“ Free (CareWare) powerful HTML Editing/WebSite creating program „
Okay, maybe not as fully featured as dreamweaver - but I use it more ... and its free which counts for a lot in my books. Let me tell you about this program, on the first load it dosent look very nice, the buttons a re big, the graphics not brilliant - after using the program for 5mins you begin to love the big buttons, the uncomplicated layout and the distinct lack of complicated menu systems. You can choose which menu bar is displayed by a list of buttons at the bottom, if your working with tables you click the table button and you get a menu bar for these items. Just some ok the excellent features include *spellchecker *HTML beauty (lays the tags out so its easy to read) *analyze html (tells you your mistakes in the code) *analyze site (checks the links) *Table and list wizards *Convert to webpage (from any .rtf file) *built in browser *colour coding on the html tags *supports almost all scripting languages it has many really likable features thta you start to rely on when you begin using this program, eg. when you press SHIFT enter it puts in the code for line break... simple but really useful. You have the option for setting up your own macros or "hot keys" This program packs a powerful punch, the price tag is very attractive. I can make any webpage you can imagine armed with just this simple html editor and photoshop. I have tried dreamweaver (infact i own it) but hardly ever use it making this software an amazing gift for all those aspiring webdesigners on a budget, or anybody starting out, one that you will grow to depend on. I have tried many other free html editors, many that look much more proffesional than this one, but none that have such a great easy to use interface, with uncomplicated powerful features. Its careware so send the guy a thank you note - although i dont normally do this (shame on me) I made a point of sending
one to the author as I owe him for getting me intrested and eventually making a career out of making websites. I encourage anybody intrested in webdesign to get themselves this program and follow the beginners tutorials included in the help file... its easier than it looks! somebody just left a comment to say where to get it from... good idea - when i looked their is a version 5 out! yippy! looks nice, just about to download it, watch this space for a review. http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/index.html ------ Update Version 5 First Impressions --- This version is made with Java so good news to all those mac and linux users... bad news for us windows users - this version is sluggish compared to version 4. The layout is different so you wont immediatly be able to get along with it if you are used to version 4, having said that im sure it wont take long to get used to the new layout. The whole program looks different... some would say it looks better, im not sure myself, the reasuringly large icons have been replaced by little ones - arachnophillia 5 has changed its look and is heading to something that resembles the layout of commercial software. On the positive side a few nice tools have been included such as a html compression tool, and support for even more scripting languages. I was dissapointed with this version, the reason I liked verion 4 so much was its ease of use and its simple and easy to use user interface, which has now been replaced with a more conformist one. I think the software is heading in the direction of other freeware titles like "html beauty" rather than keeping the features that set it apart and made it nicely different. While this will be a very welcome release for other operating systems, i would advise windows users to try out version 4, simply because its much quicker than the verion 5 which is written in java. This revie
w of version 5 has been written after only an hour of use, maybe it will grow on me, maybe im too used to version 4 to except these big changes... Im going to make myself use it all next week to see if it will grow on me. Please tell me what you think of this release if you have it, i would be very intrested to see if its just me.
For anyone thinking of putting together their own webpages, and are not too certain of which program to use, why not give this one a try? It is FREE, has excellent features, including a built-in browser, and is very easy to use. One of the main problems people have when it comes to writing web pages, is a deep fear of the language used, HTML. Most think 'programming -eugh'. With this small program, you can learn all about HTML basics, many of the 'tags' are pre-formatted for you, and you can check out your work as you go. Also the different parts of the page - tags, text, links are highlighted in different colours, which makes it easy to check for any errors. I used it to construct both my own web site and also four pages as part of an Open University course assignment. The program is classed as CareWare, which is a different variation on Freeware, with a slightly quirky twist.