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"Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual": The Accessible, Authoritative Book That Should Have Been in the Box

March 8, 2004

Sebastopol, CA--Once again, renowned Dreamweaver writer and teacher David Sawyer McFarland has teamed with Missing Manual creator David Pogue to produce "the" user guide for the popular Dreamweaver MX--this time for the 2004 release. Their new Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual (Pogue Press/O'Reilly, US $34.95) gives web designers all the tools and techniques they need to get their work onto the Web faster and more professionally and bring stunning, interactive web sites to life.

"Whether you're new to building web pages or a hard-core, hand-coding HTML jockey," assures McFarland, "Macromedia's Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that lets you build web sites quickly and efficiently, without compromising the quality of your code." Here, building on the tremendous success of his two earlier Dreamweaver editions, McFarland teaches designers how to take advantage of MX 2004's immense capabilities to construct and manage web sites with ease.

With the author's signature wit and crystal-clear prose, this user-friendly, expanded edition offers detailed instructions for making the most of every feature of the complete web site production and management tool. And the book is geared toward readers of all technical levels, delivering special sidebar tips for first-timers as well as advanced technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts for power users. Unique, essential features include:

  • Live examples. All new, annotated, step-by-step tutorials guide readers through the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial web site, complete with Flash buttons, forms, and even dynamic databases. Throughout, the author offers clear-headed advice on using the enhanced Cascading Style Sheets for flexible formatting--one of the biggest changes in MX 2004.

  • Tricks of the trade. Readers are given a veteran's invaluable knowledge of workarounds, shortcuts, and Easter eggs in Dreamweaver itself.

  • Design guidance. Dreamweaver can create any modern web feature, from animations to pop-up windows. This book helps designers determine which browsers and audiences are appropriate for each.
  • With more than 500 illustrations, a index, and the clarity of thought that has made bestsellers of every Missing Manual to date, this new edition is a must-have for any user of Dreamweaver MX 2004.

    Praise for the previous edition:

    "...as you open it, the magical Missing Manual effect takes over and you are among friends...This book is another excellent member of the Missing Manual series, with all the same key elements--clarity of presentation, engaging writing, and thorough coverage of the topic and its context...Mac Guild Grade: A--Outstanding."
    --Diane Love, Mac Guild User Group, April 2003

    "Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual is about as complete a primer on the latest version of Macromedia's web design software as one could want."
    --John Maas, Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY, April 2003

    "Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual really is exactly what it says on the cover. Author David McFarland has done an excellent job of presenting the workings of Dreamweaver MX in plain, easy to understand English...a thoroughly good book."
    --Web Thang Book of the Month, June 2003 http://www.webthang.co.uk/shop/shop.asp

    "I would rather go without food for three days than miss any of the Missing Manual books."
    --Al Fasodt of "The Post-Standard," June 2003

    Additional Resources:

    Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
    David Sawyer McFarland
    ISBN 0-596-00631-4, 836 pages, $34.95 US, $50.95 CA
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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