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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
It works for me fine. It can work alongside access/excel etc without a prob. I do admit I have to edit the HTML a bit, and cut some of the excess out of it, but i will continue to use FP for ease of use
I also use photoshop, and thats about it really. I sometimes use some freeware sparingly, and dabble using other programs, but for now, those programs do the business for me (a science site and local business sites).
I imagine the more experienced users have a vast array of software at their fingertips ;)
Fireworks 4 - Integrates well with DW for use of rollovers ,preloading images and optimisation of images. I suppose Image Ready will do the same thing, but I learnt on Fireworks so I'll stay with it for now. It does however create quite bloated code.
Photoshop 6 - I think I only use 5% of Photoshops functions and it more than looks after my needs. I only wish I had the time to learn more to do with it.
AdobeAcrobat 5 - PDF's, what can I say?
CFStudio 4.5.2 - Have started using CFStudio to write CF Dynamic pages and web applications. Integrates well with both HomeSite and DW4 (and so it should coming from the same company). Colour codes the code making it easy to see mistakes (which there are a lot of at the moment).
And the actual server side is Apache 1.3.22, ColdFusion 5, and SQL SERVER 2000.
I then do most of my editing in a fabulous text editor called Textpad (www.textpad.com) - the best $28 I ever spent on software.
For graphics I use Fireworks exclusively.
I've just started playing with FileMaker for manipulating flat-file databases on the desktop... up 'till now, I just used BBEdit for that as well.
All the servers I've hosted on have been Linux/Apache boxes with Perl and the other standard goodies.
The Gimp makes a fine companion. Next to that theres's xfig for diagrams, and I can't believe I actually started using Flash5 as an application front-end on top of XMLRPC.
One thing I'm thinking about is to write a little converter, that would take files from StarOffice 6, and turn the XML data into HTML markup. It should be relatively straightforward to set up a configurable translation from text styles to <h#> and whatever else you need. Have it fill the result into an HTML document template, and you can let any non-techie write your content in a normal word processor. Unfortunately, that converter doesn't exist yet, so I'm still writing my HTML manually.
WS-FTP for FTP, there is no competition, and I've tried a few
PSP7 for images, though I tend to subcontract graphics
Xenu for link checking
Opera for browsing...though again I also use Netscape 4 and IE now and again
I think that about covers it
I just started getting into Perl, so I use NoteTab Light or Code Genie for a lot of manual stuff.
Flash 5 is my new toy (just can't seem to get the vector stuff I want from FreeHand, believe it or not, plus I have a glimpse of 6) and CuteFTP/SmartFTP for uploads.
Misc: Xenu, TextTally, CSE HTML Validator....a lot of the stuff I've seen mentioned here.
For text editing i use Dreamweaver - dual monitors means I can see both code and visual as it happens.
Also use Quark, Acrobat and Bullet Proof FTP
FTP Voyager - great FTP software, way faster than FTP with Dreamweaver, plus better for working with Perl, you can really see if you upload in binary or ...
MAC - AnarchiePro, BBedit(the best) and Nifty telnet
Photoshop 6 and Fireworks 4 for all of my graphical needs, not a big imageready fan, I find fireworks compression better and it is easy to use for animated gifs
as many browsers as I can possibly cram onto both machines
Request: I'm looking for a decent keyboard friendly Windows FTP client. I tend to use CuteFTP 2.0 when I'm on 'doze and haven't found another client that's keyboard friendly enough. Unfortunately I have date problems with Cute 2 and my staff won't respond well if I roll out a command line app' to all desks. Cost isn't an issue - suggestions anyone? Maybe I should just set all the domains up with rsync.
Microsoft Excel - sorting data and formatting long html data tables using micros. (allows me to format long table rows faster that using Adobe GoLive and allows me to sort each table to meet my needs)
Photoshop - for bitmap graphics. (its the standard application for image editing)
Illustrator - for vector graphics. (its the standard application for image creation)
Extensis Phototools - for converting Photoshop files into animations. (simple inexpensive application for converting bitmaps to animations)
OpenWebScope - for local website report generation. (fast, flexible and inexpensive log file analyzier.
WSFTP Pro for FTP (it works)
MacDrive for importing Mac files. (reduces the need to to support two platforms)
paint shop pro 6 - will upgrade when i get more time. have played with psp7 and i like it. animation shop is good too.
xara webstyle - for creating text based images quickly - normally only test with this as it's quicker then PSP and when i find something i like, i redo it in PSP.
ws ftp - wouldnt use any other ftp software
and thats about it ...
WS_ftp or Bullet Proof - WS for basic ftp suff, bullet proof for the more advanced stuff (scheduled uploads etc)
Photoshop - good for creating/editing web images
Map Edit - for image mapping
I also have serveral other small freeware programs that I use now and then..
I liked Arachnophilia, but wanted directory to index.html conversion. Maybe it'e there by now? I'll go look.
SSH for shell access and file transfers.
All servers are Apache and either Linux or Solaris, except our intranet website which still runs IIS on Win2K.