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Macromedia Studio 8 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9690-2
888 pages
January 2006
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Your one-stop guide to six great Macromedia tools for building Web sites

It's like a Web-site-in-a-book! First, there's some Web site insight to help you decide what you want your site to do. Then it's into the nitty-gritty of making it happen - building with Dreamweaver, adding animation with Flash, enabling collaboration with Contribute, using ColdFusion to access databases, and a whole lot more.

Discover how to

  • Plan content for your site
  • Use CSS styles
  • Incorporate forms into your pages
  • Beef up Flash movies with ActionScript
  • Use queries in ColdFusion
  • Integrate all the Macromedia products
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Table of Contents


Book I: An Introduction to Building Web Sites.

Chapter 1: Why Build a Web Site?

Chapter 2: Developing Web Content.

Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Tools for the Job.

Chapter 4: Best Practices for Web Development.

Book II: Dreamweaver 8.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Dreamweaver 8.

Chapter 2: Creating Basic Web Pages.

Chapter 3: Creating and Using Dreamweaver Sites.

Chapter 4: Punching Up Your Pages with Forms and Frames.

Chapter 5: Laying Out Pages with Layers.

Chapter 6: Using ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition in Dreamweaver 8.

Chapter 7: Advanced Web Page Design Techniques.

Chapter 8: Integrating Dreamweaver 8 with Other Macromedia Products.

Book III: Fireworks 8.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Fireworks 8.

Chapter 2: Fireworks 8 Basics.

Chapter 3: Working with Text, Shapes, and Images.

Chapter 4: Transforming Text, Shapes, and Images.

Chapter 5: The Power of Layers and Frames.

Chapter 6: Slicing Up Content for the Web.

Chapter 7: Advanced Fireworks 8 Tools.

Chapter 8: Integrating Fireworks 8 with Other Macromedia Products.

Book IV: Flash 8.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Macromedia Flash 8.

Chapter 2: Using the Graphics Tools.

Chapter 3: Working with Symbols.

Chapter 4: Making Your Life Easier with Layers.

Chapter 5: Creating Animation.

Chapter 6: Adding Sound and Video.

Chapter 7: Publishing Movies.

Chapter 8: Getting Interactive with ActionScript.

Chapter 9: Creating Interfaces with Components and Forms.

Chapter 10: Integrating Macromedia Flash 8 with Other Macromedia Products.

Book V: Contribute 3.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Contribute 3.

Chapter 2: Basics for Contributors.

Chapter 3: Contribute 3 Administration.

Chapter 4: Integrating Contribute 3 with Other Macromedia Products.

Book VI: FreeHand MX.

Chapter 1: Introduction to FreeHand MX.

Chapter 2: Understanding FreeHand MX Basics.

Chapter 3: Using the FreeHand MX Text Tools.

Chapter 4: Creating Illustrations with FreeHand MX.

Chapter 5: Transforming Text, Shapes, and Images with FreeHand MX.

Chapter 6: Exploring the Color Management Tools.

Chapter 7: Integrating FreeHand MX with Other Macromedia Products.

Book VII: ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition.

Chapter 1: Introduction to ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition.

Chapter 2: Working with the ColdFusion Administrator.

Chapter 3: ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition Basics.

Chapter 4: Understanding CFML Basics.

Chapter 5: Variables, Functions, and Structured Data.

Chapter 6: Using Databases with ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition.

Chapter 7: Advanced Features in ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition.

Chapter 8: Integrating ColdFusion MX 7 Developer Edition with Other Macromedia Products.


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Author Information

Damon Dean has been working in Internet technologies and development for nearly a decade as an editor, producer, and developer. As a development editor for Sybex, Damon was responsible for developing both the multimedia and computer-game book lines. After developing those properties into profitable units, he moved on to Postlinear Entertainment, where he produced and designed online multiplayer computer games for publishers such as Sega and MGM. Three years later, Damon took his software development skills and moved into Web development. As a founding member of 415 Productions, Damon worked with several large companies, including Credit Suisse, Robert Mondavi, HP, and BART. His application design and development resumé includes architecting and building content management systems, extranets, corporate intranets, and enterprise CRMs. After four years at 415, Damon moved on in the summer of 2001 to be the Internet Services Director at a private foundation in Oakland, California.
Damon has written several books, dating back to 1996. His first book, A Pocket Tour of Multimedia on the Internet (Sybex), was eventually translated into five languages. In 1997, Damon began a relationship with Wiley Publishing and has written several books for them, including Web Channel Development For Dummies, FrontPage 2000 For Dummies Quick Reference, ACT! 2000 For Windows For Dummies Quick Reference (co-author), and more recently, Cascading Style Sheets For Dummies.

Andy Cowitt is a freelance Web developer who spent five years learning the trade at the award-winning firm 415, Inc. While at 415, Andy worked on multimedia presentations and Web sites for Apple, Oracle, Macromedia, the San Francisco Symphony, KQED, and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. He’s been using Macromedia’s products since each of them arrived on the scene. In his spare time, Andy plays guitar and ukulele and makes videos. He lives in Oakland with illustrator Michael Wertz and their dog, Olive.

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