My own selection of Internet
Sometimes, people ask what
tools I use for Internet (both surfing and editing). Here's the list.
Right in the order I use them, here is the list of what applications
I run when I connect my Windows PC to the Internet:
- Mail: Pegasus mail for
Windows (freeware) is simply the best tool (the most flexible,
the most powerful) I could find. It may be too complex for some, but
it includes even things you did not dream yet.
- Web: Opera
(free) is my own way to say NO to Microsoft Internet Explorer with a
tool that is more powerful and versatile and even easier to use.
- Web: POW! (freeware) is one small little cute piece of software
that automatically closes
the ads-in-a-window (I hate those ubiquitous little things) that
come from many of the free web page providers. It's real fun to see
the annoying little windows just flash back into oblivion. But in most
case, Opera is not even giving a chance to close the window, Opera will
not even let it open.
- Off-line web browsing:
Pro (shareware) that I already presented on this site, eases the
collection of a copy of a webs site for off-line browsing.
- Usenet: Gravity
newsreader (shareware) allows to run mostly off-line (collecting
messages in a small amount of time and then reading, answering, posting
while off-line). A great money-saver. But MicroPlanet may have gone
under and disappeared now.
When time comes to write down this web site, I use a few other tools.
- HTML editor: DreamWeaver v3 (commercial) is the
right web site builder I need in 99% of cases. I specially like the
templates that allow to quickly alter the look of a whole web site in
a matter of seconds.
- HTML editor: HomeSite (freeware) is the minimal
HTML editor. However, it includes every little wizard that you need
to create complex structures, but it gives you full control over what
you create (you may see it as "giving no assistance to those who do
not understand HTML").
- HTML editor: 1st
Page 2000 (freeware) is a significant progress after HomeSite
(shown above). Most important, it supports
both HTML v4 and CSS style sheets. Moreover, it integrates a large
number of Wizards for automatic code generation.
- Graphic edition : The Castle's SplitImage
(freeware) allows to do one important task that is not always available
from the other freeware tools: split
an image into a <TABLE>. It is fondamental to build a sleek
user interface when it is based upon images.
- Page publishing: WS_FTP 32 (freeware) is one
of the numerous FTP clients.
I've got used to it. Maybe you can find a better one. If you can point
me to one that allow to upload pages scattered all over my hard disk
(but only those that need it and with minimal button clicking).
Last but not least, for those who share an Internet link (e.g. ADSL,
cable modem), I am currently testing Proxy+ (freeware) that is all at
the same time a firewall, a proxy server and a mail server. Not bad, eh?
Please, also note that I tend to use freeware tools as far as
I can, even if it means that I avoid a few good tools (in this category,
I can list the excellent HTML editor Dreamweaver v3.0 that I use
professionnally too). But it's not an expensive configuration I can run.
Other interesting links
After updating one of my web sites, I prefer to go and check everything
using one of the following:
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Latest update: 30-oct-08