10 Replies Latest reply on Jan 18, 2008 1:58 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Learning Dreamweaver

    DanielPatrick79 Level 1
      After many years in the print industry, I figure I'd like to branch out into web design and work on my site via Dreameaver CS3... unfortunately, it seems pretty overwhelming to me..I've purchased a few books, read them and understand basic concepts..I have a beginners grasp on HTML.

      I learn a lot better visually and was wondering if anyone here knows of good classroom/tutorials in the Southern California area.. Or any other learning aids that might benefit me (CD-ROM, one-on-one tutors).

      I'll keep plugging away at the books but any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance!
        • 1. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
          Ben M Adobe Community Professional
          Look to your local community college. Most places that teach web development use Dreamweaver so it might be worth a look.
          • 2. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
            DanielPatrick79 Level 1
            Thanks for the reply! Thats a good idea, I'll def. look into that.
            • 3. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
              Level 7
              I have not used the resources on this site (yet) - maybe when I actually get
              a copy of CS3 :o)

              But I have seen many people on this forum mention it as a great place to
              learn

              http://lynda.com/

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              "DanielPatrick79" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > After many years in the print industry, I figure I'd like to branch out
              > into
              > web design and work on my site via Dreameaver CS3... unfortunately, it
              > seems
              > pretty overwhelming to me..I've purchased a few books, read them and
              > understand
              > basic concepts..I have a beginners grasp on HTML.
              >
              > I learn a lot better visually and was wondering if anyone here knows of
              > good
              > classroom/tutorials in the Southern California area.. Or any other
              > learning
              > aids that might benefit me (CD-ROM, one-on-one tutors).
              >
              > I'll keep plugging away at the books but any suggestions are appreciated.
              > Thanks in advance!
              >


              • 4. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                Level 7
                another option would be to take a look at some of the learning packs over at
                ProjectSeven.

                They have several that provide a lot of information

                www.projectseven.com

                --
                B
                www.visit-the-coqui.com/
                If you are thinking of a vacation to Puerto Rico

                http://gadgetgrapevine.blogspot.com
                Latest gadget and other news here


                "DanielPatrick79" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                > After many years in the print industry, I figure I'd like to branch out
                > into
                > web design and work on my site via Dreameaver CS3... unfortunately, it
                > seems
                > pretty overwhelming to me..I've purchased a few books, read them and
                > understand
                > basic concepts..I have a beginners grasp on HTML.
                >
                > I learn a lot better visually and was wondering if anyone here knows of
                > good
                > classroom/tutorials in the Southern California area.. Or any other
                > learning
                > aids that might benefit me (CD-ROM, one-on-one tutors).
                >
                > I'll keep plugging away at the books but any suggestions are appreciated.
                > Thanks in advance!
                >


                • 5. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                  bregent Most Valuable Participant
                  I suggest avoiding taking Dreamweaver specific classes, particularly those from community colleges. At this point, you really need to learn more html, css and web design concepts. These are valid regardless of the tool you use to create your site. The problem with most of the DW classes is that they focus on tools in Dreamweaver but lack the foundation of web development skills needed. Many of these community college classes use techniques like Layout View, using AP Divs to layout pages, or use graphic apps to generate html - all poor methods.
                  Find a class that teaches the foundations of web development and once you have that, you'll find DW much more intuitive and probably won't need any DW specific classes.
                  • 6. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                    DanielPatrick79 Level 1
                    Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate it.
                    • 7. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                      Level 7
                      Focus on the technology not the tool. If you become comfortable with HTML
                      and CSS, you can pick up DW in a long weekend.

                      --
                      Murray --- ICQ 71997575
                      Adobe Community Expert
                      (If you *MUST* email me, don't LAUGH when you do so!)
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                      "DanielPatrick79" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                      > Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate it.

                      • 8. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                        Level 7
                        "Cheryl D Wise" <nomail@wiserways.com> wrote in message
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                        > Have you actually seen what is taught in some of those classes?
                        >
                        > I sat in one last spring and they were teaching tables, and fonts for
                        > styling.
                        >
                        > Go with http://lynda.com or http://totaltraining.com or just work your way
                        > though the tutorials on the Adobe site and other places like
                        > http://dmxzone.com with the aid of a good book that fits your learning
                        > style.

                        Actually, you need to be pretty selective at the above sites too or might
                        come away with some stuff that eventually needs to be "unlearned". To "learn
                        Dreamweaver" and to learn how to develop a web site are not always in the
                        same dimension. I would recommend a parallel track of learning (X)HTML, CSS,
                        and how Dreamweaver works.

                        Oh and we have a few decent tutorials, too :-)
                        http://www.projectseven.com/tutorials/index.htm

                        --
                        Al Sparber - PVII
                        http://www.projectseven.com
                        Extending Dreamweaver - Nav Systems | Galleries | Widgets
                        Authors: "42nd Street: Mastering the Art of CSS Design"


                        • 9. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                          Level 7
                          Sorry. Hit send too fast. My recommendation would be this book:
                          http://www.maxdesign.com.au/book/

                          For a beginner, I believe it's the best you can get.

                          In it you'll find further recommended readings of value.

                          --
                          Al Sparber - PVII
                          http://www.projectseven.com
                          Extending Dreamweaver - Nav Systems | Galleries | Widgets
                          Authors: "42nd Street: Mastering the Art of CSS Design"

                          • 10. Re: Learning Dreamweaver
                            Level 7
                            if it hasn't been mentioned yet- skip any tutorials or book chapters that
                            cover "Timelines" or Layout Mode. And converting tables to layers.
                            --
                            Alan
                            Adobe Community Expert, dreamweaver

                            http://www.adobe.com/communities/experts/