With the death of Adobe PageMill and every other WYSIWYG Web-editor under £150, the field of affordable Web-authoring tools has narrowed to just one: Optima’s PageSpinner 3.0.1. It offers features found in programs several times the price, but still shows a few rough edges.
PageSpinner is actually a suite that includes StyleSpinner (for writing Cascading Style Sheets [CSS]), FAQ-Spinner (for writing FAQs), and MailSpinner (for publishing Eudora-based email on the Web).
PageSpinner is neither a Web designer’s tool like Macromedia’s Dreamweaver, nor a Web programmer’s tool like Bare Bones’ BBEdit – but is something in between. While you see every HTML tag you write (as in BBEdit), the content between those tags appears as it would in a browser (as in Dreamweaver). Extremists on both ends will find this unacceptable, but it might be just right for the masses in the middle.
At $30, PageSpinner is a great bargain and the simplest way to learn to write HTML on the Mac. Although its editing style is a little quirky, it’s worth trying out.