Artisteer 3 review

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The biggest advance, however, is over output options. Previously, generating, honing and fine-tuning your site design was Artisteer’s sole focus, but version 3 moves beyond pure CSS styling to offer HTML-based content handling, and so full-blown site creation.

Typically, Artisteer makes this fundamental shift as simple and intuitive as possible. The big difference is that the main design preview becomes live, so you can click anywhere on it to replace the boilerplate text with your own, complete with control over tags, links, images, tables and more.

To flesh out a site, you add new pages or time-based posts, which are automatically listed and made available for selection via a panel running down the left of the screen. All new pages are also added to the site’s own navigational menus, and these onscreen links are live so that it’s simple to move through your site updating content as you go.

Artisteer 3

With its new authoring capabilities it’s easy to create all the pages for a simple site, and Artisteer 3 even offers 10MB of free and integrated hosting at Artisteer.net. But it doesn’t stop there, with the software also offering the option to devolve all content handling to a dedicated content management system (CMS). In particular, using Artisteer 3 Home Edition, you can export your unique site design as a theme/template which can then be uploaded to Blogger or WordPress.

You can do the same for more advanced CMS such as Joomla 1.5/1.6/1.7, Drupal 5/6/7 and DotNetNuke 4.9, but you’ll need to upgrade to Artisteer 3 Standard Edition. This also lets you export to ASP.NET and CodeCharge Studio with SharePoint support promised shortly. Crucially, the Standard Edition also lets you take full and precise control of all aspects of your design via dedicated dialogs in which you can set custom values.

Compared to traditional HTML-focused web design packages, Artisteer’s no-code environment comes as something of a shock. However, behind the apparent simplicity lies real power and a radical CSS-led approach to web design that has as much to offer the professional designer as the DIY publisher. The CMS integration is the cherry on top.

Details

Software subcategoryWeb development

Operating system support

Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Operating system Linux supported?no
Operating system Mac OS X supported?yes

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