Mac HTML-Authoring Programs

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Matt01792, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. Matt01792 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of making the switch from PC to Mac at the new year. Currently I use Macromedia Web Design Studio (not the most current version but the one before that). Now the thing is I have the Windows software so I'd have to buy it again but for the Mac.

    However, I've heard many people say that Macromedia's interface is very difficult to use on the Mac. Because of this I'm looking for an alternative HTML-authoring program.

    Have any of you got any suggestions of do you use a program that you think is really good? I was looking for something which isn't too badly priced which rules out Adobe Golive.

    Matt

    P.S. I know HTML so it doesn't need to be WYSIWYG like Dreamweaver is.
     
  2. Waluigi macrumors 6502

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    Hey matt, I'm a professional web designer, and I use dreamweaver on both a PC and Mac, and they really are no different. I love the new macromedia studio mx, and compared to adobe golive, it is easy as pie to use. In my opinion, nothing comes close to dreamweaver, and even though I love straight coding, dreamweaver's split view is so damn fast to see your work appear in real time.

    Thus, I'd highly reccomend going with macromedia studio for your new mac! I've heard that you can buy cross platform upgrades for adobe's products, but I'm not sure about macromedia. If you know/are a student pricing for it is really cheap too. Good luck!

    --Waluigi
     
  3. Mac til death macrumors regular

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    There is a freeware HTML editor that has been fairly useful in the past, but with the latest update, it took a huge step forward.

    The developer added a live preview window mode (use the Safari Webkit), so you can see what you're code is doing as you write it. It's great if you hand code all of your HTML...

    It's really a great program for it being free

    linkage... http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15720


    As far as Dreamweaver, It is not lacking and is and incredible product IMHO. The only thing that keeps me from using it is price.
     
  4. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    i'm just starting getting in to writing html code with css and php. there really isn't a good way to use php in a site if you use WYSIWYG, so i turned to BBEdit. i was already familiar with using BBEdit for other coding projects, so i gave it a try. it's really just any other html editor. color syntax etc. the only time i open dreamweaver or golive is when i need to reference how to do something that i used to do in WYSIWYG.
     
  5. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    The Macromedia MX suite for Mac is great. Dreamweaver is the same, if not easier to use.

    Throwing your morals aside, you could easily download any of the MX suite programs from Poisoned for free. But that would be illegal, so I don't personally recommend it.
     
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I have Macromedia Studio MX for mac, and its good except it seems to crash when working with long PHP scripts
     
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I primarily use GoLive but I've used Dreamweaver MX a moderate amount on Mac OS X and have found it to be quite good and stable but confusing for me.

    There is also Freeway, which has a lower cost. I believe that it's available online, but I haven't seen it in stores in the U.S.A. BBEdit can be used to edit HTML source code and comes with a lot of support for it, as well as for programming languages.
     
  8. Matt01792 thread starter macrumors member

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    What's poisoned?

    Also, I looked into BBEdit but I don't know where I could get it from as I live in the UK. It does say on their website that you can get it off the Apple store but you can't.

    It's so annoying though. I've already got the Macromedia Studio on Windows but it just doesn't work on Mac... I think I will re-buy it though because it is great software. In the meantime however I'll use that freeware app.

    Matt
     
  9. mmmbop macrumors regular

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  10. sonofslim macrumors 6502a

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    ain't a darn thing wrong with dreamweaver for the mac... i spend most of my day elbows deep in code, and MX Studio + BBEdit is my suite of choice. nothing beats dreamweaver for extensibility; and the interface, in my opinion, is as straightforward and logical as any pro-level software should be.

    if you're paying several hundred dollars for an industry-standard application, you can expect that they've put some thought into their front-end.
     
  11. Matt01792 thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you know if Macromedia have Mac demos of their applications on their website?

    Matt
     
  12. mmmbop macrumors regular

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    Yeah they do. I think it's for 30 days. Get Fireworks while you're there as well. I find both apps indispensible.

    If you're a student or involved in Education, you can buy the Studio MX package for 200 pounds from amazon.co.uk which is an excellent deal.

    Dreamweaver is, er, a dream to work with. In my last job I had to work with MS Frontpage. Don't even get me started on that!

    MARK
     
  13. visor macrumors 6502

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    Look at bbedit, very fine editor with all kinds of stuff included.

    check out hydra - a very lightweight editor witch rendezvous multiusereditin at one time - very insteresting and fast.

    ok... there is the 'ol dreamweaver...

    For php, you might want to look at zend, although it is poorly ported to the mac. just java actually.
     

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