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    I've been 'playing' with Kompozer, it seems fine for editing etc.

    However, I'm used to Macromedia where you setup local and remote sites. You work on the local site and then upload/publish to the active server.

    Is there a way in Kompozer you can import an existing website and setup the local/remote concept?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy View Post
    I've been 'playing' with Kompozer, it seems fine for editing etc.

    However, I'm used to Macromedia where you setup local and remote sites. You work on the local site and then upload/publish to the active server.

    Is there a way in Kompozer you can import an existing website and setup the local/remote concept?
    I think Nvu has this functionality...

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    If you're looking for something centrally, it may be worth looking at adobe/macromedia contribute?
    (cheaper than Dreamweaver)

    I personally prefer notepad myself, but have used (and kind of enjoyed) FirstPage2000.

    Chunks

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    I personally prefer notepad myself
    As mentioned before WYSIWYG funcionality is required. Thanks.

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    I really think your best bet is Kompozer or Nvu i think its the best stuff for the required job

    (Thats free anyway)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    As mentioned before WYSIWYG funcionality is required. Thanks.
    Yup. I just thought I'd tag on my own personal fave, as well as the other two suggestions, which seem to have been over looked for my personal preference

    I'll retype them - CONTRIBUTE and FIRST PAGE 2000

    (not front page)

    Chunks

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    @ painejake - Kompozer looks good from a price and deployment perspective I'm going to take a look at Nvu as well.


    @ Chunky as already mentioned before in the thread notepad doesn't meet our requirements. Contribute is also out of our budget i'm afraid (Contribute CS4 - Education Box (Win) 101.00 ), I'll take a look at First Page.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Contribute is also out of our budget i'm afraid (Contribute CS4 - Education Box (Win) 101.00 ), I'll take a look at First Page.

    Thanks.
    If money is that tight, you could always look at Serif's WebPlus X2
    Pricing nowdays is quite reasonable.
    100 users @ 12.99 each is very cheap, and should suit your needs.

    Also, if you were considering any other serif packages also (for other departments) you can get "suite" licences - 100 licences @ 25.99 for the suite gives you a lot of other software.

    Just another one to throw in the pan.

    Chunky

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    We switched from Dreamweaver to Kompozer, nobody aside from me and the head of ICT knew the difference...

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    Now the problem with Serif software is that I've been stung by it before. Silly amounts of data stored in romain profiles and so on. Also issues depolying with Group Policy. Because of this it probably doesn't meet requirements 1 and 2. I'll add it to the end of the list.

    At the moment Kompozer is looking good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Now the problem with Serif software is that I've been stung by it before. Silly amounts of data stored in romain profiles and so on. Also issues depolying with Group Policy. Because of this it probably doesn't meet requirements 1 and 2. I'll add it to the end of the list.

    At the moment Kompozer is looking good.
    What was the last version you had, out of interest? It may be an idea just to get in touch with them.
    If you show an interest, they'll send you a free standard version (not trial, full) of all their packages.
    You've nothing to lose

    Also, an email to them asking about nice "clean" deployment should get a quick response, if they want the business?...



    Chunks

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    It was a couple of years (so old version not sure which it was a previous job) ago but tbh I fell out with their support as they were no help with the deployment issues even though we had bought 30+ licences. I still see posts around complaining of the same issues now so I'm tempted to avoid it.

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    When it comes to using software for pupils, (I know you're trying to save money, but hear me out - we're all looking at ways to save money so you're not in your own boat) we went for the Macromedia suite. I know it's expensive, (I think we paid 1600 for a site licence) but on the other hand, we see it from the view that when pupils go into the real world, if they choose to go on to Website Design, then Dreamweaver is pretty much what most people in industry use. (similarly with MS Office...)

    As much as I'd like to move the whole school to FLOSS solutions, the real world has its favorite apps.

    Maybe consider thinking of it this way -
    When students leave your school and apply for a job, employers are more likely to spot and recognise Dreamweaver on their CV than n:vu, serif, etc, etc. Hence, possibly more likely to get the job.

    I hope you can see where I'm coming from. Plus, see it as an investment.
    When prospective parents see pupils at your school using Dreamweaver, some of them can connect with this, and see you're using industry standard stuff.

    Just my 2p worth

    Chunks

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    I know what you're saying and that's exactly the reason that we put off our Open Office roll out so we still pay through the nose for MS Office. Unfortunately there just isn't the money to buy the industry standard software for everything and as this software is going to be used by <6th form most of the time for making simple sites I can't justify the price.

    Cheers.

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