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About This Book

Why Adobe GoLive?

Our Audience

How This Book Is Organized

Conventions Used

CD/Web Resources

About This Book

As technology races forward to reveal new opportunities for communication, commercial success, and creative expression across the Internet, Web designers and programmers require more powerful and sophisticated tools for their trade. Project managers and Web teams need ways to control their workflow with greater efficiency, particularly as Web sites grow in complexity, so that the workload may be shared by developers in different departments or even different cities. End users are smarter, increasingly tech-savvy and demanding, and won’t be satisfied with the same old static pages of the past. We all want to push boundaries, attempt the untried, and interact with the world around us. Adobe GoLive 6.0 is the ideal application for doing just that.

With a wealth of new tools intended to simplify site management, lay out eye-popping pages incorporating the latest in multimedia design, edit HTML and customize scripts, publish to wireless and handheld devices, interact with databases, and integrate with other Adobe applications, Adobe GoLive gives administrators, designers, and developers the ultimate in organizational and creative control. But even a great tool is limited by one’s ability to use it.

Welcome to Special Edition Using Adobe GoLive 6. In clear, concise language, accompanied by extensive examples, screen shots, and other visual cues, we offer the most complete and easy to use GoLive guide available. This book appeals to a broad range of GoLive users: Those who have some knowledge of the Web, but are not yet fluent in most of GoLive’s features; as well as those who bought the book to advance their knowledge and use the tool to the best of their ability.

To help you accomplish these goals, we offer well-organized chapters and thorough explanations covering every aspect of the program. We show you, step by step, how to take advantage of the latest tools and technologies. What’s more, we provide an indispensable index, countless cool tips and tricks, and a friendly attitude that’ll have you reaching for this reference again and again.

Why Adobe GoLive?

With more than 300,000 registered users, Adobe GoLive already has a proven wide-range appeal among Web professionals of all types. Put simply, GoLive has it all. As a comprehensive building tool, it handles every aspect of the Web construction process. GoLive facilitates page design both from a visually oriented standpoint and from a hard-coding perspective. GoLive not only assists in laying out individual pages; it enables users to plot the architecture of an entire site. It also simplifies ongoing site maintenance with tools for updating or expanding the site, uploading files to the server, and tracking updated files.

GoLive is completely cross-platform. In fact, with the use of a WebDAV server, it provides the perfect team environment, enabling diverse groups to collaborate on a single project, update pages simply via local or remote access, and track usage so that a page can only be updated by one person at a time. The new features for integration and collaboration, both with other Adobe products and with outside software, now enable users to migrate naturally between GoLive and other programs, allowing them to work smarter and make more efficient use of their time and their tools. Given the additional features of version 6.0—particularly its exciting new compatibility with mobile devices, improved integration with databases, and team-building advances in the area of workgroups— Adobe GoLive clearly demonstrates its ability to meet the needs of an ever expanding and changing market.

Now, with version 6.0, Adobe GoLive is better than ever. Some of the more notable of its myriad new features include native support for JSP and PHP in the Dynamic Content module; a true Nokia XHTML-Basic emulator for developing wireless applications; a full suite of WML tools for developing even more wireless applications; new collaboration tools such as the Web Workgroup Server, versioning, and synchronization; new diagramming and site architecture tools; a veritable Camelot of wizards; and the tightest integration yet with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe LiveMotion.

Our Audience

Intended for use by a more technically skilled audience, our book takes the reader beyond the basics, expanding on the manual in a simple, no-nonsense way that will improve user fluency and increase efficiency in no time. This book assumes each reader already possesses a good understanding of Internet technologies and a general knowledge of HTML and its capabilities. Many users may already have experience with the fundamental aspects of Web design as well, and are most likely familiar with other products within the Adobe family, such as Photoshop or LiveMotion. With that foundation in place, we aim merely to build on the reader’s current body of knowledge and expand his or her existing skills.

Designers who are familiar with the intuitive Adobe interface and accustomed to page layout applications such as Adobe PageMaker or Quark Xpress will progress naturally into the online world. Now it’s easier than ever to bring your graphics to life on the Web, explore new possibilities in multimedia, and make changes to existing pages using the brilliantly integrated features in the Adobe family.

Programmers who enjoy the challenge of hand-coding their HTML will still benefit from our discussion of GoLive’s convenient source code editing features.

Project managers and administrators who oversee group projects and would like to understand more about efficient site management using GoLive will save valuable time, money, and energy by reading our sections on WebDAV and Workgroup Server.

Developers who prefer to customize and extend GoLive to meet their own needs and take the software beyond its current capabilities should find plenty of new ground to cover in our chapters on scripting, actions, elements, customization, and extensibility.

Whole-brain thinkers who resist established labels and prefer the challenge of integrating art and technology will feel at home here. The Web continues to be driven forward by self-taught Renaissance men and women, and we’re proud to be surrounded by such good company.

How This Book Is Organized

As with any course of learning, we begin with a general overview of the GoLive program and then proceed to more detailed and complex tasks. This not only assists new users in establishing a firm foundation, but also serves to ensure that everyone begins on the same page, so to speak, that we share a common language as we move into foreign territory.

