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Title Rating Price Downloads
Arachnophilia v 3.9 4 free 44,420
CoffeeCup HTML Editor v 6.2 5 free/49 23,058
Dreamweaver v 2.0 5 299 42,012
Dutch's HTML Editor v 2.1 5 free/39.99 3,702
HomeSite v 4.0 5 free/89 140,640
HotDog Professional v 5.5 5 free/129.95 119,079
NetObjects Fusion 4.0 5 demo/299.95 18,352
PageBuilder v 3.0c 5 free/45 13,146
RCEdit v 0.9.114 5 free 16,707
SiteAid v1.3 4 free 26,584
Web-O-Rama v 6.32 4 free 8,534

Paul Lutus
Reviewed: Jan 21, 1999
Arachnophilia lets you use two methods to create Web pages: The 'old-fashioned way' with the program's very capable HTML tools or by dropping an RTF document onto the Arachnophilia program window and watching it turn into an instant Web page. New Arachnophilia toolbars can be created just by typing in a text file or a spreadsheet. Load hundreds of documents at once (depending on memory) and search through all of them at once for particular words. Arachnophilia lets you preview your work on up to six Web browsers, so you can make sure your creations will look good no matter what browser a visitor uses. If you're searching for a good HTML editor, give Arachnophilia a try--you can't beat the price. This update supports the CFM file type.

CoffeeCup Software
Reviewed: N/A
If you're going to talk about the Fords and Chevys of the code-based HTML editor category, be sure to mention CoffeeCup HTML Editor in the same breath as Homesite and HotDog Pro. This beaut' has got plenty under the hood: a spell checker, meta tag dialog, horizontal rule dialog, Image Companion, multi-level color coding of tags, special characters menu, font tag designer and four very robust HTML "designers" (wizards) to help make tables, lists, forms, and frames a snap. You also get Expresso FTP, a stand-alone quality FTP component. A script library has been added that includes JavaScripts, CGI scripts, and even a dozen DHTML snippets (40 more JavaScripts with registration). As if that weren't enough, CoffeeCup throws in a collection of nice-quality web icons and graphics, animated GIFs, buttons, backgrounds and more. If you're a serious Web author, you need to take a serious look at the powerful and immensely functional CoffeeCup. Comprehensive Help is included.

Macromedia
Reviewed: Dec 15 1998
Macromedia's Dreamweaver is for Web designers who can't decide between a pretty WYSIWYG editor and the HTML purity of a Notepad-like text editor. It offers both, combined into a powerhouse package that puts it near the top of Web authoring packages. It supports cascading style sheets; offers visual control over table and frame layouts and page templates; and generates cross-platform dynamic HTML. Also included are many site-management features (including site-wide editing), an FTP client, and an image map editor. One feature alone sets Dreamweaver apart from other would-be WYSIWYG editors: It doesn't tamper with your original code, unless you want it to. The price is aimed at professionals, but even beginners should look at this 30-day demo to see what a market leader looks like.

Dutch's Software
Reviewed: N/A
Dutch's HTML Editor is a nicely laid out HTML authoring program with generous tag support, a host of useful tools, and other goodies such as a collection of over 140 Java and VB Scripts. Wizards are provided to help you with fonts, lists, images, tables, frames, links, forms and more. Further, there's a page template wizard that guides you through the creation of a variety of different types of web pages: homepage, company page, on-line resume and others. To its impressive library of ready-to-paste JavaScripts, Dutch's tacks on a collection of Dynamic HTML functions such as window animations and pop-out menus. We especially liked the tags palette, which lets you insert virtually any pair of tags at the cursor with a double click. The editor also comes with a stand-alone-quality FTP component for uploading your files. At under forty bucks, the good-looking and very robust Dutch's HTML Editor might be the best value available anywhere in an HTML editor. Comprehensive help is included.

Allaire Corp.
Reviewed: Oct 27, 1998
Homesite is a highly functional and intuitive HTML editor that has earned the loyalty of serious, non-WYSIWYG Web authors around the globe. With its addition of drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editing, the classic editor is now in a class by itself. Homesite attaches the WYSIWYG feature by adding a third tab, called Design, to the interface's code/browser preview window. You can expect the same lineup of great tool tabs (all of which can be hidden) at the top, along with wizards for Page Start, Tables, Frames, Stylesheets, and JavaScript. The Stylesheets wizard is a pearl -- powerful but still easy to use, with an amazing depth of configurability. One especially handy feature is the Tag Insight button, which tells the editor to take an educated guess at what tag or attribute you'll want next (e.g., the ALIGN attribute pops up after you insert a new paragraph tag). As always, right-click editing support is both context-sensitive and comprehensive. If we have any criticism of Homesite, it is that the abundance of features and functions tends to make it respond sluggishly at times. The program comes with voluminous (and well-written) help documentation, including sections on HTML tags and Web page design.

