Great video tut for CS4
Dreamweaver CSS resources from Adobe
This is another simple “homemade” video which utilises interesting shots to add visual interest. For the Cert 4 Multimedia students I think its worthwhile watching and analysing the shots and over structure.
I must admit I watched it with no sound so have no idea what he was actually saying but in spite of there being “no audio” for me I still found it very interesting from a filming perspective.
These great short video on filmmaking techniques and tips cover alot of the basics of camera shots. composition and editing work. They are both worthwhile viewing.
they may also provide some inspiration and ideas
Disclaimer: As most readers of this blog know I am an IT teacher so for my diploma students here is an update version of wordpress’s famous 5- minute install readme.html file.
Even though most of you don’t read the readme or all install instructions!! -Smart people know to read the readme properly first. But having said that many readme’s have a real expection of assumed knowledge so this is based on my what I know about my students assumed knowledge
The install instructions on wordpress are great but below is a short version of that and a better version of the readme that comes with the down load of wordpress 3.1
Updated WordPress: Famous 5-minute install
The next post next week is how to test your wordpress install.
If this post was helpful please let me know.
Ok I’ve now had a bit more time to play with CS4 and I must admit its growing on me. Not in a bad rash kind of way- more like a new “know it all work colleague” who has just joined the company who “knows a better way to do absolutely everything“- that we all take an instant dislike to!!! But once we get over the initial shock we realise they actually do have some good ideas.
Getting over the initial shock was helped greatly by going to the Adobe CS4 roadshow in Brisbane and seeing the potential of the software demonstrated by true professionals. I must also thank Paul Burnett Senior Adobe Evangelist for taking the time to email this photo below.
You may not be able to see the Kingscliff TAFE students but we certainly can.
Pauls mad.com.au web site is another great addition to our resource sites along with adobe tv and where I spotted the photo. I must also mention at this time that the other presenters Mike McHugh, Michael Stoddart were just as entertaining and informative. OK they do it all day – everyday and are paid to make it look easy but they also made it look good.
First the disclaimer- I have only had Adobe CS4 installed for a few weeks and haven’t really dug deep deep down yet but I have had a play and I have updated some commercial work so I think I’m at a point of to be able to comments on the the CS4 update.
In Dreamweaver I love the new workspaces- it was always a pain for me that I couldn’t undock the panels and move them to the my second monitor so I have more design view room. So now that I have the option of dual screens
I love the having the code inspector open all the time big so as I edit in design view I can see properly whats happening in the code. No more split screen and having to scroll up and down continuously.
I also love that I can now open and tweak the original Photoshop documents that my images are based on directly from within Dreamweaver when previously this was only possible for Fireworks based images.
One thing that still hasn’t improved is Dreamweaver FTP client – while it may mean that I have accessed to feature such as collaborative features such as checking in and out it really is still painfully slowwwww!!!
Another feature which I like is the updated data set wizard which is a lot easier or at least seems alot easier now to add some ajax interactively. The movie below is a great intro and very easy to follow.
This is a great movie from Adobe on Web Widgets
PS: Welcome back
Flash CS3 is my preferred option at the moment for streaming video because of how easy and straight forward the process is and the fact that users do not need any other plugin than the flash plugin.
Obviously you need your video to begin with which can be in any format that Flash CS3 supports such as .avi .mpg .mov etc but:
Most websites highlight the navigation item of the user’s location in the website, to help users orientate themselves. This is a fundamental requirement for basic usability, but can be a pain as you’ll need to tweak the HTML code behind the navigation for each and every page. So is it possible to have the navigation highlighted on every page, without having to tweak the HTML code on each and every page? Of course it is but the answers below require a lot more tweaking than is below if you are using Dreamweaver templates- but that’s for a post next week
But what you need to do is assign a class to each navigation item:
<li><a href=”#” class=”home”>Home</a></li>
<li><a href=”#” class=”about”>About us</a></li>
<li><a href=”#” class=”contact”>Contact us</a></li>
You’ll then need to insert an id into the <body> tag. The id should be representative of where users are in the site and should change when users move to a different site section. When in ‘Home’ it should read <body id=”home”>, in ‘About Us’ it should be <body id=”about”> and in ‘Contact Us’ <body id=”contact”> etc.
Next, you create a new CSS rule:
#home .home, #about .about, #contact .contact
css rules go here
This creates rules that only takes effect when class=”home” is contained within id=”home”, and when class=”about” is in id=”about” and class=”contact” is in id=”contact”. These situations will only occur when the user is on the appropriate page, seamlessly creating our highlighted navigation item. Pretty cool!
More of this type of thing can be found here.