Photoshop vs. Pixelmator

Discussion in 'Graphics' started by TaliesinSoft, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Hadn't heard of that yet, will check it out.

    Steven Fisher, Nov 29, 2009
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  2. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Righto, I looked for that, and didn't see it. W3C didn't find it as an
    error though.
    Yeah, shut up! :)
    Is that going to work though? Is there a browser that's likely to work
    with every site? Or a site that works perfectly with every browser?

    Barring keeping it *very* simple, I suspect unlikely is the answer.
    I've had a really good look around the settings and such, and nothing
    that seems obvious.
    No, that's too much bother, I probably could knock up a site in HTML
    with an editor, but I pay for the convenience of iWeb and MobileMe for a
    reason - my priorities are elsewhere.

    Put this into context though. I've been using iWeb more or less since it
    came out, and you're the first one to comment on this, although now I've
    seen it, I do find it annoying :-/. I may do some more digging on this

    Andy Hewitt, Nov 29, 2009
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  3. TaliesinSoft

    TaliesinSoft Guest

    [responding to dorayme's suggestion in regards to the problems with an iWeb
    produced website]
    You'd be surprised how quickly on can produce a website with Freeway, a
    website that most likely will be error free. My suggestion is to give Freeway
    a quick try.

    Let's take a look....

    Using the W3C Markup Validation Service at <>

    Microsoft's home page at <>
    295 errors, 26 warnings

    Adobe's home page at <>
    20 errors, 7 warnings

    Apple's home page at <>
    6 errors, 1 warning

    Softpress's home page at <>
    0 errors, 0 warnings

    Softpress is the implementor of Freeway and uses their own application to
    develop their own website!
    TaliesinSoft, Nov 29, 2009
  4. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest


    I might try the demo, however... For me, it's an expensive replacement -
    iLife is about the same price, and I already own iLife. It's an
    expensive solution to fix 3 page errors!

    I've had a very quick trial of the demo, and find it does have a steeper
    learning curve than iWeb, but, I can overcome that. I like using the
    templates in iWeb, and being able to change them at any time. I can't
    see how to do that in Freeway.

    Apart from that, it could be a viable option, although I personally
    don't have any problem with the pages iWeb produces, and managing
    multiple sites is an absolute breeze.
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 29, 2009
  5. TaliesinSoft

    Calum Guest

    There was an experimental native OS X build of GIMP 2.6.0, it didn't
    really work all that well though. You can still get it here:

    Some folks may also be unaware that GIMP has been undergoing a
    substantial redesign recently, which amongst other things means that 2.8
    will have more Photoshop-like, single-window interface:
    Calum, Nov 29, 2009
  6. TaliesinSoft

    TaliesinSoft Guest

    [commenting on my suggestion to use Freeway Express instead of iWeb in order
    to address the problems on an iWeb produced website]
    There may be only a small number of reported problems but they are pervasive
    throughout the site, affecting every page I've tried.

    As an aside, I'm one who routinely when viewing a website in Safari magnify
    the presented image of a site to fill the width of my browser window, and
    that is usually the full 1650 pixel width of my screen. I visit a great many
    sites and the one under discussion here is the only one that exhibits the
    falling apart behavior that, as I suggest, is pervasive throughout the site.
    TaliesinSoft, Nov 29, 2009
  7. TaliesinSoft

    dorayme Guest

    Oh, I did not mention it because of any validity or well-formedness
    question. You asked about what factors affect text size change. It is
    like you asking me why does some site take five minutes to fully load
    and I point out that there is this scrap of html:

    <img src=""
    width="700" height="451">

    except that the website author has loaded a humongous multi megabyte
    version of the image file onto the server and is relying on the browser
    to down size it. The fault is not anything about validity, it is about
    cause and effect and bad practice.

    Analogy: an argument can be lousy but strictly valid.

    Another thing but related: when you set font-sizes in pixels, most good
    browsers will not stop the user from changing the text size. But Win
    Internet Explorer prevents it and it is very frustrating! There is
    nothing invalid about it.

    So, beware of thinking that all is A OK because some validator ticks it.

    I am afraid this is based on quite a nest of misunderstandings. If you
    absolutely insist on your pages looking *exactly* the same in all visual
    browsers, you probably should be into PDFs. But you can get pretty close
    to looking more or less beautifully the same in browsers post IE6, if
    you get to know the not inconsiderable members of the set of HTML and
    CSS instructions that are widely supported. To cater for IE6, a little
    extra knowledge is needed for a few things.

    One misunderstanding that some people have is that all those folks out
    there are like you. With your eyesight and screen and habits for browser
    size or indeed type.

