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Review of AceHTML 5 web editor
Group test of WYSIWYG web editors

BRIEFLY: It's free. It's stable. It does the job. And it's free!

PROS: : Simple and fast, clean interface. And free!

CONS: CSS editor basic, some features missing (available in $50 pro version)





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Microsoft ramps up the feature set
Review by urban75 for Internet Magazine, May 2004

OK, so it's not a WYSIWYG editor. In fact, the freeware AceHTML editor is a world away from the glossy glitz of Dreamweaver.

Positively anorexic in comparison, this free program weighs in at a waif-like 3.5 meg - well worth a download!

Review of AceHTML 5 web editor You can't activate the software until you've registered an email address, something that makes the cynical amongst us suspicious - but as soon as we opened up the program we began to feel a bit guilty about doubting the motives of the author.

The program really is an absolute bargain!


Looking very much like a close family member of the mighty Homesite, AceHTML serves up an impressive selection of tools in a traditional three-pane, tabbed layout.

The freeware application offers support for a wide range of technologies, including HTML, Perl, XML, WML, ASP, PHP, ColdFusion and JavaScript. There's also an integrated - but basic - CSS editor for creating style sheets.

This isn't a program for HTML-ophobes, though. There's no teams of hand holding wizards hanging about to guide you through the page creation process, neither are there any WYSIWYG design views to be found.


But what you do get is a very capable HTML editor with an extensive array of useful, hands-on features, including a HTML syntax checker, toolbars with shortcuts for speed coding, a built-in page viewer and a link validator.

Review of AceHTML 5 web editor The internal browser and easy switching between viewing the source code makes for an easy workflow, with the built in HTML syntax checker alerting you to any dodgy code.

Pages can be enhanced by calling up the large library of DHTML and Javascript scripts, offering an immense array of useful (and completely pointless) effects.

The verdict With its bundled basic templates and comprehensive help files, this is a great program for people wishing to learn the basics of HTML, and with a price tag of Jack Diddly Squat, it seems criminal not to give it four stars at least. Why look a HTML gift horse in the mouth!


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