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Macromedia Studio MX 2004 All-in-one Desk Reference for Dummies [Paperback]

Damon Dean , Andy Cowitt , Ellen Finkelstein , Doug Sahlin , Camille McCue
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5 Dec 2003 0764544071 978-0764544071 New edition
Macromedia Studio MX 2004 All–in–One Desk Reference For Dummies provides a one–stop reference for users looking to harness the power of this Web building suite. The book covers each of the core applications in Studio MX including Dreamweaver, Flash, Freehand, Fireworks, ColdFusion and, newly added to this edition, Contribute. Macromedia Studio MX 2004 All–in–One Desk Reference For Dummies also contains coverage on using all the applications together in a single Web building project as well as an overview of the basics of good Web design. This book, like the product itself, should appeal to both professional and hobbyist Web builders who want a single product that can do the work of six or seven separate products.

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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New edition edition (5 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764544071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764544071
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 18.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,343,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 books in 1– your key to successful Web sites!

Your one–stop guide to Studio MX 2004 Web site tools for Mac® or Windows®

So you think you want to build a Web site? Relax – this book has you covered! First, it helps you analyze and plan your site. Then when you’re ready to go, you’ll have the scoop on using the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, FreeHand, Flash, Cold Fusion, and Contribute, all together in one handy volume!

The Dummies Way

  • Coverage of the essentials and beyond
  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Design captivating Web sites
  • Edit shapes and bitmaps with Fireworks
  • Build Web pages with Dreamweaver
  • Work with FreeHand objects
  • Create Flash movies
  • Update site content with Contribute

About the Author

Damon Dean (San Francisco, CA) serves as lead author on this All–in–One that also takes in contributions from other experienced For Dummies authors including Doug Sahlin (Flash ActionScript For Dummies), Ellen Finkelstein (Flash For Dummies), and Camille McCue (Dreamweaver For Dummies Quick Reference). Damon has written or contributed to six books in the For Dummies series, including Cascading Style Sheets For Dummies. Damon is currently a systems administrator and developer for a health care provider in the Bay Area. He previously worked as a producer for a Web design firm and an editor for Osborne Computer Publishing.

Andy Cowitt is a freelance Web designer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 7 books in 1 21 April 2005
I just bought Macromedia Studio MX 2004. Yet, all I got was a CD and a good luck. Well I could root around trying to use the product, get a book with insight on how to handle the product efficiently. There are many good books on each item in the Studio. If you buy them individually the price is almost seven times the price of this book. Then you have to compare and contrast to integrate the information.

This book brings all the advantages of the other Dummies books. There are clear examples and pictures on what the screen should look like. The added plus is that this book shows how to integrate all the individual products in the studio. There s a good introduction, contents, index and tabbed pages so you can see where one sections stops and the next begins.

There is no CD. However the advantage is that there no trial programs to interfere with the real product. I have tried a few of the items and I am pleased with the results.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful; Maybe a Bit Too Much for Dummies 28 May 2004
By Jacob Hantla - Published on Amazon.com
Macromedia Studio MX All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies is definately a value-packed, thick, useful book. There is good reference material and getting-started info on Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Freehand 10, Macromedia Vlash MX, & Cold Fusion MX along with two sections on design basics and integration of studio components.
As I said, with such a breadth of information the book is definately a bargain. However, that advantage is also the book's primary downfall I feel. It says 7 books in one, but if that is true it is SEVEN SHORT BOOKS. Each book is definately not the standard "For Dummies" length. This lends itself to make it 7 abridged-sized books. The adbridgement comes by removing all of the discussion on the more advanced features of the program. Unfortunately the extreme basics are also belabored.
All of that means that the book will be useful to help you get started in Macromedia Studio, but after you have a little more than a few hours of experience in the software suite you will find the book increasingly useless. Because the features which a mildly seasoned user will find difficult to master are not covered, this book is not such a great value if the purchaser already has mild to moderate background experience with MX software.
So with that review in mind take it or leave according to your lot. If you are new to Macromedia Studio MX and want some help for the first month or so getting up and running, this is a great resource. But if you have already pushed through the growing pains of climbing the learning curve, you may want to pass on this one for a more advanced text.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough information 11 Nov 2004
By gibreel - Published on Amazon.com
You would be better off buying a book about a specific Macromedia application rather than trying to save money with this "all-in-one". There is simply not enough information in order to explain the concepts well enough. This book explains something once and then goes on to the next topic. I would compare it more to the Help section than a tutorial.

Instead, I would recommend the SAMS Teach yourself Flash in 24 hours - it is more comprehensive and easier to follow. If you think you are getting a steal with all 7 books for the price of one, don't buy this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help 14 April 2008
By Irene Spinelli - Published on Amazon.com
This book is wonderful, it has all the info you need to help you work in the Studio Mx 2004 program!
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