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Things sometimes come full circle. When we first started creating websites, the early WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) tools were flickering into life – PageMill, FrontPage, and so on. Unfortunately, they were rubbish, and so for years you either had to hand-code or plump for shockingly expensive software such as Dreamweaver
A year back, we were critical of Coda, a single-window application for web developers. We deemed it lacking for professionals, due to its mediocre editing toolset and sluggish performance. Clearly someone was listening, because the changes to Coda 1.5 turn the application into an entirely different beast.
Although it long ago ditched its original aim of being a bare-bones text editor, BBEdit – which has been around in some form or other for 17 years – is still championed as an ideal product for Mac users seeking speed and efficiency when writing, programming or hacking together websites.
Web design is a bit of a black art. Anyone armed with a ‘Dummies’ book can knock together a page of HTML that will display in everything from NCSA Mosaic to Safari 3.1, but creating something richer – with navigation, images, dynamically updating sidebars and more – that conforms to XHTML and CSS standards is a much bigger challenge.
One of the biggest traumas of producing any Web site is the constant back and forth to image editors, browsers and FTP sites every time you decide on an alteration. What makes WebPlus a joy to use is its convenience: all that stuff can be done in one window.