Howsoft Webpage Editor
The program itself needs no setup at all, but a little preparation might be necessary. Please see below.
This program now runs with its own browser in the background, making it much more convenient than
the previous version. However, for the Preview/Print function, and also for Tips and About information etc.,
it is still recommended that you have Firefox as your default browser rather than Internet Explorer.
The scrolling of the webpage you are writing should now be agile, even if it is an extremely long page.
The appearance of this latest version is exactly the same as that of the previous version, but in fact the
program has undergone a total internal reform, and it works much more reliably.
Here is a list of "how-to's" which you can also find in the program's "Mini-Help" menu:
HOW TO DRAW WIDGETS
To draw a widget (picture box, text box or hotspot box), click on the "NEW" button of your choice at the top of the
screen. The mousepointer will then turn into a cross. Click down at the position where the top-left of the widget
should begin, and drag the mouse DOWNWARDS and to the RIGHT. Release the mouse button when the widget
box is of the required size.
HOW TO EDIT THE WIDGET CONTENTS
Double-click on them.
HOW TO MOVE OR RESIZE A WIDGET
Right-click the widget you want to move or resize. When you subsequently move the mousepointer over the widget,
it will turn into an arrow if it is positioned over one of the sides, or a cross if it is within the widget. Click down and
drag either the whole widget or one of its sides to the desired position and then release the mousebutton. You
can do this as often as necessary. When you have finished re-positioning or resizing, click on the area outside
HOW TO SHIFT A WHOLE BLOCK OF WIDGETS
Right-click the TOPMOST widget you want to move or resize with the SHIFT key depressed. Do the same as
above to achieve a widget move. After you click on the area outside the widget to terminate the operation, ALL
WIDGETS ON THE SAME OR LOWER LEVEL as the one you moved will be shifted correspondingly.
HOW TO CLONE WIDGETS
Click on the widget you wish to clone in order to identify it. Use Ctrl+C keys to copy it to the clipboard. CLICK
AGAIN ON THE SCREEN in the position where you want the top left-hand corner of the cloned widget to be
located. Use Ctrl+V keys to paste a new widget. Click (to locate) and paste (Ctrl+V) as many times as you wish
to produce new clones.
HOW TO NUDGE WIDGETS
If you have difficulty moving or resizing a widget because of its small size for example, use the right mousebutton
as explained above to get it into move/resize mode. Choose the nudge type indicated at the bottom of the screen
by typing l, r, t, b, or e (meaning left, right, top, bottom or entire), and then press the left, right, up or down arrow
keys as appropriate.
Repeat this as often as you like, and click on the area outside the widget to escape from nudge mode.
This program was written for Windows XP, and it should run with no further ado. Just copy the extracted program
folder to any position on the HD, and execute _webEd.exe. You can create an icon for it manually.
[However, the latest version has been tested on Windows 7 but NOT on Windows XP, since XP is currently
The program runs fine on Windows 7 (and probably on Vista too), but there are some "gotchas":
1) You can copy the extracted program folder to any position on the HD and run the program from it, but there is
an exception. Do NOT copy the WebEd program folder to either of the "Program Files" folders. It will do no harm,
but it will not run entirely correctly. Nor is it a very good idea to actually run the program from the desktop. You
can create an icon there, but it is better to locate the program itself in a normal folder on drive C.
2) Do NOT execute the main program _webEd.exe BEFORE you do the following, otherwise things will get a bit
messy. Execute these 2 programs in the folder FIRST:
Howsoft Rich Text Editor.exe
In each case you will then be presented by a security dialogue like the following:
UNCHECK the "Always ask before opening this file" and click on the RUN button.
After the program opens successfully, close it by clicking on the CANCEL button.
Now you can execute _webEd.exe, and when it calls the other 2 programs you will not be bothered by the
Microsoft security dialogue.
TABLES, CHARTS AND GRAPHS:
For details on the introduction of tables, charts and graphs, please click HERE.
To use this visual (WYSIWYG) editor, you do not need the slightest knowledge of
HTML. You simply design your page usng 3 types of "widgets": pictures, texts and
hotspots (for navigation).