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									Introduction Macromedia Dreamweaver 8
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 is a professional HTML editor for designing, coding, and
developing websites, web pages, and web applications. Whether you enjoy the control of
hand-coding HTML, or prefer to work in a visual editing environment, Dreamweaver
provides you with helpful tools to enhance your web creation experience.

This guide introduces you to using Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 if you’re unfamiliar with
any major aspect of it.The tutorials in this guide lead you through the process of creating
a simple but functional website.

What you can do with Dreamweaver 8
The visual editing features in Dreamweaver let you quickly create web pages without
writing a line of code. You can view all your site elements or assets and drag them from
an easy-to-use panel directly into a document. You can streamline your development
workflow by creating and editing images in Macromedia Fireworks or another graphics
application, and then import them directly into Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver also
provides tools that make it easy to add Flash assets to web pages.

In addition to drag-and-drop features that help you build web pages, Dreamweaver
provides a full-featured coding environment that includes code-editing tools (such as
code coloring, tag completion, a coding toolbar, and code collapse) and language
reference material on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript, ColdFusion Markup
Language (CFML), and other languages. Macromedia Roundtrip HTML technology
imports your hand-coded HTML documents without reformatting the code; you can then
reformat code with your preferred formatting style.

Dreamweaver also lets you build dynamic, database-driven web applications using server
technologies such as CFML, ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, and PHP. If your preference is for
working with XML data, Dreamweaver provides tools that let you easily create XSLT
pages, attach XML files, and display XML data on your web pages.

Dreamweaver is fully customizable. You can create your own objects and commands,
modify keyboard shortcuts, and even write JavaScript code to extend Dreamweaver
capabilities with new behaviors, Property inspectors, and site reports.

What's new in Dreamweaver 8
Dreamweaver 8 includes many new features that help you build websites and applications
with a minimal amount of time and effort. Dreamweaver makes complex technologies
simple and accessible, helping you accomplish more in less time.
Following are a few of the key new features in Dreamweaver 8:

      Zoom tool and guides
      Visual XML data binding
      New CSS Styles panel
      CSS layout visualization
      Code collapse
      Coding toolbar
      Background file transfer
      Insert Flash Video command

Installing Dreamweaver 8
This section explains how to install Dreamweaver.

Be sure to read the release notes on the Macromedia website at for late-breaking information or

To install Dreamweaver:
   1. Insert the Dreamweaver CD into your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
   2. Do one of the following:
          o In Windows, the Dreamweaver installation program starts automatically.
          o In Macintosh, double-click the Dreamweaver installer icon that appears on
              the desktop.
   3. Follow the onscreen instructions.

       The installation program prompts you to enter the required information.

   4. If prompted to do so, restart your computer.

Registering Dreamweaver 8
To get additional Macromedia support, it’s a good idea to register your copy of
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 electronically or by mail.

When you register, you can sign up to receive up-to-the-minute notices about upgrades
and new Macromedia products. You can also sign up for timely e-mail notices about
product updates and new content appearing on both the and the websites.
To register Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, do one of the following:
      Select Help > Online Registration and fill out the electronic form.
      Select Help > Print Registration, print the form, and mail it to the address shown
       on the form.

Typographical conventions
The following typographical conventions are used in this guide:

      Menu items are shown in this format: menu name > menu item name. Items in
       submenus are shown in this format: menu name > submenu name > menu item
      Code font indicates HTML tag and attribute names as well as literal text used in
      Italic code font indicates replaceable items (sometimes called metasymbols)
       in code.
      Bold roman text indicates text that you enter verbatim.

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