Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 Fireworks 4 Studio: Training from the Source (With CD-ROM)

Author: Patti Schulze
List Price: $44.99
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ISBN: 0201711621
Publisher: Macromedia Press (25 June, 2001)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 80,325
Average Customer Rating: 3.18 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
Primarily a Fireworks tutorial not a Dreamweaver tutorial
Like others have written, this book is primarily about Fireworks, so the title is misleading. That being said, its a pretty good book. It covers bitmap and vector tools, buttons, image maps and slices, optimization and exporting, and more. The book taught me a few tricks too. The CD ROM included synchronized with the book yet the files didn't do the work for you, so I still learned something, which is what I want. Overall I was satisfied with the book until the end, then all hell hit loose. The book gives you 2 projects to do with very little instructions because you're supposed to be able to complete the exercises based on what you've already done. It didn't turn out to be that easy for me. The HTML output page of the first project was nothing but blobs, and I couldn't figure out why. I had to contact a Macromedia tech support person who figured out my errors, which I still don't fully understand. The errors I committed weren't discussed in the book! But like I said, overall I was satisfied with the book. But I would not say that this book is all you need to learn Fireworks. It was light on behaviors and effects, and really most everything. It would've been nice if it gave me more in-depth treatment of the tricks so they "stuck" with me. The actual text is about 351 pages, but it could easily have been 500 pages to add some more substance to what was taught, just so I got some more theory instead of just "do this then that." And a few more tricks would've been nice. Like I said, you'll be needing more books after this one, at least I'm going to continue doing so, but this is a good start.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Only covers Fireworks
The title says Dreamweaver and Fireworks, but it really only covers Fireworks. The Fireworks examples seem fine, but if you're still getting the hang of Dreamweaver, this book isn't as useful.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Really lacking Dreamweaver instruction.
This book only seems to cover a couple of basic steps in the use of Dreamweaver, yet is filled with a plethora of knowledge for fireworks. I really expected a lot more from the manufacturer of the software, yet I was left hanging with a lot of questions as to how I can do certain things in DW.
The lessons that ARE taught in this book are very helpful, but it's the material that is not covered that most people are actually looking for. The book is not that bad, but for the price, all readers wanting to learn Dreamweaver will be very disappointed.

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