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What applications do you use for development?

 9:01 pm on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hello everyone,

I am trying to get some input of you as to what applications you use to develop websites and web applictions.
This is to get some feedback for a book I am writing, and with your permissions I will publish your motivation(s) for using the particular application(s).

Thanks for your cooperation



 4:46 pm on Mar 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm curious to see if any of you use Topstyle for CSS?


 10:10 pm on Mar 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

That topstyle looks very good! I'm going to give it a try.


 3:35 am on Mar 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

Topstyle is a great way to learn about CSS. After a while however, we moved to doing css in a text editor just like everthing else. (with the W3C specs on the side of course)


 11:25 pm on Mar 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

*MS-FrontPage for low budget and graphically simple site projects. Sure it has problems and an amateurish reputation, but one can be VERY productive in it.
*For more complex, graphical and better funded sites, Adobe GoLive5.
*Adobe Photoshop6 and ImageReady3.
*Adobe LiveMotion5 (rarely)
*Adobe Atmosphere beta, for 3-D, chat enabled, VR worlds.
*MS-Access for simple small databases
*ASP/VBScript for forms/email/dbase
*A collection of little shareware utilities and text editors.


 10:39 pm on Mar 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Dreamweaver 4
Fireworks 4
Photoshop 6
Flash 5
Acrobat 5
Keyword Extractor
Textbridge pro

click watcher

 12:01 am on Mar 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

dreamweaver ultradev 4 - enabled me to build database driven sites with very little programming/asp knowledge.

editplus - i've tried ultraedit which has more functionality but this was easier for me to use, i like the programmable autocomplete function a lot (doubtless other apps do it as well i just happened to have learnt to use this)

cuteftp pro, when i started i used cute lite and have felt no need to really change so i've just upgraded to get extra functionality.

microsoft access because i had it, about to move up to sql-server on some sites so not sure if it will still suffice, i believe it will as i can convert db files .

DBtoWeb a small application that builds static pages from a databse using templates, has saved me no end of time when building similiar product pages (hand tweak after)

topstyle - for style sheets, although still need to hand tweak, now a dw extension.

irfanview as a viewer - its free and you can view anything with it,
ulead smartsaver as an optimiser - i like the interface and it compresses well.
photoshop - an old version i hardly use it except as a way to import from the scanner.

copernic pro - use it for building lists of sites to try and link to, which i then do by hand (other uses too)
sam spade - when i need to be nosey
A4anonymiser - proxy application to keep my tracks clean when i'm checking things out sometimes.

netscape 4.7, opera 6, ie 5, k-meleon (if anyone knows how to run different versions of IE on the same computer please post how or sticky me, thanks!!)

livestats (supplied by my host)
faststats analyser and analog - the true tools of my trade!!!

xenu linkchecker - picked this up as a recommendation here in the freeware thread a while back.
akFontViewer - ditto above, don't know how i lived without it.

- hope this thread isn't in the spam catagory which is currently a hot topic here at wmw.


 12:08 am on Mar 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

home site,
Top Style for CSS
+ sum times Dreem weever
+ sum times fireworks,

I also use Quark and Illustrator for other stuff + freeware and shareware..


 12:18 am on Mar 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Web Development
- Microsoft Front Page
- Note Pad
- WS_FTP Pro

Initial Concept Stages and Graphics
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Image Ready
- Macromedia Fireworks

Behind the Scenes
- Adobe Illustrator
- Quark XPress


 12:49 am on Mar 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Late in on this one:

Dreamweaver - for all the reasons already stated

Ulead Photoimpact - I understand this one, so it gets used most,

Photoshop - I struggle, but am learning

Xara Webstyle (OK, I'm lazy, but it makes the budget sites economical)

Xara X - a bit lumpy in places, but quicker than t'others at some things

Namo WebEditor 5 - Trying it out. I find it better at rendering some css styles than Dreamweaver.


 6:28 pm on Mar 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Between the two WYSIWYG editors I've used (FP and DW), I have to say neither of them give me the flexibility of a text editor and the HTML program between my ears.

Yes, I know I sound like a garage mechanic who hates computer-controlled cars and longs for the return of the carb and distributor.


 2:56 pm on Mar 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Since no one mentioned it, I thought I would chime in- I use Evrsoft's 1st Page. I think it's outstanding - can code native, has a nice preview window to view different resolutions, an okay reference section. Plus has three levels to use depending on expertise.


 4:07 pm on Mar 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use Homesite for Html, Php.
I love the function to map and preview php files in the Browser preview.

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