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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; Pap/Cdr edition (14 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735711798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735711792
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 1.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,682,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

After six years as an independent film makeup artist, Angela C. Buraglia realized she wanted a career that would allow her to start a family and stay home with her husband and child. In an effort to give back to the Macromedia Dreamweaver newsgroup community that helped and encouraged her in her new career, she founded Although she only intended to be a web developer, life's path has led her to become that and more. In addition to her contribution to this book, Angela is the Lead Technical Editor for the Dreamweaver MX Bible (Wiley Publishing, formerly Hungry Minds) and Contributing Author to ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit (Macromedia Press). Currently, she is also a Team Macromedia volunteer for Dreamweaver. Angela's future plans are to continue developing, to build and sell Dreamweaver extensions, to give presentations at conferences, and perhaps to become involved in new book projects. Long gone are the days of applying makeup; now Angela applies Behaviors and CSS to web sites - and most importantly - is home with her little boy.

Donna Casey is a designer, developer and instructor with over 8 years of experience working on web & CD-ROM based projects for corporations such as AirTouch Cellular, Macromedia, Palm Computing, Verizon Wireless, and Donna is a painter/sculptor with a Fine Arts degree and brings real-world design & production expertise to teaching web design and development. Her website ( was featured in the Fireworks 3 Bible. She has been a featured designer on Macromedia's website as well as a speaker at Macromedia's EUCON (Paris) and WebBoston and CNETBuilder (New Orleans). As an experienced instructor Donna has also authored the Intermediate Dreamweaver4 and Fireworks 4 Training CDs for, and contributed to the Fireworks F/X & Design book.

Josh Cavalier is the founder and director of Interactive Fun!, a digital media solutions and training firm. He has been in the print/multimedia/web design industry for over ten years, and has worked in various digital media fields including medical visualization, digital photography and printing. Prior to starting Interactive Fun!, Josh was Art Director for Handshaw, a computer based training company. There he specialized in interface design, digital video, print and audio production. Josh has a BFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has appeared in People magazine describing his method of historical digital photography. This method was used with a project for the Charlotte Museum of History to reconstruct the likeness of one of the city's founders, Hezekiah Alexander.

Matthew David's most recent publications include Flash MX Magic (New Riders), Inside Flash MX, Flash 5 Magic, Inside Dreamweaver 4, Flash 5: Visual FX, Web Publishing Bible and The Dreamweaver Bible. Currently, Matthew is working on a Flash MX Games book and writes articles for Element K Journal's Macromedia Solutions magazine, Inside Project Management and Multimedia: Solutions and Design magazines. You can also see him popping up in many online magazines, such as,, and He is available as a freelance consultant. Examples of his work can be found at his web site, or you can email him directly at

Joyce J. Evans has over 10 years of experience in educational teaching, tutorial development, and web design. She has received Editors Choice Awards for her Fireworks 4 f/x & Design book, and has authored numerous graphic design titles including Dreamweaver MX Complete Course. She has also contributed to several books such as: Fireworks Magic , Dreamweaver 4: The Complete Reference and the Dreamweaver MX/Fireworks MX Savvy book. Joyce actively writes reviews and articles for several graphic design magazines.

Massimo Foti began using Dreamweaver on the very day the first beta was available, and he has used Dreamweaver ever since. Massimo has been a prolific extension developer since the pioneering days ofDreamweaver 1. He is the creator of, and is a winner of the Macromedia Best Extension Developer award. His extensions are featured on the Macromedia Exchange for Dreamweaver and have been included in many books and magazines. Massimo works at developing database driven websites using ColdFusion, PHP and different kind of database.

Brad Halstead started out in the computer industry as a sales rep for a local company and moved up quickly to senior technician, where he performed service contracts for companies such as IBM, PC Service Partners, Xerox and Olivetti for several years. In 1994, he became interested in web design and hasn't looked back since. Brad is very lucky and thankful for the support of his partner Brenda and children (Amanda, Aaron and Megan) through his endeavors in this field.

