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Really Simple Publication (part three)

by Rob Friesel

When we left off, we had basically concluded that Microsoft Word was out of the running. Content creation was relatively easy but the output was ugly (technically-speaking) and the publication problem itself was totally unsolved. So (I said to myself) what about [tag]iWeb[/tag]?

The disclaimer (of course) is that (1) I’m admittedly biased toward the Mac and (2) we stated pretty much at the outset that Mac-based solutions were fair game. Anyway, moving on…

To listen to the marketing hype, iWeb sounds like the way to go. Super simple and all that. If it’s anything like iTunes or iPhoto then we are in great shape. So let’s give it a trial run.

The first warning here is that it prompted me with the familiar Keychain Access dialog, looking for permission to access my .Mac account. Except that I let my .Mac account lapse … 3 years ago? A while ago. So that’s a little confusing but OK… It tries to make it simple by giving me this:

iweb_20061010_01.png

In short: pick a design and a page to start with. Alrighty… I pick the “Notebook” theme and the “Welcome” page design to start playing around with. The first thing that I need to remind myself here is that I need to think like my audience and not like the web professional that I believe myself to be. That said, what would I want to do? Click on things. So I try that and I get responses from just about anything: text fields, titles, images… I just type things in and they change and right-click and change layers and … well, I just go nuts. In about 4 minutes, without really trying, I’ve turned the design into this:

iweb_20061010_02.png

Yep. I’ve put text AND an image overlapping a Quicktime movie. I wanted to just stick the Quicktime movie in there under the text but that was apparently asking too much. Anyway, now that I’ve created my masterpiece with relative ease (for better or worse): what about saving and publishing? Ah there it is:

iweb_20061010_03.png

Bottom left corner: Publish. Click:

iweb_20061010_04.png

Wisely, it asks me about whether or not I understand copyright… And then it promptly flakes out. Because I don’t have a .Mac account. Blast! *sigh*

No, the Apple website has some nice tutorials on using iWeb but they seem to have obfuscated the information about how to use iWeb to publish anywhere other than on their .Mac service. “Publish to a Folder…” exists under the File menu but that still only gets us part way there. Ah… Drag. What next? Is there no solution to this problem?

currently playing: Lamb “Lusty”

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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