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Real World Adobe GoLive 5 [Paperback]

Jeff Carlson , Glenn Fleishman
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31 Oct 2000 0201704064 978-0201704068 1

For any beginner to advanced level course in Computer Graphics, Web Graphics, Graphic Design, Digital Imaging, or Visual Communications.

Get industrial-strength production techniques from these comprehensive, “under-the-hood” reference guides. Written by nationally recognized leaders in digital graphics, Web, and new media, these books offer students professional techniques and timesaving tips for using their software every day. Covering basic through advanced skill levels, these books are a great addition to any print or Web graphics library.

Students will learn to use GoLive for page creation, editing, and site management, and will learn to work with images, tables, and color. The more complex features of GoLive, such as scripting languages, DHTML, and animations, are also covered. Filled with heavy-duty tips and shortcuts, Web design students working in GoLive will find this book an invaluable resource. GoLive 5's new features include advanced source-code editing, Flash support, Site Builder for fast prototyping, and information flow-charting. GoLive already supports Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript actions, Dynamic HTML, XML, and more.

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  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (31 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201704064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201704068
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 17.5 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,977,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is a big book on how to use Adobe's Web site authoring package to meet real design needs in the real world. This is not a take-you-by-the-hands class on GoLive, although it does cover application basics in the first section. Rather, it gives you solutions to real problems, and the authors expect you to have some familiarity with GoLive before you start.

The first of four main sections covers the basics: the interface, setting up GoLive preferences and how the program works. Section two is all about "Pages": the visual page editor, the text editor and everything you can do with both. "Sites", section three, covers GoLive's excellent site-management tools; and section four discusses advanced topics such as JavaScript, DHTML, cascading style sheets, and more.

The book is more like an extensive reference source than a tutorial. Virtually every feature is explained and can be looked up in the index, but you won't find a concise chapter on how to build an awesome site from a to b. This is the kind of book that you use as a desk reference, looking up topics as needed. Often, the examples cited are explained and illustrated more clearly than in Adobe's documentation.

One drawback is the lack of a CD-ROM. Examples, projects, source code, code snippets, animation--even a demo version of GoLive itself--would more than justify a CD-ROM. On the other hand, there are plenty of screen shots and sidebars.

GoLive 5 has matured into a powerful tool and has become a valuable member of the Adobe product family. Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is an important asset and reference book for the GoLive user. --Mike Caputo

