Archive for August, 2009

FLV video – new troubleshooting doc

There have been many, many posts on the Dreamweaver forums about problems with displaying FLV files. We’ve just updated the CS4 documentation to include a new troubleshooting section that might help a lot of you who are having problems. As this is a much-talked-about issue, please publicize this troubleshooting information as much as possible on other blogs and forums if you’re able to do that.
Special thanks to David Powers who originally alerted us to the need for such a doc.
The doc does not and cannot cover all issues. There are still many users for whom this doc won’t provide a solution. But hopefully, the information provided will be able to help a good majority of people having trouble with FLV.

Automatically attaching CSS style sheets to new documents

I wanted to alert everyone to another great new Community article published by Adobe Community Expert David Powers. The article details how to attach CSS style sheets automatically when you create new documents.
Here’s the article:
http://kb2.adobe.com/community/publishing/505/cpsid_50564.html
This handy option is easy to miss, especially if you don’t use the New Document Dialog box to create documents, so big thanks to David for highlighting this.
Furthermore, the appearance of such an article is a great example of how Community content can interact and live symbiotically with Adobe Help. We’ve linked directly to David’s piece from our documentation, and this is indeed a great thing because David is able to go into much more detail about the process of automatically attaching style sheets than we are able to do in Help:
Create a blank page
Create a page with a CSS layout
If you’re interested in publishing Community articles of your own, download the Community Publishing AIR application.

Spry Accordions, Tabbed Panels, and Collapsible Panels: changing colors

I wanted to alert everyone to a great new Community article published by Adobe Community Expert David Powers. The article details the various best practices and methods for changing the colors of Accordion, Tabbed Panels, and Collapsible Panel widgets, including tab backgrounds, borders, and so on.
Here’s the article:
http://kb2.adobe.com/community/publishing/504/cpsid_50437.html
Customization questions are pretty frequent in both the Spry and Dreamweaver forums. This new styling guide is sure to answer lots of peoples’ questions.
Furthermore, the appearance of such an article is a great example of how Community content can interact and live symbiotically with Adobe Help. We’ve linked directly to David’s piece from our own customization pages for the Spry Accordion, Tabbed Panels, and Collapsible Panels widgets:
Customize the Accordion widget
Customize the Tabbed Panels widget
Customize the Collapsible Panels widget
Thanks a lot to David for hammering out this article.
If you’re interested in publishing Community articles of your own, you can download the Community Publishing AIR application and get right to work!

New Dreamweaver Tutorials page

We’ve added a Tutorials page to the Dreamweaver CS4 help files, since many of you have often asked for the availability of those kinds of resources directly from Help.
The page links out to other resources, including the Check Magazine first website series on the Adobe Developer Center, and all of the Lynda.com video tutorials that were created for CS4.
For those of you who are CSS newbies, be sure not to miss David Powers’s new piece, Using Page Properties to create a basic CSS style sheet. This is a great how-to that shows you how easy it is to get started with CSS. David’s piece was also amongst the first to be published using Adobe’s new Community Publishing System.
If you know of other Dreamweaver tutorials — either by you or someone else — that would make a good addition to the new Tutorials page, please leave links in the Comments section (of the Tutorial page, not this thread) so that we can learn about as many resources as possible.

Curious about the Spry Accordion widget?

Adobe is looking for participants for a brief (~1 hour) work observation and interview. Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Dreamweaver CS4 user (beginner to advanced — no CS3 users please)
  • Curious about Spry, but have never used Spry widget features in Dreamweaver
  • You know what an Accordion widget is from other sites, but have never inserted or edited one in Dreamweaver
  • Familiar with CSS styling and how it works

We are offering a small incentive to those willing to help us complete this study.
If you meet these requirements and would like to participate, please contact me at jvarese@adobe.com.
In your email, please confirm that you are a Dreamweaver CS4 user, that you have never inserted a Spry Accordion, and that you are comfortable working with and editing CSS.
Thanks!