Part I: Overview of Adobe GoLive

Chapter 1, “Introducing GoLive 6.0”: Here we talk specifically about what’s new with this upgrade. Lots of new material to cover.

Chapter 2, “GoLive Essentials”: This is intended as an overview of Sites, Elements, and Standard Features. You might find this helpful as a preparation for GoLive or as a review.

Part II: Web Site Basics

Chapter 3, “Introduction to Sites”: Covers the principles of Web site diagramming and management. This chapter could be of particular interest to those planning new sites or overseeing a total project or existing site.

Chapter 4, “Working with Sites”: Dives into the details of GoLive’s Site Management tools. It covers creating a new site, working with site windows, using the various site views, using panes, designing sites, site reporting, using site templates, planning your page hierarchy, and following file naming conventions.

Part III: The Work Area

Chapter 5, “GoLive Interface Elements”: More specific information about the Page Window, the Inspector, and all the various Palettes used in creating Web pages.

Chapter 6, “Setting Preferences”: This describes various options for personalizing your GoLive experience via Preferences. Have it your way.

Chapter 7, “Customizing GoLive”: This covers options for customizing your Desktop and setting up your own keyboard shortcuts, among other things.

Part IV: Setting Up Pages

Chapter 8, “Creating and Saving Pages”: This shows you how to lay out Web pages from a graphic perspective. It covers window sizes and page margins, the Grid, Layout Rulers, color selection, background images, the History Palette, and viewing options.

Chapter 9, “Working with Code”: For those of you who prefer to go behind the scenes, this chapter is for you. It concentrates on the different ways GoLive presents the HTML code and lets you work with it. It covers using the Source Code Palette and Source Window, using the Markup Tree Palette, working with 360 Code, re-writing source code, searching and replacing HTML elements, adding unknown elements, adding head tags and scripts, using text macros, saving code fragments, and generating XHTML code.

Part V: Standard Page Layout

Chapter 10, “Working with Text”: In the beginning was the word. Here we’ll talk all about putting the printed word online, everything from entering and arranging text to special formatting requirements.

Chapter 11, “Using Graphic Elements”: A picture’s worth a thousand words. In this chapter we’ll spice up your page with images and other visual cues, and discuss some of the basics of a good layout.

Chapter 12, “Working with Links”: Links are what hold the Web together. Here we’ll talk about various navigational options, both traditional and more exciting.

Chapter 13, “Page Extras”: This gets down to the nitty-gritty of date and time, document statistics, and keeping track of your pages.

Part VI: Advanced Page Layout

Chapter 14, “Working with Frames”: GoLive makes it easy to set up a site with frames. We’ll look at how this is done and some good uses for frames.

Chapter 15, “Working with Tables”: Tables have gotten a whole lot more interesting and more manageable over the years. Here we examine the Table Palette, various styles, and effective sorting of data.

Chapter 16, “Creating Forms”: This chapter deals exclusively with all the details of a good form. Covers form elements, navigation, and more.

Chapter 17, “Styles”: One of the best aspects of GoLive is that it enables you to create something once and use it as many times as you like. In this chapter we’ll discuss the efficient use of Cascading Style Sheets, Stationery, and other reusable components.

Part VII: Movement, Multimedia, and Interactivity

Chapter 18, “Using the JavaScript Editor and Inserting Java Applets”: The uses of Java and JavaScript are limitless. In this particular chapter we show you some of the most common uses: Rollovers and Java Applets.

Chapter 19, “Working with Layers and Floating Boxes”: Discusses your page in three dimensions. We cover Floating Boxes, W3C Object Control, and using Actions.

Chapter 20, “Animation, Audio, and Video”: The world of multimedia is right at your fingertips. Discover how to integrate animation, audio, and video clips into your Site. We also provide advice on editing your own QuickTime movies.

Part VIII: Integrating GoLive with Other Programs

Chapter 21, “Smart Objects”: Why can’t we all just get along? Adobe takes full advantage of a technology that enables files to get along from one app to another. Here we talk about Smart Objects and their uses.

Chapter 22, “Integrating with Photoshop, Illustrator, and LiveMotion”: Move files quickly and easily between Photoshop, Illustrator, LiveMotion, and GoLive for greater efficiency in your workflow.

Chapter 23, “GoLive Plug-Ins”: Here we discuss how to push the envelope even further using Adobe’s Online Xchange and the GoLive SDK.

Chapter 24, “Lasso Studio for Adobe GoLive”: In this chapter we cover the integration of GoLive and Lasso Studio for creating dynamic, database-driven sites.

Part IX: Wireless and Collaboration

Chapter 25, “Developing for Wireless Devices”: Here we discuss emerging technologies such as WAP and iMode devices. Covers the WML language and WML tools in GoLive, as well as optimizing your site for WAP and iMode.

Chapter 26, “The Workgroup Server”: Playing nicely with others. The Workgroup Server opens new doors in collaborative Web creation. Here we discuss the how-to’s and the advantages.

Part X: Using Dynamic Content

Chapter 27, “About Dynamic Content”: Everything you need to know about server requirements and compatibility issues, security, and user interface creation.

