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Some good lessons spoilt by annoying errors and omissions,
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This review is from: Adobe Dreamweaver CC Classroom in a Book (Paperback)
I had better explain that I am new to Dreamweaver so that people converting from DW CS6 to this new CC version should probably skip this review. Having used the obsolete Adobe GoLive CS2 until recently I am fairly knowledgeable as far as HTML5 and CSS3 are concerned, but completely new to Dreamweaver. In the past I have relied on and enjoyed a number of the Classroom in a Book (CIB) series and a month ago gave a 5 star review to Adobe Lightroom 5 CIB.
First, the bad points. It is disappointing to me that I can only give this CIB 2 stars; it would have been three or four but for some really irritating errors, too many quite inexcusable omissions from the lesson files (which you download from the Peachpit web site) and things like the wrong picture being used in the text - all of these should have been picked up by the authors and editors. Where timings are given for each lesson, beginners should probably double or triple these. By the time you have searched for a required file that is not where you are told to look, or looked in vain for an unfamiliar icon or panel somewhere on the screen (but you are not usually told where to look), you will have spent a lot of extra time and got annoyed in the process! If you are a novice like me, you may find a number of the explanations quite ambiguous. Despite following the instructions carefully it is sometimes possible to end up with a result that is not the same as in the book. I doubt if anyone converting from CS6 to CC would have this problem, as they should have the overall knowledge and confidence to fill in any gaps in the explanations in the CIB.
Peachpit has not done its job properly, as these sorts of errors should have been picked up during the editing/checking process. Charging a premium price for a book that has not been checked properly leads one to question the quality of other current publications from Peachpit Press. Here are some statistics: during the past 5 weeks I have sent 6 emails to Peachpit listing 54 errata in Lessons 3 to 11 inclusive. Peachpit has always replied promptly and politely, and I see that the Lesson09.zip file was updated yesterday (17 Oct 2013), so things should improve.
Now for the good points. The content is fairly extensive and where the lessons are error free they are both enjoyable and instructive. I did sometimes find that they did not go far enough and cover some of the more advanced points; for that, another book or Adobe's online material will be required. Remember that this is NOT a reference book so the Index at the back only covers what is in the lessons. In fact, as a quick reference, I have also purchased and benefitted from Dreamweaver CC For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) which is designed so that you can dip into it when you need details of something specific that you have forgotten.
In conclusion, were it not for rather too many errors, this would have been an excellent way of learning the basics of Dreamweaver CC. For those converting from DW CS6 to CC, it should be useful although it does not go out of its way to identify features that are new in DW CC. For newcomers to Dreamweaver who purchase this, allow extra time for the lessons and don't always assume that it is your fault when things go wrong. If/when the second edition is published it will hopefully be up to the usual standard of the CIB series.