A little note on iWeb: When you’re used to hand-coding everything, a drag-and-drop editor is really nice and easy. Until you need to add some actual code because iWeb can’t handle what you want the page to do. Then it becomes very annoying, because there is no built-in way to add code within iWeb, so you have to add funny text boxes with code inside them and use external applications to process your pages every time you make an update. Hint to Apple: include an option for a source viewer next time.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on compliance. I don’t want to have to rename my primary page “index” just to have a true index file that doesn’t just redirect somewhere. And what’s with forcing the filename for each page to match the friendly name I use for it? Again, not compliant, or I can’t use special characters and have it work with all browsers.
I guess it’s time to start hunting for a better web design program. One that has nice themes, and I don’t have to hand code, but I can add 3 lines of code if need to! I like what I see of RapidWeaver so far, except that it saves everything into it’s own proprietary format, so to edit with anything else I have to publish it, then load the html files. And then figure out how to get the edits back into RapidWeaver, since it won’t open .html file types.
On a happier note, I have finally found the holy grail of media cataloging software, in the form of BookPedia, CDPedia, DVDPedia, and GamePedia. With the added bonus of being able to import CDs from iTunes and DVDs from Delicious library. Now I just have to get my book collection entered. THAT’s going to take a while. Check them out at Bruji.com.