July 10, 2012
Anyone have any opinions about Microsoft Expression Web?
I do a lot of my composition using Frontpage 2002, but it has some problems. The biggest problem is that when I have two pages open, and want to put a link to one of them into the other one, it crashes instantly.
And there are things about it that are pretty clumsy. Microsoft stopped supporting it a long time ago, and I'm thinking maybe it's time for me to buy something more modern. If I stay with Microsoft, that would apparently be Expression Web. (Though it appears it can't be purchased singly, so it would be Expression Studio.)
The things I'm reading about it say that it requires Silverlight and NET Framework 4. Does that mean I can only create things to run on servers which have those things? (which would be bad) or only that I have to have them on my computer in order to run the program? (which would be OK)
Frankly, for what I want to do (compose basic HTML with no frills) it seems like overkill. So is there an alternative? Anything under about $200 would be fine; quality is more important than cheapness.
Pixy is about to release a massive upgrade to the Minx editors, btw.
Posted by: David at July 10, 2012 01:44 PM (vyRm+)
Posted by: J Greely at July 10, 2012 02:09 PM (fpXGN)
Based on what you said above, the Express version of Visual Studio (web developer) will probably work for you.
Posted by: RickC at July 10, 2012 05:05 PM (WQ6Vb)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 10, 2012 07:40 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 10, 2012 08:26 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 10, 2012 08:40 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Jaked at July 10, 2012 08:47 PM (4758l)
Posted by: Mauser at July 10, 2012 11:32 PM (cZPoz)
It installs sql, I believe, because it uses a database to store, among other things, autocomplete information. It's kind of overkill if all you want to do is edit a web page, but it's a really nice editor.
Posted by: RickC at July 11, 2012 05:05 AM (A9FNw)
Posted by: RickC at July 11, 2012 05:09 AM (A9FNw)
I noticed that. There didn't seem to be any obvious way to directly compose a normal HTML file, but I didn't really look at it all that long.
I'm thinking I should probably stick with Frontpage. I know its crochets now, and when I stay away from a few flaws, it works adequately.
I did updates today, and with VS installed it took almost an hour for all the patches to update. This machine got 21 patches. The other machine, without VS installed, only got 7.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 11, 2012 05:21 PM (+rSRq)
That's the project-orientation coming through. I normally just use File|Open and right-click and create a new file in the dialog, or create a new file in Explorer or something first.
You got a ton of patches because even though it's been out for like 3 years, they don't ship the latest version: you have to download the original version, then apply a service pack, as well as various updates.
If it's not to your taste, that's fine. I have to write HTML sometimes for my day job, and it's my preferred tool.
Posted by: RickC at July 11, 2012 06:58 PM (WQ6Vb)
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