Image Roundtrip is ideal for the web designer-developer who follows a particular set of behaviors: their workflow is almost exclusively in Adobe applications, with a constant demand for image modifications. If you’re a “one and done” designer – for example, creating content very quickly on a daily basis for a blog – this approach will likely not work for you. But if you’re responsible for a relatively static site using DreamWeaver and Photoshop and wish to continue to adjust your images, including after the site is published, this technique may be ideal.
DreamWeaver Settings for Site Publishing
Previously we have covered general preference settings for DreamWeaver. The instructions that follow are primarily intended for students in my full-time web development program. For those students: keep these instructions with you at all times, add this article to your favourites, or know where to find it. I am not going to indulge endless questions of "How do you set up a connection to the server again?".
It is very important to note that the settings made in these steps are specific to that machine. If you try to work on your site from another machine, it is likely that you will need to recreate some or all of these settings for that specific installation of DreamWeaver, or import those settings from a .ste file, discussed later.
Finally, note that the details of some of these steps will change depending on the server and folder you are publishing to. The specific server and folders settings shown here will not work outside the SAIT campus.
Creating An Imagemap In DreamWeaver
An imagemap is a large image with clickable link hotspots used for the purpose of site navigation or other UI purposes. An old and well-established technique, imagemaps are particularly useful in the following cases:
- If your site audience is pre- or post-literate, or is not likely to understand the language used on the website. Young children, for instance, tend to navigate via images rather than text.
- When the navigation is complex, but can be presented in a visually compelling way. Geographical maps are a good example. (This has to some extent been made redundant by geolocation services, but is still useful for older browsers or to indicate alternate decisions).