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Great Web Typography - Peck W.

Peck W. Great Web Typography - John Wiley & Sons, 2003. - 338 p.
ISBN 0-7645-3700-8
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Learning More About Flash Type______________________
If finding pure typography information for the Web is hard, finding good information about type in Flash is even tougher. On the plus side, it is a simple subject, and I’m confident that you have what you need for techniques from this book. If you take that knowledge, and surf through the sites recommended in the previous CSS section, you should be able to create any basic text effect you find.
If you want to learn the splashy effects, and how to make your Flash move, a simple search on any Web search engine will return more great links than you can handle. It always amazes me that you can find such a wealth of information about the pop and sizzle of the Web, and so little about the basics. Such is the Web, perhaps. But you have the benefit of the basics in this book to add to the effects. If you make a word fly across the page, you can relax in the knowledge that your visitors will see the word, not the gap between two characters.
Appendix В
Which Software Does What?
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© Web design software programs can be a contusing topic. There are overlaps in what programs can do, and techniques that you can only do in a specific type of program. It’s hard to tell from reading reviews, especially reviews from software manufacturers that claim their software will stop just short of guaranteeing you will lead a happy life just for this one purchase.
Popular software programs do offer unique capabilities. That’s how they become, and remain, popular. I’ve added this short section of the book to help you cut through the software jungle. Once you understand what to expect from a program, you are in a better decision to make wise purchasing decisions for your work.
Software for the Web Overview___________________
I have been working with graphic programs since 1989, which is darn near pioneer days. I’ve worked with most graphics programs out there, although I have little experience with 3D programs.Those I will ignore. I have also worked with many software programs, like Adobe PageMaker and InDesign, and Quark XPress, but as they have no real application for Web creation, I will also ignore that type of program.
The programs I mentioned for print work promise that you can create Web pages. Don’t listen! These are print programs, and I believe the only useful pages they can produce for Web use are PDF files.
I have my favorite programs, which for the purpose of this article I will reveal. But first you must promise you will not use my selections as “the best.” My situation, history, and profession is likely radically different from yours. This discussion of software programs is here to help you make the best decisions for you.
I use Photoshop, CorelDRAW, and Dreamweaver for the majority of my work. I also turn to Fireworks quite often. I was a print designer for nearly ten years before I moved to the Web, and was already skilled with graphic software. Photoshop is an expensive program with a long learning curve. It is essential for print designers, so when I came to the Web, I knew the program inside and out, plus, most importantly, owned it. CorelDRAW is the same. In fact, many of the best designers who came directly to design through the Web do not even use a program of this type (illustration program) in their design. They are expensive, have a long learning curve, and truly have limited application for the Web, even with the current version enhancements. Like Photoshop, I had extensive experience with CorelDRAW, and I owned it.
Dreamweaver is the one program I use on a regular basis that has been chosen on its merits alone. I’m pretty sure I have used every editor along the way. Dreamweaver, at the time I chose it (version 2), had the best combination of intuitive workflow and good code production. I’ve now written two books about this program, plus have added years of day-to-day experience, so I doubt any other program can catch
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Dreamweaver . . . for me. That “for me” is the most important statement in this paragraph.
Fireworks comes into the mix for only the best reasons. First, it consistently creates the smallest graphic files. That, in itself, has earned it a spot in my heart. When I need to whip a page together quickly, I don’t think another program is out there that can compete. It is simply the best hybrid (vector and raster) program, offering the strongest export capabilities. I also found Fireworks was easy to learn. Of course, I had years of graphics experience before I opened it the first time, but I have heard the same from others without the benefit of my experience.
I cover only the most visible programs in the Web design world. Other programs are similar to the ones I feature, but I can’t possibly feature all of them. I have tried some impressive programs, and heard of many others at attractive prices that can do much of what the more famous programs can do. By reading through this list, you will be better able to decide which features you require in a program, and may be able to find a more affordable substitute.
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