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  PageMill 2.0    

Category: WYSIWYG Editors
Manufacturer: Adobe, www.allaire.com
Download: ??? MB, trial version no longer available

  What it does.    



Adobe PageMill set the standard for WYSIWYG HTML editors: When the first version came out, it was the first WYSIWYG product in the web page arena and it was a wonder to behold. It was also only available for the Mac.

Version 2.0 of PageMill was also made available for Windows. It came out significantly after the Mac version and it did not match all the features included with the Mac version.

The version reviewed here is PageMill 2.0, which has since been superseded by PageMill 3.0.



  The Light Side.    



PageMill has one of the most sensible methods of defining frame targets: To target a link, there is a pop-up miniature window with a representation of the frames that have been set up. Couldn't been easier -- and thus, Visual Page copies this method of frame targeting almost to the letter.

An "Inspector" palette gives access to significant page, frame, table and form properties such as background colors etc. Another palette offers color swatches for drag & drop operations -- unfortunately, it is not possible to add new colors without deleting the existing ones.

The application is very robust and handles big files and complex formatting (such as nested tables) with ease -- with one important caveat: When you open a page created with another HTML editor in PageMill and save it, the code will be "pagemilled".



  The Dark Side.    



PageMill will absolutely not leave your code alone. On file open, PageMill parses the HTML code and reinterprets it according to its own rigid conceptions of what is good HTML. It is the antithesis to Macromedia's Dreamweaver (which will leave home-grown code be). If you want to include code not supported by PageMill, you will have to write it by hand and surround it with an obnoxious <NOEDIT> tag.

Another nuisance is PageMill inserting a non-standard HTML tag into any image reference: God knows what <NATURALSIZEFLAG> is all about but if you delete it from the code by hand, it will reappear immediately.

PageMill offers absolutely no support for the <FONT FACE> tag. While the Mac version of PageMill 2.0 even marks font face definitions as errors, the Windows version at least recognizes it as a valid, if unsupported, tag.

While the Mac version includes a site manager application (SiteMill) as part of the package, this component was not ported to the PC platform. The PC version of PageMill 2 sports no site management functionality whatsoever.






When pressed to choose between PageMill and Visual Page, you might want to go with the package that is more inexpensive. Both applications give you a simple to learn interface but limit your ability to create original HTML code.

PageMill includes Adobe Photoshop 3.05, a "light" version of PhotoShop, and some clipart and other goodies.

Available for MacOS and Windows 95/98/NT; Cost: 99 US-Dollars






Visual Page is less ideosyncratic in usage, but less stable. It isn't as merciless with user's handwritten code.



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