View Full Version : Programs for Webdesign

Dec 25, 2005, 10:59 PM
What programs do you webmasters use?

Currently I have Photoshop and Dreamweaver, but I was wonder what everyone else uses.

I am also looking for some sort of blogging software. Any recommendations?

Dec 25, 2005, 11:12 PM
Personally I wouldn't use dreamweaver till you have grip on the basic stuff on html and css if you haven't already. Dreamweavers very powerful and pretty nice. I create pages with plain text editors like BBEdit (http://www.barebones.com/), HyperEdit (http://www.tumultco.com/HyperEdit/), subethaedit (http://www. codingmonkeys.de/), or the like, but I don't think that type of style is for everyone. Photoshop is a good program to have for graphics and pretty much I do everything with PS.

As for blogging software I would probably recommend like many, Wordpress (http://www.wordpress.org/). I have been using pMachine (http://www.pmachine.com/) for a while since it came free but they have moved on to another system and pmachine is now i believe out of support. Wordpress is very nice, and a huge community to back it, so finding help is probably no problem. Another one I would consider is mb Text Pattern (http://www.textpattern.com/) but i have no experience with it. Something else you could look at depending how adventurous, is Typo (http://typo.leetsoft.com/trac/) which I have started to toy around with. Hope that helps.

Some good resources:


Some other threads you should look at:


Dec 26, 2005, 12:08 AM
THIS (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/screenshots/index.php) Is great for an Entry Level webmaster... Hope this helps, and good luck!

Dec 26, 2005, 06:45 AM
RapidWeaver (http://www.realmacsoftware.com) has to be an excellent piece of software for any level of webmaster. Look at my site at http://www.sebpayne.com. I customised the 'theme' using CSS and I am very happy with it.

It includes a blog function, WYSIWYG editor and a HTML page where you can enter raw code. It has great intergration with iPhoto (photo galleries - look at the photos on my site), iTunes and iMovie.

I would recommend anyone to give it a try!


Dec 26, 2005, 07:16 AM
Excellent post by Benjamin!

I'll throw in TextWrangler (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11009) to the list of recommended tools. From the producers of BBEdit and it's free. Here's a list of some other web tools I use and recommend (http://tauquil.com/toolbox).

For blogging software, I highly recommend WordPress (http://wordpress.org). Admittedly it's the only blogging platform I have experience with but I'm very happy with it. And with the imminent release of WordPress 2.0, it's only going to get better. Check out the Theme Viewer (http://themes.wordpress.net/theme-viewer.php) for a look at some of the available themes.

Dec 26, 2005, 07:40 AM
Photoshop and TACO HTML

Dec 26, 2005, 08:06 AM
When I work with php/mysql/xhtml/css ususally just use TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/) in combination with Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) (I know TextWrangler has built-in s/ftp support but I like working on my own machine and then upload). Handcoding rules! :D

But with Dreamweaver you can make very nice templated (x)html pages, eliminating the need for php for making headers, menus and footers (if you don't want to or cannot use php or even if your server doesn't support it). And added bonus is that Macromedia has finally gotten Contribute to work properly with version 3, so when you've made the template with design and maybe a navigation systen and a few main pages, "anyone", regardless of web creation skills, can edit contents (designated areas on the pages) and add new pages. Very handy for situations where several people contribute with contents to a site. ;)

Dec 26, 2005, 08:18 AM
Dreamweaver is a very good piece of software - and you already have it...

Dec 27, 2005, 08:57 PM
I create my layouts using photoshop.

IE - Photoshop layout (http://chicowebdesign.com/development/rejuvene/layout-bg-2.jpg)

Then I manually pic apart my images and create the HTML and CSS until I get a website using Dreamweaver 8. If I'm extra frisky I'll use bbedit, but I usually stick to DW8 because I'm very familiar with the process.

IE - rejuvene.net (copy paste please :))

I have a custom CMS solution for my clients and depending on their budget they may or may not get it.

Dec 27, 2005, 09:18 PM
I do rough layouts in Illustrator, build the actual site graphics in Photoshop, and then code everything with Textmate (www.macromates.com). I also use Transmit (www.panic.com/transmit) for FTP.