Alwyn Joy currently heads the Animation and Web Technology Division of Whiz Networks Pvt. Ltd. a start up, working on High End Animation and web applications. He strongly advocates the need for R&D using integration over multiple platforms and spends most of his time experimenting with new technology and understanding and expanding the possibilities. He currently is involved in creating content and providing solutions to India's biggest eLearning Houses for various applications including Dreamweaver, Flash, 3D Max to name a few. When he isn't busy with all this, he enjoys making new friends on the net, coding games and cooking. You can reach him at

David C. Nicholls is a web developer, physicist, writer, photographer, and a recognized authority on graphics compression software, antique golf clubs and regional fern species. He is co-author of the book "Playing with Fire - Tapping the Power of Macromedia Firework 4" with Linda Rathgeber. He has contributed articles to numerous publications, including PC magazines, HiFi magazines and Amateur Radio journals, computer instruction manuals, book reviews in newspaper literary columns, scientific journals and government reports. David lives in Canberra, Australia with his wife, Trish, and assorted computers named Grunter, Darius, Perseus, and Wally. He can be reached at and

Sean R. Nicholson is the Network Administrator and Web Developer for the Career Services Center at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He and his development teams architect, develop, and manage foundation and backend execution for programs such as the CareerExec Employment Database (, UMKC Career Services website (, and UMKC's Virtual Career Fair ( Sean also does private contract work and consulting on database and web development with organizations and individuals.

Zac Van Note earned a BFA degree in graphic design at New Mexico State University. In the years since college, he's worked as a graphic designer for two large jewelry wholesalers, creating catalogs, websites and hundreds of other marketing materials. Since 1998, Zac has taught dozens of classes at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College, including Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Digital Prepress and of course, Dreamweaver. He was recently recognized with an 'Outstanding Instructor' award at UNM.

Linda Rathgeber is a writer, web developer, and Macromedia Team member who coaches newcomers in the use of Macromedia's Dreamweaver ands Fireworks programs. She's a former associate editor, and senior layout and graphic artist for the Holistic Resource Magazine, and a contributing writer to such diverse publications as Woman's World and Dream Quarterly International. Since turning freelance, her graphic work has been featured by independent film company King Pictures, in book ads for author Bill Stott, in the Fireworks 4 and Fireworks MX sample files, and on the companion CD-ROM's of Joseph Lowery's Fireworks 3 & 4 Bibles. Recent writing credits include chapters of the Dreamweaver 4 Magic book New Riders Publishing; ISBN: 0735710465, and with her favorite co-author David Nicholls, Playing with Fire: Tapping the Power of Macromedia Fireworks 4. Hungry Minds, Inc; ISBN: 0764535498. Linda lives in Sumter, SC with a monitor pet named Missy and a reliable but aging DELL PC. She can be reached at .

Daniel Short never planned to be a web designer, it just happened. He started out in the Army tearing apart computers and eventually began putting together websites. Dan is a devoted Macromedian (and Team Macromedia Volunteer) and uses almost the entire Macromedia Web Design Suite, including Fireworks and Macromedia Flash. He's been doing the Web gig since the end of 1998, and has had great luck building his web design business through Web Shorts Site Design. Dan helps to maintain several HTML and Dreamweaver reference sites including, for which he created the style changer and all ASP functionality, including the Snippets Exchange. He's also written articles for several resource sites, including; run by Jeffrey Zeldman, and Spider; run by J.K. Bowman and is a contributing author for the dynamic chapters in the Dreamweaver MX Bible from Hungry Minds.

Jason Cranford Teague is an author, instructor, and designer who specializes in user interface design and multi-media. He has written on a variety of computer related topics for the Apple Developers Center, Adobe, C|Net, Tripod, and The Independent as well as several best best-selling computer design books including DHTML for the World Wide Web and Final Cut Pro 3and The Art of Filmmaking. Jason has taught classes and seminars in web related topics around the US, Canada, and the UK. In 1999, Jason started his own digital consulting service, webbedENVIRONMENTS, which specializes in interface design and video for the web. Check out the web site at:

