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Hello, I am new to Mac and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good web design program for Mac. I use Dreamweaver for Windows but I can't afford to purchase a Mac copy right now. Is there any good cheap programs for Mac?
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You could try iWeb that comes with your Mac, I never liked it though, so I just saved up and bought Dreamweaver.

Unless your good at HTML coding and can then just use TextEdit
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I use RapidWeaver, it's free and simple to use. The demo keeps reminding you to buy it if you're satisfied with it and you can't add more than 3 pages in the demo version.

I initially used iWeb and was just about to upload my website when I realised I needed a .mac account ... well, that was the end of that.

RapidWeaver (click here to download) is very stylish but easy to understand & will tide you over until you can afford something more substantial.
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Smultron, ok its just a text editor but that is all you need, if you have the knowledge.
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Learn to code by hand and use the lovely free TextWrangler.
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Another vote for Rapidweaver. Not only is it a great program, its support forums are filled with friendly, helpful, and knowledgable people. Rapidweaver is a great and easy program to use. I have Dreamweaver, but elected to make my website using Rapidweaver.

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What vers of Dreamweaver do you have?

Dreamweaver 8 is Universal and if you are a student you can get it from www.academicsuperstore.com. They have pretty good prices.

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Actually, I have to agree with Del and DrQuincy. Learn to code HTML/css by hand and use Smultron or TextWrangler. You can be much more flexible about page design AND your pages will load faster because they have less junk in them.

HTML "programming" is really quite easy. The excellent book "HTML Goodies" by Joe Burns is a great way to learn. This is what I did. I went from knowing nothing about HTML to producing my hand coded web site in about 2 months, with the aid of that book. See:

www.campbell-tx.net

as an example of what you can achieve. Picture galleries, software downloads, editorials, even my "Linux to Mac Switcher's Guide". It isn't a really flashy site, but it is quite effective. The Linux to Mac Switcher'd Guide does in fact border on being flashy. I am quite pleased with it, and it is straight HTML - not even a CSS style sheet.

It really isn't that hard to do. Remember that contrary to what you may hear, HTML is not "programming". It just isn't that tough. It is nothing more than an organized set of formatting directives that you intersperse into straight text. Hence, Smultron and/or TextWrangler, both free text editors, make wonderful tools for this. I actually wrote up the majority of my web site using my own VE text editor, which is available on the site. I did the Linux to Mac Switcher's guide using Smultron - what a GREAT editor!

Anyway, dip your feet in and try it. It is not nearly as hard as it looks, and the book I mention above is a great way to get started. The hardest part of the whole thing, like anything else in life, is just taking the first step!

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thanks for the advice. I have Dreamweaver 8. So does that mean that I can install it on my Mac?
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mac57 thanks for the advice that book is awesome.
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thanks for the advice. I have Dreamweaver 8. So does that mean that I can install it on my Mac?
If you still have the box, look at the box and see if it says universal or shows the windows and mac logo. The CD might say it also.

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I use GoLive but I think Dreamweaver is better. Neither are free!
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I use Freeway from softpress (www.softpress.com). Good, not free but relatively cheap, easier than learning to code yourself.

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