6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 4, 2008 12:50 PM by Slothrop206

    Resource for new users

    akammerman
      I've spent many hours online trying to figure out the best way to design a website using the Adobe CS3 products. I've watched a number of video tutorials, and read a bunch of articles. (I've only used DW and Flash for a total of 3-4 hours last semester for a project.) I mistakenly thought that if I dabbled enough in the programs, and jumped to tutorials as necessary, I would pick it up. But that is not working--I need a more step-by-step tutorial.

      Can anyone recommend a site, a book, or any means by which I can quickly learn how to use these products? I consider myself a quick learner, but I've only found sources that give me "troubleshooting" type tutorials. I need a tutorial that beings something like "So you'd like to create a webpage using Fireworks, Flash, and Dreamweaver: Here's how to begin. . ."
      Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks.
        • 1. Re: Resource for new users
          Level 7
          akammerman wrote:

          > Can anyone recommend a site, a book, or any means by which I can quickly learn
          > how to use these products? I consider myself a quick learner, but I've only
          > found sources that give me "troubleshooting" type tutorials. I need a tutorial
          > that beings something like "So you'd like to create a webpage using Fireworks,
          > Flash, and Dreamweaver: Here's how to begin. . ."
          > Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks.

          Are you familiar with the Project VII Learning-Packs and E-Books? Note
          that I am associated with PVII, but can recommend them as excellent
          learning tools with full confidence in their quality and value.

          http://www.projectseven.com/products/index.htm

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          • 2. Re: Resource for new users
            Level 7
            To add to Linda's suggestion, with which I agree.

            Yo may like to try this one...

            http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/layout_editing.html

            It's a bit dated now and you probably wouldn't want to build a new page like
            this, but if you have time it's worth (IMO) running through it to get an
            good idea of how FWs and DW can work together. And It's free :-)

            Peter
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            • 3. Re: Resource for new users
              Level 7
              akammerman wrote:
              > I've spent many hours online trying to figure out the best way to design a
              > website using the Adobe CS3 products. I've watched a number of video
              > tutorials, and read a bunch of articles. (I've only used DW and Flash for a
              > total of 3-4 hours last semester for a project.) I mistakenly thought that if
              > I dabbled enough in the programs, and jumped to tutorials as necessary, I would
              > pick it up. But that is not working--I need a more step-by-step tutorial.
              >
              > Can anyone recommend a site, a book, or any means by which I can quickly learn
              > how to use these products? I consider myself a quick learner, but I've only
              > found sources that give me "troubleshooting" type tutorials. I need a tutorial
              > that beings something like "So you'd like to create a webpage using Fireworks,
              > Flash, and Dreamweaver: Here's how to begin. . ."
              > Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks.
              >

              I personally would suggest learning about HTML and CSS, then move on to
              how to use the programs. Its essential to know the background stuff, as
              these programs are tools to help you do your job more productively.

              Steve
              • 4. Re: Resource for new users
                dzclaire
                I know XHTML, CSS, PHP, and ColdFusion. What I want to learn is how to
                use Fireworks CS3.

                While we're waiting for Jim's book to be published, are there any
                community colleges offering online classes for Fireworks CS3? I've
                done some searching online, but haven't come up with any classes that
                focus only on Fireworks CS3.
                • 5. Re: Resource for new users
                  Level 7
                  dzclaire wrote:
                  > I know XHTML, CSS, PHP, and ColdFusion. What I want to learn is how to
                  > use Fireworks CS3.
                  >
                  > While we're waiting for Jim's book to be published, are there any
                  > community colleges offering online classes for Fireworks CS3? I've
                  > done some searching online, but haven't come up with any classes that
                  > focus only on Fireworks CS3.
                  >
                  Not sure about online courses, but until January 1, Community MX has its
                  yearly Open House. Every one of over 2400 articles and tutorials will be
                  free to read. And I've got several up there about FW CS3, as does Tom Green.

                  Check out the home page for details, but hurry. :-)

                  Here's a link to a search for FW CS3 articles:

                  http://tinyurl.com/277mcb



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                  • 6. Re: Resource for new users
                    Slothrop206
                    I whole-heartedly endorse lynda.com.

                    I've used the tutorials for Flash, DW, FW, FrontPage, and InDesign and been very, very satisfied with the results.

                    It's a premium service, but worth it in my opinion for ease-of-use and "one stop shopping".