Xara Web site menu maker 1.0

Menu Maker is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it performs that trick well: creating dynamic menus for a Web site. This program takes a wizard-driven approach to creating graphical menus that incorporate JavaScript and DHTML (dynamic hypertext markup language) effects such as cascading options and transparency.

At first glance, this approach appears slightly restrictive — Xara includes dozens of templates, for example, but these cannot suit all Web sites. At each stage, however, you have a dialogue box that allows you to tweak just about everything in a menu (including loading your own graphic designs. See here for a screenshot). You will need to try things out, though, as the default graphics are rather fussy.

Menu Maker does pretty much every­thing it says on the package and, if you are willing to experiment with various designs, you can create extremely sophisticated effects. The program integrates with Dream­weaver and FrontPage.

Anyone involved in Web design on a regular basis will find Menu Maker a welcome addition to their design soft­ware outfit. If you are an experienced professional, don’t be put off by Xara’s user-friendly interface: this is a program that allows you to manipulate just about every aspect of your files, and you can load the created script files into a text editor for further fine-tuning. If you only intend to create one Web site, $US19 is a little expensive; otherwise, Menu Maker is highly recommended.

In brief: Xara Menu Maker 1.0
If you have a bit of patience, you can create menus for your Web sites complete with some nifty effects.
Price: $US19
Distributor: The Software Shop
Phone: 1800 004 622
URL: www.softwareshop.com.au

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