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Dreamweaver free trial ending - what to do?
Im confused could someone help

 11:23 pm on Sep 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I was wondering if someone would give me advice about something. Fot the last 30 days ive been workin on a site i made in dreamweaver free trial. My trial is now out im not sure wat to do. I kinda know html so i could do notepad but im not comfortable withh it. I was doing so well with dreamweaver. Could someone please tell me an idea about what i should do.

[edited by: encyclo at 11:53 pm (utc) on Sep. 23, 2007]
[edit reason] no URLs thanks [/edit]



 2:09 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)



 3:14 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Buy dreamweaver?


 6:29 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

There's several options:
- Buy it. It's alot of money, but it's also the most viable program out there.
- Put the date back on your computer. It can prolong it a little - if you aren't sure if you want to buy, just yet.
- more shady options which I won't mention here..


 6:40 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>I kinda know html so i could do notepad

Regardless of which software (if any), it's very important to know HTML. There are times when you just have to get in and fix something in the code, and without knowing HTML it can't be done.

I've seen some disasters with sites made with a WYSIWYG editor with webmasters who didn't have half a clue about HTML.


 10:18 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I would say the sahdy options too. ;)


 10:32 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I always thought free trials do end, that is why they are called 'trials'.

You can edit the registery (may be), format your system, change your dates, use another system, . . ., but save yourself from all this mess, and buy one. :)


 10:38 am on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Download a different editor?


 4:32 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Why would you trial software that you have no intention to buy? Not sure what there is to be confused about.

Either buy it, or start over with a free/inexpensive editor (of which there are many that are at least decent and several that are good) and throw away your month of learning Dreamweaver.

And I'd avoid getting trials of software that you don't intend to buy in the future. I can't think of a bigger waste of your time.

If you want advice on cracking Dreamweaver to get it for free, you'll have to go somewhere else.


 6:05 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'll have to agree with the above.

My recommendation for a free wysiwyg editor is NVU.

I prefer to hand-code, but once in a great while, someone needs an update done **immediately!**, as in they waited until the last minute to send in an update request.

I usually go back in later and clean up the code.

My recommendation for anyone using a wysiwyg editor is Learn HTML.


BTW: my first post here, been lurking for years


 6:14 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Welcome aboard, hlang! :)


 6:14 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>My recommendation for anyone using a wysiwyg editor is Learn HTML.

I started out with straight HTML in Notepad 'til I had it down, then went to a free text editor, which is just pushing buttons for inserting tags instead of typing them. It gives the same control over the code, and it takes knowing HTML, but it's faster and saves a lot of typing.

Then I got DW2 at student pricing, never felt the need to upgrade it, and have used it since. But I'd be lost without knowing HTML, and code all my CSS by hand in Notepad. So it's all lean, clean code (most of the time), but I couldn't survive without the speed of WYSIWYG for most of what I do.

HTML-Kit is good (and free), and it's got HTML Tidy built-in to check for bad code. And Amaya is available at W3C for free, if you can figure out how to download it.

[edited by: Marcia at 6:21 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2007]


 6:25 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

>Welcome aboard, hlang! :)



 6:33 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

yea thanks for the answers my site is <snip> if u want to see what progress i made in 30 days. I think im goin to find a free text editor because dreamweavers way too expensive

[edited by: trillianjedi at 6:37 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2007]
[edit reason] Please see TOS re personal links, thanks ;) [/edit]


 8:45 pm on Sep 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Dreamweaver is a very expensive program, yes, but also has the features and estimated quality for most designers/coders to support the price. It can do pretty much everything and anything if you know your ways around it. Unfortunately, most people don't need all the features it has and are just hooked into making a page which looks the way they want it to. (i'm a template junkie for instance, the only feature I use along with the visual design)

Besides from that, it's ok to be able to edit some of the basic html and make changes and small corrections to it - but unless you're one of those pro-hardcore-did-everything-myself code designers - who usually have in interest in keeping customers around, there's rarely a need to code your website by hand. But that's a whole other discussion, perhaps I should go put some troll bait out for the rest of the ogres on this forum...

Sincerely, and have fun,

P.s: Don't throw links in here about anything, moderators usually don't like it. :)


 10:47 pm on Sep 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

There's NVU, which is free, and does much of what Dreamweaver does.

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