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Coffee Cup HTML Editor

Type of Program: Website Creation Utility
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT
Company Name: Coffee Cup Software
Version: 7.0
Price: $49 U.S.
Installed Size: 3.19 MB


First off, I think this is a great idea . . . combining an HTML editor and an FTP program, along with website creation tools (cgi, perl, javascript, and graphics) in one package. You can also purchase other software from this company that integrates into the HTML Editor to create image maps and download/backup your website, which is also an excellent idea. Unfortunately, this software just doesn't do the job all that well.

The download and install were completely uneventful. I brought up the software, just to check it out, and found the screen cluttered and broken. The colors chosen are so bright as to be offensive, and the nag screens are a real drag. (There are three nag screens: One comes up when you open the program, the next is in bright yellow with red lettering eye level on your screen all the time the editor is up [right below the tool bar], and another when you exit). Once you have the program up, your screen is divided in four: a wide toolbar across the top, the annoying nag screen across just below the toolbar, and the bottom 2/3rds split down the middle. The right side contains the files (cgi, perl, javascript, graphics, sounds, and your working directory); the left side is the screen where you bring up and edit your HTML. The screen for compiling HTML will never grow over one-half the bottom 2/3rds of the screen, and the lines scroll on forever . . . . and very, very slowly, one keystroke at a time. The positive side of the HTML editor is that the program will create a lot of the coding itself (for example, an image tag, headers, titles, tables, lists, embed tags, frames, etc.) so that even with no HTML knowledge, you could make a decent attempt at a webpage. The negative side is that, if you know what you're doing, it's really frustrating to be held back. If you make a mistake and have to change something in your text, you spend more time scrolling than editing.

The FTP program is also easy enough to configure and use; I think someone who had never used an FTP program before could function pretty well with it. BUT it's S . . L . . O . . W. It took me 10 minutes to upload 10 small files (under 30k each), and I have a cable modem (it should be a pretty fast connection). The support provided online is in the form of pages and FAQs; e-mailing their customer support was not fruitful. I mailed them on Thursday, got a form letter back Friday telling me to check out their website, and if my e-mail contained a question that was answered on their website I would not receive a reply. (My answer was not on their website, as far as I could tell). So far, I've heard nothing.

If you really want to create a webpage and just don't have the time or desire to learn HTML, this program will probably help. For those of us who have some HTML knowledge and are impatient with long waits, pass this one by.

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Reviewed by Angelene

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