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Chapter 1. What’s New in Dreamweaver MX 2004 > General Interface Improvements

General Interface Improvements

After the shock of the Start page, the Dreamweaver interface is not that much different from the old MX interface. (Quite a lot of furniture-rearranging went into MX!) But the more you snoop around in there, the more subtle and not-so-subtle differences you’ll find.

Insert Bar Categories and Object Groups

Say good-bye to Insert bar tabs. The categories of objects available in the Insert bar are now available from a drop-down menu, and there are fewer categories than before (see Figure 1.2): just Common, Layout, Forms, HTML, Application, and the new and very exciting Favorites. Within each category, you’ll find a mixture of objects (indicated by icons) and object groups (indicated by triangle buttons sitting beside object icons). Within the Common category, you have the Hyperlink, Email Link, and Anchor objects. But then you also have Tables, Images, Media Objects, Template Objects, and more. Tables, Layers, and Layout Tables are all in the Layout category, in addition to some handy items such as Table Rows and Table Columns, and table tags for hand-coding. The most recently used object in each group is the one that displays in the Insert bar. To choose any of the others, click the triangle and choose from the list. While it may be a bit disconcerting at first to hunt around for a particular object only to find it hiding in an object group, you’ll quickly learn to love the way your most recently used objects are right there in front of you. After all, if the last layout item you inserted was a table, you’ll probably insert more tables before you draw any layers or layout cells.


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