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  • 2.0 stars

    "professional?"

    November 25, 2007  |   By W-Creative

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I'm guessing the word "professional" is being used loosely in this product description.

    I'm leery of ANY application that comes as a .pkg installer package. So I investigated the installer package with Pacifist.

    It appears as though Goldfish installs many fonts in addition to it's own files. As standard practice, I don't install additional fonts from some small WEB application that SHOULD NOT need them. The user should be allowed to choose wether fonts are installed or not. Using Pacifist I simply pulled the app out of the installer package along with the "designs" folder.

    I chose to run the "Pro" trial. The application ran stable. I did not experience any issues with basic functionality. Usability is another matter. I find attempting to edit one of the prepackaged designs troublesome. Inability to actually change some items like menu titles (this may be due to my lack of experience with the application) simply lead to frustration. In addition using the option to insert HTML or CSS appears to do nothing. At least there's no discernible difference to the page I'm viewing within Goldfish. No clue how those items are actually supposed to function since they did nothing for me. I was unable to examine code to see where they were being placed.

    As a professional web designer I was most interested to see the code that Goldfish spit out. After all, if it creates clean code and saves time, the application may be beneficial in some respect. Unfortunately, the developer has chosen to disable both the Export and Publish options in the trial so I was unable to examine the code. That's where the true test will lie.

    Until the developer allows the trial to at least spit out 1 page I would hesitate to purchase this application. This is especially true since applications such as iWeb and Rapidweaver cost less than or close to this application without any of the issues I've listed above.

    In short, it was easy to drag and drop items. Some items were easily ediateble, while others were not. The stability and compliance of the code is anyone guess. Spend a few extra dollars and get Rapidweaver. Same basic functionality with tried and true usage.

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