Web Design Software Review
Who doesn't own a webpage nowadays? If you're thinking about
spicing up your webpage or (heaven forbid) move your webpage
off that blogging host, consider some of these web design
programs that will make mastering the art of html a breeze
(well, not exactly, but with these WYSIWYG-What you see is
what you get-tools, you'll be a designing maniac in no time).
This is probably the best web design tool. Dubbed as the "Swiss
Army Knife" of web developers, Dreamweaver at first could
be quite overwhelming. But with a little practice, you'll
wonder how you ever survived without it.
Don't let the "flash" and "perl" options intimidate you. What
rocks about Dreamweaver is it supports CSS (Cascading Style
Sheets), which means you get to preview your work before uploading
it. It also integrates seamlessly with other Macromedia products,
so if you're a genius when it comes to creating Flash presentations,
adding them in would be a cinch.
If you'd like to learn a little bit about html, you can also
split the work screen to show the WYSIWYG screen and the HTML
encoding (what better way to learn than to see what the code
actually looks like?). If html encoding is your kind of thing,
you can ditch the WYSIWYG option altogether. And when you
get really good at html, Dreamweaver offers a "code hinting",
which displays code options as you type, as well as "Snippets",
which is a panel that stores common pieces of html code that
you always seem to need.
Dreamweaver generally takes a lot of time to learn, but take
heart, Padawan. It's worth the training.
Microsoft Frontpage 2003
For those who love working with Microsoft Office's tools (especially
Word), this is the web design program for you.
It's easy-to-use interface makes it easier to access the editing
features (unlike previous editions). Just like Dreamweaver,
it splits the screen to show the html coding and the site's
lay-out. It also features CSS, which means stacking up layers
an option. Its Coding Editor also has the Microsoft IntelliSense
software, which presents possible choices for the code that
you're laying out.
Although not offering as much eye candy as Dreamweaver, Frontpage
is perfect for small business and school projects.
Adobe GoLive 6.0
If you swear by Adobe's products, then this is a no-brainer
for you. The format is just like any other Adobe program,
so getting familiar with this software will be as easy as
pie. It also integrates all the Adobe products in it-you'll
get to work closely with Photoshop, Illustrator, and LiveMotion.
Which means you get to drag other Adobe files into GoLive.
How sweet is that?
But as with any other Adobe program, if you're not familiar
with most Adobe products, it needs a little time to get used
to. It's quite a heavyweight tool, and if you're not serious
about putting up that webpage, you might end up trading in
this software for another.
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