RE: GoLive vs. Dreamweaver

Subject: RE: GoLive vs. Dreamweaver
From: Mailing List <mlist -at- ca -dot- rainbow -dot- com>
To: "'jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com'" <jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 16:03:54 -0500

jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com [mailto:jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com] said:

> Funny, but I'd strongly recommend GoLive if you are worried more about
> designing pages, including interactivity. If you need
> compatability/integration with PhotoShop, Illustrator, and/or
> InDesign,
> then GoLive's the way to go. Too, on the Macintosh OS, GoLive
> is easier to
> use than Dreamweaver, IMO.

I assume that the discussion has been about web stuff, but
what about authoring WebHelp?

I recently started using RoboHelp X4.1 to create WebHelp
for our product that is used with multiple operating systems.
One of the first things that I heard on the HATT mailing
list was:

"Of course, nobody uses the built-in WYSIWYG editor in
RoboHelp. Everybody uses DreamWeaver or some other
powerful HTML publishing tool instead."

But nobody has seen fit to lay out a point-by-point
comparison of the advantages and disadvantages.

If/when our graphics/design guy leaves, I'll inherit his
copy of DreamWeaver. Not sure how much use I'll have for

Is DreamWeaver or GoLive (or any of the others) capable
of selectively creating/publishing output based on
conditional settings? RH lets you mark content (or entire
topic pages) with user-definable Condition Tags, which
are then used to either include or exclude the marked
material from output. I've already come to rely on that

I know you can code all kinds of tests/conditions/selections
in the page that an end-user sees, so that different things
happen depending on what the user does, but the conditional
settings that RH provides are more like what FrameMaker
does -- they are compile-time choices that control the
appearance of the published web pages.

I'd like to hear from somebody who's using DW or GoLive or
other tool to create Help (specifically WebHelp).



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