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1.0 out of 5 stars The end of an excellent programme, 28 Feb. 2014
This review is from: WebPlus X7 (PC) (CD-ROM)
Serif WebPlus X7 is severely disappointing and unfortunately unusable. X7 is Serif’s Windows 8 moment. Why? First this is a stripped down version with considerably less in terms of advanced graphic and typographic features than X6 or X4 (both of which I have used). The serious concern is that a large website, made in X4, and another website built only 6 months ago in WebPlus X6, were rendered incompatible and obsolescent by opening them in X7. The latter website – for an academic journal, with over 120 files/pages, password control, downloadable PDFs for subscribers – was in effect wrecked (fortunately I kept a back-up copy). And yes, every few minutes when building a site I use Serif’s inbuilt “site checker” to ensure everything is running smoothly and nothing is not going to cause problems. First, virtually all the text boxes were different. Features in X4 and X6 were left out of X7 (text box links, text scrolling, text box margins, etc.) rendering all text boxes and text not fitting. Many hyperlinks were simply lost – links that work perfectly well in X6 and the published site. WebPlus X7 may have new fashionable features and templates (I never use templates – I hand craft websites, and having used Adobe software for 20 years I know my way around, and am aware of the potential pitfalls, of computerized graphic design!). My solution was to uninstall WebPlus X7, and go back to using X6. Serif appear to have stepped backwards. Yes, X7 is probably good for someone who wants to make a small website of a few pages from a template without thinking about detail and presentation. There are some good features (not necessarily the fashionable sliders, which are just glorified photo galleries, etc.) in fact the basic structure for previewing sites is vastly improved. However, like Windows 8 this is a reduced and simplistic programme that regards the past as if it no longer exists. What is the way forward for me and thousands of serious and professional uses? I would suggest to Serif that X7 should be rebranded as “WebPlus Elements” or “WebPlus Basic” and targeted at a group who want simple basic, small, websites; then rebrand X6 – updating it, retaining the advanced features for hand-crafting, for large serious websites – as “Serif WebPlus A1.” And, yes, double the price for “WebPlus A1” to £180 (that is nothing compared to Adobe Dreamweaver costing hundreds of pounds). Whatever happens Serif needs to decide whether they want to retain the serious professional user, or stay selling a £10 Christmas-Card-maker-software on Freeview!
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2014 00:27:55 GMT
Naz says:
I've used X7 and it is in no way a cut down version of X6 or previous versions, not sure why you think that. Yes there were initial (inexcusable) teething problem with X7 but that's simply because the whole thing needed to be re-written for 64-bit and HTML 5 which is no easy task.

Posted on 13 Apr 2014 11:26:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2014 11:27:01 BDT
Dr Dai says:
X7 is the bane of my life at the moment. It is slow, crashes quite freqeuently, and oftens mis-sets text in tables for example. I am going back to X6 which was reliable.
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