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    Best Website design software for Mac users?

    Hello! First... Newbie alert! Newbie alert!

    And next.. I'm not switching to PC.

    I am a videographer who uses Final Cut Pro so I have some knowledge
    of timelines, videos and graphics. But I have put off the learning process
    of building a website far too long. I have a simple one that was created by a
    friend but it's way over due for an update. (camera1.tv) Actually a whole new style.
    I must now learn and my newbie status and cold feet have got me in a bind.
    I would hate to waste time and money on the software that fell short and thought
    I would ask some self proclaimed experts.. thats you! If you use a mac and have
    had good experience with a website tool free or expensive I would love to hear it.

    Regards, Mark

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    Regardless of platform plain old code is usually the best route. Many of the WYSIWYG programs add in all kinds of code that really isn't needed. You can create the code in any text editor, but there are some out there that are used for editing the code and assist by helping you format your code for easier readability and highlights certain code type.
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    NVU from NVU is frequently mentioned and there is a Mac version available.
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    thanks

    thanks entrecon, I do want to learn HTML for those very reasons that you mentioned.
    You wouldn't know it now but I have a programming degree from 1987. Pascal, Fortran, Cobol..etc. Of course my career went to video production and so out went the code and
    my ease of learning it.
    IanS, I checked out NVU and it looks like maybe a good place to start learning the
    process again. There is a help answer at their site that caught my eye.. it says..

    "Because you can quickly toggle between the WYSIWYG editing mode and the HTML code mode, just by changing tabs, Nvu is also ideal for those wishing to learn HTML programming, as they can easily observe the interaction between the HTML code and what a user will see in their web browser."

    thanks folks, any others with added info or opinions are welcome.. Mark.

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    Putting the esoteric political he said/she said discussion aside, I've switched from Nvu to Kompozer as my recommendation for a WYSIWYG editor.

    http://kompozer.net/

    Also has a Mac OS X version.

    HTH

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    Last edited by symo; 7-2-07 at 03:24 PM. Reason: forgot to add the Mac version info.
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    Accept this recommendation - although he's in a straight-jacket, he uses a Mac! Can't be totally mad. Must give him some more purple pills.
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    Every time I look at symo's avatar it kinda creeps me out. How he gets his hands on his shoulders, I'll never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanS View Post
    Accept this recommendation - although he's in a straight-jacket, he uses a Mac! Can't be totally mad. Must give him some more purple pills.
    I'm nuts... not crazy

    No Mac for this guy. You must have me confused with T-bone and his crazy football predictions.

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    Who said they were his hands?

    It just bothers me what the person whose hands those are is doing to him!
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    thanks symo I'll check it out.. crazy or not..

    I thought we were suppose to take the red pill..

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    I have a sign in my cubicle that very plainly states "Why didn't I take the blue pill?"
    "You don't really understand human nature
    unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around
    -- and why his parents will always wave back."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    I thought we were suppose to take the red pill..
    Well, most people have been relegated to mono-coloration of pills.

    I on the other require the ones with multi-coloration, including stripes, stars and circles on them

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    I think Markus is going to fit in here quite nicely. A sense of humor is appreciated.
    "You don't really understand human nature
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    -- and why his parents will always wave back."

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    If I'm not mistaken.. you just welcomed me to the party.. thanks.. pal.

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    and shared the pils - oops pills. You can have some pils as well.
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    2 Mac apps of note:

    iWeb by Apple.com
    Freeway Pro by softpress.com

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    I personally prefer Adobe Photoshop and GoLive (which Adobe has phased out in favor of their recent acquisition of Dreamweaver). I had originally started with Adobe PageMill in 1995, dabbling in Dreamweaver in the early days under Macromedia. I much preferred the shared look and feel of the Adobe products, and then moved onto GoLive when Adobe discontinued PageMill and offered great upgrade incentives.

    iWeb is a much cheaper alternative, and creates great looking websites, but many of the features are dependent upon your subscription of .mac. iWeb also requires you to publish your HTML files to a local folder first, then upload those files to your preferred host. The only "FTP" type feature works with .mac. iWeb also creates graphic intensive sites, which can cause long load times. If you are looking for an easy way to create a website that "just works", give iWeb a try first (which is part of the iLife Suite).

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    Also Dreamweaver is also available for the Mac, little pricey, but I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progravix View Post
    iWeb is a much cheaper alternative, and creates great looking websites, but many of the features are dependent upon your subscription of .mac.
    RapidWeaver is a great, simple Mac web design program. Been around longer than Apple's iWeb, continuously developed. I use that and FreeWay... but RapidWeaver has become my program of choice! (google it for a link. It's only about $40)

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