With the death of Adobe PageMill and every other WYSIWYG Web editor under $300, the field of affordable Web authoring tools has narrowed to just one: Optima’s PageSpinner 3.0.1. It offers features not found in programs several times the price, but it still shows a few rough shareware edges.
PageSpinner is actually a suite that includes StyleSpinner (for writing Cascading Style Sheets [CSS]), FAQ-Spinner (for writing FAQs), and MailSpinner (for publishing Eudora-based e-mail on the Web). It comes with public-domain clip art.
PageSpinner is neither a Web designer’s tool like Macromedia’s Dreamweaver nor a Web programmer’s tool like Bare Bones’ BBEdit, but something in between. While you see every HTML tag you write (as in BBEdit), the content between those tags appears as it would in a browser (as in Dreamweaver). Extremists on both ends will find this unacceptable, but it might be just the ticket for the masses in the middle.
PageSpinner’s approach to Web pages falls between WYSIWYG and plain-text editors.