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TimSit
06-04-2004, 04:10 PM
I am using PHP as main scripting language for my web development. What do you believe is the best html editor to fit wth the language. I am using Microsoft FP 2002, but it seems to be too microsoft. Does Dreamweaver have good menu structure development, like FP 2002?

FZ
06-04-2004, 04:21 PM
Can I vote for programs that are not on the list? ;) In terms of hand-coding-friendly programs, I think that Crimson Editor (http://www.crimsoneditor.com/) and TSW Webcoder (http://www.tsware.net/) are the best.

sam
06-05-2004, 08:20 AM
I've never liked Front Page becuase I also thought it was "too microsoft". The thing that kept me from getting into Dreamweaver was the cost.

I've been using AceHTML (http://www.visicommedia.com/acehtml) for years and have had good luck with it. Their upcomming version 6 has PHP support built in. They offer a freeware version that you could try out.

TimSit
06-07-2004, 07:46 AM
Well, thanks for the votes, the software seems pretty European to me. I never knew of these packages. If anyone wants to add editor preference, it is appreciated, I just want to find out which is the most time saving.

dahj
06-07-2004, 09:27 AM
I really enjoy editing both HTML & PHP in HTML-Kit by Chami. It's a great editor.

dansroka
06-09-2004, 06:56 AM
Although it is uncool to say it, I've preferred GoLive as my GUI web design program. Don't hurt me. ;-) But when I am heavy into PHP or Javascript, I switch to JEdit.

TimSit
06-09-2004, 07:47 AM
Could I ask what is wrong with GoLive?

Also the jEdit looks interesting, but I do not believe you can preview html in it. Does it highlight syntax?

dansroka
06-09-2004, 10:56 AM
Some people don't like the Golive's interface, I suppose. I find it pretty versatile, and very very gentle on the code (it respects your code, and doesn't try to force its own formatting on it).

jEdit does not preview, but it handles syntax highlighting, and other coding things very well. (Such as highlighting the range between two brackets). It also lets you have several files open at once, and let you easily switch between them, split the screen to show two or more at once, etc.

<mark />
06-24-2004, 07:54 AM
Pages made with FrontPage work great in Internet Explorer, but often contain things that are specific to Microsoft, so the won't work in other browsers. I'm a fan of HTML-kit as well. I've found that CSS is nice in studio .NET.

jalal
06-25-2004, 12:38 AM
Quanta (and Quanta_be) are what I've changed over to using. They rock!

dpfaigin
06-25-2004, 09:28 AM
I've been using HoTMetaL Pro, which alas is no longer sold since the purchase of SoftQuad by Corel.

j103c
06-25-2004, 09:42 AM
I really like Bradsoft TopStyle Pro (http://www.bradsoft.com/topstyle/). I have a license at work, and bought one for personal use.

I also work in IBM WebSphere Studio Application Developer (http://www-306.ibm.com/software/awdtools/studioappdev/) (for my job, in JSPs) which is getting decent with version 5, and also pull out the tried-and-true HomeSite (http://www.macromedia.com/software/homesite/) now and then.

I'm not much for WYSIWYG editors..

visible soul
10-05-2004, 01:46 AM
I hate Frontpage because it will literally change your code when you upload. And if you use percentages for tables and move one element using the WYSIWYG then all of the tables are changed to fixed widths. Argghhhh! I have to keep a copy to use so I don't break certain clients' Frontpage extensions when I upload but I don't have to like it!

I've been using VIM and It has served me well. I'll be checking out some of the editors listed above now though.
http://www.vim.org/

Tom Howard
10-06-2004, 02:00 PM
I like Dreamweaver and HomeSite. I am pleasantly surprised that the more I use them, the more useful features I find. I use vi for everything server-side.

Worst HTML editor: Microsoft Word

korngold
12-03-2004, 02:30 PM
I'll second FZ and say Crimson Editor for HTML/PHP/ASP/CSS. And, although it's a graphics program, I often use MM Fireworks to produce some cool rollover/dropdown menus very quickly.

dragonfinger
01-28-2005, 09:40 AM
What are the major differences between Dreamweaver and its poor cousin Homesite? I use Dreamweaver. I found it has everything I need and much more.

linkerjpatrick
02-04-2005, 07:06 AM
The biggest difference is Dreamweaver is Wysiwig and used for site layout and design however it does I have text view I use about 50% of the time. Homesite was a html text editor that was bought by Macromedia when they aquired the Allaire company which also produced the Cold Fusion software/serever package. For some things Homesite is better suited at text editing than dreamweaver because dreamweaver's text view is pretty bare bones but does have some Homesite features that have been incorporated. Also just because and editor is primarily a text editor doesn't mean it's a "poor cousin".

visible soul
05-10-2005, 01:44 AM
I've been using EditPlus lately and I really like it. It's a lot more userfriendly than VIM (which I had been using) for a non-geek like me. ;) It's "nagware" but I will probably end up buying it someday.

http://www.editplus.com/

wildjokerdesign
05-10-2005, 08:33 AM
I really like EditPlus....enough to buy the license. :) There is even a download on the phpBB site you can use with it. Very userfriendly and customizeable.

