Google & Flash

by cdwise 17. July 2008 04:52

Some of you may have read the announcement not long ago that Google would now be able to index Flash files. Some said that meant HTML sites were dead and Flash would become "de rigour". Something I disagreed with for a wide variety of reasons not the least of which was a strong "wait and see" attitude towards how well Google would be able to implement indexing of Flash content.

Seems that I might have been right to be skeptical that Google would get everything in Flash, at least if you read what they have to say over on Sitepoint. 

While it may not be quite the disaster they are painting it certainly does seem that Google was a mite premature in their implementation and documentation.

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Web Design

Code name Stiletto

by cdwise 27. May 2008 13:44

Did the title of this blog post get your attention?

Just what is Stiletto?

It is the code name for Dreamweaver CS4 and if you are one of those folks brave enough to download and install beta software you can try it out for yourself by downloading it from

Personally, I am downloading it as I type but being a veteran beta software user there are a few things I do to so that I do not end up wishing I had not been so adventurous. First, on my Windows computers I set up a Virtual PC for testing. Fortunately Microsoft will make that easy for you since Virtual PC is free and the Internet Explorer team gives away free testing images for IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8. Yes, they are time bombed but hey we are talking about using it with beta software so it really does not matter. In fact, think about it you are killing two birds with one stone. You can test your websites in whatever version of IE you do not have while at the same time protecting your system form possible beta software bugs. (Mind you I am not saying that you will experience system instability or other problems using the beta of Dreamweaver CS 4 on your primary computer but play it safe just in case.)

Then install Dreamweaver Stiletto in the VPC and play away. As for me I want to see the new interface, related files and code navigator bits that are new in CS 4. I also want to see what is missing re ASP.NET.

Ah, I mentioned what I will be doing on my Windows computers for testing out Stiletto but I do have a Mac sitting here. Now I must admit that I don't really care that much if I trash OS X while beta testing because there is nothing critical on that machine but it is a pain in the you know what to reinstall and set things back up. Fortunately, I'm running 10.5 and I'll make an image of my system as it is and tuck it away on an external drive before I install any beta software on it. I'll also spend a little bit of time trying to get Time Machine to work properly since despite the fact the external drive I use to back-up my Mac has 3x the space available of the entire hard drive in my MacBook it keeps telling me I have insufficient space for Time Machine to work properly, sigh.

Oh well, guess I know some of what I will be doing tomorrow, how about you?



TechEd Developers 2008

by cdwise 12. May 2008 07:06

I will be at TechEd again this year. Like last year I will he working in -the MVP booth. For a change I am going to actually try and use some of the sorrel networking tools so here is my TechEd connect card.

Join Me at Tech·Ed Connect!

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New Expression Web Tutorial Series released

by cdwise 10. May 2008 05:25

While I have had bits and pieces of the Expression Web Basic tutorial series up on the site (under Media) they are now officially linked on the site's tutorial page. It took me some time to figure out the best compression ratio to file size and the right number of key frames to make sure you can see the parts that I am working on without too much jumping around.

If you prefer there is also an iPod version you can download of each of the tutorials. Whichever you chose if you plan on working along with the tutorial you should download the zip file that contains all the assets used in the site and the completed project.

Like the sample sites and page layouts we provide on by-expression you may use the basic layouts and DWTs but I would request that you switch out the images for your own graphics since they probably won't fit your site anyway. ;-)

If you do use one of our sample templates I'd like to see what you did with it so drop us a note.

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Expression Web | Training

Expression Design

by cdwise 9. May 2008 00:32

Okay I normally limit my posting to Expression Web, general web design-development or Dreamweaver but thought I'd mention some graphic topics for a change.

First, the Expression Design team has started putty tutorials -video blogs in then blog at

Next, I see people asking how attach text to a path. Since Fireworks is the image program I use most I found this tutorial worthwhile

Finally, something I find myself needing to to is remove backgrounds from images. This is the best tutorial I know of for using Fireworks to remove the background


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