Alternative to Dreamweaver? I miss GoLive

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Stephen73, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Stephen73 macrumors newbie


    Aug 7, 2009
    I'm quite stumped.

    I'm a graphic designer who does occasional websites. I really do not need the exhaustive power of Dreamweaver so I can't justify spending the equivalent of $800 (import duties are really high and I can't buy directly from Adobe's website) for something I'm going to use a small portion of.

    I learnt on GoLive and miss not having an up-to-date version of it.

    I'm trying out FreeWay, but it's very restrictive in the sense that everything is plug-in based with no accessing the HTML directly. Want a YouTube video on your page, fine. Want a video from anywhere else, and you're stuck. And when it comes to something simple like a mouse-over, you need to wade through 10 pages of instructions in the manual to figure it out. And don't get me started on the single un-do, are we stuck in the 80's?

    I've also tried out Rapidweaver but it's even more restrictive as everything is template based. I can't even change a button or a background image. It's very like iWeb which is also no good. The moment a client asks for a change, I'm stuck ("Can I have an email button in the top right corner?" "Err, no. Yes, I have seen it on other websites.")

    Please tell me there's something out there in the $150 - $250 price range that offers html editing and CSS layout.

    (I really resent Adobe for discontinuing GoLive. Couldn't they have kept it around as a "Dreamweaver Lite" for graphic designers and other non web developers?). Sort of like Apple does with their Final Cut Pro and Express versions.

    I might just be stupid and not seeing how to work around RapidWeaver/iWeb's limitations, so feel free to enlighten me if I'm being too harsh on them.
  2. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    On a related note, I liked the Adobe ImageReady application, but that got canned for Fireworks.

    This was inevitable when the two merged - some products which people liked would get canned. Very sad and goes to show that competition can eventually lead to less choice, not more.
  3. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Coda is a lovely program that excels at HTML/CSS.

    it is not a WYSIWYG editor, just a well thought out code editor.

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