Thread: web design program for a noob!
02-19-2005, 11:52 PM #1kzefGuestweb design program for a noob!
I'm just a beginner at web design, and have learnt some HTML basics. Now I just want to have a little play on some WYSIWYG programs, has anyone got any recommendations for a good free one?? and one that I can pay for??
02-20-2005, 12:03 AM #2LashaGuest
I don't know any free WYSIWYG programs, but I do know for sure that Front Page is strictly for beginners. If you want something more advanced, then you gotta go with Dreamweaver.
02-20-2005, 12:19 AM #3kzefGuest
doesn't dreamweaver cost a s***load though?
02-20-2005, 12:19 AM #4kzefGuest
lasha what did you use to make the graphics on your website?
02-20-2005, 02:00 AM #5BrigratGuestOriginally Posted by kzef
02-20-2005, 02:01 AM #6
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I use Dreamweaver for school, it is nice, but you can do the same stuff with basic text editor. It is a little too pricey for someone that isn't a professional, IMO.
02-20-2005, 02:47 AM #7LashaGuestOriginally Posted by kzef
02-20-2005, 03:57 AM #8
I would try out freeway, that's a nice program. I use Canvas 9 myself but that's mainly because I own it, because I also have to make layouts for documentation (illustations, placing of pictures and so on) and the program does both. It does make websites really well but you have to render all the photos down before saving it to web otherwise you get faults in the render. Can make really nice changing web buttons in it.
If I had a choice for just a program that makes websites I'd go for freeway as I hate dreamweaver, especially at the price that you pay. But it is down to personal taste. I'd suggest that you download demos of all of them to try out.
02-21-2005, 12:08 AM #9design2Guest
02-21-2005, 05:56 AM #10
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02-21-2005, 12:42 PM #11destalkGuestOriginally Posted by kzef
Dreamweaver is available as a 30 day trial (fully functional) and so is GoLive (I think). They are the only true WYSIWYG packages that code HTML at the same time, so you can see what you are doing - which is essential if you want to carry this on in any professional way. Otherwise, Freeway is also WYSIWYG, but (from what I understand) it tends to generate the site afterwards, based on your graphic layout.
02-21-2005, 03:48 PM #12kzefGuest
Hey, thanks for all the help guys, and destalk I mean everything really,graphics, development and coding. I'm only new at this, but I'm pretty interested in making some cool websites, i just got Nvu and I downloaded the trial of adobe illustrator cs. Is this the right program to make web graphics? like menus,logos and headings? or should I have got photoshop?
I still can't figure out how to make like 3d headings, like you can with xara and flaming text, can someone tell me how to do this?
02-22-2005, 04:46 AM #13
You need photoshop as illustrator is a layout program. I would also check out photoshop elements if money is an issue as it's a lot cheeper.
02-22-2005, 10:57 AM #14flonejekGuest
If you're patient and haven't yet learned photoshop try messin with the gimp. After messin with it for a bit and goin through about 5 tutorials at gimp.org I can do some pretty cool stuff, but you have to have either Apples X11 or a third party X11 installed... and its pretty out of sync with the HIG but thats ok with me. Theres also inkscape but thats harder again..., anyway thing is both Gimp and Inkscape are great for making web graphics though the learning curves steep and not worth it if you already know photoshop/fireworks (tho there are a few similarities). Oh and for 3d logo design I've fallen in love with blender, a really nice but hard to use opensource 3d production suite. Its extremely hard at the start and i think i gave up 3 times before succesfully completing a tutorial but once the first bits learned its all downhill, and you notice all kinds of neat things about it.
links (apple info pages coz their fast)
beginner info: http://www.blender3d.org/cms/Quickstart.434.0.html
inkscape (kinda tricky to install): http://inkscape.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?MacOSXPort
starter tutorials: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/
02-22-2005, 03:35 PM #15kzefGuest
cheerz mate, I'll give them a go.
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