In recent years web-development software makers have recognised that a lot of software is too complex when it comes to updating content – the very task that will take up most time once a site is up and running. The trend towards simplifying online workflow was started by Macromedia's Contribute, but NetObjects has seen the value of providing a similar package to support its main web designer, Fusion.

nPower is intended for the majority of users who wish to add text and images to a site as easily as possible. Once a version of a site has been created in Fusion that is compatible with nPower, users of the latter can open it online and quickly modify images, text, links and tables.

The editing capabilities of the program are limited, but this is intentional. Too much detail simply confuses many people, creating a bottleneck for sites where modifications have to wait until an expert can intervene.

Once a site is retrieved, pages can be added or moved, and the style of pages modified using the SiteStyle dialog. Actually, this is probably one feature that could be a little dangerous in an application such as this one. While the decision to simplify adding content is one that nearly every web manager would welcome, enabling inexperienced users to change the look and feel of a site could be trickier – even if it is a managed process.

NetObjects nPower 1.0: Specs

  • Pentium 160
  • Windows 98/NT/2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM (128MB recommended)
  • 200MB hard disk space
  • Pentium 160
  • Windows 98/NT/2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM (128MB recommended)
  • 200MB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

The decision to release nPower is a smart one on the part of NetObjects. Its only real competitor is Contribute, and the good news is that nPower is less than half the price of Macromedia's package. To be honest, though, it is not as effective as that program and will appeal only to organisations that already use Fusion.

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