Adobe GoLive 4.0

GoLive CyberStudio has won many awards since it first started shipping in early 1997, all of which were thoroughly deserved. Adobe’s recent acquisition of the product may have worried many aficionados, who feared that Adobe’s plans to take CyberStudio cross-platform was a sign that it was time for the Mac version to rest on its laurels. The frequency and speed with which GoLive churned out upgrades in the last two years has led users to expect a high standard of additional features and improvements in any upgrade announced. Thankfully, Adobe hasn’t let us down. Released several months before its first scheduled appearance on Windows, GoLive 4.0 for the Mac is even more solid and reliable a WYSIWYG edition, and it’s still edging ahead of its nearest competitor, Macromedia Dreamweaver. With GoLive, Adobe can now boast a full range of tools specifically designed for Web-site creation and management. New features
GoLive 4.0’s new features include improved site management, a QuickTime Movie Editor, fuller XML support, ASP support, PDF integration and lots more CyberObjects. Enhancements have also been made to the already easy-to-learn interface and workflow. Extra attention has been paid to table-editing and to extending CSS/DHTML support. The new QuickTime Movie Editor lets you edit your movies while still in GoLive, which dispenses with the need to purchase separate video software, and saves you time. You can now work with your movies directly in layout mode using the Inspector. A movie Timeline is available in which to place, organize, layer and add your sprites, sound files and apply effects. You can add effects, blends, filters, and many different tracks to your QuickTime movies. QuickTime elements can be selected and drag-&-dropped onto the QuickTime Timeline Editor. A preview can be viewed of the movie while still in the layout mode of GoLive. You can also preview a selection of the available effects; colour tint and style, ColorSync, blur, film noise, emboss, sharpen, as well as change the RGB or HSL balance. New with GoLive 4.0 is Actions Plus 1.0 – built-in JavaScript actions that were requested by users. These include slide shows, redirects, forced frames and remote window targeting. Furthermore, version 4.0 now lets you save a site's JavaScript actions to an external library file. When the page loads, the browser caches the entire JavaScript library file. Being able to create and then hoard bits of HTML is a great way to produce new pages and targeted sections quickly with the minimum of fuss. Just as Macromedia has now embraced the importance of site management in Dreamweaver 2.0, Adobe has managed to improve GoLive’s already excellent site-management tools. They now help you reduce the time spent fixing links and help avoid you getting bogged down in the nitty gritty of HTML-bug fixing. Being able to view your site as a whole structure rather than as list of folders, and view links referencing each other across as well as linearly, are vital for good site navigation and reliability. These additional tools can help you increase your productivity and keep overall control of your site. You can now preserve the absolute URLs to your page in fact GoLive appears to handle (and keep) links much more reliably than before. Files that you move, rename, or delete in the site window are automatically updated in the other referenced pages by simply clicking the new Update tab. GoLive quickly rescans and updates any changes made, as well as alerting you to broken links and out of sync pages. Adobe PDF format is supported too. You can update and check links in PDF and PGML files from the site window. The built-in FTP client lets you make site downloads and uploads with drag-&-drop simplicity. Dynamic Components let you store regularly repeated elements from your site, ready to be dropped onto a new page. Templates can now be set and used again and again to create large, sophisticated sites, without the risk of upsetting delicate layout design. Applying Style Sheets to one or more pages can help keep a consistent look and feel to a site. Defining the attributes of your chosen style – paragraph, characters and sections – in the GoLive Inspector is straightforward. You can now import existing style sheets, classes and IDs as well as create Style Sheets that work with CSS-enabled browsers. Turning tables
Most Web pages are to some degree constructed using tables, so flexibility and precision when creating them is essential. CyberStudio was the first Web-layout editor to really make a dent in the complexity of table construction. Getting the placement of your individual elements perfect, without using layers, is much less of a headache. Sorting and organizing the content of your tables is also easier now. You can select multiple cells by shift-clicking in them and change the font, colour and text style in one go. You can also check where your invisible elements are placed in a table using the Inspector’s Hidden table view tab. Although in this release GoLive’s precision in HTML has been improved, the page Preview is still not exact. Don’t rely on it. Make sure you check your pages in both Navigator and Explorer before committing them to a live server.

OUR VERDICT

The sheer number of new and enhanced features in Adobe GoLive 4.0 explains the wait we’ve had for this release. (Although most of this time has also been spent in producing the first Windows version). All of the enhancements make the Web designer’s workload easier and you can’t afford not to have this package. Take full advantage of the special 90-day upgrade offer. GoLive 4.0 has been worth the wait.

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