I have a long-standing fascination with the Web, mostly centering around Dreamweaver, the world's leading Web authoring tool, now developed by Adobe. I've written a good number of books and articles about Dreamweaver and related technologies; my most recent is the Dreamweaver CS3 Bible, published by Wiley.

A good part of my interest in Dreamweaver stems from its underlying extensibility layer. I've created a number of extensions myself and am currently Vice-President of Marketing for WebAssist, the leader provider of extensions for Adobe Dreamweaver. Views expressed here are my own and not those of the company.

Sunday, January 6

Copy / Paste from Fireworks

In the latest release, Photoshop and Dreamweaver opened up a line of integration, primarily through the clipboard: you copy a selection in Photoshop and paste it in Dreamweaver - which opens up the Image Preview dialog box so you can optimize and save the image. Turns out they implemented the same functionality for Fireworks and Dreamweaver, but forgot to tell anyone :-).

While I much prefer to export JPG, GIF or PNG files from Fireworks and then using the more robust DW/FW roundtrip features, I have to admit the copy/paste route is a nice alternative technique to have in your tool chest.

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Tuesday, May 29

DW + PS sittin' in a tree...

One of the most notable—and most desperately desired—features of Dreamweaver CS3 is the ability to work smoothly with Photoshop. While not as robust as the round-trip Dreamweaver/Fireworks workflow, the DW/PS connection is pretty darn cool. I've written a brief article about how to use Dreamweaver and Photoshop together with WebAssist's SiteAssist. The techniques described can be easily applied to any graphics back-and-forth, but I just thought the SiteAssist tie-in was so sweet, I couldn't resist.

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