For several years Microsoft FrontPage and MacroMedia's DreamWeaver have been the two most popular tools for creating Web pages. These two powerhouse programs allow almost anyone, novices as well as professional Web designers, to build nice-looking Web pages in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment. If you can use a word processor, you probably can create Web pages with either FrontPage or DreamWeaver. Yet both products have powerful tools that will also appeal to the advanced user.
These two software packages are expensive: Microsoft FrontPage has a "street price" of $175 to $200 while DreamWeaver typically sells for about $400.
Other HTML editors have appeared over the past few years and enjoyed limited success. Even a few free Web page creation tools have become popular, notably Netscape Composer and Mozilla Composer, two almost identical products. However, until now all the free Web page creation tools have been rather limited in power and appealed only to novice users.
For the past few years, I have created the HTML version of these newsletters in Microsoft FrontPage. The newsletter's Web site at http://www.eogn.com also was created with FrontPage. A few months ago I also purchased MacroMedia DreamWeaver but never "got into it." DreamWeaver is clearly the superior product but has an even steeper learning curve to learn all of its advanced features. I didn't require the advanced features so was never motivated to learn the product.
Starting a few weeks ago, I have switched to a new WYSIWG tool for creating Web pages. I now create all the HTML newsletters with this new program. A major update to www.eogn.com is being created solely with this new tool. In fact, I am using it for creating all my HTML documents. Since switching, I have not used either FrontPage or DreamWeaver even once. I prefer the new program for everyday tasks of creating simple HTML pages. It is available in beta test now for Windows, Macintosh OS X and for Linux. Best of all, this new program is free of charge.
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