A superb allrounder. Rounded, lot's of tools, superb site management tools. - Advantages: Adobe people will find it easyer to get into, fast, reactive, loads of tools, superb site management - Disadvantages: Non Adobe people will find it much harder to learn, finite table construction can be hard to manipulate, wysiwig mode doesn't always display 100% correctly
For me this product was very hard to get on with. When i looked at its features i was impressed, yet when i got to actually using it found the help files very difficult. From a dumb persons view youd have no chance. Secondly I hate the way it makes loads of file extension to open with it. The most annoying was HTML, and HTM, so when I doube click on them, they dont open in my faithful IE but up pops GoLive and starts trying to edit them. Mostly because I use Dreamwever and Golive doesnt like the way the code is structured, so it changes it. Saying this it does have a lot of features that are handy. Includeing asp, php, ssi coding suport as well as the standard html, js, java, and VB. You can buy it if you want, but personally Im going to stay away from version 5
Adobe GoLive or should I call it Cyberstudio (more about this later) is Adobe's first attempt at a Web Design package if you forget about the terrible Pagemill. Well, I say adobe's first attempt but in truth adobe had very little to do with this product. The upcoming V5.0 of Golive is the first full adobe build of this package. Version 4.0 is in fact almost exactly the same as the Cyberstudio 3 code when adobe acquired it. Adobe bought this code as Cyberstudio and rebadged it. I generally use Dreamweaver UltraDev but when i got a 30 day trial of this from a coverdisk I just thought I would have a quick look and see what the big a's attempt was like. I wish i hadnt wasted the disk space. The current site I am working contains 4 frames and where in Dreamweaver all frames appear as they would in a browser in golive they just give you a link to them and you have to edit them seperately.The edit anything on the page you have to place the little hand icon over the item and select it, this is fiddly beyond belief and can drive you nuts in about 5 minutes flat. I tried to recreate the index.htm page of my site that I created in dreamweaver and it took me 3 times as long, ok, a part of this can be atributed to the fact that i dont know my way around the program but part of it is due to bad program design. Adobe, you have got a long way to go before macromedia lose any sleep, I'll wait for version 5.0 with hope in my heart and a large amount of cash in my hand.
Having used PageMill 2.0 & later 3.0 for quite some time, and getting my two sites (fantasyf1.org.uk & motorlinks.co.uk) to a decent size and number of visitors, GoLive 4.0 was recommended to me as a complete site management package. I deliberately spent a few weeks getting familiarised with it, and as I am used to the Adobe way of doing things, that was plenty of time. The main addvantages are that you can layout a new site as a tree structure, then add the html later. Adding java or any other extra technology is also made simple, and it is just making the time to learn the package thoroughly, and beleive me it will pay off. **UPDATE** I am still using GoLive, as my design/site management package of choice, and I have even been able to do ASP coding with it too!! The flexabilty is amazing, and as my sites have grown - one is over 70 pages - GoLive makes it all so simple to keep up with what I am doing with them all. If you are looking to design and manage a site of any worth or size - go with GoLive, if you want to do a one or two page homepage, or basic site - stick with your Frontpage.
Trying to accomplish anything took twice as long as it should. GoLive! packs far too many features into the default window which in turn causes it to use too much RAM. I was able to keep maybe one other program open while using GoLive! Not good when I need to run more than 1 program. On the otherhand, closing the extra features leaves the user without enough tools to get the job done. In contrast, Dreamweaver 3.0 is streamlined so the essential tools are on a small task bar and other tools can be added at the user's convenience. Skip GoLive! and pick up Dreamweaver instead.
GoLive 4.0 is not the first Adobe web design package - they had already released a few years ago PageMill 2.0 and 3.0 - but it is for sure the most outstanding one if you are in the business and if you are on Macinstosh! What a leap!!! GoLive is actually the name of the company that Adobe bought over, and they were publishing GoLive 4.0 ancestors as Cyberstudio - who does not know it on Mac?! GoLive 4.0 was then made available on PC and this was a good move as well, as it has become the closest competitor to Dreamweaver 3.0 - if you are used to Adobe software, go for this one as the tool bar and menu are very straightforward compared to Macromedia ones. Beside the main features that you always get in a wysiwig editor, you can manage and edit easily CSS, Quicktime movies onboard, Java scripts and ActiveX. Plus you can add as many plug-ins as you want and there are plenty of them available out there for free. Adobe has just come up with an add-on called Dynamic link to manage database connections and ASP pages, but I was not too keen on as there were too many limitations! Watch out for the new GoLive 5.0 then!!!