Al Bento Web Software Collection


Welcome! You are reader . This is a collection of software to develop web pages, created by Al Bento at the Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore. These software packages run either in Windows NT/2000, XP, Linux or Windows 9x-Me. This page requires a browser that supports table extensions. Visit also my Index (tutorials and learning materials), Linux (tutorials and references) and Daily (repeat sites) pages.

Links in this page are, in most cases, to downloading sources or software vendors, not to tutorials. The only general exceptions are software type headers.

This is not an endorsement or recommendation of these products, just the software I use most frequently since March 1994, when I started to take the Web more seriously, and assumed more responsibilities in the Internet with the creation of CIS-L (Careers, Trends and Opportunities in Information Systems) as an Internet/Bitnet discussion list (today CIS-L is a Web conference board).


Basic Applications

Software type Windows NT,2K,XP Linux Windows 9x,ME
Telnet -- allows remote connections. NetTerm: allows VT 100 keyboard customization for PCs, scripting. Also allows dial-in (no TCP/IP), for only $30.00. The Windows Telnet applet is free, has a good VT-100 emulation, but offers no customization. Standard in Linux, good VT-100 emulation, but no VT 100 keyboard customization. NetTerm: allows VT 100 keyboard customization for PCs, scripting. Also allows dial-in (no TCP/IP), for only $30.00.The Windows Telnet applet is free, has a good VT-100 emulation, but offers no customization.
E-Mail -- Dial-in (not TCP/IP): exchanging electronic messages. Pine for VMS: allows access to UBMail mailbox from office, home, and/or travelling laptop. Unix Pine (telnet from UBMail): allows access to UBMail mailbox from office, labs, classrooms. Pine for VMS: allows access to UBMail mailbox from office, home, and/or travelling laptop.
E-Mail -- TCP/IP access using IMAP: exchanging electronic messages. Pegasus Mail and PC Pine : allow access to UBMail mailbox from office, home, and/or travelling laptop. Netscape Communicator 4.x and Internet Explorer 5 also contain free IMAP compliant e-mail packages. Unix Pine (telnet or open a shell-window and type Pine): allows access to UBMail mailbox from office, labs, classrooms. Netscape Communicator 4.x is perhaps a better alternative for it has a IMAP compliant e-mail component. Pegasus Mail and PC Pine : allow access to UBMail mailbox from office, home, and/or travelling laptop. Netscape Communicator 4.x and Internet Explorer 5 also contain free IMAP compliant e-mail packages.
FTP -- uploading and downloading files using TCP/IP (the Net, Ubmail, etc). WS_FTP 32: multi-thread, fast and very simple to setup. XDIR: GUI easy to use and allows connections to more than one machine at a time. You can transfer files between the remote machines. WS_FTP 32: fast and very simple to setup
News reader -- reading and posting messages to newsgroups. WinVn: multi-thread, fast and very simple to setup and use. Netscape for Unix: not as good as WinVn, but simple GUI, and easy to use. WinVn: fast and very simple to setup and use.
Gopher -- retrieving text files. Netscape: use gopher://gopher.ubalt.edu/ Netscape:use gopher://gopher.ubalt.edu/ Netscape : use gopher://gopher.ubalt.edu/
Web Browser -- text mode only Lynx (via telnet and dial in): very good to read text, and see how graphical pages will look in HTML 1.0. Lynx (via telnet): very good to read text, and see how graphical pages will look in HTML 1.0.. Lynx (via telnet and dial in): very good to read text, and see how graphical pages will look in HTML 1.0.
Web Browser -- graphical Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer : both very good and easy to use. Netscape for Linux: easy to use. Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer : both very good and easy to use.



