Spider Writer 5.2

The Good Includes lots of wizards that help you create buttons, forms, and frames; offers a wizard to help you connect to a database; Spider Writer's MoneyMaker can help you to earn a buck or two.

The Bad WYSIWYG view doesn't support many Spider Writer features, including wizards; doesn't create site maps.

The Bottom Line Spider Writer's weak WYSIWYG view makes it inappropriate for newbies and amateurs. But small-business owners will appreciate the database connection wizard.

Editors' Rating
6.0 Overall

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Review

Spider Writer 5.2

By Kim Wimpsett

At first glance, Spider Writer seems to have it all--views in both code and WYSIWYG, database connection tools, and lots of wizards. However, many features, such as the wizards, don't work in its Design mode, and Spider is missing some of the basics, such as a properties inspector to set HTML attributes quickly. So unless you're a small-business owner who wants to use the nifty MoneyMaker wizard, skip Spider Writer and shell out a few extra bucks for Namo WebEditor. By Kim Wimpsett

At first glance, Spider Writer seems to have it all--views in both code and WYSIWYG, database connection tools, and lots of wizards. However, many features, such as the wizards, don't work in its Design mode, and Spider is missing some of the basics, such as a properties inspector to set HTML attributes quickly. So unless you're a small-business owner who wants to use the nifty MoneyMaker wizard, skip Spider Writer and shell out a few extra bucks for Namo WebEditor.

Coding pages
After Spider Writer's quick installation, you'll be all set to build your site. To start, Spider Writer lets you choose between one of two interfaces: the Document Source view and the Design view. The HTML-based Document Source view lets you code your pages by hand and opt to format your code for easy reading and editing via syntax coloring, word wrap, line numbering, and indentation. Spider Writer also automates some typing for you with IntelliPrompt, which suggests complete tags as soon as you start typing them.

You can also get tag help from the Script Outline (View > Script Outline), which displays a list of tags in the left pane for HTML, CSS, ASP, CFML, JavaScript, and DHTML. This is a handy reference for anyone who hasn't memorized hundreds of tags and attributes. You can also set it to include dozens of other helpers, from Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects libraries to DirectX libraries, by clicking the Edit References button and choosing from the list that pops up. To insert a tag from Script Outline into your document, just double-click it. It'd be nice if you could also drag and drop the tags. Unfortunately, although Script Outline lists the HTML tags themselves, it doesn't list each tag's attributes (as CoffeeCup does). To view a tag's attributes, you can select View > Attributes, but it would be much better if these two tabs were integrated.

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