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What tools do you use to do web design?

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by lonewolff, May 3, 2009.

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    Hi there,

    I am interested in what tools people use to create thier web pages with.

    I personally use nothing special. I am very much a hands on HTML coder.
    These are the sole tools I use;

    Notepad and Paintshop Pro v5.0 (From a cover disk on a mag :D)

    Then I go on to http://validator.w3.org/ to clean up any errors and then test for page layout anomolies with IE 6 & 7 and Firefox.

    Anyone else out there still do it the old fashioned way, like this?

    Funnily enough, I find programs like Dreamweaver and FrontPage sifficult to use :D
     
    lonewolff, May 3, 2009 IP
  2. Kerosene

    Kerosene Alpha & Omega™ Staff

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    Notepad is a joke. 1 level of undo? You should try PSPad. It's got coloured syntax highlighting and FTP, which is really all anyone should need :)
    http://www.pspad.com/

    I use Photoshop and Dreamweaver - the main reason I use DW instead of PSPad (which I love) is for its drop down code suggestion and auto tag closing feature.
     
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  3. lonewolff

    lonewolff Member

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    Kerosene Alpha & Omega™ Staff

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    1 level of undo is like going commando style. 1 mistake, and it's all over :p

    I've stopped over at Merimbula a few times on the way back from Sydney. Nice place. Nice site btw :)
     
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  5. lonewolff

    lonewolff Member

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    Hehe! Commando it is. Arnie can't be wrong, can he?

    Yeah, Merimbula is pretty cool. I moved away for a few years (to Sydney) but I am back again :)
     
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    I basically use notepad, but sometimes i use DW too :D
    For graphics, i always perfer photoshop :)
     
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    hotsmusic Banned

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    I use dreamwever and homesite , and for design i like macromedia firework

    sorry for my english is not preety well
     
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    kk5st Well-Known Member

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    Like the OP, I found DW to be more of a hassle than help. Any dropdowns or drag'n'drop slow you down. A Good, with a capital "G", editor will allow you to keep your hands on the keyboard. Using the mouse can only reduce productivity.

    An editor with single level of undo is a toy editor. For example, Emacs can have any number of levels, limited only by the configuration. Assuming you don't change the values, the defaults are 20KB for the change records, and 3MB for the current change. That's for each open buffer. You should also be able to select a region, and undo only changes to that region.

    Unless you do graphics for print, get GIMP. For web graphics, there is nothing you can do in PS that you can't do in GIMP, and for several hundred dollars less; GIMP is free.

    You will also need an svg editor. At this time, Inkscape, a free, open source offering, bests all commercial editors, including Illustrator and Corel Draw.

    cheers,

    gary
     
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    I design website wholly on Adobe Photoshop! and then code in Macromedia Dreamweaver :)

    But i heard Notepad ++ working superb for coders
     
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    Stylizer for CSS edit. Notepad++, photoshop.
     
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    I code everything by hand, and create images in photoshop and illustrator. The text editor I use is espresso for mac, but I've tried out coda and that rocks as well.
     
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    I did a design in Photoshop and code it in Dreamweaver.

    - Dynashox -
     
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    I'm an old school guy. I primarily use Notepad + Photoshop.
     
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    Dreamweaver still the best for me.
     
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    I use the free CoffeeCup HTML editor. It's usually pretty reliable however it freezes from time to time. I've just gotten in the habit of saving my work pretty often in case a freeze occurs.
     
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    notepad isn't a joke! it is for real programmers!
    everything else (not by hand) is for not real programmers...

     
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    I just use Aptana studio because its free and has frequent updates. I'm looking at other software, but I can't afford Dreamweaver or photoshop or flash, what are some good alternatives?
     
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    But none of us ever use undo, because we never make mistakes. I will admit, I did, once.... :D
     
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    Notepad is as close to a joke/toy editor as one can be and still function at all.

    Real programmers use Emacs or Vi. ;)

    cheers,

    gary
     
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    I use the text editor in Expression web, simple because of the saved undo levels. I have a lot of clients who change there minds frequently so it's handy to be able to go back without reloading an older text doc.
    I use photoshop for my images, i have been trying out a Xara drawing package for the last week, it's quiet good might change yet!
     
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