Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Author: David Sawyer McFarland
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Format: 1216 pp, paperback
Price: Paperback $49.99; e-book (various formats) $39.99
Dreamweaver (reviewed elsewhere on MyMac.com) is probably the most respected web design program on both the Mac and Windows platforms. It’s an application that’s respected for its versatility and fluid interaction with web technologies such as Flash, but at the same time it’s more than a bit feared because of its complexity and the steep learning curve necessary to make the application pay for itself. But once you understand the application and come to terms with its idiosyncrasies, Dreamweaver CS 5.5 is the sort of application that revolutionises the way you get work done. The split screen interface for example let’s you edit code on one side of the screen while also reviewing or modifying the finished web page on the other.
InDesign CS 5.5
Upgrade, single application, suite, and academic pricing available
I begin this review with a caveat. Adobe loves the word “professional.” I mean really! Their CS Suites are for professionals, and I can tell you right now, those people will leave me in the dust with their skills. But I am here to say that we ordinary people will love CS InDesign 5.5. This review is in two parts. The first will cover basic publications, PDFs, booklets, and the useful controls and workspaces that pertain to the print world. The second part will zero in on interactive publications, including the very lucrative and expanding field of ePub.
With InDesign 5.5, you too can design and publish your church newsletter. You too can design posters for your art group. You too can produce interesting interactive PDFs that can be used on the Internet. And yes, you too can publish your own ePub book as a tutorial, or for a family reunion or for pure vanity’s sake. I did, and I am not a professional by any stretch of the imagination.