Re: Web Publishing Software
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 18:00:43 -0400
<Dee LaRock asked>
OK, I've come to ask the wisdom of the list again...For those of you into
web publishing, what software is easiest to use? I know that Netscape and
Internet Explorer both come with free programs, that work great when viewed
with their browser, not so great when viewed with the competition. I need
information on what commercial software is easiest to use. And, if you have
any cost information, that would be helpful. I'm trying to develop an
'event' that would have youths learning about computers and the internet and
eventually, using software to make their own web pages. I know, they can get
free web pages at GeoCities. That's where mine is. Again, I'd like to
stress that timing is important. My presentation is in a month!
The easiest and most useful web publishing software I know if doesn't exist
anymore. Most of the commercially available web publishing software (i.e.
Front Page, Netscape Gold, etc.) tend to be bulky and difficult to learn or
create sloppy hypertext. There are several good shareware applications that
work well, although the most popular ones are BIG and can only be used
legally for a short time before registering them from LOT$.
For the last three or four years I've been using Notepad to create my pages
which is great if you know HTML like the back of your hand and don't mind
typing an extra fifty keystrokes for every paragraph. There are also a few
other low-end shareware programs that don't cost so much, have low overhead,
and won't over confuse you. In the end, it's probably best to try out
several different applications until you find one that you feel comfortable
with. You can find them at http://www.download.com/ ,
http://www.shareware.com/ , or several other software sites.
As far as graphics programs are concerned, that's a lot easier! My favorite
is Paint Shop Pro. It won't create the graphics for you, but it'll let you
make your own with as little hassle as possible. It has a scanner interface
so you can scan pictures right into the program. It also has some pretty
neat effects. Paint Shop Pro is available as shareware (registration costs
$59) from http://www.jasc.com/ .
Keep in mind that you shouldn't have to spend a lot of money to create a web
site. Short of a really good graphics editor, everything you need is
included with Windows 95, Windows 98, or the MAC-OS. If the operating system
doesn't have something you need, it's usually just a few clicks away.
Basically, you just have to decide whether it's important to have accurate
HTML (increasing the workload and learning curve), or have the application
do most everything for you (decreases workload and knowledge required, but
increases frustration level when you find out you can't get it to work quite
A. J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org , Scoutmaster Troop 381
Home of the Unofficial Win95 Boy Scout Desktop Theme,
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