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The Ins and Outs of InDesign

If you ever create multi page layouts such as brochures, newsletters or booklets there is an application that is made for you. InDesign, which can be purchased as a stand alone product or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, has many, many tools for streamlining the process of setting up and working on these types of projects. In this article we will look at what InDesign is for and highlight some of the features that set it apart from other applications.

Dudley, Kim. Community MX (2006). Articles>Document Design>Software>Adobe InDesign


JavaScript 101, Part 1: The Basics

One of the primary aspects of effective web experiences is interactivity. Although most Flash developers will try to state otherwise, the reality of the fact is that the majority of non-standard interactivity, that is interactivity beyond what the broswer provides automatically, is driven by JavaScript. Over the last few years the acceptance of both standards and some new JavaScript technologies such as XMLHttpRequest, or AJAX to the masses, has opened up a whole new realm of possibilites that have helped to bring JavaScript back into the mainstream focus as an important and leading-edge technology. The purpose of this series of articles is to introduce newcomers to the concepts and fundamentals of JavaScript, so that you can begin to leverage the power of this technology in your own web projects.

Williams, Rob. Community MX (2006). Design>Web Design>Interaction Design>JavaScript


Keeping it Small in Flash

If your Flash efforts need to go on some sort of weight loss program, here's a good place to start.

Green, Tom. Community MX (2006). Design>Web Design>Interaction Design>Flash


Learning PHP: A Gentle Introduction

According to Netcraft, PHP overtook Microsoft's ASP as the most popular web scripting language back in the spring of 2002. And PHP has continued its explosive growth ever since. Today, when the Apache web server powers nearly 70% of all sites on the Internet and its closest competitor, Microsoft's IIS, has a market share of just over 20%, PHP is far and away the most widely used server-side scripting language. Just what is it that makes PHP so popular?

Pletcher, Thomas. Community MX. Articles>Web Design>Server Side Includes>PHP


Precisely Positioning DIV Tags in Your Page From Design View

Not everybody likes working in code view, indeed I would guess that many folks purchase Dreamweaver just so they don't have to work in code view. In this article we will look at how you can insert DIV tags into your code, precisely. We will do this from Dreamweaver's design view by making good use of the insert div tag function that can be found on the insert bar.

Senior, Adrian. Community MX (2006). Design>Web Design>Software>Dreamweaver


Spell Checking HTML Forms with JavaScript and PHP   (members only)

Have you ever had to write a large amount of text into a field on an HTML form and been uncertain of just how reliable your spelling skills are? Wouldn't it be nice if HTML forms, like most other applications, had one of those handy little 'Spell Check' buttons? In this article we'll look at how easy it is to implement this functionality using a PHP/JavaScript solution called Speller Pages.

Williams, Rob. Community MX (2006). Design>Web Design>Interaction Design>JavaScript


Text in Motion With the Wiggler

When you start using After Effects, there will come a time when you look at the presets and think, 'Gosh, I am bored with these.' That will be the point where you discover Adobe has a wonderful sense of humor and you start using the Wiggler. In the text options, on the timeline, the Wiggly selector can be added to a chunk of text to randomize the values of any of the properties associated with that group. That description may sound rather formal, but when it comes to adding effects, randomness can lead to some happy surprises. Essentially you can have text bend, move, blur, spin, and so on by simply giving it some parameters for the effect.

Green, Tom. Community MX (2006). Design>Web Design>Interaction Design>Flash

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