Chapter 2. Introducing Dreamweaver CS5

In This Chapter

  • Familiarizing yourself with the workspace

  • Finding out about panels

  • Creating a new Web site

  • Discovering the Property inspector

  • Previewing your page

  • Understanding the Dreamweaver preferences

Dreamweaver CS5 lets you create and manage Web pages and complete Web sites. In this chapter, you find out how to start a Web site and build pages within it. A Web site is simply a group of linked pages that contain text and images and can also contain media, such as Flash movies, sound, and video.

Getting to Know the Workspace

The workspace consists of panels, toolbars, and inspectors and puts most all the tools you need within close reach. The Dreamweaver workspace, shown in Figure 2-1, is slightly different from ones you may see in other Adobe applications, but their premise is the same: You can open panels, panel groups, toolbars, and dialog boxes to do the work you need. Whichever document you're editing appears in the Document window, which occupies most of the workspace — and even has its own toolbar.

When Dreamweaver is first launched, you see a Welcome screen. This screen provides the option to open any recent items (if you've created pages already) or to create new HTML, CSS, XML, sites, and many other types of files.

You can customize your workspace with only the panels, toolbars, and arrangement of windows you need or choose from workspace presets included with Dreamweaver.

Figure 2-1. The Dreamweaver workspace.

The Insert panel

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