Artisteer Web Designer

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Description

Web has become the primary medium for business and reaches far more customers than traditional means ever could. Hence a well-designed website that provides optimal experience is necessary for any business that wants to keep their customers. Artisteer Web Designer is a web designing tool, built for ease of use and quick prototyping.

Features

Artisteer features an almost Office like interface with ribbons housing all the controls and the central pane is the canvas to add elements to. Designs are created based on projects which contain all associated resources such as images and multimedia contents at a single location. Design is further simplified by a large set of free templates which are available to download online with more paid ones available. There are also built-in layout models to model websites overall look and feel including design suggestions based on layouts. The whole process is mostly mouse/keyboard based with clicks and typing for contents. Thus there is no need to manage HTML, CSS or minor scripts integration – it is generated in the background. The generated code can also be verified against the standards for complete conformance and compliance. There are several UI items built into the options such as sliders, menu bars, tabbed panes, carousels and vertical/horizontal scrolls. Web browser compatibility is also taken care of by Artisteer with various fixes and workarounds. The professional CMS supported are Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke and Blogger templates with complete deployment support. Deployment support includes the ability to deploy to local server instances running, FTP clients or to Artisteer.net itself. The software is available for all major versions of Windows starting from XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It is available in English, Arabic, Czech, Chinese, Dutch, Danish, French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and Swedish languages.

Comparison

The first comparison that Artisteer Web Designer will get is with Adobe’s Dreamweaver. Adobe’s offering is much more expansive with integration with its other tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator for graphics works and options to export to Flash or HTML5. Further, it has better cloud support as well. Artisteer’s offering on the other hand is light-weight, simple and is geared towards casual users as well. This makes it easier to use and deploy. Google also has its own Web Designer tool with full HTML5 and CSS3 support but it expects users to be familiar with scripting and HTML/CSS syntax – which Artisteer avoids and provides a simpler experience.

Conclusion

Artisteer Web Designer is a great tool for web designers and especially so for casual users and people who don’t want to dabble the nitty-gritty details of HTML/CSS and cross browser hacks. There is also a large family of free templates online to choose from and it supports all major CMS such as Joomla and WordPress. Wide language availability means better usability and it will capture more user base.

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