Price When Reviewed: 221 . 72
Pros: Usable and flexible interface. Decent price – especially for upgraders. Strong coding environment and decent CSS tools.
Cons: No Mac version. Lack of PHP support renders the application worthless to many, and the Design View is awkward and unintuitive.
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Booting up Microsoft’s latest attempt to conquer the Web-design market, it’s hard not to have preconceived ideas. After all, this is from the company that inflicted FrontPage and Publisher on the design community – the two software products that have arguably done more damage to Web design than any others.
First impressions of Microsoft’s efforts are mixed. After a bafflingly long install, the application finally appeared. Unsettlingly, the interface looks like a cross between Word and Dreamweaver, and even when using the application, it’s hard to forget Microsoft’s Office suite. Crucially, though, the default palettes are liberally sprinkled with standards-compliant tags and attributes. This is a promising addition, as is the fact that our first new page’s code was standards-compliant right from the start.