5.5 Professional Webmaster Suite
Reviewed by: Doug
by: Sausage Software, go to the web site
95/98, Pentium, 32+ MB RAM recommended
$129.95, Supertoolz Value Pack $99.95,
Hot Dog 5.5 Professional Webmaster Suite
supertoolz, and partner applications) $199.95
HotDog 5.5 is a popular, full-featured HTML
editor from Sausage Software, based out of
Australia. This latest version comes
in a variety of flavors, from a standalone editor up to a complete "Webmaster
Suite" that includes a variety of 'Toolz" and partner
applications from other vendors. HotDog certainly kept
up with the latest and greatest products from other vendors;
all the tools and implements that one could wish for are here.
The sum of all the components would make the Suite worth the
price even if the editor itself were no good. Lucky for Sausage,
then, that the editor is topnotch, making this a product worthy
of serious consideration by any web designer, professional
All Sausage software is downloaded from their website or
a variety of mirror sites worldwide (including Download.com).
The Webmaster Suite is four separate downloads: 1) the HotDog
editor, 2) HotDog Express for beginners, 3) the Partner applications
and 4) the Supertoolz value pack. So unless you have access
to a fast connection, be prepared for all of this to take
a while to download. Unlike so many of its competitors, however,
you have thirty days to try out HotDog before you have to
buy it. By the time you should be convinced.
The HotDog Suite comes with the sixteen Supertoolz and
three partner applications which separately would be worth
more than the cost of the whole Suite. The Supertoolz pack
is a variety of small, special application utilities for
such purposes as downloading websites, reducing bandwidth,
or creating a web channel for use with Microsoft's Internet
Explorer. Collectively, here are the seventeen tools:
Buster, MultiFile Find and Replace Wizard, Channel Wizard,
Real Audio-Video, SuperTool, ICQ Panel Wizard, Reptile
Image Mapper, SafeSurf Web Content Rating Wizard, ImageLab,
Table Editor, Jack Hammer, Text Effects, Java Animator, Web
The three partner applications are: Paintshop Pro (a graphics
editor), Linkbot (a link checker), and mBed Interactor Lite
(a dynamic HMTL scriptor). As you can see from this list
of tools and applications, everything that a web designer
could wish for is included. These are destined to make your
life a lot easier, especially if you work on your own designing
So HotDog has all these features, but is it easy
to use? By and large, yes. The basic interface in HotDog
is a little on the cluttered side, but it has everything
you need and can be customized to remove what you don't.
The center of the screen contains the actual HTML editor,
as well as tabs to various toolbars and the partner applications.
The editor screen is color coded, so that HTML tags and code
are easily distinguished from the text. Below the editor
screen is a second view of the page, showing you what the
current page design would look like. While a nice idea, it
doesn't work well. For one thing, you would want to preview
the page in Netscape and IE (at the very least!). For another,
the view doesn't stretch the width of the your screen, so
text will end up wrapping when on the final page it might
not. On the left hand side of the editor screen is a screen
that can alternately display a links to the Supertoolz, a
clipboard, or an HTML 4.0 reference, explaining each of the
tags and how they are used. As you edit the page, the dictionary
jumps to whatever tag you are currently adding - very nice!
On the right-hand side of the editor screen is a HTML tag
list, which you can click on to add the tag (unless, like
me, you'd rather type it in).
WebMaster Suite is the ultimate compilation of tools for
do-it-yourself web masters. The SuperToolz are
worth the price of the whole package, especially with the
downloader and the multifile find & replace wizard.
It certainly will save you the time needed to learn how
to do it yourself or the expense of hiring someone else to
do it. The interface is everything you could possibly hope
especially with the HTML 4.0 reference. Do you need any additional
reasons to try it out?
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