be aware, that only the three pages found below the Student Links
header on the menu are specifically aimed at TAFE students, and therefore
only contain links to information sites and/or sites that offer free
resources, e.g. fonts and templates etc.. The other pages on my site
are for general access, and do contain links to Commercial web sites.
- Alan T Horwell
Image Maps are another way of providing the end user with a way
of navigating your web site. They are often used on the main page
of the site, to provide graphical links to other sections of the
I was going to go through this on Saturday, however since I still
have the flu, I will get you to follow the Dreamweaver tutorial
on creating an image map.
Follow these steps
From the Dreamweaver help menu select Tutorials
Select "Image Alignment and Image Maps Tutorial (Left pane)
Scroll down the right pane and select "Create an image
Follow through the Tutorial
Getting traffic to your web site
There are some things that you should be doing now so that when
your site is ready, you can start to attract visitors.
Hopefully you are thinking about Keywords and Descriptions for
each page and adding them as you go
Another thing to think about is creating reciprocal links with
other sites that may can increase traffic for both parties.
You will need to think carefully about the sites that you link
to, make sure that they are good sites, that will provide information
that will be appreciated by your visitors. Don't waste your visitors
time or they may not bother coming back to your site. Wherever possible
in my gallery section, I provide links to other sites that will
be useful for people using that particular software, and yes I visit
those sites and check them out first.
Using your favourite search engine, find and list six sites that
would be good for your visitors to know about.
There may already be web rings for sites similar to yours, these
can be a great source of visitors. However, your site has to be
in a reasonable state before you can join a web ring. Usually, you
need to apply to the Ring Master to join the ring. If your site
is only half completed, you will no doubt be rejected and this rejection
could affect further submissions to the same web ring. Don't waste
the ring masters time.
To see what is available have a look at www.webring.org
When you find a ring that you would like to join, visit some of
the sites already in the ring and see how your site measures up.
Well that should keep you busy till next week. Hopefully my voice
will be back by then CROAK-CROAK.
Later - Alan
September 11, 2003
Well, I just can't seem
to shake off this flu. Now I've lost my voice.
Lou is going to take the class tonight. The main topic he will
be covering is how to get your web site up onto the server and how
to access it from the outside.
Let Lou know that the list of everybody's web space is in the back
of the roll.
Once you have your pages on the server and can access it through
a web browser, I would like you to organise a redirection service
for it. The service I used ages ago on my first site was at "beam.to"
(beam.to/aif), although any of them will do just as well.
I would like you to set up the redirection service, TEST IT, and
then send me an e-mail with the redirect address to your web site.
Don't forget to include your full name somewhere in the e-mail.
Send e-mail's to
The doctor has put me off for the rest
of the week, so there will no class on Saturday. So that you won't
be too disappointed, I am going to post some exercises here.
The first of these is I would like you to e-mail me the description
of the purpose for your web site. Remember way back in the first
week or two I said that you need to define the purpose of your web
site? If not look here to
see the ones that I used for my site.
This task should be easy for those of you who have started work
on your site, because you will have already done it, wont you :)
For those two people who still haven't decided what your site is
going to be about, IT'S CRUNCH TIME!!. Just make sure that it complies
with the guidelines in the study guide for ICPMM65dA
I will post some more exercises here, either later tonight or tomorrow.
BTW you have all read that article on XML by now haven't you. We
will look at that next week.
Catch you later - Alan
August 15, 2003
Just a reminder, there will be no class
tomorrow morning (Saturday 16th August)
Hopefully, those who missed Thursday night's class have all been
See you next week
August 2, 2003
In today's class we looked at some
of the things that you need to do if you want to get visitors to
your site using the search engines.
May 14, 2003
The June 2003 edition of Australian PC World has a full copy of
PhotoImpact 6SE on the cover CD. There is also a special deal on
an upgrade to Version 8.
Don't miss this one, it's well worth the price of a magazine.
If everybody buys a copy of the magazine and brings it along to
the next class, we can have a play with this program, and I can
show you some of its many features. It is an ideal program for the
type of work we need to do for the current module and it is a real
bargain, at just the price of a magazine.
February 18, 2003
In the afternoon and night classes
today, we had a look at using the basic features of PowerPoint to
put together a presentation. We also had a look at some of the design
styles that were available. As I mentioned, the number of styles
and templates that you have available to you, will be determined
by how the installation was performed. PowerPoint does come with
extra styles, but these have to be selected by doing a custom install.
I said that you can also find more styles and templates on the
web. So here are some links that you may want to check out, to see
what is available.
has 36 templates available for download as a single Zip file.
There are hundreds of sites offering free templates for PowerPoint,
just enter free powerpoint templates into you favourite search
engine, and see for yourself.
And now for something completely different - During tonight's
class, some of us got side-tracked and spent a few minutes talking
about The Rolling Stones. The question of how old they are came
up, well you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about
at this web site
February 13, 2003
Have added the study guide
- Operate a presentation package
February 11, 2003
I briefly mentioned tonight,
that there are many graphic file formats used by various programs,
for more information on graphics formats follow these links.
If you really want to strain your brain, then the whatis.com web
site has a section titled every
file format in the world. Well I don't know if that is true
but it does list over 3000 file formats.
Motion Capture (MoCap) While we were looking at multimedia hardware, we briefly discussed
Motion Capture. For more information about this technology and where
it is being used, then have a look at these links
Just a quick message to the students
attending tomorrow night's multimedia classes (part time). I forget
to mention last week that you will need to bring along some floppy
disks to save your work on. You will also need them for when we
start using the digital camera, as it is a Sony which stores the
images on a floppy disk. This will allow everybody to use the camera
and then transfer their pictures to the computer, without the need
for any cables.
To the students in the afternoon class, you will also need disks soon
when we start creating presentations.
Note: These study guides are available
both online and in printed format.
Students should be aware, that the online versions are always the
most up to date.
This area is for questions that
are asked in class, but for one reason or another aren't fully answered.
This may occurs because the question is too complex to answer, without
getting too far off track, or it may be that I don't know the answer
(Hey! I don't profess to know everything).
These questions will quite often be answered by providing a link
to a web page on another site
To students who were having problems
downloading the Blender program, you may have been trying to download
from the old Blender site.
link will download the latest Windows version of Blender