Terry Morse GoClick 3.0
Company: Terry Morse Software, Inc.
Estimated Price: $159.00
I must admit I was skeptical when I began this review. It was just a year ago that I had my first encounter with Terry Morse Myrmidon 2.0 right here in My Mac Magazine. Unfortunately, at that time I found it caused me more headaches than converted documents. But Web publishing has come a long way since then, and new products have emerged tempting even the most experienced webmasters into laying down their tried and true text editors in favor of easier WYSIWYG applications. GoClick 3.0 is Terry Morse Software’s latest product, and unlike previous versions, it doesn’t disappoint.
Like Myrmidon, GoClick is really a chooser extension that is treated as a printer. When you select “print” from the file menu of your application, GoClick can easily convert the document into HTML for you. This approach is particularly advantageous because any program you select “print” from will allow you to convert its document into HTML.
After selecting “print,” you can easily fine-tune GoClick 3.0 to your exact specifications. You can have it use HTML 3.2 instead of 4.0/CSS for example, allowing you to make your pages compatible with the majority of 2.x and 3.x browsers. Other options include the ability to specify color palettes and link colors. And just like Myrmidon, GoClick includes a superb HTML-based manual with instructions on how to get the most out of converting documents with GoClick.
However, some people are impatient and don’t like to mess with petty options just to get the program to work. This is one of GoClick’s biggest improvements. It now correctly converts documents straight out of the box, and its options are simply that: options that can be adjusted if you want. If not, you’re good to go in just one click, just as advertised. I like that!
Into the Code
GoClick’s other huge improvement over Myrmidon‹and huge advantage over almost every other WYSIWYG-type program out there‹is that the HTML it produces is relatively clean. Bloated code has long been a webmaster’s biggest excuse for not using WYSIWYG editors, but GoClick has made quantum leaps in its code-creation which now makes it a viable option for web content creators near and far.
GoClick 3.0 requires a 68020 processor or better, and is fully optimized for the PowerPC. It needs System 7.5 or higher and any version of QuickTime to function. A free, fully-functional demo of GoClick can be downloaded at http://www.terrymorse.com and used for 30 days, at which time you can immediately register online and obtain a serial number.
GoClick 3.0 is one of the most useful applications I have used in a long time. True to its name, it converts any Macintosh document into a web page with a single click. Only this time around, it really works. Not only does it fully support CSS and the latest advances in HTML 4.0, it converts documents flawlessly, separating graphics and text with ease, and saves you countless hours converting your documents into HTML.
Terry Morse Software claims that GoClick 3.0 is not a replacement to Myrmidon, and that it’s only a “professional version.” While I haven’t used Myrmidon in quite some time, previous experience tells me that GoClick is a “must” upgrade. One-click web publishing has finally been made a reality by GoClick. Best of all, the price is right for this professional-quality product. Perhaps WYS can be WYG after all. Highly Recommended for webmasters everywhere.
MacMice Rating: 3.5