Picking the right editor is essential for web designers. Here we will cover some of the pros and cons of working with certain editors.
Studio is a software suite from Adobe Systems that includes Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks 8, in addition to Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2.
Cost: $900 US
- Easy to Use: Simple, some more complicated functions in Flash, but no coding necessary.
- Standards Compliant: Complies with W3C
Cost: $199 US
- Easy to use: Anyone who can use word, can use Frontpage.
- Projects: You can create projects and Frontpage will automatically re-link documents when filesystem changes occur.
- Doesn't play nice: Frontpage has a tendency to re-write your document to structure code. This usually wipes out PHP code in the document.
- Overly Re-writes: I dont know how many times i've looked at code by Frontpage to only see a plethora of CSS styles. Can get annoying if you are used to a certain way of coding.
- Poor Design: Code is non-W3C complient and hard to use.
- Lack of Support: No longer supported by Microsoft.
Notepad requires you to know pretty much every aspect of HTML, however a wise choice for people who dont like to be told how to code.
- Runs fast: No matter what the system (Windows), notepad always preforms.
- No Re-writes: Notepad doesn't re-write anything, because it can't.
- No Projects: No way to manage your documents without external applications or by manually re-writing.
- No Indent Holding: Notepad does not keep your indents, making you tab in over and over.