Macromedia Studio MX 2004: Training from the Source provides a comprehensive, working introduction to the most powerful Web design and development suite available, Macromedia Studio MX. In this hands-on, project-based book for active learners, you'll get a solid overview of how you can use the integrated workflow of Macromedia's Studio MX product suite to create your own dazzling sites. Starting from the ground up, you'll build two Web sites. In the first half of the book, you'll combine the strengths of Macromedia Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and FreeHand to create an attractive, yet maintainable site. In the second half of the book, you'll focus on building a powerful and dynamic user experience, by combining Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, and ColdFusion. The enclosed CD-ROM contains all the files you need to complete the projects, plus completed files for you to compare with your results and use as models for future projects.
Macromedia Studio MX 2004 is the premier Web development software package available today. From cutting-edge graphic design to developing database-driven e-commerce Web applications and everything in between, Studio MX 2004 offers serious tools for visually oriented graphic designers and code-oriented Web and multimedia programmers alike. Given the breadth and depth of the five applications that compose Studio MX 2004—Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Freehand, and ColdFusion—it is impossible for someone new to these applications to master them in a day.
The 17 lessons in this book are intended to provide a crash course for serious beginners, people who have an ambitious learning agenda. In the book, you'll begin designing graphics and page layouts in Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004, before moving to Dreamweaver MX 2004 to build an entire Web site. You'll then turn to Freehand MX to convert the graphics created in Fireworks for use in print. You'll lay out a page design for a Flash movie, and then import it into Flash to animate it. In the final project of the book, you'll design a database-driven ColdFusion site and learn how to send data in and out of Flash.
As these topics suggest, the book places special emphasis on integrating the different Studio products, rather than covering each one in isolation. While the collection of tools available in Macromedia Studio MX 2004 is unparalleled, they are even more powerful when used together. Integration topics include exporting page layouts from Fireworks to Dreamweaver, designing multimedia storyboards in Freehand and importing them into Flash, and developing a ColdFusion site in Dreamweaver and integrating it with Flash content.