Houston Presentation

by cdwise 19. July 2008 23:47

For any of you who may be in the Houston area I will be speaking at HAL-PC (Houston Area League of PC Users http://www.hal-pc.org) Next Tuesday, July 22nd at the Web Technologies SIG. While my presentation will focus on Expression Web 2 I  intend to provide a preview of Dreamweaver CS 4 as well.

If you are going to attend and would like to follow along with either program you can get a trial version of Expression Web v2 from Microsoft at http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/cc136529.aspx

You can get the public beta of Adobe Dreamweaver CS 4 at http://labs.adobe.com/ while you are there take a look at the Fireworks CS 4 and Soundbooth betas as wells. Other programs to check out are Adobe Photoshop Express and if you ever wanted a tool that would help you with your website color scheming check out Kruler, http://kuler.adobe.com/.

Hope to see you there.


Expression Web | Dreamweaver | Training

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 http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/dreamweavercs4/

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?



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