Here is a good explanation of the potential deal-breaker in their WYSIWIG Web Developer product.http://webdesign.abo...nt-for-FrontPage.htm
"When reading about the features and functions Serif advertises the ability add code for log-in and counters (etc) – they call this “Smart Objects”, code that results in data needing to be retained. I asked the same person in customer service, that assured me the product did not require any interface to Serif to develop and use, if the product had these capabilities which I was assured that it did.
If you use a “Smart Object” you have to go on-line with Serif to register it – that is register the html page you develop! Why, because they keep the data on their server!! You cannot keep you own data on your own selected host! You cannot control your own data, you cannot maintain your own data – the data you collect is at Serif! You need to go to Serif for YOUR data! They also say if your usage is too high you need to purchase additional storage from them! You CANNOT develop code or host your internet site without being attached to Serif if you use a “Smart Object”. Let me repeat; No counters, No commerce, No “anything” that results in data being stored without a “marriage” to Serif! No using all of the awesome capabilities advertised about the product without being MARRIED to Serif.
Here is their SmartObjects description, making it clear that various CMS type stuff, yet also more basics like a user list, require a Serif connectionhttp://www.serif.com...lp/smart_objects.htm
Thus they are deceiving here:http://www.serif.com/webplus/
Sell products online with trusted e-commerce providers ... Add Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as other social media sharing buttons... When you’re ready, preview your fully-functioning site in any browser to make sure you are happy, then upload your site to any host, or use Serif’s easy web hosting.
The Serif marketeer danced around this on Bits Du Jour, and left the final question simply unanswered.
Theoretically, for some who ..
a) would like a low-cost WYSIWIG
b) doesn't have a low-cost WYSIWIG (e.g I have used Site-Spinner and have a license for some version).
c) doesn't mind the extra dead-end (WYSIWIGs generally have a code tweak dead-end ,this is a second dead-end) looking mostly for static websites just to supply info.
This could be a decent money-saver, $15 over the $50-75 of these WYSIWIGs normally.
Or, conceivably, you might not mind the Serif server aspect, having checked out how it works, finances, happiness of users etc.
However, we now have 3 ethical issues.
1) this deceptive advertising about the WebPlus standalone capabilities
2) reports of using registration of free products to cajole, by delay, upgrades
3) Uniblue scam product sold on site
Not the worst we have seen, but a problem. Especially #1.
Maybe we need to invite Serif to comment in dialog.
For PagePlus, NothingButSoftware is $4 more, and that includes shipping a box with CD or DVD. Plus maybe they have special. So no rush on that one.
DrawPlus is what remains. Looks like a good deal that is hard to replicate. Thoughts ? Alternatives ?
Is there any special integration other than similar palletes, look and feel ? Probably not, since DrawPlus is creating standard output. However a similar look-and-feel might be a plus in having those two programs.