Have you ever wondered why one web page interests you while another leaves you cold? If you're designing your own web site, that topic is of more than idle interest. There are specific design principles that you can use to ensure web surfers have a good experience when they visit your web site and keep coming back for more. This article explains the details.
Design Principles that Shape a Web Site - What Software? (Page 3 of 4 )
It's a difficult but important choice to decide upon the best software for the job. Many of us are great illustrators; others tend to be great designers but not so adept with the pen stroke. Other disparities exist; some enjoy hard coding everything, while many would prefer a package that has a designer's interface and less programming. I chose the software listed for the reasons stated alongside the title; these programs let you focus on design. This is by no means an absolute choice of software; that depends on the user's feel for the product. Personally, I prefer the Macromedia range as it has great design work flow across all products.
Dreamweaver MX - Great design tool allowing freedom of design skill.
Photoshop CS - Gives the user complete control of the graphic design process.
Swift 3D v4 - Allows the creation of 3D graphics for the web quickly, an innovation I really have only touched upon.
SwishMax - Lets the user produce flash animation of high quality without knowledge of Flash or actionscript.
Flash MX - Features vector graphics that can be weaved quickly and the scripting language is not too difficult to grasp; authoring has no boundaries.
Fireworks 8 - Affords expert control over image optimization and editing.
Adobe illustrator - Gives digital artists complete control over vector drawing for the web.
What Programming Languages?
Web design is shaped by many concepts, and these design factors shape the design solution. Since the first website appeared back in 1991, some common elements still are true today, like e-mail, hypertext and a generic mark-up language. Web design involves binding all these elements together around the mark-up language which in this case will be HTML. It is a simple mark-up language with a range of formatting options and the ability to link pages together using hyperlinks. For this reason web sites distinguish themselves from other forms of communication media.