September 18, 2007
When I start to create a new webdesign, I tend to use WebCoder a bit differently than when I'm just doing maintenance on an existing site. In the latter case, I don't use the internal preview a lot, but when I start a new design, the F12 key seems to be my best friend :). With WebCoder's support for both Mozilla and Internet Explorer as preview browsers, I seem to have everything I need without leaving WebCoder, but it's my dual monitor setup that really makes it easy to test out all the aspects of the new design. I use the customizable interface of WebCoder and drag out the preview Tool windows to my secondary monitor. Depending on what I'm doing, I will either tab the two windows to each other, to create a tab for each of the two browsers, or put them in a splitview position, either horizontally or vertically. This allows me to simply hit F12 in WebCoder and the changes will immediately be shown on my secondary monitor. As we all know, a good design requires a lot of tweaks and changes before it's ready, and being able to preview these changes instantly can be a huge help. In case you haven't already tried this in the design phase, you really should. Even if you don't have multiple monitors, there may be a way for you to position the windows that will give you a more optimal workflow. Try it!