From the Back Cover

This is the definitive, in-depth guide for Web pros and beginners alike who want to create professional Web sites with Adobe GoLive 5. Users will learn to use GoLive for page creation, editing, and site management, and will learn to work with images, tables, and color. The more complex features of GoLive, such as scripting languages, DHTML, and animations, are also covered. Filled with heavy-duty tips and shortcuts, Web designers and content creators working in GoLive will find this book an invaluable resource.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only there where more like this 6 Dec 2000
Golive 5 has so many hidden features and technologies hidden beneath it's interface, it is only when you read a book like this that you really start to use it to the max. Did you know that if you save your imported flash file using the QuickTime Plugin more people out there on the internet will be able to see your work, as IE and NN have both had the quicktime plugin as standard since version 4! Or did you try linking your databases to your web pages! The only bad comment isn't direct at the book, but hey Adobe! YOU should be telling us about all these wonderful extras
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 5 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Excellent book even more detailed than the version 4 book, if that is possible. Goes through every aspect of GoLive 5 and has a wonderful mailing list and web site to back the book up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book for GoLive that's very good 10 Nov 2000
By Steve C. Joyner - Published on
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Being a GoLive consultant, I am always answering the question: "Are there any good books on GoLive?" And for the longest time (actually years!), I had to shrug my shoulders and say, "Well, no. Not really." But since RWAGL4 came out in late 1999, my answer has changed. Just two days ago I said, "Yes. Yes there is a good book. Actually, it's very good."
And RWGL5 *is* very good.
GoLive 5.0, I believe, has a *deceptively* intuitive interface. But when you start trying to do something, it's easy to get lost in a sea of palettes and windows. RWGL5 clears up the interface kudzu within the first chapter. Actually, as the book notes, one of the co-authors is sympathetic to new users because he struggled when he first started using CyberStudio -- GoLive's ancestor. (So did I.)
If you're an intermediate or advanced user, you'll like how this book is organized. It's easy to find just what you're looking for. There's a brief overview section noting the major topics; a VERY detailed table of contents, and a (finally!) useful cross-referenced index. [If you've ever tried to find anything in a GoLive (or CyberStudio) manual, you'll love this.]
Every thing is covered in great detail, but the writing style keeps you interested and engaged. The authors obviously enjoyed writing this. They handle more advanced topics (Animation, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets) using apt metaphors, countless annotated screen shots, and real world examples to help you get things done quickly -- and well. And if you get stuck, they have a useful web site and an active discussion list. (They actually answer your questions. :)
But for me, some of the best nuggets are the scores of tips, side bars, and errata. The authors extract the most useful features, tips, and shortcuts -- things that you would never discover without lots of time spent in forums and mailing lists.
I own every book, manual, video, and interactive CD-ROM ever written or produced about GoLive and CyberStudio. I've long since packed them away in boxes. Except for two: RWAGL4 and RWAGL5. For now at least, they have no peer. Not even close.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK. It's all you're looking for (and more!) 28 Feb 2001
By Ralph Sharp - Published on
This book is awesome!
I highly recommend Real World Adobe GoLive 5 to anyone serious about building web sites with Adobe GoLive. Whereas the Adobe User Guide just scratches the surface on most subjects, this book digs deep and delivers nuggets of pure gold. Finding detailed explanations of all the advanced features that makes GoLive the premier web editing tool are easily referenced (and cross-referenced.) Topics are covered in depth with step-by-step, "how to" instructions rather than dry, technical data only of interest to programers.
This book is definitely the main reference tool for the GoLive 5 power user. Users of the previous incarnations of GoLive, (Cyberstudio and GoLive 4,) will find the chapter covering the new features especially useful by quickly and easily bringing them up to date with the new version. New users of GoLive can learn how to apply the powerful, site-wide features of the application by following the clear, concise explanations provided by the book, thereby rapidly advancing them to a higher level of web site design and construction. Since the authors of the book, Glenn Fleishman and Jeff Carlson, are not affiliated with Adobe their candid, reliable comments about the strengths and weakness of the application are invaluable.
The authors are well aware of the problems encountered by daily users of GoLive because they moderate an email forum focusing on the subject of GoLive. RWGL5 takes full advantage of this communication between users who have had problems and others who have found solutions to these problems. The amalgamation of this vast store of advanced techniques and real world (pun intended) solutions gives the book a depth that no other book on the subject could possibly hope to match.
As a teacher of web site editing classes, I know that I can only expect my students to absorb so much of my explanations of the features of GoLive that are not covered in the Adobe User Guide. I will encourage each of my students to get the Real World Adobe GoLive book, not just to supplement what I have taught them, but also as a ready reference to reiterate the lessons they have already learned. I myself learn something new every time I pick up the book.
In short, to learn how to quickly and easily build large, complex, and powerful web sites, Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is the first, (and perhaps only,) instructional manual you will need.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely necessary! 15 Dec 2000
By music lover - Published on
I am not a programmer or graphic designer, and fell into writing a web-site through the backdoor. I have been using GoLive for about a year, and thought I was doing pretty well with it (when I compared my site to the design books recommendations, we were doing pretty good). I was overwhelmed, however, with the number of palettes when I upgraded to 5.0, and so bought the book. I can't believe how little of GoLive's capabilities I was using, even though I had read the manual! My web-site is now orders of magnitude easier to manage, and more streamlined. I both read the book cover-to-cover (it really didn't take that long, and I didn't fall asleep while reading even once!), and I keep it by my computer for quick reference.
I've read a lot of good books on computers, graphics, etc., in order to learn what the heck I'm doing. But none of them have been indispensable, and I would readily loan the others to friends. This one, however, is MINE, MINE, MINE!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good book required basic knowledge of golive 1 May 2001
By Mahmood ul Rashid - Published on
If you are new and want to make a website this book is not for you. I t gives you the details and explanations of the commands and features, but will not teach you that where you should use grids or tables. If you are an intermediate user and want to have a complete control on golive this is for you. Sorry to say this book does not include any real life project so user will get an idea how to work. It is just like a manual. you have to read the book a-z to make a site.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great GoLive Reference 9 Nov 2000
By Frank Sinkavich - Published on
Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is a great reference for text for GoLive 5. The GoLive manual that comes with GoLive 5 covers the basics. However, Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is the book you want to have to be productive with GoLive. From the novice to the experienced user, Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is the book to have. The chapters supply useful information that can save time and increase one's productivity. Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is very through (e.g., the section on GoLive inspectors is 90 pages long)! Real World Adobe GoLive 5 covers everything from the basics to site management. Advanced features (e.g., CSS, Animation) are also covered. I would recommend Real World Adobe GoLive 5 to anyone who wants to get the most out of GoLive 5.
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