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Adobe GoLive 6
This latest version of GoLive 6, Adobe's web authoring solution, includes Adobe Web Workgroup Server and offers some powerful site management and web authoring tools.
GoLive 6.0 manages to differentiate itself from its competitors by offering tight integration with other Adobe products, such as LiveMotion, PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Another neat feature is an editor for QuickTime 5 with streaming conversion and optimisation capabilities. This would be useful for any site utilising video and audio
If that were not enough GoLive 6 also provides support for common scripting languages PHP, ASP and JSP. This makes it a lot easier for "non-programmer" developers to link web designs to back-end databases for e-commerce solutions.
First time users may find the idea of dynamic web sites intimidating, but a number of "wizards" in GoLive 6 provide help when starting a project or configuring settings for database driven content.
The Web Workgroup Server in GoLive provides version control, helps multiple users track changes, share and manage files. The server supports any WebDAV application such as PhotoShop, InDesign as well as Macromedia's Dreamweaver.
Adobe has also tried to make it easier to develop content for mobile devices by including wireless authoring capabilities in GoLive 6.0.
I am impressed with the way the program integrates with PhotoShop. PhotoShop source files, text and vector layers are supports and a sliced PSD source files can be sized from within GoLive 6 --- no more popping back into PhotoShop. The images are resized and optimized to accommodate the dimensions of the PSD source file. GoLive 6 also works well with sliced images created in Illustrator.
One of the main differences between an ordinary home page and a professional looking site is the formatting of the text. The HTML Style palette in GoLive 6 is similar to that found in word processing programs. Formatted text can be saved as a custom style that can be easily shared.
Creating CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) has also been streamlined with a number of convenient fly-out options to make it easier to set up the style sheets.
GoLive 6 now includes support for variables which is a neat trick when working with database driven sites. Imagine a catalogue with prices attached to images. By setting the prices as a variable and attaching them to a data source, they can quickly be updated without creating a separate image file
Thankfully table handling has also been improved. Most designers rely on tables to create complex page layouts and I found the Table Palette in GoLive 6 quite intuitive.
Complex table layouts can be a nightmare, but the new tools make it easier to manage and navigate through nested tables. I also like the way data from applications like Microsoft Word or Excel can be imported just by cutting and pasting.
Adobe GoLive 6 makes it a lot easier to design, manage and publish web sites. While I wouldn't suggest users of other programs change to GoLive, I think existing users would be daft not to upgrade.
Adobe GoLive, with LiveMotion and Adobe Webgroup Server has a RRP of AU$1169. Current users should easily afford the AU$239 upgrade
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