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Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual
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Welcome to Dreamweaver CS3. This new version of the popular web design software offers a rich environment for building professional sites, with drag-and-drop simplicity, clean HTML code, and dynamic database-driven web site creation tools. Moreover, it's now integrated more tightly with Adobe's other products: Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and their siblings. But with such sophisticated features, the software isn't simple. So say hello to Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual, the fifth edition of this bestselling book by experienced web site trainer and author David McFarland. This book helps both first-time and experienced web designers bring stunning, interactive web sites to life. With jargon-free language and clear descriptions, this new edition addresses both beginners who need step-by-step guidance as well as long-time Dreamweaver users who need a handy reference to address the inner-workings of the program. Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual teaches designers how to construct and manage web sites by examining web-page components and Dreamweaver's capabilities through "live examples." With a complete A-Z guide to designing, organizing, building and deploying a web site for those with no web design experience, this book: Takes you through the basics to advanced techniques to control the appearance of your web pages with CSS Shows you how to design dynamic database-driven web sites, from blogs to product catalogs, and from shopping carts to newsletter signup forms Teaches you how to master your web site, and manage thousands of pages effortlessly Witty and objective, Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual is a must for anyone who uses this highly popular program, from beginners toprofessionals. Altogether, it's the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver CS3.

Customer Reviews:

  • Wow, this thing is LONG! Learning at a snail pace-
    The "Missing Manual" for Adobe CS3 is certainly chocked full of incredibly useful information, and I will still use it for reference as I continue to educate myself with Dreamweaver; however, I think there are far better resources out there for beginners. This book is over 1000 pages long! It took about 70 pages just to start actually designing a web page. There are free online tutorials that are much more efficient than following the very detailed step-by-step instructions in this book. Check out the free video tutorials on Lynda.com: [...] The first 10 short videos were about as educational as the first hundred pages in this book and took far less time. Good luck!...more info
  • Great Book: The Best
    This is one of the best books for web designing. McFarland really does a good job of explaining and he doesn't expect you to know anything much. This is a great book for beginners and for experts too because he separates the explanations into different sections such as "tips", "up to speed" which experts do not have to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Some people complain this book is too long, but this is because he makes sure you remember stuff and may say things multiple time throughout the book....more info
  • Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual
    Good reading and great reference. A huge book! Goes into detail about many aspects of CS3 and the Dreamweaver program. Helps solve those little problems that may crop up when designing a site or a page on a site. ...more info
  • Very helpful for any level of expertise
    Just as the subtitle reads, this is the "manual that should have been in the box". Well written and organized, the tutorials were especially helpful for me....more info
  • A Great Book for All Levels
    Before getting this book I knew absolutely nothing about Adobe Dreamweaver. Granted, I use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a lot...so I was familiar with the Adobe family. Regardless, this book covers everything. I went from knowing nothing about web design to having my own web page up and running in 2 days. The book is very thorough, easy to read...especially for beginners, and the format is setup so that you can quickly refer to a particular topic if needed. The included tutorials are solid and really helped me learn at my pace....more info
  • Missing Manual is missing reference tools
    This book is packed with good information (if exhaustively written) ...if you can find it, or...more importantly, if you can find it when you want to go back to it. This is not a good reference manual. For example, it is very difficult to find the tutorials in the contents and index. ...more info
  • Dreamweaver
    The book was a gift to my husband and he has been very pleased with it after studing the first half. He hope to finish the rest soon....more info
  • Very informative book!
    I'm only a few chapters in, but this book is great for learning Dreamweaver. Step by step instructions and tutorials, along with a little humor make it an easy and fun read. ...more info
  • worth its weight
    This is a thick, heavy book, hard to hold, worth the trouble. It doesn't solve every problem but it comes close, and offers links for more insight and details. If you are looking for a way to understand what you are working on, for a foundation from which to be creative, good book....more info
  • The Missing Manual Rocks
    Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual

    If you want to learn Dreamweaver and don't know much about webpages this is the book for you....written in a very clear manner, it is very easy to understand.........more info
  • CS# DW
    I have enjoyed using "The Missing Manuals" books over the years; much akin to O'Reilly. Here, the CS3 DW book is helpful and well written. The most helpful design of this book (and others) is the tutorial / example applications; here is how you make a form and now lets make a form. Very intuitive and helpful learning the DW application. Nice job!...more info
  • A HUGE help!
    Yes, this is a huge volume - as are most software "how-to" and other reference books - but this is one you'll definitely want to tackle if you're interested in building your skills with Dreamweaver CS3. To say there's a ton of good information goes without saying. Any good manual of this type can dish out the factoids, charts and examples in mass quantities, and "The Missing Manual" for Dreamweaver is no exception. To their credit, the authors still manage to present all that information with a good amount of humor and enough real-world examples to make it easy to digest and understand.

    Especially useful are the "hands-on" projects and lessons contained in each chapter. You get a taste of topics such as text formatting, page layout, creating / modifying CSS rules and lots, lots more. Each lesson is simple and direct - click here, type this, etc. Step by step. Many of the lessons build on each other, so you can see a complete web page come together with more and more features and complexity. All of the lesson and example files are downloadable from the book's online companion site, so there's no need to find (and store and protect) a CD that might have been included in the book. The site also gives updated information and provides links to more help... very useful.

