Alrighty. I know you’ve been waiting. Today, I’m reviewing one free to try, pay to keep web design program (Dreamweaver) and two totally freebies (Arachnophilia and Coffee Cup).
I started using Dreamweaver when it was owned by Macromedia in version MX 2004. I recently picked up Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 (el cheapo as a student from my school). This will review mainly the overall program of Dreamweaver – pick the version you want more if it is what you choose to use.
Dreamweaver has a nice three view main window – you can view only hand coding, view only WYSWIG (What You See Is What You Get) or view gasp a combination of both. No matter what your preferred view, you can use internal settings to open the page in your favorite browser and others to preview them.
Secondary windows in the Dreamweaver main screen can include tabs for buttons that include different types of codes (the buttons all make great sense and are organized in order of prominence in web building); another includes the directory of where your files are;
In the hand coding area, when you start typing Dreamweaver gives you popup options about what codes you could possible want and even options that go within the tags to get better control over your site.
There are tons of books available to help you learn about all the functions of Dreamweaver. There is much more to it than just the few details I’ve given here.
Now say you can’t get a deal on Dreamweaver after you’ve tried the free trial. I suggest a program such as Arachnophilia or Coffee Cup. Both have many of the same functions as Dreamweaver, though admittedly it is much less flashy.
HarriMac enjoys a well lived life with a large serving of soul. Her special feature, Welcome to Soulville, appears every Thursday.