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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just works"

    April 9, 2008  |   By cfrees


    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I can't comment on the beauty or otherwise of this from a programmer's perspective, but it is beautifully done from a user's perspective *if* you want an application which is designed to do what this one is designed to do. If you want to create web pages without seeing code or learning HTML, this is not the application for you. If, on the other hand, you want well-presented, customisable syntax-highlighting, hints when you need them and reminders about appropriate tags, this application just works - simple, quick-loading and straightforward software that lets you get on with it. My web pages are simple and I like the uncluttered, unbloated character of this editor. It does more than I need it to, but the more stays out of the way.

    I especially like the latest versions which allow files to be grouped into projects as this makes editing multi-page web sites much easier. I also like the built-in preview which lets me quickly see the effects of changes I make to the source code, and the ability to preview pages in multiple browsers.

    The only thing I would really like added - and I don't even know if this is *possible* - would be the ability to have a project displayed as if it was located at such-and-such a point on the web already so that I could see the effects of CSS sheets etc.

    I can't comment on the claim that switching off auto-indent doesn't work as I've always liked having it on so haven't changed it. I *have* seen this application improve over time, though, so I definitely don't think it is fair to suggest that the developer(s) has stopped supporting it.

    For me, this is an essential, light-weight tool that allows me to design and manage web sites easily. I have tried other programmes (including commercial WYSIWYG editors such as DreamWeaver) but this is the one I always return to. The only reason I'm rating support/documentation as "neutral" is because I haven't needed support and the programme is largely self-explanatory so I haven't used the documentation much, either.

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