openElement – an easy to use HTML-editor, with which the experienced and novice web designers can create complete web-sites and do their publication on the Internet.
Despite the skepticism of professionals to the free web-development tools, the proposed product compares favorably to many similar instruments. Including OpenElement boasts surprisingly rich feature set and fairly easy to use interface. After starting the application will prompt the user to create a new project or select one of the available templates. When you open one of the samples in front of your eyes will be a set of pages, you can switch between them using the navigation bar Site Explorer or the tabs at the top of the working window. Changes in the pattern is unlikely to take much of your time, just type your text and add images.
Website development from scratch is a more complex task. However, users who have experience in building sites, and there will not experience serious difficulties. OpenElement supports a huge number of elements, including text, images, tables, links, tree lists, forms, menus, and more. You can also easily place on your website Flash-animation, video clips, or HTML5 YouTube, Google Maps and click PayPal. Simply drag the desired objects in the editor window with the mouse cursor, specify their location on the page and click on the «Preview» to preview the finished layout.
But after a closer acquaintance with the editor OpenElement web-designers will find a lot of useful extra features. Tab «Project», for example, provides the ability to edit the file. Htaccess or add objects FavIcon. A tab «Resources» you will find everything you need to view the components of the site (photographs, objects, Flash, video, audio) and management, as well as be able to download additional images from the online gallery fotolia.com.
Making sure that the site design to fully meet your expectations, you may proceed to publication. All the necessary tools to do this can be found in the dialog box «Publish». Upon request, OpenElement generate a site map and a file robots.txt, help with the translation of materials into other languages, as well as provide a download site for the selected FTP-server.
Unfortunately, the application is not without some drawbacks. Editor interface is not as intuitive as I would like to many users. A lack of detailed reference material will complicate the development of the product. The work you will also inevitably find flaws in localization. OpenElement by developers from France and the names of some of the menus and interface elements remained not translated into English.
The application works with the operating systems Windows 7, Vista and XP and is available for download at the developer’s site – http://openelement.com.