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spiders have no need for web design softwareI have to confess … please don’t hate me — I loved FrontPage as a web design software. I began using FrontPage when it was first owned by Vermeer in the mid-90′s. I have owned every version from that initial version and have been using Microsoft Expression Web 4 with one of our data-driven sites (InflationData.com).

I’ve used a lot of different products over the years including NetObjects Fusion and Dreamweaver. Although I have used both Dreamweaver and Expression Web, I mostly use WordPress for all new sites—no software to buy or install!

Top New Features in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

The biggest new feature is support for HTML5 and CSS3 code in Dreamweaver CS6.

  • Fluid grid layout
  • Improved FTP performance
  • Enhanced jQuery Mobile
  • CSS3 transitions
  • Updated Live View
  • Updated PhoneGap Build
  • Updated Multiscreen Preview panel
  • Business Catalyst integration

Microsoft Expression Web 4 Features

  • Professional code editor
  • Standards based site design
  • Visual diagnostics
  • Property task pane
  • Rich data presentation
  • Build interactive sites by adding Silverlight, Flash, DeepZoom or Windows Media files with drag-and-drop controls
  • ASP.NET 3.5
  • Edit PHP pages
  • SuperPreview speeds browser compatibility testing
  • Included SEO tools and reporting
  • Extend Expression Web with HTML and JavaScript
  • Import Photoshop files

Namo Web Editor 9

  • Improved ribbon menu
  • Site manager
  • Site Library panel
  • Powerful publishing tool
  • Mirror uploading
  • Share information directly through social networking and blogs
  • Cross browser compatibility
  • Mobile preview
  • Source validation
  • Media wizard makes it easy to insert videos, audio, Flash
  • Script wizard
  • Chart wizard
  • Easy source control editing

CoffeeCup HTML Editor 12.7

  • HTML and CSS code completion
  • Project management
  • Quick tag help
  • Quick start from layout
  • Optimized resource tabs
  • Cleaner, valid markup
  • Split screen preview and preview before publishing
  • Sync from your workspace
  • Edit directly on the server

NetObjects Fusion 12

  • Mobile Site Wizard
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Automatic asset management
  • Visual design layout editor
  • Integrated Google(TM) Analytics
  • Site Save (automatically protects the contents of your website)
  • Site Wizard
  • Cloud Burst (online library)
  • Image Bank (royalty free images)
  • E-commerce support built-in

NetObjects Fusion Essentials

  • Drag and drop layouts
  • Site Management Tools
  • Upload files with built-in FTP
  • Form builder
  • Photo Gallery
  • e-commerce tool
  • Custom shape tools
  • Rollover images
  • Insert custom HTML and scripts
  • Flash, QuickTime, and more

(Originally published April 11, 2009; updated January 31, 2014)

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