    Anyway, large questions!
    Obvious to what? You mean to get rid of the inability to adjust text
    size on Safari (for example)? Well, I would not know. But in a text
    editor one simply deletes the offending bit(s) I mentioned above.
    Not any longer. You will now drop all other intersts, divorce your wife,
    leave your kids, shoot the dog. And concentrate!
    I can understand this. Good luck.
    dorayme, Nov 29, 2009
  8. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    That's fair enough. But without knowing my circumstances, it's a bit
    unfair to keep suggesting I should spend (to me) quite a lot of money to
    fix errors which don't really affect me.

    At the moment, I could easily go out and buy PhotoShop Elements 8, iWork
    09 (I'm still working with '08), and now a new web creator. All of which
    would make my computing life better, but each may only give me the
    benefit of one particular feature over what I already have to hand.

    However, as a widowed single parent, working 3 hours a day, my
    priorities are elsewhere, so I quite often just have to 'make do'. My
    Mac is a hobby, and I buy what I can for it, but I have to really decide
    whether I *need* it first, and how much 'value' something will give me.
    I got iLife because it offers more than one function for me, at a price
    that is similar to just a single web page creator suggested here.

    Remember, I didn't actually ask for this here, it was a comment made
    about my site that started it.

    Not meaning to sound grumpy, but too often I see replies insisting that
    someone *needs* to buy a particular thing, without considering whether
    they may be able to afford it - there is often an assumption that we all
    have a perfect budget for stuff.

    I probably could buy something like Freeway, but would I be sensible to
    do so - almost certainly not.
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 29, 2009
  9. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Actually, the question about text size was more a response to the
    comments about it being a problem in the first place.
    For sure, I understand that.
    To be pedantic, they are set in 'point' sizes, which I believe is
    *slightly* different to pixel sizes. However, in this case I suspect the
    difference is irrelevant.
    Not really, I'm not so concerned that it looks 'identical' on all
    browsers, just that it's viewable at all (I'm a function-over-form guy).

    Hmm, I thought it was suggested I use 'standards compliance', isn't IE
    the least standards compliant browser?
    No such assumption here, just ignorance of the matter regarding the
    fonts, which I note does only occur in Safari, both FireFox and Opera
    (all I have tested thus far) zoom the pages correctly.
    Yes, I have manually edited some bits in the past. Now I don't because
    iWeb 09 manages all the FTP'ing, so there's thing I can edit.
    Bugger that :)
    Looks like I'll need it :-/
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 29, 2009
  10. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Well, I'm sure you will be saying this is horrible, but a kind of
    workaround has been found in the Apple forums.

    Add a shadow to the text (set to minimum opacity), and that does allow
    it to be zoomed - abeit a but jagged. I believe this just forces the
    text to be a graphic (which is how iWeb saved all the text in the first
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 29, 2009
  11. TaliesinSoft

    dorayme Guest

    You might have set them in pts, your software outputs it as px. See your:

    It has no meaning for a screen, so px are used.Don't worry about this,
    the point is still it is not a good idea in general to use what is
    appropriate for a printed page for the world *wide* web.
    I would not be bothering if I did not sense a function-over-mere-form
    conscience in you. You are worth saving. And this remark convinces me
    Sure, but it would be pretty bold to ignore way over half the average
    market. IE8 is getting there, 7 is not half as bad and you might for a
    personal site simply ignore 6. But the point is that when you make a
    webpage, it is nice if it degrades to something that sort of makes the
    content obtainable to most people on browsers that are not up to
    dorayme, Nov 30, 2009
  12. TaliesinSoft

    dorayme Guest

    I am a bit sorry I mentioned Freeway (whenever T mentions it, I seem to
    be the grumpy about it for reasons not all that dissimilar to those I
    give again iWeb. But from what I recall, it was more configurable and
    not as naughty. This iWeb twists my internals particularly badly!)

    Let me remind you, Andy, I was proposing something for zero cost. All
    you need is the free and excellent TextWrangler (it will do for the
    html, the css and - but don't worry about this fancy addition - any js
    or php).

    You know, there is another alternative that I reckon would suit you,
    given your personal circumstances (which I respect and sympathise with).
    It will cost you nothing again. Get hold of well constructed valid good
    practice templates and put in your own materials. You need only
    TextWranagler (free classy Mac editor) and a pointer to such templates,
    this requires guidance from more experienced people. You can search the
    archives of alt.html or better still, pay a visit.
    dorayme, Nov 30, 2009
  13. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    OK, moving on...

    Oh blimey no, I did a fair share with LaTeX for a while, but just find
    that I can get quite acceptable results by much easier means.

    Oh, I'm also a tiny bit lazy too :)
    Well, I've now just tried the site in IE8, and it all works just fine in
    that, so after all that, it's just the WebKit apps that have failed with

    I also manage a site for a church, also using iWeb, and I do check that
    in IE, as I know a lot of the target audience use IE. I have had to make
    a few minor adjustments to make it view OK in that, but overall, it
    functions as intended.

