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I tested this product on a Pentium 450 with 64 MB of Ram. Installation was very smooth and quick. I didn't experience any problems at all here. But most products from major players like Adobe always install easily - and uninstall just as easy. Providing your system meets the minimum requirements you should have no problem with the installation.


Adobe is not new to web publishing, although it's own lower level Pagemill has been passed by much newer and innovative technologies. Adobe recently acquired GoLive CyberStudio 3.0 and did some updating and restructuring and released the product as GoLive 4.0. We haven't had the opportunity to review the CyberStudio version of GoLive!, so I am not in a position to comment on whether or not Adobe has improved this product or not.

It took awhile to figure out the GoLive! user interface, and I must admit I expected an interface a little more consistent with the other Adobe products we have all grown to love - Photoshop and Illustrator.

The Basics: As far as the basic web design features such as text, tables and table properties and the like, GoLive! can compete quite well with the best of them. What I didn't like was that everything you do is 'drag and drop' - even selecting color properties. I really found that quite awkward as compared to the standard way of highlighting and selecting a color from a palette. I also noted that cell background colors do not show up in Netscape 4 unless you manually add the required   tag. This is minor, but can be an annoyance if dealing with complicated multicolor tables.

Intermediate: The time is here when DHTML is becoming more and more popular. GoLive does handle DHTML quite easily and efficiently. But with, the two major browsers interpreting the coding in two different ways, GoLive! does not provide anyway to redirect viewers to a browser specific page.

There is some neat features though. You can have automatically generated grayscale images (low-res) load up as it waits for higher res color images to load in it's place. Today's common standard of image rollovers are also very easily achieved. It can’t import and convert Photoshop and Illustrator files and layers directly. I would hope that this is something that will be available in future versions of GoLive!

Advanced: Multimedia content with the new QuickTime editor is it's only real truly unique feature, and provides an excellent environment for Quick Time content. While GoLive!'s support for Quick Time is second to none, it's support for other popular plug-ins such as Flash and Shockwave is almost non existent. Perhaps this is something that will be brought in on the next upgrade? I would like to see that.

Cost Value:

At $275.00 US from the Adobe Website, GoLive! is very competitively priced as 'Professional" editors go. Adobe GoLive! is a very powerful Web Authoring tool and the cost can easily be made up within your first couple websites.

Overall Comments:

I have to admit that one first viewing, I was mildly impressed. After playing with it for a few days and designing a couple mock sites, I am happy to say that there is another "High Roller" Web Design option for professionals. The user interface takes a lot of getting used to and perhaps is it's weakest attribute. GoLive! does have a fair ways to go, but when you learn to unleash the power that GoLive! has, you cannot go wrong with this product.

Review ID Number: 380
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Review Date: 2001-04-19
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 7 out of 10
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