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Type of Program: WYSIWYG Web Page Editor
Supported Platform: Windows 95
Company Name: Beam Software
Version: 1.1b
Price: free to try/ $49.95
Installed size: 2.5M


And now for something completely different. If you could take all the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) features you liked best from a whole batch of web editors, put 'em in a bag, shook 'em, sprinkled the user interface with Riven-esque flavored graphics, you'd get Splash!

Splash! makes sheer sport out of web-page creation. Don't let the gamelike user interface let you think for a moment it's not perfectly serious about HTML -- Splash! does ALL the HTML (and Java too for that matter), and lets you have all the fun. It's drag-n-drop editing at its best, every element of your web-page laid out in the unthreatening WYSIWYG format reminiscent of a desktop publisher. Although it's always helpful to know what formatting is required when putting together an HTML page, Splash! is without doubt easy enough for a child to use. Yet there's enough feature flexibility for the more experienced user to stretch out in. But HTML coding? no, you can view your source code, but hey we're taking an HTML holiday here. All coders'll just have to go on auto-pilot while working Splash, and what's the matter with a fun diversion once in awhile? Especially when it could make you productive enough to put together an entire website over the weekend.

Splash has a well laid-out tool bar with all the basic layout controls you'd expect, a cute little launch pad that looks like a TV-remote and contains easy-to-access page-formatting functions while you work. Wizards step in to help you build tables and forms, without CGI. And here's what's fun -- Splash! comes with over 20 plug-ins that make Java applets for banners, animated text, navigation, sound effects, and things you hadn't expected. Never a dull moment. More plug-ins are available on an ongoing basis from the product website, as well as the Splash! Image Mapper (reviewed separately here).

This program is entirely delightful, well supported with product information as well as resource material (e.g., links, clip art, etc) available at the web site. Splash! is free to try for 21 days, fully functional, with a "trial" banner that appears on the program logo. During the trial period, you may opt for free product support -- just sign up while installing the program. Support is offered to registered users. For details on ordering, refer to the product web site.

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Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell
ICQ # 9407183

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