Chapter 2. Popular Web Design Tools


  • Adobe Creative Suite 3

  • Freeware and shareware

  • Designing for the Mobile Web

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief look at some of the tools available for use in Web site design, and point you to where there is more in-depth coverage of each technology highlighted in later chapters. For readers working within the constraints of a variety of budgets, this chapter describes a range of image-editing tools that are available on the Web either as freeware, shareware, or trial versions of commercial software. This chapter also provides an overview of the next wave of Internet applications for the Mobile Web, and discusses the problems and opportunities associated with the so-called Web 2.0.


The topics touched upon in the following section, "Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3)," are extensively covered in Parts IV and VI of this book.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3)

Adobe's Creative Suite 3 (CS3) is a collection of applications that provide Web designers with important tools. CS3 is available in the following six versions:

  • Design Premium — Includes tools for print, Web, interactive, and mobile design

  • Design Standard — Includes tools for professional print design

  • Web Premium — Includes an enhanced collection of tools for Web design and development

  • Web Standard — Includes a standard collection of tools for Web developers

  • Production Premium — Includes tools for video professionals

  • Master Collection — Includes design tools for a variety of media, ...

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