Word processing and spreadsheets were the first of the killer apps for home computers when PCs first started to propagate to the millions of households out there. Then, there were Internet Browsers that took everyone by storm. So what are the hot categories and hot products now? There are more products out there now, than ever before for the home shopper and many of them are so incredible. In fact if I actually wanted to I could have done a top 100. The list is neither exhaustive nor scientific, but the products listed here are definitely great! If you have a computer at home, take a look at these products! I looked over many, many different products and product categories to find the best web site designer software programs, so with out further ado:

Adobe Dreamweaver 8

If you want to produce intricate Internet sites with e-commerce characteristics such as shopping carts, real-time database interaction, drop-down website menus and integrated multimedia, Dreamweaver is the optimum (albeit expensive) choice of web authoring tools for Windows and Mac users. Adobe Dreamweaver 8 is the darling of the professional web design community for its powerhouse features, including powerful support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and all major scripting languages. Critical Reviews agree that although installing is a breeze and the user interface is so well organized that it gives an illusion of easiness, Dreamweaver is anything but easy. It is a heavy duty software developed for the most sophisticated web design and editing user. Great for professionals, but not advised for the beginner! I consider myself to be pretty technically inclined and though I absolutely love Dreamweaver and wish I could use it, its damn near impossible for me! Before spending hundreds, be sure to check yourself at the door, swallow your pride, and do the trial!

Coffee Cup Software

Reviews say CoffeeCup 2006 is a proficient choice in website software for the everyday home or small business user. It's best for those seeking for a far less expensive and intimidating product that will still yield very impressive results. You don't need a $400 program like Dreamweaver just to design simple, effective websites. CoffeeCup is easy to learn, with an outstanding tutorial to accommodate novices. Coffee Cup lacks advanced e-commerce characteristics, so it's best for straightforward home or business Web Sites. You'll still need a domain name and a web-hosting service to actually post your Website.

Adobe Illustrator CS3

With Adobe Illustrator CS3 the user can design artwork for practically anything. Illustrator CS3 was designed with leading edge drawing tools, color tools, and type controls that aid the user in creating and experimenting with new ideas. The user friendly options allow for less time spent on each project which in turn improves performance and work out put. Adobe has integrated Illustrator to be compatible with other Adobe programs.

UltraEdit 14 Text Editor

UltraEdit is the perfect text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows platforms (Windows 2000 and later). Powerful Text, HEX, HTML, PHP and Programmer's Editor. Suitable for general text editing, programmer's, web designers, binary editing, email, and all your editing needs.

SmartFTP

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client which allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

Web Studio 4.0

Now includes drag and drop PayPal shopping carts, vista and Internet Explorer 7.0 compatibility, flash slide shows and text fx. Web Studio is easy-to-use web design software that lets anyone to produce professional-looking web pages in just minutes. With web studio's drag-and-drop interface, WYSIWYG layout and easy-to-use features, building a web site is easy and exciting. And Web Studio's fully-integrated site hosting makes publication a snap. Free website hosting is also available to help you preview your work online! Whether you require a business web site or personal web pages, Web Studio is the web design software of choice.

Of course there are so many other software programs out there, but these were the ones that got the highest ratings for text editing, web design, logo editing and ftp. One of the best sites you can look at for further discussion on these, and other programs available to the new designer or the advanced designer is CNET. Good luck finding the best program to fit all your needs.

This author is a HUGE fan of New York Web Development

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