Last night’s meeting was a simple introduction to the Dreamweaver group to prospective members, mainly explaining the benefits of Adobe User Groups. Many thanks to those who made it, and stuck with us all the way through from the Flash session to the end!
Alun ran through a quick overview of Dreamweaver CS4, a free beta of which is available from the Adobe site.
The beta is free until launch for registered owners of Dreamweaver CS3.
We walked through a couple of the videos Adobe have provided, explaining some of the new features in CS4 : Live View, Related Files, and Live Code.
These videos can be viewed either on the Adobe TV web site, or by installing the Adobe Media Player and browsing for the DreamLabs channel. Go straight to the first in the series of six videos: Related Files, and carry on browsing the TV site to view the rest.
In passing, Alun talked about the YUI (pronounced Why-You-I) Code Library, which you can find at http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/
and Adobe’s own AJAX framework, Spry.
We talked a bit about possible topics for future sessions, and these included web accessibility, Spry and AIR – which would integrate well with the Flash User Group’s interests. We’re also probably going to be able to cover Photoshop and Illustrator, so designers and pencil-pushers don’t feel left out!
Next meeting is September 3rd.