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Welcome to Adobe GoLive 5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide. This book is intended to help you get the most from Adobe GoLive and to acquaint you with Web page building generally.

Even if you've used Web authoring tools before, you'll probably find that GoLive is a new experience: a Web authoring tool with a comprehensive approach to page design and site management that isn't available elsewhere.

But I'm not here to sell GoLive to you. You probably own a copy or are considering making it a part of your Web publishing arsenal. Whatever the case, my goal is to give you the information you'll need to make the most of the software and to provide a convenient reference as you learn how to work with it.

Who Should Read This Book

This book is an introduction to GoLive. I cover most features of the product in enough detail to allow you to design Web pages and build Web sites quickly and easily. I've designed it so that you can easily work with GoLive, leaving the book open on your desk as you work, following the step-by-step tasks.

It is not intended as a comprehensive guide to GoLive, however. Advanced Web authors, particularly those who use animation, QuickTime authoring, and scripting will find this book a useful introduction, but may want to consult other resources for complete coverage of these features.

For some readers, this book will serve as an introduction to Web authoring, as well as a GoLive tutorial. While I do not spend a great deal of time explaining the basics of HTML or the Web, new Web authors need not fear. The step-by-step approach of this book, and the visually oriented tools in GoLive make it possible to design increasingly complex pages, even without a knowledge of HTML, the language of the Web.

If you have created Web pages before, dive right in. You won't be bored, even in the early chapters of this book. Though they are introductory, they relate specifically to GoLive, and will be useful to you as you learn the conventions of both the software and the book.

Whatever your level of Web authoring experience, use this book to jumpstart your adventure with GoLive. You'll be designing cool Web pages and complete sites before you know it.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapters 1 and 2 introduce you to GoLive's interface and basic tools. You learn how Adobe organizes tools, what they are called, and how to begin using them. Chapters 3 through 6 introduce you to basic page- building techniques, including adding and formatting text, working with page layout, and adding images and links. In Chapter 7 through 13, you'll explore more advanced topics, including the use of tables, forms, frames, Cascading Style Sheets, layers, and multimedia.

Next, Chapters 14 through 16 introduce GoLive's extensive Web site management capabilities, moving Web publishing beyond merely linking a bunch of pages. You'll see how GoLive gives you visual and logical tools to organize and maintain a killer Web site. For advanced and ambitious Web authors, Chapters 17 and 18 introduce GoLive actions—a scripting tool that uses JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets to automate Web page activity and add special effects. You'll also learn about GoLive's animation and QuickTime authoring features.

Visual QuickStart conventions

The heart of the Visual QuickStart Guide format is the step-by-step approach taken to teaching GoLive's fundamentals. You'll find instructions and tutorials on all major and most minor GoLive features and functions. Along with each step-by-step example, you'll find screen shots that depict palettes, toolbars, menus, configuration windows, and Web pages as they are created and modified throughout the book.


Each chapter contains tips that point out important tricks and suggestions for using GoLive better.


Some tips warn you about pitfalls associated with using specific GoLive features, or issues related to specific Web browsers or HTML tags.

Mac or Windows?

GoLive is available for Macintosh, Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows NT computers. The tools and interface for each platform are almost identical. Since GoLive began as a Macintosh application, I've chosen to use mostly Macintosh screen shots. Windows users will find, however, that the appearance and arrangement of tools are almost identical on all platforms. In those rare cases where a tool, window, or screen differs, I've included an example from each platform.

Windows and Macintosh computers use slightly different keyboard shortcuts and other interface conventions, and GoLive typically follows the rules set down by each operating system. When there's a difference, I've noted it within the text like this:

Press Command-Option-O (Mac) or Control-Alt-O (Windows).

In the few cases where a particular feature or tool is available on one platform and not the other, the paragraph or step-by-step section is preceded by a (Mac) for Macintosh or (Win) for Windows.

What's New in GoLive 5?

GoLive 5 is the second version of the software from Adobe Systems, which acquired and renamed CyberStudio (originally developed by a company called GoLive). GoLive 5 is the first version to sport the Adobe interface that's familiar to users of Photoshop and Illustrator. The GoLive desktop features a series of palettes, each of which includes multiple functions, organized under tabs. GoLive, like other Adobe applications, packs lots of tools onto the desktop. Many of these tools, including the Objects palette, the context-sensitive Inspector, and the Document window are holdovers from earlier GoLive versions, with a slightly new look. Others are brand-new, and include tools for building tables, aligning objects, managing layers, configuring scripts, and more. If you like even more palettes onscreen, you can now "tear off" individual tabs, opening each in its own window. To do that, just click on a tab and drag it away from its current location.

Photoshop users will also recognize Adobe's handy multiple undo feature and the new History palette. Together, these options allow you to revert to a previous version of the current document. The History palette tracks changes you make to the document as you work and lets you revert to older versions with a click. For more on the History palette, see Chapter 4, "Working with Layout Tools."

Other interface improvements include more contextual menus that give you quick access to commands, and the ability to create and modify keyboard shortcuts. Learn about creating keyboard shortcuts in Chapter 1, "Learning Your Way Around."

New and improved productivity tools

GoLive 5 includes new tools that ease the process of building tables and layers (GoLive calls them floating boxes), and aligning and grouping objects. There are also enhancements to the program's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) capabilities. With the Table palette, you can easily select all or part of a table, and sort its cells. New table-building templates can be used to quickly apply color, background, and other visual attributes to a table. The Floating Boxes palette makes it possible to manage (show/hide, lock/unlock) multiple floating boxes. You can now convert a floating box to a layout grid. With the Floating Boxes palette and the Align palette, you can align floating boxes on the page, or to a grid. See Chapter 4 and Chapter 7, "Working with Tables" for more about these features.

