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Today there are several web authoring tools available to developers, and it can be an extremely difficult task to choose the right one for your needs. In this article Tim reviews Namo WebEditor 5: a fully-featured IDE for creating web pages quickly and easily. He talks about its IDE, the features that he found most useful from the application, as well as WebEditor 5's pro's and con's.

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By: Tim Pabst
Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars / 30
February 12, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Review: Namo WebEditor 5
  2. · WebEditor 5 in review
  3. · WebEditor 5 in review (contd.)
  4. · Conclusion

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Smart Buttons and Flash Buttons

Have you ever wanted to create a professional set of buttons that contain your own text without actually knowing how to do so? WebEditor 5 includes a set of buttons known as "smart" buttons. These buttons allow you to add your own text to the middle of them dynamically and have a variety of different styles, including those for banners, bars, buttons, labels and table titles.

Most of the smart buttons are professional looking and by using them you can effectively reduce the amount of time you spend designing the image elements for your site: simply select a smart button, enter your text, and then click on the OK button.

My favorite feature of WebEditor 5 is its flash buttons. Being from the programming side of the web world, Iím not too hot with graphics packages or creating animations. When I was reading over WebEditor 5's features in its manual, flash buttons were the first thing that caught my eye.

Flash buttons allow you to insert a flash movie into your web page that includes a button with custom-defined attributes. This button can also optionally link to another web page. The flash button dialog looks like this:

WebEditors flash button dialog

Database Wizard

WebEditor 5 also includes a nifty database wizard that allows us to insert database functionality into our web pages without even knowing any SQL. The wizard is fully even driven and it's extremely simple to use the wizard to get the data you need from a database. The wizard allows us to add ODBC, MySQL, IBM DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, and JDBC-compatible database support to our web pages such as recordset paging (including full where and order clause querying) and professional charts including pie, scatter, linear, column, 3D column and radar charts. Here's a chat that I created from a MySQL sales database through WebEditor:

Creating charts is easy with WebEditor

Dynamic Navigation Bars and Trees

If you're creating a full enterprise-size web solution, then you can use WebEditor 5's dynamic navigation bars and trees to create a HTML-based set of links to all of your pages. Whenever you add or modify the pages in your web solution these links are automatically updated, and they can be fully configured to match the style and orientation of your sites layout. The navigation bar dialog looks like this:

The navigation bar dialog

WebEditor 5's Key Features

WebEditor 5 is a rather large and tightly integrated web-authoring suite. Its key features are shown below:
  • Layout tables
  • Property inspector
  • Site wizard
  • Script wizard and JavaScript actions
  • Database wizard
  • HTML source editing
  • Site manager
  • Dynamic navigation bars and trees
  • Resource manager
  • Open and save remote files
  • Source control
  • Themes
  • Smart buttons
  • Flash buttons
  • Image effects
  • Table styles
  • Color sets
  • Photo album
  • Color popup
  • Namo image slicer

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