Adobe GoLive 6.0

by Joe Gillespie — Sep 1, 2002

WPDFD was put together with GoLive mostly. I like its drag and drop interface and I feel that it has a more 'sympathetic' interface for people who are visually inclined 'right brainers'. Sure, it won't suit everybody, but it's nice to have a choice.

GoLive has a very good interface for creating CSS-based pages, I've always preferred it for that over Dreamweaver. GoLive has the ability to drag 'floating boxes' onto the page, reposition them and resize them. You also have full control over their margins, padding, borders, z-index and so on via the 'inspector' palette, and I have to say, it works exceptionally well - what you see is what you get.

The problems start to appear once you try to set absolute positions from anything other than the default top left. If you stray into the realms of 'relative positioning' you will find that GoLive quickly runs out of steam. In these instances, the layout window becomes a very loose approximation of what it represents and sometimes makes editing the contents impossible. Not only that, but when you do choose to go into source mode to do some text editing and subsequently make a change via the inspector, GoLive can 'correct' your hand-crafted code replacing concepts that it knows nothing of with ones that it does - like 'top' for 'bottom' for instance. It's not supposed to do that, but it does.

The inspector palette doesn't even acknowledge the existence of 'right' or 'bottom' in its 'position' tab, the concepts are outside its vocabulary. On the positive side, it could render my multi-layered graphics correctly and resized them with the window.

When you put a Flash file into GoLive, it gives it a static 'poster frame' preview. Dreamweaver puts a Flash 'F' icon in the placeholder by default and you have to hit the 'Play' button to see what the movie contains.

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