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just wondering if there is stuff on the internet i can dl for free?
Youbetcha! Every piece of high end proffessional software has a freeware counterpart. GIMP for editing images. Iconsushi. Textpad. and their is probably a host of software on your pc you could use too. Firebird has had it's merits sung here in a recent thread.
But your best starting place (IMVHO) is HTML. Learn it well and you will be thankful.
What are it's advantages(aside from being free of course ;))/drawbacks? Is it comparable to something like Photoshop and does it have filters included (or available as free plug-ins)?
GIMP is good. It'll allow you to perform most of what you'd need from day to day image editing. But I don't use it cos I have fireworks and Photoshop. If I didn't have one of them, and I wanted a free option though, GIMP would be my choice. Don't know about the import of filters/plugins but I guess there would be some support for adobe and macromedia extensions.
I agree that TextPad is the best editor I've used. However, HTML-Kit--which was designed with web development in mind--comes with so much more functionality, and its editing is almost as good as TextPad. So, for me, it wins hands down.
Still, if TextPad just had the virtual "on server" editing (doing the FTP dirty work in the background) that HTML-Kit does, I'd give serious thought to switching.
As for a good free html editor, not sure there is a really good one out there.
The best thing to get your hands on is Frontpage or a copy of Dreamweaver although neither are free!
Hope this helps
[edited by: Woz at 1:16 am (utc) on July 12, 2004]
[edit reason] No Sigs please, see TOS#13 [/edit]
I think that you can do a trial of the Pro version before buying it. At the very least, the regular free version is nice to have in the toolbox.