Software Review:
Adobe GoLive 6.0

Adobe GoLive 6.0
Adobe Systems, Inc.
$399; $99 upgrade. Upgrade requires serial number and previous version of product on same platform as current purchase.

GoLive 6.0, the latest upgrade to Adobe’s well-regarded web design software, incorporates lots of new features that smooth the process of developing and maintaining web sites. For many users, however, GoLive’s compatibility with OS X 10.1 (Native and Classic) as well as OS 9.1 and 9.2 is by far the most important feature of this new version.

The review copy of GoLive 6.0 arrived at the same time an assortment of web projects hit my desk - one new site, another site developed originally in Dreamweaver, and a site–created in an earlier version of GoLive–that needed updating. Working on these projects and tweaking other sites gave me plenty of opportunity to take GoLive 6.0 through its paces. I like what I’ve seen enough to upgrade all my websites to GoLive 6.0.

GoLive 6.0 features a new opening dialog box, which asks whether you’d like to create a new page, open the wizard to create a new site, or open an existing web page or site project. The site creation wizard allows you to create a single user or workgroup site, create a site based on a folder of existing files, import a site from an FTP or HTTP server, or create a site based on one of eight supplied templates. When opening an existing site, GoLive will prompt you to update a site that was created by an earlier version of the application. Be aware that once a site has been updated, it can no longer be opened by previous versions of GoLive. If you work with GoLive in a collaborative environment, everyone will need to upgrade to GoLive 6.0.
One of the most exciting new features of GoLive 6.0 is design diagramming. The diagram tools let you lay out the architecture of your site on a drawing grid. New pages and objects for diagramming your site can be dragged into place from the diagram tab of the objects palette, and pages can be linked using the point and shoot tool. Diagrams can be published as PDFs to submit to clients, and reviewers can use Adobe Acrobat to annotate and comment on your design. When the design is finished, you can use it to generate a site map, then turn the diagram into live pages for your site.

The GoLive workspace has received several much appreciated enhancements. Palette stashing allows you to drag the tab of any palette to the edge of the screen to shrink it into the tab. Clicking on a stashed palette tab expands it to full size while you use it. When you’re done, it contracts back to the minimized tab. This is especially useful if you work on a smaller monitor; palettes in previous versions of GoLive tended to awkwardly overlap a window’s scroll bar. Command-J now hides or reveals all palettes.

The layout document can now be split to show the Source Code Editor view as well as the layout view. Windows can be displayed side by side or above and below one another. When an element is selected in the layout view, its code is highlighted in the Source Code Editor, making it easy to monitor changes as they are made.
Table users will rejoice at GoLive’s improved table tools. Table data can be imported from Microsoft Word or Excel by simple cut and paste, and data in tables can now be sorted. Everyone who has endured the laborious tedium of sorting table contents by hand will let out a cheer, as did audience members at Macworld San Francisco when that feature was first announced.

Smart objects allow designers to put non-optimized files onto pages, then convert the files into web-formatted graphics. When graphics are resized, GoLive takes advantage of its tight integration with Photoshop, Illustrator, LiveMotion and other Adobe applications to generate a new web-formatted version.
Of interest to designers who work in a collaborative environment is the Adobe Web Workgroup Server, a server-based site manager that allows pages to be checked in and checked out by individual users. Page templates allow certain areas of a page to be locked, so users won’t inadvertently alter specified regions like headers and navigation bars. Solo designers will appreciate the Web Workgroup Server’s ability to compare versions side by side, roll back to previous versions of files, and view all the revisions made to a file.

GoLive 6.0 is a must–have upgrade for all OS X 10.1 users, and a very worthwhile upgrade for users of OS 9.1 and 9.2.

– Elsa Travisano
Adobe GoLive 6.0
System Requirements: Power PC G3 processor or faster; OS 9.1, 9.2 or OS X 10.1; 64 MB or available RAM, minimum, 128 MB of available RAM, highly recommended; 50 MB of available hard drive space; 800x600 or greater monitor resolution, 1024x768 recommended; CD-ROM drive.
Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the April 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.