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Web Design Software

Web Design Software

Website design is all about visualization—the process of taking a project's abstract specifications and parameters into graphically viewable reality. This is not as easy as it may seem since there are so many directions one can go when it comes to interpreting design parameters and project directions. Thankfully, a wide array of software packages help web designers turn the crucial stage of web site design into a manageable task

What Is Web Design Software?

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December 25, 2010    

Adobe Fireworks is a Web Design Software (bitmap and vector graphics editor) for Windows and Mac created by publisher Adobe Systems Incorporated.

 
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November 26, 2010    

Xara Web Designer is a web designer software created by publisher Magix AG.

 
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November 26, 2010    

Serif WebPlus is a web design software created by publisher Serif Ltd.

 
3.5 (1)
February 24, 2011    

Adobe Flash Catalyst is a Web Design Software for Windows and Mac with focus on interactive design created by publisher Adobe Systems Incorporated.

 
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February 23, 2011    

Adobe Web Premium is a complete Web Design Software package for Windows and Mac created by publisher Adobe Systems Incorporated.

 
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December 04, 2010    

CoffeeCup Image Mapper is a web design software for windows created by publisher CoffeeCup Software, Inc.

 
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December 03, 2010    

Visual Site Designer is a web design software for windows created by publisher CoffeeCup Software, Inc.

 
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Web Design Software

Web Design Software Resource & Information

What is web design software?

At its most basic, web design software lets a designer layout a web page using differing shapes, color differing parts of a page's elements, and design graphical items to put on the page. These software packages help designers come up with a prototype for a website. The prototype is then sliced up into graphical elements and integrated into HTML and CSS code to produce the final website. If the design calls for it, Javascript elements and PHP operations are also integrated into the final site's code.

Deciding on the right web design software

While each website design project is different from others, they all share some basic concerns that should be addressed by the web design software you select. These criteria are:

Ease of Use

The original web design tools are simple text editors like Notepad which designers use to input HTML code. It was very hard to visualize your design with this method and the designer must be very familiar with a wide range of HTML tags. While almost all of the current crop of web design software packages come with a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface, many still carry the hangover of designing the software for code experts as opposed to designing for ease of use.

Get “under the hood” of the design tool you are considering and determine how intuitive the basic tools are. They should be very easy to understand and use. The feature's icon must be directly related to the action the feature does. Also, make sure there is an alternate text tag when you mouse over the icon. The text tag must be very clear as to what the icon is for. Preferably, there should be a “read more” link or a linked question mark on the alt text that leads to a more detailed description or feature help.

Most importantly, more complicated operations should be seamlessly integrated with easier to use features. Easier to understand features should scale up seamlessly and easily to more complicated tasks so there is no big leap in the learning curve.

Robust set of modeling features

Web design software involves manipulating basic shapes on a page to design the differing sections and elements of a web page. The process gets more complicated as the designer adds more elements. Each element requires its own scale of procedures. When evaluating software packages, make sure to look at how “deep” each feature is. The deeper the better since you need as wide array of design tools as possible. Differing projects have varying requirements and not all require the same set of design features—some are more complicated than others. Make sure your design application package is up to a wide range of design challenges.

Easy to port

Almost all website design software make it easy to come up with a snappy and slick design. The challenge is converting that snazzy design into a codable form which results in a nice web page. At its most basic, look for a software package that lets you slice elements from the design to mount into HTML. Optimally, look for software packages that support easier CSS porting and allow for easier Javascript integration.

Some website design software packages are part of application “suites”. While they are great for easily integrating to the actual coding software that are part of the suite, the designs they produce should also be easily portable to other software that aren't part of the suite.

Leverage the power of macros

Just like with other types of software packages, you would probably find yourself doing the same operation over and over again. One hallmark of a well-designed software package is the availability of macros. These procedures let you set a series of operations using hotkeys. Macros save time by letting you repeat these processes automatically. All at the touch of a button.

Bottomline

Website design is one of the most crucial stages of the web development process. It layouts the framework for the site's content and operations. In an essential way, it establishes how well the website communicates to its visitors. Read the tips above to help you find the right website design software package that will help you easily, conveniently, and powerfully roll out an effective website that achieves your site's objectives.

This resource have a focus on web design packages that have graphical elements that allow users to design web pages. While they do have graphic design capabilities, for more robust and design-specific packages, please take a look at our graphic design software with a broader set of tools.