Type of Program: Graphical Navigation Creator
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/NT
Company Name: Immedia Internet Solutions
This is pure magic! A program that creates high quality graphical navigation bars as java applets with out the user having to know a single line of code !! The authors state that it is for intermediate users and above, I would disagree with that. Anyone with a very basic understanding of HTML pages could use this. ActionBars comes with over 500 pre-configured bar style variations using over 100 unique graphic styles! Over 350 font faces from more than 50 different font families! Over 100 sound effects! Add to that a very clear and easy to use on screen manual and you will begin to see the attraction of this software. The end results work in both Internet Explorer and Netscape from versions 3.01 upwards.
ActionBars uses an easy to follow Graphical User Interface with a real time preview and all in the same window. Each step of creation is accessed by tabs and there is a plethora of combinations for you to experiment with. Choose from one of the pre-configured styles and you can change colours, sounds, fonts, shadows, sizes, styles etc. until you have the look you want. A simple matter then of entering the text for your buttons and adding the URLs to match Each time you make a change the results are displayed immediately. I did like the feature you can set so that it auto resizes the buttons according to the amount of text you put on but then again I found all the features pretty natty and easy to use.
Once you have completed your masterpiece to your satisfaction getting it into your HTML editor is simple. One click and the code is created for you, just copy and paste into your page. Included in the code is a commented line telling you exactly which class and sound files to copy to your html directory to enable the applet to run. Once that's done preview in your browser and get that glow of satisfaction, the results really are that good. You can even include your own coding for alternative navigation for that dwindling band of people who don't have java enabled browsers.
If you want to see a working example of what this ActionBars can do for you, go to
http://sbail51.bizland.com/action and take a look at the one I created in under 15 minutes. For those of you who want to have professional quality navigation on your sites with an ease you wont believe, you will not get a better tool than this to do it with.
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Reviewed by Simon Baillie