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Library: Creative Design


Save time by creating reusable elements in GoLive

Added on Monday 4th of May 2009 09:23 am EST

Application > Adobe GoLive CS/CS2
Operating Systems > Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

When you"re designing web pages, the biggest factor working against you is the same one that"s makes your hair turn gray: time. You"re constantly battling time because you have so much to do. Like most people, it"s probably your nature to take on more projects than you can handle, but somehow you manage to finish them mere moments before the deadline. That"s because, like most people, you have an arsenal full of tricks that you use to save you time as you work along. To help build up your arsenal, we"ll show you how you can reuse elements in GoLive by turning commonly used items, as shown in Figure A, into components, custom objects, custom snippets, and macros that you can use in various places throughout your design. This way, rather than re-inventing the wheel each time you need something, you can simply add it to your page. Let"s open an example and learn how it"s done.

Creating components
The best way to demonstrate how to reuse elements is to create a new website. To do so:
1. Launch GoLive and choose File > New. When the New dialog box opens, as shown in Figure B, select Site > Create Site, and then select the Blank Site option button.

2. Click Next, enter a name such as Elements in the Name text box, click Next again, and choose the Don"t Use Version Control option button. Click Next, select the Specify Server Later option button, and then click Finish to display the site window, as shown in Figure C. The site displays all of the files that make up the site.

3. Click on the Extras tab, found in the right side of the...


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