    Ironically, it seems to only fail in the very app that you'd expect it
    to work best in! I even tried the 'Zoom only text', which ends up doing
    nothing at all.
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 30, 2009
  14. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Aye, yes, it's more configurable I agree, although that isn't always a
    good thing!
    I do keep a copy of TextWrangler on my system.
    Hmm, it's still a much more complicated way than I have now. As my setup
    is, it would be extremely difficult to edit the code that iWeb produces,
    as the pages aren't created until you perform an upload operation. I
    expect I could possibly edit the site directly, but I've no idea how
    that would affect iWeb.

    A few years ago, I'd not have thought twice about tackling this in such
    a way, but now my time is used elsewhere.

    I know that iWeb works in a 'black arts' kind of way, and some things
    don't work in an ideal manner, but I decided to adapt myself to work
    with it that way. For one, to edit the HTML directly, you need to
    publish the site to a local folder. Trouble is, that means uploading the
    whole site each time, and mine is pretty large (iWeb date stamps all the
    files, so it's impossible to check for changed files - I know about it,
    so I work around it).

    Thing is, I decided to invest in iLife and MobileMe for the sake of
    convenience. I can't afford to dump it and move to something else - at
    least not until it becomes an economical solution (or my circumstances

    What I wouldn't mind paying for (a sensible figure of course) is a way
    to configure iWeb better. There are some solutions that work like a
    plug-in, but they don't seem to fix any issues that matter at this
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 30, 2009
  15. TaliesinSoft

    dorayme Guest

    This was my very first complaint actually, I did not go into how I had
    set my zoom (I prefer just text zoom). It is nice to be able to adjust
    just the text and that is one of the main points i was making. That was
    the context in which that snippet of css I quoted you about "adjust" was
    all about.
    dorayme, Nov 30, 2009
  16. TaliesinSoft

    dorayme Guest

    Oh, the idea is that you give up iWeb altogether and simply have your
    text files on your disk in a folder (the Sites folder, you have a
    powerful web sever on your Mac btw and this is where you need to put the
    html files to see them on a home server but this is another issue and
    you can simply use the folder as a simple store). You get a free FTP
    program, (Cyberduck is great) and simply upload them to a server. There
    are even free ones.

    You see, the idea is that you piggy back off people who know what they
    are doing in templates rather than the iWeb crowd (I know I might be
    unfair but I have seen what I have seen! You get cleanish html templates
    and decent CSS. You can tweak it if you want or know how or get help
    with (and lord there is plenty of help around).

    No. You don't have to publish anything or have any server at all to see
    how it is going. All you have to do is to grab the html file and drop it
    over any open browser window and Bob is your uncle. It gets more
    complicated when you need php or any server side scripting but you can
    get a *long way without* this.

    I honestly don't know what iLife is. Hey Nick, you there? Here's a
    program that sounds like it may give you a life and get away from them
    thar sheep...
    Up to you. But from where I stand, this is like digging a bigger hole in
    order to get out of one... <g>

    Remember, it will not cost you any more to at least look for a template
    you fancy and at least try one... if you need a hand, scream out.
    dorayme, Nov 30, 2009
  17. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Yes, I do know all that. Before iWeb could handle external FTP sites
    directly, I had to publish the site to local disk and upload it manually
    - I used CyberDuck for that.

    However, dumping iWeb is unlikely to happen any time soon. I have three
    sites I manage, one of which is much larger than my personal site, I
    just do not have the time to rebuild all of these, and manage them

    Right now, if I want to add photos to a page, I simply drag them over
    from my Aperture library, and click on 'Upload changes'. Job done.
    Yes, I do know that too.
    It's the suite of apps containing iWeb, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and
    Garageband. Quite good value really.
    At the moment, not - there's nothing out there to fix what I need.

    Of course I could really wind you up, and recreate my site using MS
    Word! ;-)
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 30, 2009
  18. TaliesinSoft

    dorayme Guest

    You know, with Office 97, but not later, the HTML exporter, from what I
    recall, does a job that is not all that hard to edit by hand (using a
    bit of Search and Replace and GREP) to end up with something not that
    indecent... I used to use it a bit for helping me html mark up long
    essays and stuff like that... ditching all the classes and CSS
    afterwards and cleaning up. Time saving but I can't prove it now.
    dorayme, Nov 30, 2009
  19. TaliesinSoft

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    OK. I could only do it in Office 2007 or 2008.
    Andy Hewitt, Nov 30, 2009
  20. TaliesinSoft

    TaliesinSoft Guest

    But the fact remains that those errors do affect a great many of those who
    would view your site, and they are the ones that count!
    TaliesinSoft, Nov 30, 2009
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