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This book is not for the basic beginer, but it contains heeps of useful - no essential Dreamweaver tips, the lessons are well explained and very easy to follow, everyone will learn something. Having used numerous computer training books, this is one of the best.
For designers and tech heads alike you will not be disapointed.
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This really is a very good book, made more interesting by the varying approaches of the different authors. The first lesson is especially enlightening for newcomers to the Macromedia way of doing things, as it leads you very clearly and concisely through the mysteries of how Dreamweaver and Fireworks collaborate and how using them together as intended can save you hours of frustration and brainache.
There are two things I found very disappointing, however. Firstly, there are two projects for learning about Dreamweaver Templates. They both provide excellent tuition in using templates to build static pages with common layout, navigation etc throughout a site. But, like every other book and online tutorial I've rooted out, this book shys away from the issues surrounding DW templates and server-side scripting (ASP, PHP etc) to build truly dynamic sites. There are known issues with DW templates 'throwing away' server-side scripts, but there are also ways to avoid the worst of the problems. Just try finding them published anywhere!!
The second disappointment is, sadly, common to most IT/technical books: the disastrous lack of proof-reading. Chapter 10 in Dreamweaver MX Magic, for example, one of the biggest and most ambitious projects in the book, consistently refers to paths and folders where you should find the working files for your project, but they don't exist on the CD. The files are there, but not in the specified path/folder. Most people buying tutorial books do so because they really need to learn something, many of them being under pressure to learn fast and be productive in a short time, and that is made so much more difficult and stressful if publishers are careless about proof-reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very handy material EXCEPT Project Four by Brad Halstead 3 Jun. 2003
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This is my first time in here but over 15 years of doing emerging technology training. Here is my beef:
1) It is an excellent hands-on book, including its own CD, that you can practice and practice to get the feel of how you want your webpage content to be arranged in a professional manner;
2) There are 13 projects to work with and their authors have thoughtfully arranged it carefully for you with the aid of required files from the book's CD and ONLY you to pick it up and go!; and
3) Unfortunately, Chapter Project 3, prepared by a Brad Halstead, is arranged quite shoddy and not quite complete, if not very confusing. You get the feeling that he did this in a hurry. It even requested you to contact a website to get an updated snippets that was needed for this project, instead of within the enclosed CD. The website then suggested go elsewhere and yet updated snippits were not clearly identified anywhere. What is even worse, this idiot even left a support email address and we still have no response from him. A note to the publisher - this was a wasted 29 pages of this remarkable book. We had to hit another fairly decent book, "How to do everything with Dreamweaver MX", to make up for Brad's sloppiness.
However, I would love to see more of this "MAGIC" for other popular web development software. Keep up the nice work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have fun with this book 28 Aug. 2002
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Dreamweaver MX Magic is a delight. It really is almost like a box of chocolates and you get to pick out whatever piece you want to try. There are thirteen unique projects that cover a wide and useful range of real-world website needs. Each chapter is stand-alone so you can target whatever you need to learn. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what you will accomplish. The accompanying CD provides all required files including copies of the finished projects.
Step-by-step you are walked through the project until it is complete. The steps are very precise and do allow you to complete the project without holes. (Initially copied to the PC, the files are locked but Dreamweaver automatically prompts you to make them writable.) However, as the book states, this is not a beginner's book and it does expect familiarity with Dreamweaver, HTML, and the specific topic at hand. Several times I had to reread a step in order to understand what was intended. Yet, it's all there. No hidden steps.
There are two features that make the book very resourceful. One is the timely screen shots so you can get a visual as to what menu/tab/property to change. Sometimes the screen shots can be tiny at times, but then the necessary parameters are circled. Another nice feature is the extra "notes" that explain nuances such as browser differences or how to maneuver the page in Dreamweaver. Nothing is overlooked.
This is simply an excellent companion book on how to accomplish specific website functions by using Dreamweaver MX. If you're comfortable in Dreamweaver and need guidance on using it to create solid and functional websites, you won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smart AND pretty 28 Aug. 2002
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One of the great joys of life is finding a book that is not only enjoyable, but also well designed and beautiful to look at. Dreamweaver MX Magic is not just clear and concise in relating its information, but also a thing to behold in its design and layout!
Dreamweaver MX Magic assumes you have a working knowledge of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. From this point it sets up projects based on the lesson of each chapter. The files necessary to each project are found on the included disk. The book takes you step by step through each project, using screen grabs to illustrate the necessary actions to be taken.
I highly recommend Dreamweaver MX Magic. My productivity has quickly increased to the point that not only will I ask my boss for a raise, but I should have more time to work on my novel at the office!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book, But... 29 Aug. 2002
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After reading and devouring Dreamweaver 4 Magic, I couldn't wait until Dreamweaver MX Magic was published. Now, I am sort of disappointed with the projects presented in this book. It is more of a book of Dreamweaver MX tips and advice on how to make the most of MX. Still, it is a good book- one that will certainly compliment anyone's knowledge of Dreamweaver MX. The NewRiders site will state that presenting the tips, tricks and advice was their goal. It was certainly achieved. A good read and worth the ticket price, but don't forget to take a more serious look at Dreamweaver 4 Magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver MX projects can help you achieve "magic". 8 Oct. 2002
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Great collection of practical step-by-step projects that will improve the reader's websites. While intended for the web designer with some experience, many of the projects are fairly basic and most are clearly written and easy to follow. Expecially useful to me were the chapters on building a basic template, using CCS and building an on-line portfolio (I'm also a photographer). I also plan to use the chapters on adding a "crumb trail" and search function to my websites.
If you can use only 1 or 2 of these projects, the cost of the book is covered - and then some.
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