2010-10-04T22:00:31ZIt’s been a long time since my last blog post, so I figured it’s time to start dusting off things again after my most recent hiatus. A lot’s happened. – We launched Dreamweaver CS5, a rather huge release (Check it … Continue reading
It’s been a long time since my last blog post, so I figured it’s time to start dusting off things again after my most recent hiatus. A lot’s happened.
– We launched Dreamweaver CS5, a rather huge release (Check it out here.). If you do any dynamic styling/theming of PHP-based CMS systems, it’ll be a godsend, and if you just do general HTML/CSS/JS work you’ll find DW is a lot more flexible these days :)
– BrowserLab has gone through some serious iterations, with a new auto-align tool, Firefox/Firebug plugin, and a lot more (BrowserLab Home).
– MAX 2010 is coming up this month (Adobe MAX 2010), and between all the HTML5/CSS3 fun you’ve been getting in on lately plus all the sweet new Flash/Flex/Video/Creative Suite products there’s a lot of good sessions and topics to cover.
Hope to see you at MAX (I’ll be hosting a session on Cutting Edge Web Design using Dreamweaver CS5 – focusing on multiscreen/mobile design and layout, CMS theming and HTML5/CSS3, so check it out)!
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2009-05-15T10:37:21ZJust a quick heads-up that this blog (and many others on the soon-to-be-former weblogs.macromedia.com server) will be migrating to a new Adobe server and updated version of Movable Type starting this evening thru the weekend. I’m going to see how … Continue reading
Just a quick heads-up that this blog (and many others on the soon-to-be-former weblogs.macromedia.com server) will be migrating to a new Adobe server and updated version of Movable Type starting this evening thru the weekend. I’m going to see how things work with the upgraded server next week, and either stick with it, or migrate entirely off to my own WordPress site and merge this webblog in with my personal weblog on a new domain. I’m leaning towards the latter, but giving the new upgrade a chance first, for what it’s worth. Not being able to hack the server/app framework is proving a bit restrictive, quite frankly.
More to come… and again, apologies for the slightly-extended interruption in my regular broadcasts. ;-)
2009-01-05T10:57:19ZWow- where did 2008 go? Between CS4 development and release, the MAX conference (a virtual blur) and the general holiday-season craziness of recent weeks I seem to have blinked and lost a few months in the process. But while I’ve … Continue reading
Wow- where did 2008 go? Between CS4 development and release, the MAX conference (a virtual blur) and the general holiday-season craziness of recent weeks I seem to have blinked and lost a few months in the process. But while I’ve been preoccupied, Dreamweaver CS4 continues to get great reviews and feedback, definitely one of our biggest DW releases in years as Ross Greenburg at Computer World reports:
“As for me, I immediately updated to CS4 as soon as I could. The enhancements over earlier releases, including CS3, are too compelling to be ignored — so I didn’t. The upgrade price makes this an absolute no-brainer. There’s a reason to consider this the latest and greatest version of CS4: Because it is.”
Aw- thanks, Ross!
Another recent set of articles that cover Dreamweaver CS4 at SitePoint are definitely worth reading if you’re still on the fence in picking up CS4- very well-balanced and even feedback on the release:
Good points in the last one – specifically the emerging best practice of putting blocks before the closing
tag in order to prevent race conditions, i.e. when you may invoke JS on a element of your markup that hasn’t yet loaded.
Anyway- hope you had a great holiday season, and an even better 2009. I’ll try to be less infrequent in my postings over the next few months – honest – as I’ve got a lot of good DW tips/thoughts/etc to share in the New Year.
2008-09-25T10:35:07ZIf you’ve been flying blind with the Dreamweaver CS4 public beta and no documentation, I’ve got some good news- we just posted the Dreamweaver CS4 help files in their mostly-complete state in advance of the official CS4 ship date. You … Continue reading
If you’ve been flying blind with the Dreamweaver CS4 public beta and no documentation, I’ve got some good news- we just posted the Dreamweaver CS4 help files in their mostly-complete state in advance of the official CS4 ship date. You can access them here right away:
Even cooler, our Learning Resources team has launched a new ‘Community Help’ site that not only indexes the official product documentation, but other community resources that address Dreamweaver- a fantastic way to search for docs across a variety of resources. And Community Help is not just limited to Dreamweaver, but covers all the other Adobe products, too- solutions may involve multiple tools, so this will be very helpful in searching a bit ‘outside the box’.
2008-08-29T13:25:53ZOne of the MAX 2008 sessions I’m most excited about is Danilo Celic’s session “Extending the Spry Framework“. Danilo’s both an engineer for WebAssist as well as a hardcore individual developer, having been writing Dreamweaver extensions since the API was … Continue reading
One of the MAX 2008 sessions I’m most excited about is Danilo Celic’s session “Extending the Spry Framework“. Danilo’s both an engineer for WebAssist as well as a hardcore individual developer, having been writing Dreamweaver extensions since the API was published years ago. If you’ve been working with Spry but not venturing much ‘outside the box’, this is exactly the session for you- Danilo will cover custom widgets, transitions and effects by extending the base Spry component set, and how to really take the visual effects to the next level.
2008-08-27T15:59:49ZFull disclosure- “Designing in a Developer’s World” is my session this year at MAX. It was born out of many, many discussions I’ve had over the last 2 years in which it’s become increasingly clear that the line between designer … Continue reading
Full disclosure- “Designing in a Developer’s World” is my session this year at MAX. It was born out of many, many discussions I’ve had over the last 2 years in which it’s become increasingly clear that the line between designer and developer is blurring when it comes to modern web-based projects.
