Goodbye 1st Page 2000; Hello WeBuilder 2005

Screenshot of WeBuilder 2005
Screenshot of the excellent WeBuilder 2005 — my new HTML editor of choice. I like my HTML comments to stand out in bright yellow!

I’ve gone and done it. After almost six years of faithful service to Evrsoft’s 1st Page 2000 I’ve finally said goodbye to my HTML editor of choice and said hello to a new one: Blumentals’ WeBuilder 2005.

Having checked out the beta release of Evrsoft’s First Page 2006 I’m now quite convinced that it is not going to be the product that I had hoped it might be, and so I’ve been looking around for a replacement. I found it today in WeBuilder 2006.

I stumbled upon it quite by accident this afternoon. As I was clearing up my desk I discovered the latest .net magazine cover CD which had an intriguing product on it called Rapid CSS 2005 by Blumentals. So I checked out their website and discovered that not only did Rapid CSS 2005 look like a very useful application, so did HTMLPad 2005. And even better: both applications were combined along with Javascript and PHP editing functions in an application called WeBuilder 2005. So that’s the one I opted for.

WeBuilder 2005 appears to me to be the update that should be First Page 2006. Here’s what I like, so far:

  • it loads really quickly
  • it supports the latest web technologies (XHTML 1.0, XHTML 1.1, CSS2, PHP, Javascript) with customizable colour syntax highlighting and autocomplete coding
  • it has an attractive, highly customizable user interface (reminiscent in places of the Microsoft Office look)
  • The Code Inspector sidebar gives both an overview of your code, but with CSS files also offers a rapid way to edit and build your CSS files.

There’s a whole lot more but you know, what I really want is a fast-loading, highly customizable text editor that offers me a load of useful tools that don’t get in the way of my coding. And I think I’ve found that in WeBuilder 2005. I think we’re going to enjoy long nights of coding from now on.

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