Any programs similar to frontpage?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by likejackansally, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. likejackansally macrumors newbie

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    Is there a FREE basic program in existance similar to frontpage on windows; which would translate your coding into product so you have a preview before you decided upload it?

    Of course I'm looking for something to download to the mac... and I do NOT want frontpage, because when you go back to view it for the idiots who don't know code it becomes cluttered script.

    Thanks!
     
  2. dmz macrumors regular

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    Similar to FrontPage - NOT!

    Almost all HTML coding programs on the Mac provide a previewing function, and thankfully, none of them are ANYTHING like FrontPage. You could try Sea Monkey for a basic start, then there's Coda, Komodo Edit, Taco, Rage, BBedit, Freeway and of couse, DreamWeaver. CSSEdit is a handy utility.

    Just because someone doesn't understand HTML code, doesn't make them an idiot. That kind of attitude is discouraged around here - temper your comments and you'll get intelligent answers. Freeway does not require ANY coding, and a lot of people believe that's the way it should be, others prefer the raw coding power of Komodo or BBedit. The Mac is all about choice - Frontpage is all about NOT having any choices. Yuccccch!

    Just my two-cents' worth,

    dmz
     
  3. likejackansally thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't mean to come off that way, sorry.

    Are any or all the programs included on the macbook? I just purchased mine last week and I am away from it right now. Which would you say provides the most basic funtion (thats all I'm really after).

    Thanks for your response!:D
     
  4. likejackansally thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not exactly sure what to make of this though..
    My situation is, I have several homepages which I code entirely with html and css... What I am after is something that easily allows me to see the code I write, preview it and then easily re-edit without being online submitting the information to the website and then having to re edit from there. Its a nuisance to continuously hit sumbit, preview and then back up and edit and then do that over and over til I get it exactly how I want.
     
  5. dmz macrumors regular

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    None of those programs come on your Mac, but you'll find Preview and TextEdit on your Mac, and they are handy for graphic conversions and .doc->html conversions. I find TextEdit is the ONLY tool I can use for those conversions, it creates nice, clean, straight-up HTML, everything else spews out highly over-coded gibberish. It can also open webarchive files - created by saving a page from Safari - just like saving a page from Explorer as an archive and opening it in FrontPage.

    You should try Sea-Monkey first - it's free, and I think it may be all you need. Komodo Edit is open-source, so again, no charge, but it may be more what you're looking for if you need site management tools. Coda(www.panic.com) is an Apple Design Award winner, and takes a while to get used to, but it grows on you very fast - especially the CSS editor - it's sweet. Coda al$o co$t$ money - $99, or $85 if you already have Transmit - panic's FTP client, which you don't need. You will need an ftp program of some kind ... CyberDuck is well-liked around here, as is Transmit, and there are at least a half-dozen more... check out the site Open Source Mac for lots of cool OSS. (www.opensourcemac.org)

    dmz
     
  6. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    you dont need to upload files to preview them, you can view them on your hdd by just opening the html files in a browser
     
  7. Prekesh macrumors regular

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    I personally use Coda along side Dreamweaver. Using Coda more though, Dreamweaver only so i can edit in the Design view, then tweak the code in Coda.
     
  8. dmz macrumors regular

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    As I said, all the programs I mentioned (and I forgot RapidWeaver, a great tool worth a look), provide some kind of either built-in preview(SeaMonkey, Coda), or a way to send your code to your choice of browsers on your Mac in a "live" preview format (BBedit, Komodo, GoLive).

    All these tools allow you to build your website in a local directory, which you can then mirror to your online host when you want to. For that, you need a good FTP program. Happy coding!

    dmz
     
  9. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Coda for the win.

    Only free one I can think of, off hand, is NVU.
     

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