HotDog Professional (32-bit ZDNet Edition)
Sausage Software
Reviewed: Aug 19, 1998
To call HotDog Professional Webmaster Suite "robust" is a serious understatement. This nearly omnipotent classic does just about everything but fold your laundry. The interface is full of time-saving creature comforts that are the real stars of the program -- niceties such as a button that sends you immediately to the top of the document, to the bottom, to the head tag, to the body tag, to the next tag. The interface opens (somewhat slowly, unfortunately, because of the excessive number of toolbars) by default to a code/browser preview split-window configuration. But you can quickly toggle to full code view, full browser view, or back to split view. Open multiple documents (tabbed at bottom), and the program remembers which code/browser view you chose for each document! In addition to providing a huge number of tools and functions within the program, including wizards for fonts, tables, lists, frames, forms, images, sounds, styles, embedded items, DHTML animations, FTP publishing, and more, HotDog gives you the option of tacking on "Supertoolz." These robust, standalone helper programs -- the Java Navigator tool, the LinkExchange tool, the Mirabilis tool (lets you insert ICQ Comm panels into Web pages), Real Audio/Video, and the SafeSurf tool -- can be downloaded separately or in a single Supertoolz Pack from the Sausage Website. Other features include color-coding by tag or syntax (with support for HTML 3.2 and proposed HTML 4.0 features), site-management functions, and support for Web push channels and coding for PICS site registration. The program will also automatically highlight in red any HTML syntax errors it finds as you work. It offers a wide array of preferences, including a nearly infinite number of levels of undo and redo. Five stars is faint praise for this Web authoring masterpiece. Comprehensive help is available for both the editor and HTML.

NetObjects, Inc.
Reviewed: Feb 4, 1999.
Net Objects Fusion is a very powerful yet fun and intuitive WYSIWYG-based HTML editing platform similar to FrontPage 98. The editores sophisticated interface is as attractive as it is well-organized. The five main functions -i Site, Page, Style, Assets and Publish -i are laid out in a neat row of buttons at top left. The Site feature shows tree structure and outline views of your entire site. Page is where you do your drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editing, using the programes adjustable tool strip. The strip gives you one-click access to text, images, tables, layout regions (eg., DIV), forms, navigation bars, media plugins, Java, ActiveX Controls, and more. Style offers a great-looking assortment of page template designs, from the classy (Cartesian) to the just plain wacky (WoofDoggy) -- all complete with jazzy button mouseover effects. Assets contains your image file indexes. And Publish is where you go to upload your pages to a server. Other features include a spell checker and an extended character set. Notice to all users of FrontPage 98: therees a new object-oriented Web authoring kid in town i goes by the name Net Objects Fusion i and hees good! Comprehensive help is included.

Terry Franks
Reviewed: Dec 17, 1998
PageBuilder is a great-looking, ultra-functional HTML editor that offers extensive tag support as well as wizards for cascading style sheets (CSS), fonts, frames, lists, and tables. It also offers a number of advanced features, such as Page Analyzer, which tells you in a flash three important things about your Web pages: what images they call, what links are active or broken, and whether they contain any coding errors. Two other pearls are the Selection Extender, which selects everything between any one beginning and end tag, and the Image Indexer, which creates an HTML index of all the image files in a directory. PageBuilder also provides global find/replace, tag coloring, several ready-to-paste JavaScripts, and a full range of FTP publishing functions. It's better than many HTML editors that cost $100 or more, and it easily makes our list of the 10 best of all time -- at any price. Complete help is included.

Robert Chapman
Reviewed: Aug 22, 1998
RCEdit is a free HTML editor that provides plenty of power, many shortcuts, an easy-to-use interface, and great help. It doesn't offer WYSIWYG editing, but it doesn't expect you to know everything about HTML either. It's geared toward experienced HTML authors but offers features part-time authors will love, such as image and script assistants, a table wizard, and a link manager. This means you don't have to know the HTML tags for everything. For those features that aren't automated, you can use the tags viewer and form elements toolbar -- they provide an easy way to insert tags or build controls for your Web page. Four toolbars; a number of viewers, wizards, and assistants; a scratchpad; and extensive help complete the package. RCEdit is billed as a no-frills editor, but its power, speed, flexibility, and ease of use will surprise you.

Designs Unlimited
Reviewed: May 01, 1998
SiteAid is a nicely put-together freeware HTML editor that offers several wizards and a wide range of other useful features. The Homesite-like interface is attractive and well-organized, with all of its tools neatly tucked into a row of six tabs at the top (General, Fonts, Tables, Frames, Lists and Miscellaneous). There are five wizards: lists, tables, frames, images and page start. The very complete and user-friendly page start wizard should be particularly appealing to less-practiced web authors. The editor also provides support for hexadecimal colors, links and comments, and more limited support for forms, imagemaps, background sounds and JavaScript (start and end tags only). All levels of users will appreciate the attractive, file-folder-style tabs that SiteAid places at the top of each document window. Web pros will love the tag editor, which lets you select a beginning and end tag and then place your text inside before pasting it into your document. SiteAid is a good-looking, competent HTML authoring application that's suitable for beginner to intermediate web authors A spiffy, imagemap-powered help file is included.

Kevin Gunn
Reviewed: Nov 15, 1998
Web-O-Rama is a free HTML editor intended for those comfortable with Web page creation. It has a clean, easy-to-use interface with handy input dialog boxes for common operations. You can open multiple files of any size in its MDI environment, and choose common tags from a toolbar. You'll enjoy quick access to features such as special characters, text formatting, fonts, colors, sounds, images -- as well as the creation of links and tables. Other features include browser preview, cross-file search-and-replace, and RTF file import. This is an update that adds a style-sheet dialog box, visual enhancements, and a browser compatibility index. Web-O-Rama comes without help files, but it's priced right.

Source: PC Magazine, June 8, 1999.