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Sun 30 Apr 2006

Coping without Dreamweaver

Category : mac and the internet

I needed to maintain the MacRitchie - Bukit Timah briskwalkers page in a hurry but haven't yet installed Dreamweaver in my new MacBook Pro. Then I realised TextWrangler (freeware) allows me direct access to files on a server - in fact that's the way I blog. Each text files I write using TextWrangler is saved directly to the server.

So I got down to it and updated the several pages for the 2006 walks and posted an advert on Habitatnews within the hour.

Although I find it somewhat confusing to look at code, a text editor is as safe as it gets when venturing into unknown territory. Unlike, say, opening a FrontPage-prepared html document in Claris Homepage. After wreaking significant havoc in that one instance, I had to call my colleague CKS to undo the damage. I never did that again!

TextWrangler with its coloured codes and my large font size settings makes navigation much less intimidating though still somewhat time consuming for an inexperienced user like myself. After Apple introduced the GUI, I pretty much abandoned examining code. And that was in the late 80's!

An alternatve, I now realise, would have been to use FTP software like Transmit, Interarchy (both shareware), Cyberduck (freeware) or Fugu (for SFTP) which allow 'editing of server files' (actually done via a cache) by an external editor. In specifying the default external text editor of choice, I would have chosen Taco HTML Edit (freeware). This can display a "live preview" window. This means I'd be viewing changes locally as I go along and that would reduce the need to reference the server.

I guess this will suffice for webpage maintenance. A point to note to self, if the server connection is bumpy, for the simpler folders quickly decide to download all the files and edit them locally, before uploading them back up again. That'll be even faster.

All the OS X Mac software mentioned in this page is available in Universal Binary except for Dreamweaver.

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