Review: iWeb ?09
Posted 05 February 2009 - 10:09 AM
Posted 05 February 2009 - 11:17 AM
There are, of course, other alternatives like RapidWeaver, Freeway, etc. that are making their own contributions to easing the arcanity (is that a word?) of the web design process. The popularity of these programs just proves the point that there is a substantial market for easy-to-use, WYSIWYG web design software that isn't stuck in the simplistic world of blogs and photo galleries.
Posted 05 February 2009 - 11:32 AM
iWeb is notorious for producing large file sizes which are slow or impossible to download on PCs running Internet Explorer. The fact that some means of optimizing these files has not been included is an inexcusable oversight.
Virtually none of the user requested features have been implemented.
Rather than providing useful and essential features, the developers seemed to have dumbed down the application.
I found this comment by one reviewer very disturbing.
"With the rise of social networking services, such as FaceBook, Flickr, and Twitter, we have to wonder if the very concept of the personal web page is becoming irrelevant. Why go to all the work of building a custom site when you can upload photos to Flickr communities, write on your friends' FaceBook walls, and Tweet your opinions and thoughts from moment to moment? Given that iWeb has received only minor improvements this year, Apple may be asking the same question. We wouldn't be too surprised to see iWeb quietly put out to pasture with the next version of iLife."
Apple should be asking the question, "Why don't we fire our iWeb team and contract out development to somebody who is capable of implementing the features that users want and will test the application thoroughly before inflicting it on the paying customers?"
Posted 05 February 2009 - 12:28 PM
Posted 05 February 2009 - 01:34 PM
Boy, I'm really glad Apple is not using you for advice, my experience with iWeb has been the opposite of yours. I used Dreamweaver since it first came out in the 90s, and migrated most of my Web work from CS3 to iWeb over the past couple of years as I learned how good it was for quick and intuitive Web design. It's easily the best piece of software I've encountered in the past few years, it's what Dreamweaver should have become before being taken over by Adobe.
Like all Apple software, iWeb is designed to be out-of-the-box easy to learn and use, but it also has the power to develop sophisticated and data rich sites as one learns to use all its features. The integration with iLife and Leopard is unsurpassed, and the one-click publishing to MobileMe is incomparably easier than other Web hosting services.
I haven't had a chance to pick up and try iWeb 09 yet, but I'm sure it's just a further refinement on the existing platform. It's good to hear they haven't changed much, but rather only added improvements.
Posted 05 February 2009 - 07:49 PM
Posted 05 February 2009 - 09:17 PM
Personally I'm torn--on one hand the ease of putting together a functional and attractive site with iWeb (or RapidWeaver for that matter) is enviable but I'm not a fan of the site being built within a shell and then exported out to HTML. For that reason it will be hard for me to let go of DreamWeaver where you can create and managed HTML/PHP/ASP/et al. pages straight up. For me this is important because I edit pages from multiple computers and don't want to have to manage the distribution of the shell file.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 06:06 AM
I am on the fence of iWeb09 however, I was hoping to see the addition of sub-folders, right now, you can only have one page under the site. Not a problem for some small personal sites but I'd like to add something a little more comprehensive.
I've been using rapidweaver which is an excellent tool, but the ease of use for iweb is what I really want, especially because it integrates so well with other apple products, like aperture. Right now if I want a picture gallery in rapidweaver, I need to export pictures out of aperture and keep them in a finder folder for rapid weaver to use. This has in affect doubling the storage requirements of my photos that I publish. iWeb is much better integrated with apple products that this isn't a problem. The drag and drop features that iweb have and ease of creating a web page is also a plus. The lack of flexibility especially in terms of created a hierarchical website is disappointing.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:12 AM
I am on the fence of iWeb09 however, I was hoping to see the addition of sub-folders, right now, you can only have one page under the site.
Huh. You can add as many pages as you like under a site. Am I missing something?
Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:13 AM
What you seem to be saying is "This product doesn't meet my needs so it is a toy." If it doesn't meet your needs that's fine, but saying that it doesn't do something that 99.9% of the web browsing population doesn't even care about is ridiculous.