Anouther program I found recently that has come in handy with all the updates for phpBB is called WinMerge. It compares files and shows you the difference. It is an Open Source project thus free. It only works on windows.
http://winmerge.org/

visible soul
05-10-2005, 10:56 AM
I really like EditPlus....enough to buy the license. :) There is even a download on the phpBB site you can use with it. Very userfriendly and customizeable.

Anouther program I found recently that has come in handy with all the updates for phpBB is called WinMerge. It compares files and shows you the difference. It is an Open Source project thus free. It only works on windows.
http://winmerge.org/
I love how easy it is to customize EditPlus. I can make custom templates and custom "cliptext" files very easily. It's so easy I am thinking about making custom cliptext files for individual projects that I work on frequently.

Thanks for the WinMerge link. That looks like very useful software. I purchased Beyond Compare (http://www.scootersoftware.com/) for file/folder comparisons but I might have used WinMerge if I had known about it. Comparison software is really a time saver for updating scripts while preserving customized hacks. 8)

wildjokerdesign
05-10-2005, 01:12 PM
I purchased Beyond Compare (http://www.scootersoftware.com/) for file/folder comparisons but I might have used WinMerge if I had known about it. Comparison software is really a time saver for updating scripts while preserving customized hacks. 8)
Don't you just hate when you find out about a free program after you have purchased one that seems to do the same thing. :) I took a look at BC and it appears to be very similiar to WM. If I had the time I would download the free version to do a compare on. Can you see any advantage to BC over WM without haveing to install it?

PhonemeAnalysis
05-19-2006, 07:22 AM
if its not too late to throw in my opinion,

nvu.com (nu-view) is a poor-mans dreamweaver alternative. it has pretty good css support! and of course its free.

wildjokerdesign
05-19-2006, 08:18 AM
Never too late. :) Always good to hear about good opensource software.

PeteF
05-19-2006, 06:01 PM
if its not too late to throw in my opinion,

nvu.com (nu-view) is a poor-mans dreamweaver alternative. it has pretty good css support! and of course its free.

I agree Nu-View is a good alternative.
However, it seems to need something else. Nu-view is a great tool
for doing basic websites using tables and HTLM and all that stuff
but can anyone suggest a companion program that would work with
Nu-View that would allow a person to create more elegant looking
sites?

For example, maybe something some predesigned templates
and clipart or images to make those elegant looking headers
pages for navigating a site.

Let me see if I can locate some samples so you see what I mean.
Ok, here's 3 samples...
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
http://privacyrights.org/
http://www.chefscatalog.com/

---pete---

wildjokerdesign
05-20-2006, 07:14 AM
Well you have already found you templates... in a way. :) From the look of the source code on the sites you listed they are mainly just table layouts. They do use CSS and you should be able to past the url of the CCS file that shows in the head to get an idea of the CSS they used. Now the sites are copyrighted so you really wouldn't want to use the direct but it would give you a guide to go by. I learn from examples so I spend a lot of time looking at how others do things. I am not suggesting you use the code directly but learn from it.

As far as images go there are quite a few free image (public domain) sites out there and a search for like "public domain images" or "free images" will return them. I have also over time collected quite a few cheap graphic libraries on CD. I always take a look at the bargain rack on software when I am in the store. Creating the images is part of the fun for me and I have Image Ready and Photo Shop so I normally don't use much from the libraries but they are nice to have as resources.

PeteF
05-20-2006, 05:50 PM
As far as images go there are quite a few free image (public domain) sites out there and a search for like "public domain images" or "free images" will return them. I have also over time collected quite a few cheap graphic libraries on CD. I always take a look at the bargain rack on software when I am in the store. Creating the images is part of the fun for me and I have Image Ready and Photo Shop so I normally don't use much from the libraries but they are nice to have as resources.

Ok, I guess I'm already doing things similar to you. I use Corel Draw &
PhotoPaint to create my custom images and I search for other images
on the internet. However, I still wonder if there is a program w/library
of templates & images available for FREE or for a reasonable price that
is made special for Web designs that is meant to be used in conjunction
with programs such as Front Page, or Nu-View.

---pete---

wildjokerdesign
05-20-2006, 06:09 PM
There may be but I have not run across them yet. I'll keep my eyes open. I did download a program called TopStyle Lite (http://www.computeractive.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2128545/topstyle-lite) that is for working with Style Sheets. I really have not played with it much but maybe it can be of some use to you.

PeteF
05-21-2006, 03:03 PM
There may be but I have not run across them yet. I'll keep my eyes open. I did download a program called TopStyle Lite (http://www.computeractive.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2128545/topstyle-lite) that is for working with Style Sheets. I really have not played with it much but maybe it can be of some use to you.

Ok thanks.

I googled... frontpage template*
and discovered many sites that offer a variety of templates for a price.
Here's a couple of examples if anyone esle is interested.

http://www.prothemes.com/default.php

http://www.i3dthemes.com/frontpage-templates/synergy_computer.htm


---pete---

rispku
05-24-2006, 07:12 AM
For example, maybe something some predesigned templates
and clipart or images to make those elegant looking headers
pages for navigating a site.The Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/) website links to numerous sites that offer free or loosely restricted clip art and stock photography. Two popular sites are: Open Clip Art Library (http://openclipart.org/) and Open Photo (http://openphoto.net/).

If you need tools to work with these images, there are some popular free open source projects you might look in to:
Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/) - popular image/bitmap editor (like Photoshop).
Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/) - vector graphic editor (like Illustrator).