The following provide two types of overview to authoring with AEM:
First Steps for Authors - an introduction for new authors
Quick Guide to Authoring Pages - a quick guide (high-level) to the main actions
This section covers the tasks involved when authoring a content page. There are many additional features closely related to page authoring, covered in other sections of the Authoring Guide.
To aid you when authoring pages the author environment provides features such as:
Drag and drop
Components (such as Text, Image) and digital assets (such as images) can be positioned on the page simply by dragging and dropping them in the desired location.
Once positioned on your page, a component-specific dialog can be opened to enter content and/or configure characteristics of that component (for example, image size).
Text and Image components can be edited directly on the webpage without opening a dialog box or an explicit save action.
On the left side of an editable page a sliding browser can be opened; from here components can be dragged onto the page and then edited.
On the left side of an editable page a sliding browser can be opened; from here assets can be dragged onto the page; for example to position assets or create links to other pages.
Both a single or a slow double click/tap will reveal the appropriate toolbar (single for the inplace editing toolbar, then slow double for full toolbar).
This provides a paragraph system that allows you to position components within a responsive grid.
Search as you type
In certain scenarios (for example, path selection in edit dialogs) searching for content through the AEM interface presents dynamic matches as you type the query.