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Create a Slideshow with the Dreamweaver Timeline

The Dreamweaver Timeline uses layers and JavaScript to create animation and interactivity. To create a series of rotating images, prepare each image at the same size in a graphics program first (i.e., Photoshop, Fireworks, ImageReady, etc.). Then insert a layer on the page. This layer will serve as a placeholder for the rotating images.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2001). Design>Web Design>Presentations>Dreamweaver


Dreamweaver MX: Insert an Accessible Table

Dreamweaver can create accessible Web content for users who have impairments. The Insert Accessible Table feature creates accessible table content for users who use a screen reader to experience the Web. Dreamweaver supports JAWS for Windows, from Freedom Scientific, and Window Eyes screen readers, from GW Micro.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2003). Design>Web Design>Software>Dreamweaver


Dreamweaver MX: Site Cloaking

Use site cloaking to prevent certain files and folders from being uploaded or downloaded.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2003). Design>Web Design>Software>Dreamweaver


Flash 5: The Color Object

Give your visitors the option to control the color in your Flash movies by using the Color Object. An object is a piece of data (color, sound, movie, etc.) that contains a set of methods (the things that objects do).

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Interactive>Flash


Flash MX : Import and Compress Video

One of the most exciting upgrades in Flash MX is the fact that you can now compress and playback video within Flash. In the previous version of Flash you could import but then could only export the video as a QuickTime movie. You did not have the ability to playback or compress the movie within Flash. If you want to incorporate video into your Flash movies, then Flash MX should be your tool of choice!

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Streaming>Flash


Flash MX: Control Projector Files with the fsCommand

Flash provides a way to create a projector file—a self-executable application that doesn’t require the Flash player.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2003). Design>Multimedia>Interactive>Flash


Flash MX: The Sound Object

Use the Sound Object to control sounds that are stored in the Flash Library as well as load sounds that reside outside the Flash movie. Controlling sounds includes starting and stopping the sound, adjusting the volume or the right and left balance while a sound is playing.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2003). Design>Web Design>Multimedia>Flash


Flash Transitions

Transitions are a very popular technique used in Flash, and they're typically used to let your audience know that a change in content or scenery is coming. They're usually displayed using fading effects and dissolves, and there are two ways to implement this type of effect: an alpha tween and a brightness tween. Let's take a look at both of these techniques.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Multimedia>Flash


Flash: Create a Disjointed Rollover

While image rollovers are the standard for navigation, they do have some limitations. Would you like to create a rollover that doesn't have to be the same size as the original image, nor does it need to be stacked on top of the original image? That's what disjointed rollovers are all about, and Flash makes it easy to create rollovers that load quickly and look great!

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Interactive>Flash


Flash: Create a Preloader

Flash movies stream, so when the Flash movie contains several frames or scenes, the movie should be preloaded so that it will play back smoothly. Let's set up the animation that will play while the main movie (the presentation from a previous lesson) is loading behind the scenes. We'll create a movie clip for the preloader animation.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Multimedia>Flash


Flash: Create an Animated Navigation Bar

This exercise will show you how to create an interesting rollover effect with a nested symbol.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2001). Design>Web Design>Information Design


Flash: The LoadMovie Action

Want to load one movie at a time into a main movie? With Flash MX, you can load a SWF or JPEG file into the Flash Player while the original movie is playing. The loadMovie action lets you display several movies at once and switch between movies without loading another HTML document or a separate Flash movie.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2003). Design>Web Design>Multimedia>Flash


Photoshop: Create Seamless Background Tiles with the Tile Maker Filter

Photoshop can create backgrounds and textures with a combination of filters and commands, but you can also create a pattern based on a selection from a scanned image. If you define a pattern based on a small selection from a scanned image, you can use the Fill command, a Pattern layer or the Pattern Stamp tool to fill a selected area with that pattern. The pattern that you defined will be repeated horizontally and vertically to fill the selection.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Graphic Design


Photoshop: Layer Styles

Photoshop 7 can apply many effects to a layer by applying a layer style. A layer style is a combination of settings that are applied to a layer. These settings can be saved as a preset style and can then be applied to other layers as well.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Tips For Optimizing Flash Movies

When you're ready to deliver your Flash movie to your audience, use the Publish Settings or Export Movie option to export the Flash FLA file to a format for the Web.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2001). Design>Web Design>Multimedia>Flash


Use Gradients to Give Objects a 3- Dimensional Appearance

Flash is a two-dimensional program. Using a gradient in Flash can give a two-dimensional object a third dimension. In this example, let's create a series of circular outlines, then add one of Flash's preset gradients to give the outlines a three-dimensional appearance.

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2002). Design>Web Design>Multimedia>Flash


What to Consider When Using a Service or a Contractor to Register and Optimize Your Web Site with the Search Engines

According to Forrester Research, almost 80% of all searches conducted online are done with search engines. Marketing your Web site through the various search engines is still considered to be the most effective way to drive traffic to your Web site. But how will potential visitors find you?

Berg, Debbie. WebDeb (2001). Design>Web Design>Search>Search Engine Optimization

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