Overview

Dreamweaver CS5 is the latest iteration of Adobe’s flagship web design tool. Our demonstration is focusing on the new features added to this version aimed at making web site development faster.

So whether you are an existing Dreamweaver user or completely new to it there’ll be plenty to amaze you.

Date and Time

19 August 2010, 20:00 – 21:30 BST

Presenter

Elaine Giles

Review

The regulars were joined by a few new faces for this Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 demo. In fact it was 2-for-the-price-of-1 because, by popular request, Elaine had promised to do a short Photoshop demo – but more of that later.

Our events are more than a demo so as is customary, we “opened the doors” at 7:30 (for an 8:00 start) for attendees to come in and chat – well, when I say chat, it’s a combination of voice chat from Elaine and I (though if you’ve got a mic and headset you’re welcome to let us hear your dulcet tones) and text chat.

The subject quickly turned to web design (well it was a Dreamweaver event) and what apps we use/have used. I think everything was mentioned from Notepad and FrontPage to Espresso and of course Dreamweaver. One or two people actually admitted that they didn’t even design websites, but had come along for the chat – no problem with that – all welcome!

Elaine took us through the new functionality in Dreamweaver CS5 including how to design for multiple platforms (including the iPhone and iPad), as well as some cool CSS wizardry. The highlights of the evening were how to edit a WordPress theme using Dreamweaver and using The HTML5 Dreamweaver Extension to display HTML5 video inside Dreamweaver itself. HTML5 video is designed to allow you to play video in a web page without needing Flash, however, to see it playing live inside the Dreamweaver development environment was just awesome!

Once we’d recovered from the delights of Dreamweaver, we had another treat in store. My Photoshop knowledge and experience is VERY limited but I never cease to be amazed at what Elaine can do with it!

Elaine’s demo was all about how to select elements of a photo and place them on different backgrounds. The example she used was to “cut out” (digitally of course) a woman from one photo and paste her into another photo, ensuring that everything (including the hair) matched and there was no trace of the original background. Not an easy thing to achieve but of course, the final result was perfect as you can see.

But it wasn’t just about placing elements within images as you can see from Elaine’s second example where she seamlessly removed the gentleman riding his bike.

Thanks to those who attended – we hope you all had a great night and hope you can join us next time.