Quickbooks are more geared towards people who like to play with programs to figure them out. They do give brief explanations of the basics, and I mean: "This is a pallet, this is a brush" but they only do it briefly. They are non-patronizing to the people out there who have a knack for figuring programs out.
Quickbooks are also informative. If you need information on a specific topic, such as adjusting contrast, you'll usually find it within seconds through the glossary. Not only that, but there are a number of visual aids to reference and shows step-by-step what you're going to do or use. Sometimes, they even include URLs to pages on the web.
The details are also worth their while to read. They give plenty of additional tips to use that you might not think of. It will usually be in a side box with a "did you know" kind of title. These have helped in my work plenty of times and given me ideas.
Plus, these books are for Mac or PC which is a plus for me considering sometimes I have to work on one or the other platform and don't always know the keystrokes or commands which can be quite different from each other.
Again, these are reference books. They are not tutorial books for the ultimate beginner. I continue to use these books with my work and enjoy them thoroughly. I recommend these books for people who like to play with programs and need something to look back on and research further.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This book is good but it left some important steps out. 8 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am new to dreamweaver and this book has quickly helped me become productive BUT it has a few problems.
Sometimes there are crucial steps missing from detailed step-by-step procedures and these have left me in the proverbial. For example, when explaining how to make a link appear in a popup window that does not have any controls, I followed what the book said and I got two windows popping up instead of one! It did not say I would need to open the popup window on the mousedown event.I had to figure that out for myself. Surely they could have had somebody test the examples in the book before publishing it.
Also,the book does not show you objectives and how to achieve them by tying together different parts of dreamweaver. This makes explanations of different dreameaver topics feel disjointed. For example, it discussed layers and tables seperately without much guidance on layout in general. As a beginner, I needed more guidance in what I should be aiming for with layout. I needed more than just a listing of the options available in dreamweaver.
On the other hand, a lot of stuff in this book is very good.The explanations are clear and the illustrations are great. I have learned a lot about dreamweaver but I reckon I should have bought the HOT Dreamweaver book instead.It seems to be a better guide towards the whys and wherefores of building a site with dreamweaver.
I am disappointed with this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Shakes head in disappointment... 14 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unless you are Evelyn Wood, having to read 600 pages (`visual' or not) isn't such a quick start for many. This book certainly could have been much shorter based on content value/quality.
As if 600 pages worth of a 300-page book weren't enough... Getting referred every couple of pages to a Web-site-based appendix (additional cyber appendices A through G) for basic/simple topics that should be in the book (like coverage of the image map editor) was frustrating, especially when one considers some of the redundant actual book content. The book carries a lot of baggage over from earlier editions, including incorrect discussion on a variety of topics/technology.
The book claims to _not_ be a manual re-hash, but it parrots many descriptions (almost verbatim) written by the MM documentation team. Many of the sections also seem structured/patterned after the manual.
Towers borrows noticeably from other existing sources, too. For example, her language describing style sheets and CSS style rules is almost identical to Elizabeth Castro's in the VQS HTML 4 book(s). This is more than coincidence, since both descriptions use the exact same inaccurate terms.
It just doesn't seem to me like it was edited well, technically or otherwise. And I didn't sense that the author was fundamentally grounded in many aspects of the material she presented.
Even though the VQS line is inexpensive, there are much better books/authors. I suggest spending a couple of dollars extra elsewhere.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very good, but with omissions 11 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The topics covered are very well written and easy to follow. I used it to get up to speed on DW4 and have been mostly pleased with it, but be warned that many basic DW4 concepts are not covered (how to make image maps and how to import a site that is already published on the web come immediately to mind). If Ms. Towers adds these to the next edition she will indeed have written a 5-star book.
I would suggest you supplement this title with either "Teach Yourself Visually Dreamweaver 4" or "Dreamweaver 4/Fireworks 4 Visual JumpStart" to have a more complete set of DW4 reference works on hand.
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