Avanquest Web Easy Professional 6 ReviewMakaveli - March 7, 2007
Test System (All Stock):
- ASUS P5N32-SLi SE Deluxe Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- eVGA 7950GT Video Card
- OCZ Gold 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 Memory
- Audigy 2 Sound Card
- XG Vortec 600watt Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
- Windows XP Media Center 2005
To test this software, I am going to build a sample site. I will record difficulties that I had while making the site, as well as what I found to be extremely easy. The first thing that you see is the “Activity Center” which is an extremely easy way to get started. For my project, I chose to create a website with a template.
After I picked out where I wanted my project to be saved, it was time to begin. The first thing I did was turn off the “File Browser” in the “View” menu and enable the “Inspector”. This “Inspector” is displayed on the right side of the workspace and it contains 3 tabs; properties, style, and layers. The “Properties” and “Style” tab interchangeably show information about whatever it is you’re selecting. They each have some different attributes which they report but for the most part, it’s just basic information such as color, size, dimensions, file name, etc. The “Layers” tab informs the creator about all of the different objects that the page they are viewing uses. Now that we know what the “Inspector” is all about, let’s see what else the workspace offers!
The first thing that caught my attention was the menu bar on the left hand side. When I opened Web Easy Professional 6, it shows the “Home” button selected. From here you can preview and publish your work as well as create new documents and web sites. The second and third picture display the options you get when you click the "Web Site" button. I decided to make this website "HTML with CSS". Under the advanced options, you can edit the META tags and description. Unfortunately, Web Easy Pro wants you to purchase iEasySite to host your website. Let’s start editing this template to turn it into an attractive website!
To get started, I clicked the “Edit” button on the left hand side of the workspace to see all of my options. Being fluent in HTML, I can tell you that I always code top to bottom, so let’s edit in that format. The first thing I did was set the background color to the OverclockersClub blue. You can change the page’s background color by clicking the “Page” tab on the left hand menu and selecting “Background” from the newly available options. After the background, I decided to get the main heading, motto, and navigation bar out of the way. I absolutely love how easy it is to make objects and text into links. You just right click the object/text and click “Link” then select the appropriate values. For me, I was just linking to another page in the website so I simply clicked the “Page” radio button. To change text color, you click the text and then go to the “Style” tab in the “Inspector” on the right-hand side of the workspace. “Face Color” is what you’re looking to change.
By clicking the “Text” button on the left menu, you can see all the available options to change your text from looking boring to looking professional. To spice things up, I wanted to make the OverclockersClub heading move across the screen. It was so easy to do that. All I did was go to "Arrange" on the left menu and then clicked "Animation" on the top menu. It gave me two dots which are the path lines for the animation. Awesome, I have a working animation on my page now! After all of my headings and colors were set, I thought that I was going to have to spend hours to recreate the same text on the other pages, but I was mistaken. It was so easy, I couldn’t believe it! I just copied each heading and then clicked the “Next Page” button on the upper-right hand corner and clicked copy. Guess what? It copied the position, color, dimensions, and style! I’m loving this software so far…