“Sticking to its policy of making complicated things easy, Apple has provided us with the means of creating our very own website with the least possible strain upon the brain,” Garry Barker writes for The Sydney Morning Herald. “We speak of iWeb, the most recent addition to the iLife suite of applications, which makes publishing a website, organising a podcast, doing photocasting and blogging – in short, pegging out your claim in cyberspace – ridiculously easy.”
“Web veterans have been heard to sneer a bit, saying iWeb is like having training wheels on your bike, partly because the application offers templates they say could make your site look a bit production-line,” Barker writes. “On the other hand, why sweat your way through the dark and arcane corridors of html, podcast and blog syndication if you don’t have to?”
“However, as with most things produced by Apple’s designers, the templates are beautifully done with built-in effects such as feathered edges and transparencies that would otherwise be hard to do. There are 12 themes, each with six variations, ranging from webpages to podcasts and blogs. Just click on the one on which you would like to build your site by adding text, pulling in pictures from iPhoto or video clips from iMovie. Templates can be mixed in the same page,” Barker writes. “The iLife ’06 suite applications are integrated and give you access to all the tools on your Mac. Thus colours, backgrounds, type fonts and sizes, brilliance and contrast in photographs and much more can easily be changed… iWeb is a desktop application from which you publish your creation to .Mac, just by clicking the Publish button on screen – no laborious coding to worry about. Thereafter, it can be viewed by anyone or passworded to keep it within the family… In short, iWeb is loads of fun for ordinary folk who want to get their stuff up on the web, to communicate and build an online community.”
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