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Designing with Dreamweaver

MacroChat Smiles All smiles at Macromedia Community Week: Designing with Dreamweaver.

I was on a panel of "experts" discussing Best Practices for designing web sites using Dreamweaver yesterday, and the folks on the broadcasting team posted it for us to enjoy ad infinitum.

You can hear my voice over the Web, and watch me operate the software via Macromedia's slick new Breeze conferencing service (based on Flash).

If you enjoy it, definitely check out the rest of the MacroChats coming up for great tips and information on how to quickly build things with Macromedia tools.

May 18, 2004

Posted to Design and Education and Work at 12:17 PM | comments (1)

Dreamweaver Pong

Remember that classic computer game, Pong? Here's a fun new twist, in the form of an Easter Egg:

1. Fire up Dreamweaver on a PC.
2. Make sure that your computer's sound is turned up so you can hear this.
3. Open any file (ones that have lots of text and/or graphics are especially nice to use).
4. Click within some text in design view so the (default) text Property Inspector is showing.
5. On the Property Inspector, just to the right of the color swatch (that controls the text color), is a place where you would normally type in a hex color value.
6. In that textbox type the word 'dreamweaver' and hit the Enter key. (Hint: move your cursor up and down with the mouse but don't click on the mouse buttons.)

May 14, 2004

Posted to Funny and Play and Work at 12:54 PM | comments (3)

Sell Car, Get Bike

the bike Since the Dreamweaver Team is moving from Redwood City to the San Francisco office, Mer and I have decided that we only need one car. So, I sold the Subaru and bought a Specialized.

I compile resources for the San Francisco bicycle commuter:

SF Bike

Along with this shift from gas-power to human-power, my brain is rearranging itself. I feel lightness, happiness, freedom.

April 17, 2004

Posted to Life and Work at 12:21 PM | comments (0)

New Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver MX 2004 7.0.1 The new Dreamweaver is here!

Our team worked extra hard to get as many bug fixes and performance gains as possible - read our story at

I've generated a new look for the front page based on the Macromedia Halo design in honor of our much-anticipated and oft-delayed update.

Yes, have some.

Free for 30 days.

Do it. Do it.

March 11, 2004

Posted to Work at 05:42 PM | comments (0) | trackback (0)

... and a one ounce Dreamweaver, please.

Click Harder

The Lounge

the disco lounge

Dalbir and I converted the prank into a Disco Lounge for Halloween, and it has stuck.

Take a tour! See the lava lamp, snake lighting, disco ball, cooler, and now: a window.

November 20, 2003

Posted to Funny and Work at 03:09 PM | comments (0)

Accessibility Issues

the domain So, I was given the opportunity to work from home on Friday. That same day, my work-neighbor took the day off.

I came to work today and found my normally 10x8 foot cubicle was now an 8x20 foot fortress! Dalbir and I can now Step Up to get into our "domain".

Dalbir filed a bug on it.

October 20, 2003

Posted to Funny and Work at 11:56 AM | comments (0)

Familia Macromedia

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 in the box On Saturday, we shipped Dreamweaver MX 2004 to the world. I think this is the best product Macromedia has ever created, and I'm proud to have had a (small) role in producing it. It was a fun and rewarding process, and so I have joined the company!

About the product: It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

This tool is an education in writing code and design. You can really learn by doing with Dreamweaver, especially when working with Cascading Style Sheets and other design standards.

Thanks, Team!

September 8, 2003

Posted to Work at 09:51 AM | comments (0) | trackback (2)

A View to A Cove

A new masthead and footer for everyone: the Cove. This is where we surf. This is where I proposed to Meredith.

September 3, 2003

Posted to Play and Work at 01:38 PM | comments (0)

Labor Dabor

Had a relaxing honeymoon cruise to Baha, through LA (thanks M&D!), and back up to Napa. Read a great book: The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown - highly recommended. Ran into a friend from high school on Catalina - they couldn't make it to the wedding at the last minute, but we saw them here by chance - excellent serendipity!

Now, right back into macromedia launch madness on Labor Day!

Well, at least I have Strong Bad Emails to console me. That, and my my lovely wife. :)

September 1, 2003

Posted to Family and Friends and Love and Play and Work at 06:51 PM | comments (0)

Design Upgrade

Once again, this site has become a sandbox for the latest design. This one is heavily CSS-based, so I can control almost everything about the design using one page, including the layout.

There are no tables on this page.

The masthead picture is from The Breeze Spot at Phil and Jane's Casa No Casa. Inspiration a la CSS Zen Garden.

Before I even finished the rollout, GooglingEric was on it.

August 14, 2003

Posted to Work at 05:46 PM | comments (0)

CSS Zen Garden

css zen garden logo Mezzoblue provides a humble demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design.

The Zen Garden is a great place to start learning.

May 21, 2003

Posted to Work at 02:01 PM | comments (0)

Survival Macromedia

"Hey man, look - it's your world, I'm just trying to survive in it."

-Dalbir, on 'how ya doin'

Posted to Quotes and Work at 01:12 PM | comments (0)

Steal These Buttons

Thanks to GT McKnight for the button template and ideas.

See also the Online Button Maker, for fun.

May 20, 2003

Posted to Work at 01:30 PM | comments (0)

Team Dreamweaver

Now I get to work on my favorite Web development tool, Dreamweaver. I'm here for a few months to test the new CSS features for the next release.

Macromedia gave me Mac OS X and said, "Go ahead and grab the latest build, download your site and start testing."

Let me get this straight: I can improve the latest version of the best Web development tool in the world, on my favorite platform, on my own code, and everyone around me is excellent.

Ok, great! Thanks, Life!

March 21, 2003

Posted to Work at 07:30 PM | comments (2)

Panoramic Video

During a presentation at AcrossWorld for Education Object Economy, I saw Dr. Roy Pea (now at Stanford) talk to distinguished members of the cutting edge educational technology community.

Imagine a long window of video - little activity anywhere - and you can zoom and pan with simple strokes of the mouse, annotate, snapshot, and create clips.

Then imagine creating a Web page out of that with a few clicks of the mouse, with comment scripts and forms.

Panoramic cameras cost thousands (some tens of thousands), but this kind of surveillance and "zooming" video is definately the Future of Learning, for good and ill!

March 5, 2003

Posted to Work at 12:00 PM | comments (0)

Jobless, Part Two

From a letter to the fabulous Bonnie DeVarco:

The contract at HP was for one year, and they're going through mad cuts right now. It might pan out later, but it's too unstable for a new contract in Virtual Community for Teleconferences. That's too bad, too, because everyone is cutting costs and needs a guy like me to keep travel expenses low and increase efficiency.

I'm so flexible right now you could tie me in a bow! I can teach, web, guitar, sing, write, train, research, and speak.

I still search for the intersection!

March 3, 2003

Posted to Work at 01:03 PM | comments (0)


announcing 4x4 Labs Forum:
we're in your corner.

February 3, 2003

Posted to Work at 02:27 PM | comments (0)

Birth of a Blog

Hello, everyone! Finally, we get this thing underway. Thanks for stopping by, and please come by later for more stories and news.


January 3, 2003

Posted to Work at 10:09 PM | comments (1)
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