HTML EDITORS / WEBPAGE BUILDERS
Homesite 4.0, by Allaire, is a superb tool for creation and editing of HTML documents. It offers ease of use and maximum control of HTML coding.
GRAPHICS EDITORS / TOOLS
Photoshop, by Adobe, is the most popular toolkit for manipulating images. Take the time to learn it's features and filters.
Looking for an all-in-one graphics optimizer? Try Equilibrium's DeBabelizer. Better palettes and smaller file sizes.
Our "top pick" for original graphics design is Macromedia's Freehand 8. It's vector graphics with all the bells and whistles.
Fireworks, by Macromedia, is THE image dicer/slicer. Builds error-free table code for reassembly of images slices. Good image optimizer, also.
An excellent plug-in for Photoshop and compatibles, Digital Frontier's HVS JPEG 2.0 renders some of the the fastest loading progressive JPEG images around. They also offer an excellent GIF optimizer.
ULEAD's GIF Animator sets the standard in GIF animation.. The built in wizards for animation and optimization make this a perfect "first tool". Experienced animators will find the user interface to be fast and efficient.
Two special image editors deserve mention: ImageStyler, by Adobe, and NetStudio. Through the use of built-in "styles" they give a head start on graphics creation. ImageStyler allows creation of stand-alone images, plus the capability to create and visually edit webpage elements which use Cascading Style Sheet properties.