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Rebo's_Guitarist
06-14-2006, 09:05 AM
Anyone have any good recomendations of software for web page design? Best Buy didnt have a thing.

Any help would be greeeeaaaatly appreciated.

Nate

El Chuxter
06-14-2006, 10:32 AM
Depends on what you're looking to do, and how much you're willing to spend. I've used Frontpage and GoLive, and both are rather good. (GoLive seems to be the better of the two, since Frontpage can do some wacky stuff to your coding for seemingly no reason.)

PhotoShop/ImageReady also has some really nice tools for breaking images into web-ready tables, and I don't think I could live without those.

Or you can pick up a book or two and go for straight coding. That works, too, and isn't nearly as tough as people seem to think it is.

JimJamBonds
06-14-2006, 12:50 PM
I'd suggest Basic.

Rebo's_Guitarist
06-14-2006, 12:52 PM
Sweet thanks. Any idea where I can find these and abouts how many clams Ill have to give up?

*EDIT* Whats basic?

darthvyn
06-14-2006, 01:11 PM
photoshop and dreamweaver are really expensive programs, frontpage i think comes with some packages of MS works. i've never really played around with them, as i learned hand-coding (which like chux said, is actually pretty easy, as long as you have the mind for it...) and use araneae, this free text editor to create my pages

www.ornj.net/araneae/

it's pretty awesome for a free program. it doesn't create anything for you, but it has color coding that makes it easier to read html. the best bet is to pick up some books on xhtml and css, and then find a website you really like. when you go to that website, right-click and go to "view source" - it will show you the code behind that webpage. save the source, and play around with it while reading the books.

LusiferSam
06-14-2006, 02:27 PM
Whats basic?
BASIC is a really old programming language aimed at beginners. It's good for small, simple programs. If your going to program you'd be better off with a better language like Fortran or C.

JediTricks
06-14-2006, 06:46 PM
Download the free Mozilla Browser Suite (http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/) (not Mozilla Firefox, that's JUST the browser, though they are similar) and make sure to install Composer if you do a custom install (which is fine, you probably don't want to use the suite's email and IRC anyway), it has a wysiwyg webpage composer that's great for starting out, and it has a mode that displays the code so you can learn what code does what as you build. You'll need to upload the pages somewhere, and that'll probably require an FTP (file transfer protocol) program unless you get something like Geocities where you upload pages via their website.

For simple image editing, I suggest another free program, IrfanView (http://www.download.com/IrfanView/3000-2192_4-10491149.html?tag=lst-0-1), it's light on your system but does some good work. For a step towards Photoshop, Jasc's Paint Shop Pro (http://www.download.com/Paint-Shop-Pro/3000-2192_4-10434071.html?tag=lst-0-1) is a pretty decent lower-priced image editor, does most of what Photoshop does, just not quite as well and they layout isn't as user-friendly, but we're talking 1/6th the price.

This is all stuff I personally started working with back in '97, and I still use it today, although I do most of my image editing in Photoshop.

JimJamBonds
06-15-2006, 10:37 AM
Basic is the most well....... basic program. Its just zeros and ones.

El Chuxter
06-15-2006, 12:34 PM
No, that's binary code. BASIC is the thing you learn in elementary school (or at least we used to) with commands like "Print" and "Input" and "Goto."

JediTricks
06-15-2006, 02:51 PM
BASIC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC)

Why would anybody bother with Basic at this point? I can't even figure out why people would bother with MS's Visual Basic, but some people love the Microsoft. Anyway, Basic in any form is totally unnecessary to web page design.

(and now the word "basic" looks weird)

JimJamBonds
06-15-2006, 11:28 PM
BASIC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC)

Why would anybody bother with Basic at this point? I can't even figure out why people would bother with MS's Visual Basic, but some people love the Microsoft. Anyway, Basic in any form is totally unnecessary to web page design.

(and now the word "basic" looks weird)

Thus the reason I suggested using it. ;)

JediTricks
06-16-2006, 02:45 AM
To make it look weird? Mission Accomplished!