    You probably won't read this book all at once - not unless you're an absolute newcomer to web design and Dreamweaver. If that's the case, you can work through all of the lessons, and come away with a very good understanding of the program's main functions and features. The discussion (and lessons) on CSS alone are well worth the read. Even though the authors say this book is not intended to provide a complete reference for CSS, the material presented greatly increased my knowledge and confidence in using this particularly useful bit of web-design magic.

    In short: a very useful, very reader-friendly book that can help any new- to moderately-skilled Dreamweaver user. Advanced users probably know all this stuff already, but for the rest of us, "The Missing Manual" is a great addition to a personal software reference library. Highly recommended.

    Bill Sklodowski
    Author of the forthcoming book: "PC Smarts for Small Business"
    Personal & Small Business Coaching
    Digital Marketing / Creative Services
    www.PcTechandTraining.com
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  • Dreamweaver CS3 the missing manual
    This manual reads so easily, works great as a reference and has a tutorial to follow after most of the key chapters. This is by far the easiest method I've found for learning this complex program. The author also speaks to mac and pc specifically if there are any differences. Great product!...more info
  • Fantasticaly Helpful
    This book provides a clear index, which makes it the go to place for any Dreamweaver questions. ...more info
  • Great Book
    This is a great book for any Dreamweaver CS3 owner, whether a virtual beginner or a more advanced developer. It covers all the basics and UI of Dreamweaver CS3, and later in the book provides more in depth information. It is by no means a book targeting extremely advanced developers, but a good reference can never hurt anyone. It's worth purchasing....more info
  • Excellent tutorial
    The book is clear and provides good "learn by doing" exercises to reinforce the explanations. It also serves as a good reference. I was immediately able to create a website for a non-profit that I am a member of. Highly recommended....more info
  • Great manual
    For those that are just starting out with Dreamweaver CS3 this is a complete breakdown of all the technical stuff but in a non-technical language. The tutorials are easy to follow and give you a good basis for creating your own website. It is rather lengthy but not every word needs to be read to follow along. As your skills increase there is information that will allow you to learn at your own pace....more info
  • extremely helpful
    I live with my nose in this book when writing websites. As with any new area of knowledge learning the vocabulary is essential in order to find the information. This book helped....more info
  • It is a great book
    I can't believe how much I have learned in the past few days just by reading this book. I am already doing some websites and as continue reading I discover more each day. It is a fantastic book. By the way, i went to NYU and the professor was using in class all the excercises from this book. I couldn't belive I paid 500 dollars to school when I could have done it on my own. So, get this book now!...more info
  • Excellent Book!
    I've been using Dreamweaver since version 3 and really love the program. I just finished Chp 5 (Links) in the CS3 Missing Manual and the tutorial walked me thru entering and editing the Spry menu bars which are new to DW CS3. The CSS used to create the menus is pretty complicated and the tutorial made it a breeze to edit the menu. The earlier chapters while mostly review still taught some new tricks to this old dog. I look forward to the rest of the chapters. So far I have to give this book a Two Thumbs Up!

    Jim...more info
  • No page numbers
    I've only just started working my way through this book. So far it is well-written, clear and detailed, and I feel the author did his best to help his readers get up to speed with Dreamweaver quickly.

    However, I had to knock one star off the review, because there are no page numbers! The author refers to something that will come up on page 126, but there's no way to find that page; there's no way to know what he is talking about when he references any page number, because there's not one, not anywhere in the whole book! Once I started flipping through it, I realized they had been cut off in printing. Overall, a very sloppy job was done with the printing. The text appears at an angle, and the pages are torn at the bottom.

    Publishers are getting cheap and indifferent to quality. This terrible printing job should have been caught by someone before it left the publisher's warehouse. Instead I paid full price for something that can not really be used for reference after I finish reading it, because the table of contents is pointless without any page numbers for guidance. ...more info
  • A ton of information.
    As the title says, this book contains a ton of information. At times you have to search for specific items, but when you find it, it's like finding gold. The fact that it is enjoyable to read is a bonus....more info
  • Required Reading
    Excellent book that SHOULD have come with the program. Steps you through even complex tasks with clearly written text and ample diagrams and examples. First rate....more info
  • Good Start for Dreamweaver
    David McFarland's guide answers most, but not my any means all, of the questions, a beginner or intermediate user might ask about Adobe Dreamweaver, the absolute best commercial program for web design. It's a good start and McFarland writes clearly and accurately but doesn't always follow through to the depth that some users nned. That said, it's still probably the best book yet published on Dreamweaver, useful and easy-to use.
    JoeGraphics, Memphis, TN...more info
  • Excellent Book
    If you have a basic understanding of HTML but are a total newbie to Dreamweaver, then this book can get you up and going in a couple of days.

    I read the first four chapters to get an understanding of the product. Then afterwards, I simply performed the tutorials several times in the remaining chapters.



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  • Great book for 1st time user of Dreamweaver
    This is a well laid out book that fills in the blanks for those that have used Dreamweacer before. If you are new to Dreamweaver, it is must have reference. ...more info
  • A must have
    I still use this book on most working days.
    It is such a great reference for dreamweaver.
    One of its main features are all of the things that you don't get in the official documentations.

    Really well written continueing the great tradition of the
    'missing manuals'

    Tony...more info