As opposed to a decade ago where static web pages and request/response interaction with server-side components were your only choice, these days your average web designer creates designs that are dynamic and stateful – user interface elements open, closed, expanded, and resized, forms that validate themselves without taking a trip to the server first, etc – it’s certainly not 1997 anymore. As the technical demands on web designers increase, the complexity of our projects have increased exponentially. This session will really get to the heart of the quandary- efficiently creating stateful, web-based designs while maintaining a modicum of creativity throughout an increasingly technical process. For examples and context, I’m planning to explore several types of ‘stateful design’ workflows that today’s web designers are regularly a part of- from interactive form-based applications, to rich interface implementation, to content syndication and reuse.
There will be slides and example code available after the session, of course- I’ll be sure to post them on my blog in case you miss it. However, if this sounds up your alley, please add my “Designing in a Developer’s World” session to your MAX schedule, and make sure to come armed with your best questions- my favorite part about these presentations is, quite frankly, the open Q&A that always ensues afterwards.
Look forward to seeing you in November!
2008-08-27T08:32:10ZSetting up a new Dreamweaver site project can be quite a chore. Sure, you have the FTP/SSH info for your host on hand, a URL you can hit in a browser, and a shrinking deadline (who doesn’t these days?), but … Continue reading →Setting up a new Dreamweaver site project can be quite a chore. Sure, you have the FTP/SSH info for your host on hand, a URL you can hit in a browser, and a shrinking deadline (who doesn’t these days?), but building robust sitewide designs and the directory structure that houses them can require a huge amount of preplanning and headwork to do well. Just getting that ‘clickable site framework’ up and live can be a major undertaking, especially with clients breathing down your neck. Joe Lowery from WebAssist just gave me a demo of their newest solution to this problem- SiteAssist Professional (a ground-up rewrite of their popular SiteAssist Dreamweaver extension) – that can have you up and running with a robust, CSS-based framework for your site in roughly 8 mouse clicks (and probably a few keystrokes too, but who’s counting) that will look great on any modern web browser. To get started with a new site project, the SiteAssist Pro wizard will step you through: Configuring your general site settings Selecting a layout option Configuring pages and navigation (essentially setting up the heirarchy and architecture of your site) Configuring the site footer Output options … after which you should be up and live with a clickable, functional Dreamweaver site you can then flesh out and customize to the nth degree. If that ‘blank canvas’ problem faces you regularly with new client projects, SiteAssist looks to be a great way to kick out the logistical jams and get rolling fast. Reusability is a key with SiteAssist- aside from the many great visual/functional/site-level presets available, you can easily save new custom site types (with their own specific collection of page types) as well as quickly apply new designs. Page types are great ways to save and encapsulate common page-specific functionality – like a detail page, a contact form, a video player page, etc – and then reuse them across all your projects in a design-neutral fashion. Clientside and server-side functionality can be partitioned off and saved this way- a real productivity boost if you’re managing a lot of projects in Dreamweaver. Layout and design is equally flexible- aside from shipping with 16 beautifully-designed native templates you can use to kickstart the process, SiteAssist Pro now works with your existing Dreamweaver templates- making it that much easier to integrate SiteAssist Pro into your existing site designs and workflows. SiteAssist Pro also supports exported layouts from their popular CSS Sculptor product (developed with CSS guru Eric Meyer) and custom page types that allow you to quickly define standard functionality and common design themes for your site. Interoperability appears to be a key feature of the release, it also works seamlessly with the WebAssist’s CSS MenuWriter menu generation extension. SiteAssist Pro is a commercial extension- $199.99 but available thru September 9th for a reduced $149.99 – and you can get more information on it at the WebAssist site: http://www.webassist.com/professional/products/productdetails.asp?PID=241&utm_content=home_page_fma Great stuff! [...]
2008-08-26T12:48:04ZAs we get closer to MAX, I’ll be highlighting some of the sessions I’ve noticed that are particularly interesting, unique or otherwise noteworthy- and the first is a rather unlikely combo of technologies that should present a really interesting look … Continue reading
As we get closer to MAX, I’ll be highlighting some of the sessions I’ve noticed that are particularly interesting, unique or otherwise noteworthy- and the first is a rather unlikely combo of technologies that should present a really interesting look into spreading Ajax interfaces onto conventional – or perhaps even unconventional foundations.
In my first featured session, “Using the FileMaker Pro API for PHP with Adobe’s Spry framework“, FileMaker Pro expert Joe Scarpetta will take a critical look at how to meld the FileMaker PHP API with Spry on the front end to quickly build out rich functionality to an existing database application. This session reportedly rocked the house at the recent FileMaker Pro conference, and should be interesting to a much wider MAX audience as both a great how-to session on Spry as well as a peek into larger workflows melding database platforms, PHP and rich user interface components to build out rich, dynamic web user interfaces.
If you’re a designer faced with ‘skinning’ database apps for web or intranet delivery or even a PHP developer looking to extend your skills upward to more UI work, this is a session you won’t want to miss- make sure to add it to your MAX schedule ASAP. And keep posted- I’ll be highlighting several more sessions I’ve particularly been eyeing over the next few weeks on a variety of topics, although probably centered around workflow and such, as that’s a particular area of interest for me.