Web Page Development Applications

Software type Windows NT Linux Windows 95/98
HTML - Editor Homesite : There is a free and a commercial version. A text HTML editor that supports Java Applet tags, forms, frames, etc. The best Windows 95/NT text editor. Macromedia Dreamweaver includes Homesite, but is not free. Netscape Composer is free and a good graphical HTML editor. asWedit: a text editor for Linux, similar to Homesite, and the free version is quite good. Netscape Composer is free and a good graphical HTML editor. Homesite : There is a free and a commercial version. A text HTML editor that supports Java Applet tags, forms, frames, etc. The best Windows 95/NT text editor. Macromedia Dreamweaver includes Homesite, but is not free. Netscape Composer is free and a good graphical HTML editor.
HTML Publisher add-on for WordPerfect WordPerfect 8 and above: the best way to create tables to be exported to the Web, allows creating or converting WordPerfect files to the Web -- works as a superb "what you see is what you get" Web editor. WordPerfect 8 for Linux: there is a free version available for individual users and another version which is commercial. WordPerfect 8 and above: the best way to create tables to be exported to the Web, allows creating or converting WordPerfect files to the Web -- works as a superb "what you see is what you get" Web editor.
HTML Publisher add-on for MS Word MS Word: Also a very good WYSIWYG editor, creating and converting text files to HTML files automatically. Not applicable: no Microsoft Word version for Unix. MS Word: Also a very good WYSIWYG editor, creating and converting text files to HTML files automatically.
Graphics - presentation MS PowerPoint is a good tool to create and convert graphical presentations to the Web. Star Office Presentations: a good presentation tool from a free office suite. It also includes an HTML Editor. MS PowerPoint is a good tool to create and convert graphical presentations to the Web.
Graphics - art Xara: a very easy to use and fast graphical images development environment. I am using it for years and my favorite illustration tool.Gimp - GNU Image Manipulation Program: an excellent, free, graphical images development environment, for Linux, with a port for Windows. Xara: a very easy to use and fast graphical images development environment. I am using it for years and is my favorite illustration tool.
Graphics - editor Lview: the basic graphical editor and conversion tool in Windows 95/NT, but is not free. Xnview is almost as good, is free, but does not yet do transparent images. Xpaint or Xv: basic graphical editors and conversion tools in X11, graphical Linux. Lview: the basic graphical editor and conversion tool in Windows 95/NT, but is not free. Xnview is almost as good, is free, but does not yet do transparent images.
Graphics - editor (more) Graphics Workshop: allows conversion among a large number of graphical formats, including WMF, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, etc. Also include the ability to prepare GIF animations. ImageMagik: allows graphical conversions, transparent images and special effects to embelish images in Linux. Graphics Workshop: allows conversion among a large number of graphical formats, including WMF, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, etc. Also include the ability to prepare GIF animations.
Imagemap - editor Mapedit: allows the creation of the imagemap hot-spots file and corresponding URLs. Windows and Unix versions, but is not free. You can also download for free Map This, a very similar software for Windows NT/95. Mapedit: allows the creation of the imagemap hot-spots file and corresponding URLs. Windows and Unix versions. The Linux version is free. Mapedit: allows the creation of the imagemap hot-spots file and corresponding URLs. Windows and Unix versions.You can also download for free Map This, a very similar software for Windows NT/95.
Text - editor EditPad: a very good, free, Windows 95/NT text editor, allows conversion from Unix text, replaces Notepad, allows search and replace, cut and paste, multiple file opened at the same time. Kedit:a simple but powerful text editor in Linux, part of the KDE desktop. EditPad: a very good, free, Windows 95/NT text editor, allows conversion from Unix text, replaces Notepad, allows search and replace, cut and paste, multiple file opened at the same time.
Programmer'sText editor Programmer's File Editor: a free and excellent programmer's text editor, allows to see line numbers, run programs in DOS Window and see results, and much more. Kwrite:a more powerful text editor for programming in Linux, part of the KDE desktop. Programmer's File Editor: a free and excellent programmer's text editor, allows to see line numbers, run programs in DOS Window and see results, and much more.
Perl Programming Active Perl 5: you can download it for free and install in Windows NT, 95/98. Perl 5: Installed regularly as part of most Linux distributions. Active Perl 5: you can download it for free and install in Windows NT, 95/98.

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This page is maintained by Al Bento who can be reached at abento@ubmail.ubalt.edu. This page was updated on February 11, 2002. Although we will attempt to keep this information accurate, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.