Over the next week, we are going to be publicizing some high-value content from adobe.com and other community sites. We have been tracking what’s been most important to our users, and feel that getting this content out to the larger community will go a long way toward helping people tackle some of their most pressing challenges.
Our second recommendation is a piece by David Powers:
Customizing a Spry Menu Bar widget
The tutorial takes you through some of the most common styling tasks for the difficult-to-style Spry Menu Bar widget in Dreamweaver.
Give it a spin and let us know what you think!
The Dreamweaver team is happy to announce the release of 3 extensions this week!
We got feedback on a number of issues that we could solve via extensions, so we packaged them up.
First is the HTML5 pack for Dreamweaver CS3 and CS4. We released a version for CS5 only and we heard from users that they wanted it too. This extension contains the code hinting for:
- New HTML5 tags
- New attributes and values for existing tags.
- Many CSS3 features.
- Some -moz and -webkit CSS properties.
Multi-screen Preview, Media Queries and Starter Layouts were not included since they were not fully backwards compatible.
So hopefully this will help DW users get into all the new HTML5 goodies.
Second, some CS5 users were sad to see the Validator feature go away. We got a lot of requests for this feature, so we packaged up the files to reinstate it.
After installing, you will get the old File > Validate > Markup back in the menu and the Results panel.
Fair warning: We removed it because it wasn’t totally accurate, so check with the W3C before you go live. People like this feature to find bugs in product, before they get to W3C.
And lastly, DW CS4 users that are trying out the Widget Browser, and specifically the new Spry UI widgets are getting a warning about missing widget code. DW CS4 isn’t recognizing these new widgets as Spry widgets. So we made an extension with a new translator that recognizes the new widgets and suppresses the warning.
So we hope that these new extensions will solve some issues for users. Let us know if you have other things you would like to see. We read every e-mail that comes through the wish list and it is how we saw these issues come up, so let us know!
Dreamweaver Quality Engineering
It’s easy enough to insert Spry widgets in Dreamweaver, but customizing them is another matter. Surprisingly, there are not a great number of resources out there that show folks how to customize Spry widgets. Below are some of the more popular and useful ones that might help you get to where you want to go.
Spry widget samples (ADOBE)
Code and styling samples of all of the Adobe Spry widgets, directly from the Adobe Spry team.
Customizing Spry Menu Bars in Dreamweaver (JUST DREAMWEAVER)
Resource page offering various Spry Menu Bar information available out on the Web.
Creating Custom Spry Widgets: Dreamweaver CS3 (LYNDA.COM)
Video series showing how to insert and modify a Sliding Panels widget.
Tabbed Panels and Menu Bar widgets: Dreamweaver CS3 (PEACHPIT PRESS)
Basic tutorial on inserting and styling Tabbed Panels and Menu Bar widgets.
Spry Validation widgets (LAYERS MAGAZINE)
Video tutorial on inserting and styling Spry form validation widgets.
Building Spry pages visually (ADOBE)
The Dreamweaver Help system. Each widget contains a customization section, which links out to the larger Spry Developer’s Guide.