Studio 8: Common Application
To provide continuity between the development
applications within Studio (except ColdFusion), Macromedia has
created a set of common
elements that are shared
across each application. Familiarizing yourself with how these
tools work and their distinctions across the individual programs
can help you work faster and
ColdFusion is not
application, but rather a utility for managing the ColdFusion
environment, so it does not share any common elements with the
other programs in the Studio suite.
Studio's common elements include
A central workspace for creating pages, movies,
or images. In Flash, the workspace is called the
. In each of the other development
applications, the workspace is called the
A main menu bar at the top of the screen, with
File, Edit, View, Insert, Modify, Commands, Window, and Help
A secondary toolbar located below the main menu
Panels that provide access to specific
functionality. The panels all work the same in the way they are
opened, closed, minimized, maximized,
, and undocked.
A Property inspector that enables you to see and
modify common attributes of the selected object.
A Tools panel (in Fireworks and Flash) located,
by default, on the left side of the workspace.
Figures 2.12.3 show the main interface features
for Flash, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver, respectively.
Figure 2.1. The Flash interface.
Figure 2.2. The Fireworks
Figure 2.3. The Dreamweaver
In addition, many of the applications share
common options within the various menus, common commands on the
main toolbar, and common keyboard shortcut keys.