Chapter 28, “Using Dynamic Content”: Topics in this chapter include configuring a new site, adding databases, adding dynamic content, using dynamic tables, and creating links to dynamic pages. Applying formatting filters and previewing dynamic pages are also covered.

Chapter 29, “Custom Merchant”: Explore how to create an eCommerce site and a Web-based front end using Adobe’s complete Custom Merchant system.

Part XI: Viewing and Managing Web Sites

Chapter 30, “Streamlining Site Construction”: This chapter presents how to optimize and troubleshoot GoLive Sites. Also learn how to publish Web sites and understand Site Designer.

Chapter 31, “Publishing Your Site”: Walk through the finer points of connecting to a Web server via FTP and WebDAV. This chapter helps you understand uploading, updating, and downloading a site as well as using the WebDAV Browser. You’ll also take a look at the Network Status Window, key-chain security, and customizing Internet access.

Part XII: Appendixes

Appendix A, “What’s on the Companion CD”: An overview of material available to support your use of this book in learning GoLive.

Appendix B, “Palette Definitions”: A guide to all the toolbars, icons, buttons, widgets, and gizmos found on GoLive’s innumerable screens, windows, and palettes.

Conventions Used

Special Edition Using Adobe GoLive 6.0 uses a number of conventions to provide you with special information. These include the following elements:

Tips and Notes give advice on how to do things a little easier or more efficiently, or provide additional information on a topic or feature covered in one of our chapters.


Cautions warn you of potential problems and pitfalls and help you avoid them.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Throughout the book we will provide instructions that include keyboard shortcuts for both Mac and PC. To help distinguish between the two, we will feature the Mac shortcuts in parentheses (Mac) and use a hyphen for key combinations (Mac-combo), while the PC shortcuts will be shown in brackets [PC] and use a plus sign for key combinations [PC+combo]. Both shortcuts will be provided for any given task, as in the following example: To create a new page, select New Page from the File menu or press the (Cmd-N) [Ctrl+N] keys.

Most keyboard shortcuts easily translate from one operating system to the other if you keep the following equivalents in mind:

Mac PC
Mouse click Left mouse click
(Ctrl) Right mouse click
(Cmd) or (Apple) or ([cl]) [Ctrl]
(Option) or (Opt) [Alt]

CD/Web Resources

As the book proceeds from fundamentals of page layout and site management to more highly skilled techniques, the CD-ROM provides visual examples to accompany the text. Thus readers can witness the building of a GoLive Web site from the ground up, with our sample site expanding and growing in complexity as it demonstrates more advanced aspects of the program. Examples on the CD-ROM include

  • Web Site Basics (companion to Chapters 3 and 4)—This section demonstrates planning and diagramming techniques for a typical Web site. Here we introduce a site proposal for a fictional company, Rooftop Records, and show diagramming options.

  • Standard Page Layout (companion to Chapters 813)—Here we display a simple Web page for our sample site, Rooftop Records, which features formatted text and graphics, navigational links, anchors, head tags and scripts, date and time, and other basic page elements.

  • Working with Frames (companion to Chapter 14)—Here we show a variation of the Rooftop Records Web page that was created using frames.

  • Working with Tables (companion to Chapter 15)—Tables prove to be quite effective for displaying featured artist names, albums, and song titles on our Rooftop Records site, as we show with this additional page.

  • Creating Forms (companion to Chapter 16)—View a completed online form that enables users to contact Rooftop Records and request additional information about a particular artist.

  • Styles and Stationery (companion to Chapter 17)—Several additional pages are added to the Rooftop Records site using Cascading Style Sheets, Stationery, and Reusable Components. Our examples not only demonstrate GoLive’s ease of use and timesaving techniques, but also show how the pages maintain a consistent appearance throughout the entire site.

  • Movement, Multimedia and Interactivity (companion to Chapters 1820)—Readers can see first-hand how these advanced elements truly bring our Web site to life. Images from the original pages are improved using image maps, creating new navigation and display options for our sample site. The appearance of our basic navigation is improved again through the use of JavaScript rollovers. We also show how a simple Java Applet can spice up a page. Additional pages include the use of Layers, Floating Boxes and Actions, animated gifs, audio and video clips, and QuickTime movies, all within a real-world example. Rooftop Records now has a much more interactive and exciting environment that shows off the artists to the best of their abilities.

  • Integrating with Other Programs (companion to Chapters 2126)—This section demonstrates how graphics may be exchanged and manipulated using other software in conjunction with GoLive. Readers can see several versions of our sample site here, and how each of the new graphics would appear in a browser.

  • Integrating with Lasso Studio (companion to Chapter 24)—Since Lasso enables users to perform such a wide variety of functions, we cannot possibly demonstrate them all here. We will attempt to show how our sample site could be enhanced with some of Lasso’s features, namely by creating an eCommerce site for selling records and showing readers their options in this area.

  • Using Dynamic Link (companion to Chapters 2731)—Our Rooftop Records site is expanded with the addition of a database, which turns our basic table of artists and albums into a dynamic inventory and sales tool. This in turn drives our new eCommerce Site, which enables our sample company to sell its records online.

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