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Total Training for Adobe GoLive 5

Another winner from Total Training By Stephen Schleicher

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Deke McClelland is a heck of a good instructor

Deke McClelland once again hosts this series that gets the users up to speed on using Adobe GoLive 5

I've been using Adobe GoLive on and off for a while now, and at times it seems to be the easiest WYSIWYG html programs, and other times it seems to be one of the most difficult. Thankfully there are videos available from Total Training that explains how to get GoLive to work for you. Last week we took a look at Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6. This week we are going to look at another series in the Total Training line, Total Training for Adobe GoLive 5.

Like most Total Training programs, this one is separated into three groups Fundamentals, Essentials, and Advanced (or in this case GoLive with Gusto). While many users may want to skip the Fundamentals series of tapes, I recommend snagging them, as you never know when your brain may have a hiccup and you need a refresher. Also, people purchase training videos because they realize they are not experts on the software and "basics" programs will often have tips and tricks that they didn't know that will speed the creation process.

In the fist set of three programs Deke McClelland covers the basics of GoLive. And covering the basics he does?in Program One, Deke discusses what a browser is, connection speeds, and the structure of web sites. Deke then spends time on how to structure your site correctly, and creating a basic home page. While all of this is valuable for a person who has no idea what a WYSIWYG editor, html code, or how the World Wide Web works, for those who have had a little web creation experience, it may be a bit redundant and not worthwhile.

Program Two begins working with GoLive 5 and gets into the nitty-gritty or what the program can do. Deke covers how to set up a web page by using the GoLive 5 palettes and discusses the purpose and function of tags. If you have set up web pages you know that using Meta tags and keywords are critical to getting your pages noticed by search engines. Deke does an excellent job at showing how to place these tags in the first portion of this program. He then spends the remainder of Program Two demonstrating how to create text for your web page and more importantly, how to change and format fonts correctly.

Program Three wraps up the Fundamentals series by demonstrating how to add images and links to your web page. While Program Three does do a good job demonstrating how to prepare images for Web use, those who want to really optimize their images should check out Creating Web Graphics with Photoshop 6. We have reviewed that series and you can find it elsewhere on this site.

Program Four begins the Essentials portion of the series. In this program, Deke gives you all the information you every wanted to know about tables. Why they are helpful for site layout, modifying them, and creating a custom table. Deke also spends about an hour discussing slices, and how they can be created in Adobe Photoshop. For those who know nothing about slices and how they can help with the graphical treatment of you site, then you will get a lot of great information from this program.

If you have no idea what Smart Objects are, then Program Five is for you. This video covers how to use Smart Objects or more importantly how objects created in other Adobe products work intuitively with GoLive 5. This is great as you can manipulate and optimize graphics directly in GoLive 5 without having Photoshop or Illustrator. This program also talks about image maps, and wraps up by discussing media plug-ins. This section talks about how to embed QuickTime, Flash Real, SVG, and other media formats into the web page. With the increased demand for streaming media on sites, knowing how to embed correctly in GoLive is really important.

In Program Six Deke goes over grids, frames, and forms; some of the most important interactive elements in web creation. If you don't want to have to generate a menu for every single page on your site, then frames are your solution. While frames may be a simple process for some, others have probably been frustrated to the point that they refuse to even think about them. Have no fear as Deke gives you more information than you probably wanted to know about working with these elements. Deke also goes over Forms and how to design them correctly. Closing out the second series with this information sets the viewer up for the final three tapes.

The GoLive with Gusto series kicks off with site management, and really covers everything you ever needed (or wanted) to know about making sure you site functions like it should. Deke even covers the proper use of the built in FTP function of GoLive and demonstrates how to make sure everything is uploaded to the proper location.

Program Eight is the one I got the most out of personally. To me, making use of Cascading Style Sheets in your web design is a perfect way to quickly manage the hundreds of thousands of pages on your site. Deke spends a good hour covering how to create a CSS and also provides some pointers on things to watch out for. In the last half of the tape, Deke covers floating boxes and animating those boxes in the web page to bring a page to life.

For the highly advanced user, incorporating DHTM and JavaScript into your site should be a goal. In Program 9, Deke covers these topics and a few others to wrap up the Total Training for Adobe GoLive 5 series.

As of this writing Total Training for Adobe GoLive 5 is only available on videotape. As I have mentioned in other Total Training video reviews I much prefer training videos on DVD. It makes it much easier to access the information you need quickly, instead of having to fast forward through tons of material, hoping to hit the right spot. This is the only complaint I have about the series. If you are an instructor, a beginner or intermediate user of GoLive 5, then you owe it to yourself to get your hands on these tapes as quickly as possible. You will find that Deke's instructional method will having you using GoLive like a pro in no time.

For more information about Total GoLive 5, be sure to visit the Total Training site at

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (, where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at

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