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Teach Yourself Visually Dreamweaver CS4 (CourseSmart) Paperback – 12 Dec 2008

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Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long–winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up, and you will find clear, step–by–step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 Dreamweaver CS4 tasks. Each task–based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on Dreamweaver CS4 in no time. You will learn to: Design and preview a Web page Format text and resize images Build fillable Web–based forms Create a rollover image Open linked pages in new windows Work with cascading style sheets Upload pages and test your site Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks Full–color screen shots demonstrate each task Succinct explanations walk you through step by step Two–page lessons break big topics into bite–sized modules

About the Author

Janine Warner is a best–selling author, speaker, and Internet consultant. Since 1995, she has written and coauthored more than a dozen books about the Internet, including Dreamweaver CS4 For Dummies and Web Sites Do–It–Yourself For Dummies . She is also the host of a series of training videos on Dreamweaver for Total Training. Her first video on Web design won her two industry awards, and excerpts of her videos are featured at both Microsoft.com and Adobe.com. Janine is an award–winning journalist, and her articles and columns have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Miami Herald, Shape Magazine , and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Point Reyes Light newspaper. She also writes a regular column about Dreamweaver for Layers Magazine . Janine is a popular speaker at conferences and events throughout the United States and abroad, and she has taught online journalism courses at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and the University of Miami. Warner has extensive Internet experience working on large and small Web sites. From 1994 to 1998, she ran Visiontec Communications, a Web design business in northern California, where she worked for a diverse group of clients including Levi Strauss & Co., AirTouch International, and many other small and medium–size businesses. In 1998, she joined The Miami Herald as its online managing editor. A year later, she was promoted to director of new media and managed a team of designers, programmers, journalists, marketing, and sales staff. She left that position to serve as director of Latin American operations for CNET Networks, an international technology media company. Warner earned a degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and spent the first several years of her career in northern California as a reporter and editor. Since 2001, Janine has run her own business as a writer, speaker, and consultant. She lives and works with her husband in Los Angeles. To learn more, visit www.jcwarner.com or www.digitalfamily.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Just What It Says... And It Does What it Says... 25 Mar. 2011
By David Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
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The book title specifies that it uses visual techniques to teach you Dreamweaver; it doesn't state that it teaches you about the Internet or the fundamentals of HTML. To fully appreciate the strength of the book, you should have first created a simple HTML page, preferably with a text editor so that you grasp the concepts of the HTML meta language. From that basic knowledge, you are better prepared to appreciate what this book offers. And the book offers a lot. No, it will not make you a webpage guru; that comes from lots of experience and studying more complex texts. And, you need to understand how you learn. If you learn by seeing a task performed, then this is the best alternative to having an instructor by your side, stepping you through the keystrokes.

The book is not a primer; the early parts of the book do explain the workings of HTML and the makings of a webpage, but the strength of the book is that the chapters are built around answers to questions you will be asking as you build a page. Need a form? The instructions are there. Want to build with frames? The instructions are there. The same goes for building tables, creating links, setting colors and many other topics. However, YOU are the one who must have decided on what you want to do. This book helps by showing how to do it. And isn't that what you want the book for? I have not read my copy cover to cover and see no point in that. Instead, I use the book when I'm wanting to do something and need some visual examples on the doing of it. For that, I find the book priceless.

Although I find the book useful, I also have a copy of the same book that was developed for Dreamweaver MX 2004 - and the two are fundamentally the same except that chapter 13 has been renamed and somewhat reworked. For the minor differences, if you already have the MX 2004 book you may not find the CS4 book necessary. Remember, the book isn't to teach you everything, but to help you take quick advantage of Dreamweaver's features.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 May 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Dreaming in Dreamweaver 3 Mar. 2012
By Robert Sanabria - Published on Amazon.com
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Like in so many self-help books and tutorials, this one also lacks an insight into what a beginner really needs: a step by step approach to successful mastery of the subject. For example, the chapter on setting up a web page skips from the blank page to manipulating an image and text without explaining how to get the image onto the blank page. Hence, I'm still looking for a way through the fog.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confused 10 Dec. 2009
By R. Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
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This would have been more helpful if it had presented the steps to creating a web site a little more linear. Too much detail about advanced topics thrown out too soon. This was bewildering to me, a complete beginner. I have given up on it for now in favor of a for the Dreamweaver For Dummies web creation book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand 5 April 2010
By SouthernBelle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is definitely easy to follow and understand. Doesn't confuse you with coding and a lot of unecessary info. Great for beginners.
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