The Transform and Align palettes are a centralized location for aligning and grouping options. These options were available in GoLive 4, but were spread out among menus, the toolbar, and the Inspector. The Align palette is also available for aligning other elements—items on a layout grid, images, image map regions, and items within a Site Design window. Use the Transform palette to create and manage groups of objects. Once you create several elements on a page, you can select them all and group them. You can then position and size the group. Chapter 4 describes the use of both palettes.

New CSS features are detailed in Chapter 11, "Working with Style Sheets." You can now use the GoLive Site window to manage external style sheets—associating these documents with multiple HTML files that are part of your GoLive site. You can also import the contents of external style sheets into a GoLive document, making these styles available to the document as internal styles.

Code management

Several enhancements to GoLive's HTML code management tools make it easier to work with the tags that lie "under the hood" of the graphical interface.

The new 360Code feature declares a kind of hands-off policy when it comes to making unplanned modification to your source code. In previous versions, GoLive often reparsed source code, sometimes causing problems in the display of certain HTML pages. 360Code also makes it easier for several people—a designer and a developer, for example—to use different applications to edit the page without fear that saving the file in GoLive will add unwanted code to the document. Finally, 360Code ensures that non-HTML code embedded in a document won't be altered. If you want GoLive to rewrite code based on settings you customize in the Web Settings dialog box (formerly called the Web Database), you can enable this option in Web Settings.

Though GoLive has always given you the option of viewing a Web page either graphically (in the Layout Editor or Layout Preview) or as HTML (in the HTML Source Editor or HTML Outline Editor), version 5 now allows you to view the HTML code as you work in the Layout Editor, in the new Source Code palette. You can also use the new Markup Tree palette to get a look at the HTML hierarchy as you work in any of GoLive's editing views.

You have more access to the tags within your pages with the new HTML element search and replace feature. Just as you can search the contents of a document in this and previous versions of GoLive, you can now find and replace any item in a document, or a whole site—including HTML tags.

HTML snippets are another new code management tool. A snippet is a block of code that can include anything on a page—code, text, links or scripts, for example—that you want to save for later use. You can use snippets to save content that you want to add to all pages on your site, such as a navigation area, header or footer, or any other bit of code that you want to keep around. Snippets are stored under the Custom tab in the Site window.

You can learn more about code management features in Chapters 10, "Working with Code," and 15, "Viewing and Managing Sites."

Graphic support and integration

If there is one area where GoLive 5 most strongly bears the Adobe stamp, it's in the area of image manipulation. Using new tools called Smart Objects, you can use GoLive together with Photoshop, Illustrator, or LiveMotion. If you have one of these applications installed on your system, you can add files created with it to a GoLive document. You can then edit the image in its native application and watch as GoLive updates the version of the file that will be part of your Web page. Smart Objects maintain a live connection between the native application and GoLive, updating the Web-format image each time you make a change to the source file, which retains its native format.

When you're finished working with an image in an Adobe graphics application, or wish to add a graphics file in almost any format, GoLive's Save for Web feature allows you to optimize the file before saving it as a Web-friendly GIF or JPEG. Save for Web uses technology from Photoshop, which was originally available in Adobe's ImageReady product.

Another GoLive-Photoshop connection is the ability to import layered Photoshop files into GoLive. Save for Web lets you optimize each layer's setting. When you import the layered file, each of the layers appears in a GoLive floating box. Alternately, you can import layers of a Photoshop file as QuickTime sprites—images that are part of a QuickTime movie. You can edit movies in GoLive's built-in QuickTime Editor.

GoLive now supports the use of tracing images. You can use a tracing image to build a pre-layout design for your page in Photoshop, then import the image into GoLive. With the Tracing Image palette, you can adjust the opacity of the image so that you can see through it more easily and fill in the page's elements over the tracing image. When you're done with the tracing image, simply delete it from the page. GoLive's new graphics integration features are covered in Chapter 5, "Working with Images."

Site management

GoLive's site management interface includes a variety of new features. Site Design, Site Reporting, and Site Templates are notable additions to the interface, while support for workgroup collaboration via WebDAV is a significant new publishing tool.

The site management interface has gotten an update in GoLive 5. In addition to an Adobe interface, the Navigation and Links views—where you get a graphical look at files and links within your site, respectively—now include additional views, called peripheral panes, that give you multiple views of your site simultaneously, if you like.

With the new Site Design feature, you can build a site structure before you begin the actual site, or you can "spec out" a new section of an existing site. As you build the design, adding pages and links, you can integrate it into the actual site, or continue working on the design until you have achieved perfection. Site templates are another new site-building tool. Templates provide a quick way to set up a complete site structure in one step. You can use templates included with GoLive, or create you own, by building a site and then saving it as a site template.

Site reports give you a tool for generating reports of the contents and status of your GoLive site. You can create queries that identify problems—files that are missing or that contain broken links, for example—or you can search for site files with common elements, such as the same creation date, etc. Chapter 14, "Building Sites," and Chapter 15 will give you the whole scoop on GoLive's new site management tools.

When it's time to upload your site to a Web server, you have a new option—WebDAV. WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a server-side technology that makes it possible for a group of designers to work collaboratively on a single Web site, all from different, even remote, locations. If your Web server supports WebDAV, you can use GoLive to upload files to it, as well as check the status of those files. When groups of people use a WebDAV server, they "check out" files to work on, make their changes, and check them back into the server so that there are no version conflicts when another user needs the file. WebDAV servers always know who has the latest version of a file. Learn about WebDAV in Chapter 16, "Publishing Your Site."

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