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Macromedia Studio 8: Making All the Apps Play Nice

Contents

  1. Building a Web Site Team
  2. Site Management
  3. Developing Templates
  4. Editing Graphics
  5. Using Cascading Style Sheets Across All Products
  6. Summary

Article Description

Matthew David discusses how the latest version of Macromedia Studio hones the individual Studio apps to help your Web team create a tightly integrated Web site, with a minimum of duplicated effort.

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Using Cascading Style Sheets Across All Products

Fireworks provides further cross-platform support with Dreamweaver through Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the popular formatting standard for text and layout control in a Web site, defined by the World Wide Web Consortium.

Studio 8 takes advantage of the open standard of CSS as a means of controlling layout across all products. Dreamweaver has long supported CSS and continues to provide some of the best (and easiest to implement) support for any tool in your Web pages. New to this high level of support is Fireworks. You can use Fireworks to create detailed designs for your Web pages, slicing up regions of the design. Complex HTML tables reconstruct the design. With Fireworks 8, the reconstruction is now completed with CSS. The result is that the output is much easier to manage within a Dreamweaver template or page.

Flash is also leveraging CSS to help format text. Flash MX 2004 introduced the ability to load a CSS style sheet into a Flash movie. The level of support for CSS has been considerably increased with Flash 8. Now a single CSS file can simultaneously control the layout of text in a Web page and Flash movie.

You'll notice that FlashPaper 2 is also included with Studio 8. In many ways, FlashPaper is an Internet-friendly version of Adobe's Acrobat format. Acrobat is really meant for reading files offline, whereas FlashPaper is designed to allow you to view pages within a Web page.