I enjoy both programs enormously but which one is better and why?
Here are my con's and pros.
Homesite (from http://www.allaire.com)
* Good global search and replace in files
* Right-click Edit Tag
* Property Sheet for HTML
* Has become buggier as each version is released (seems after Nick Bradley handed HS over to Allaire they have messed it up)
* Design View (Pretty low-end but okay for table fixup)
1st Page 2000 (from http://evrsoft.com)
* Tidy HTML integration (i love this tool)
* Comes with 400 or 500 JS and CGI scripts
* Kinda slow at loading up
* Has 3 or was it 4 modes (easy,expert,hardcore)
* It's FREE, what can i say?
* Nice color picker (kinda like DW's one)
* DHTML center
What do you think? Who is better and what makes em that much better?
I have tried both. 1st Page 2000 is a poor rendition of a Homesite Knockoff in my opinion.
It was buggy and wouldn't even load on two of my machines on the machine it did load on it was slow and a resource hog (28% of available resources). It lost my vote of confidence.
Homesite on the other hand is a marvelous product and enhances productivity instead of getting in the way. The fact that 1st Page 2000 doesn't let you switch modes without exiting and re-executing the program is a big minus. Homesite doesn't have this problem because you have full control over the interface.
Homesite also comes with the HTML Tidy Utility.. It is called "CodeSweeper". Other tools included with Homesite are the CSE HTML Validator and a lite version of Bradbury TopStyle.
Eversft is smart by giving their software away. If they charged for it they wouldn't have any customers.