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Abouna
03-21-2007, 03:17 AM
I'm really only 37, but web design makes me feel old!

I have no formal design training and therefore have been mostly a WYSIWYG designer. I started with 3 I think. I'm now using DW 4 & FW4. I would rather improve my designing (just working for our family business websites) than lag behind. I have no interest in Flash or other multimedia intense designs but would like a WYSIWYG interface that would enable slightly more advanced sites without me having to start a new career :-)

Would I be well served by moving to version 8? I was tempted by MX a couple years ago but the mixed reviews kept me away.

Thanks for the help.

davidj
03-21-2007, 09:19 AM
you dont have to upgrade in order to make your sites better.

I'm really only 37, but web design makes me feel old!
this sounds like you dont enjoy it

questions to ask yourself why you feel old...

Are you excited by the internet and have an strong interest in web design and development?

do you keep going back to a project in order to make it better?

when you come across a 'new thing' do you say .... how did they do that? then work it out how they did it.

or do you switch on your machine and dream about doing something else?

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its always nice to have the latest product but i would read the .. Whats New... section first to see if you would benefit.

Abouna
03-21-2007, 12:16 PM
you dont have to upgrade in order to make your sites better.


this sounds like you dont enjoy it

questions to ask yourself why you feel old...

Are you excited by the internet and have an strong interest in web design and development?

do you keep going back to a project in order to make it better?

when you come across a 'new thing' do you say .... how did they do that? then work it out how they did it.

or do you switch on your machine and dream about doing something else?

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its always nice to have the latest product but i would read the .. Whats New... section first to see if you would benefit.


Interesting points. I suppose I should have been more clear.

I do enjoy it for the most part but because it is really a side job for me (I only do it every so many weeks or months to update our sites, my main work is not design) I get a bit bogged down as I need to re-learn much every time I sit down to work.

I'm no newbie to the net, so yes I'm always interested in anything tech or geeky (always have been). However I don't have the time or inclination to dedicate to the sites that would facilitate the kind of sites I want done (I know that's a bit of a contradiction!)

I do try and tweak our sites to keep them fresh. I guess what I'm saying is that if I could design full time I'd be really gung-ho about it, but since I can't I'm looking for a crutch that will help.

I just assumed a newer version of DW would be better at WYSIWYG, i.e. I work in layers then convert to tables. I know this isn't the best design, not the cleanest nor the most efficient.

Our main site is here (http://www.msocp.com/).

davidj
03-21-2007, 01:39 PM
you have a nice clean site with very detailed pictures.

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Im sorry to say this but the latest version of DW dont have a "create brilliant site" button.

If you feel you need to improve your design skills then look around the web to see whats going on...

try these to gleem some inspiration

http://www.thedreamer.com.br/

http://www.designlicks.com/flash/index.php

Abouna
03-21-2007, 02:09 PM
you have a nice clean site with very detailed pictures.

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Im sorry to say this but the latest version of DW dont have a "create brilliant site" button.

If you feel you need to improve your design skills then look around the web to see whats going on...

try these to gleem some inspiration

http://www.thedreamer.com.br/

http://www.designlicks.com/flash/index.php

Thanks David both for the kind comments (I may not be a crack designer but I do try to stay "clean", I'm really a fan of spartan sites).

I start to do some reading.

On a related note, is there any chance you can tell me what my brother has done wrong here (http://www.khalafoud.com/aquilastrings.htm), he knows even less about designing than I. I tried to rework this page but the text keeps expanding past the tables I have set in DW.

domedia
03-21-2007, 04:31 PM
Newer version definitely makes you do more wysiwyg. Wait to upgrade until the new Dreamweaver CS3 comes out in a week or 2. It will have some ajax stuff integrated, but if you're upgrading from DW4, there's plenty of new stuff, the interface is all different. I would spend alot of time training with tutorials from adobe.com. They give you excellent training material. The key is to get really good at it, but it takes a little time and dedication

Abouna
03-21-2007, 05:02 PM
Newer version definitely makes you do more wysiwyg. Wait to upgrade until the new Dreamweaver CS3 comes out in a week or 2. It will have some ajax stuff integrated, but if you're upgrading from DW4, there's plenty of new stuff, the interface is all different. I would spend alot of time training with tutorials from adobe.com. They give you excellent training material. The key is to get really good at it, but it takes a little time and dedication

Thanks, that's encouraging.