Software Focus on Web and Desktop Authoring

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Whether for educational intent, business aims, or personal purposes, it currently seems as if everyone is going online. New and improved software programs feature tools that allow users to create professional looking documents, images and Web pages. Educators who are often less experienced in performing digital tasks, such as designing a Web site, are now able to complete these electronic endeavors, thanks to user-friendly programs. This month's Focus On summarizes a few of the handy new and updated versions of Web and desktop authoring software that are helping make educational instruction outside of the classroom possible.

Working collaboratively remains an ideal environment for accomplishing tasks. When undertaking the task of Web authoring, relying on a program that encompasses all tasks, such as programming and design, makes the creation of a Web site seem less daunting. Adobe GoLive 5.0 combines an intuitive visual design environment with programming capabilities that enable designers and coders to work together. Tightly integrated with other Adobe products such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Live Motion, Adobe GoLive 5.0 software protects code from modification and corruption while offering site layout and management functionality.

The program includes numerous innovations and over 100 new features, including 360Code, which enables complete control over any Web source code. The integration of GoLive with other Adobe programs streamlines Web workflow with native support of .psd, .ai and .liv files, while the utilization of the Adobe Photoshop imaging engine within GoLive makes files Webready. In addition, new collaborations with companies such as Nokia and Razorfish have enabled GoLive 5.0 developers to deliver Web information to wireless Web customers. Extensions to GoLive 5.0 occur in two leading wireless formats, including Wireless Markup Language and i-mode.

Students and instructors can design their own Web pages by concentrating on content and communication skills, rather than focusing on the technical details of HTML or Java programming, with Knowledge Adventure's updated Web site creation tool, SiteCentral 1.0. The program allows students to create Web pages without relying on any other programs and without ever leaving the SiteCentral environment. It comes on a hybrid Macintosh/Windows CD-ROM with a significant upgrade for the Windows platform, and now includes the International CorrectSpell spelling correction system. This system incorporates multilingual spelling verification.

Version 1.0 offers a range of improved features for Windows users to make Web page design easier and faster, including more onscreen space for design, improved import filters for sound and animated GIF files, and advanced Hyperlink editing. Usage is made even simpler with the drag and drop feature. Users simply drag elements and special effects and drop them into a desired space. A new Java Applet tool makes it easy for students and teachers to incorporate numerous special effects and capabilities such as images, music and sound, slide shows and search engines into their sites. The program's media library provides access to a large array of graphics, sounds and animated GIFs.

A revamped FTP client allows for easy uploading and updating of Web site files on the host server. The program provides a consistent display of pages between Macintosh and Windows, and Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer. SiteCentral also offers direct support for publishing HyperStudio stacks to the Internet.

When publishing documents over the Internet, one cause for concern is security. With Novell's Web publishing software, Net Publisher 2.0, schools can safely access and share items over the Web. Featuring Microsoft Windows 2000 support, a revamped user interface and simplified document sharing, Novell Net Publisher 2.0 makes it possible for users and administrators to have highly secure, manageable access to Web documents using any standard Web browser, anywhere in the world. …