Whether you want people know about you or your company or simply want to create a photo gallery and share it with your friends and family, using the web to achieve this goal is undoubtedly the best way you can choose nowadays. However, this is usually associated with HTML, databases and programming which can be too difficult to the majority of people. Fortunately, there are tools like Antenna. This is a powerful web-design tool that helps you create professional-looking websites in no time and without possessing advanced knowledge or programming skills, so practically anyone can use it.
Antenna allows you to create a webpage in a totally visual way. You just need to drag the elements you want to add to it, put them in the right position and configure their parameters if necessary. You can add text boxes, panels, pictures, shapes and navigation buttons very easily. Besides, you also have some advanced elements such as a self-contained photo gallery, a YouTube video player, a Flash container, a light box container and a pop-up window.
If you plan to give your website a commercial flavor, you are also allowed to add PayPal "Buy Now", "Add To Cart" and "View Cart" buttons, plus a full set of form elements like check boxes, edit fields, submit buttons, radio buttons, hidden fields and so on. The program allows you to embed different types of media files into a webpage, such as PDF files (with their own full-featured viewer), Flash objects, audio streams and even EXE or ZIP files for download. If you happen to be an expert, you can also use the "Visual HTML" element, which allows you to insert your customized HTML code into your webpage.
Antenna includes a properties panel where you can configure all the necessary parameters for any element you add to your web page. Besides, it enables you to work in layers. You can add one or more layers to the default one and set each layer's opacity level. Once your work is finished and ready to be published, you can use Antenna's built-in FTP publisher for this task. It allows you to provide your web address, the FTP publishing address, the publishing folder and the username/password combination if required. Thus, you don't need a third-party tool even for publishing your new website.
To sum it all up, Antenna is suitable for both beginners and advanced users. The program allows you to create entire websites impressively fast and with a really professional look. Unless you need to create complex web applications, Antenna might be the right web-design solution for you, as it helps you to create full-featured websites without requiring any knowledge about HTML or coding.
- Easy to use.
- Suitable for both beginners and experts.
- Allows you to work in layers.
- Includes its own built-in FTP publisher.
- A bit heavyweight.