Website Pros NetObjects Fusion 9 review
The fact that some of the components are Java based also removed a touch of the shine, as did the fact that the dynamic buttons module insisted on referencing one step back up the site tree and then down again when we clicked a link in IE. By the time we’d clicked five times the address in our browser bar was ./html/../html/../html/../html/../html/about.htm when it should just have been /html/about.htm.
These points aside, we applaud Fusion 9 for sticking to its DTP approach to web design. The front end, where you track your sites, has been simplified since the last release, and the range of plug-and-play modules is impressive, particularly as it now includes database connectors. However, the interface could do with an update to rid it of the Windows 2000-styling that creeps in from time to time, and to fully localise the language so that we’re not selecting the ‘Driver da Microsoft para arquivos texto’ when we want a comma-delimited text file. This was a problem with the previous release, although back then it was ‘dieser Style und uber 250 weitere sind erhaltlich fur nur $9,95’ that caught our eye. Links in the Help system were sometimes dead (‘The topic does not exist. Contact your application vendor for an updated Help file’ isn’t what we’re after), and some of the online tutorials accompanying the more complex plug-ins were missing. The templates need reworking, too, so that they validate and can accommodate longer horizontal menus without busting their right-hand border.
So, it isn’t an outright recommendation either. Certainly much has changed in this suite, and with so many built-in modules it’s very good value for money. For serious developers, though, we recommend sticking to Dreamweaver, which offers greater flexibility. On the home front, our preference is FrontPage, which will be immediately familiar to any Office user and on that account is worth the higher price. Most FrontPage developers will start out using the Fusion-like layout screens, but by exposing the underlying code, Microsoft provides an alternative that will be used more often as their confidence grows. Unlike Fusion, this makes it a tool for developing your skills, as well as your sites.