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Chapter 14. Workflow Enhancement > Working with the Assets Panel

Working with the Assets Panel

Similar in concept to the Assets folder defined in the root of our Dorknozzle site, the Assets panel is a central repository for website elements. Unlike the Assets folder in our Dorknozzle project (which holds items such as PSD files, Word documents, and so on), however, the Assets panel contains items that our HTML files can and will use. Items such as images, Shockwave files, QuickTime files, Flash files, JavaScript, and even colors and links are all considered assets and are all managed in the Assets panel by Dreamweaver. By having access to these items in one central location, you have quick access to any of these items. No more shuffling around, searching for the same content in the local root folder. Furthermore, the Assets panel offers a Favorites feature that allows you to filter out more commonly used assets. Often times, websites have thousands of assets; usually, you don't need immediate access to all those assets. In this situation, Favorites allow you to store in a small subsection the more items you use most often, such as a company logo, colors you've been using throughout the site regularly, and commonly used hyperlinks.

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Because the Assets panel more or less indexes all your site's content, you must have a local root folder already defined. Dreamweaver then scans the files in your defined site and makes them visible within the appropriate categories in the Assets panel.



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