HyperText Studio Reviews

Terrific potential

Negative Review by azaoberman
about HyperText Studio Jun 2016

After using Hypertext Studio on and off for about 10 years one learns a few things:

1) it organizes large sites in a highly addictive way. As you add pages you can insert them into a logical structure. The structure is represented by a graphic tree -- like the traditional directory tree showing folders and their contents. It is the only way to manage 50+ page sites.

Unlike other "graphic" schemes that force you to build an actual tree of folders and files on your hard drive (that's a PITA to upload to the server), Hypertext Studio still allows you to keep all the actual files in a single directory.

2) Hypertext Studio automatically resolves internal links. Change a page name (XXX.html to YYYY.html for example) and Hypertext Studio whisks through adjusting all links in all files in your project tree.

3) Images are automatically inserted with "

4) Hotspots are another place Hypertext Studio comes into its own. It's actually easy to generate a map for links to superimpose over an image. Hotspots can be any shape -- rectangular or free form. It's a terrific tool.

5) English language support is better than most. Except for reinstallation issues I was repeatedly surprised and delighted by thoughtful useful support.

Given this great start why do I no longer use Hypertext Studio except to maintain a few legacy sites?

Part of it is that it's faster for me to simply work in the "source" mode directly in the HTML. Sure I use goodies like the graphic tree, automatic link adjustment, site wide searching, image inserting, and the hot spot editor for the tedious stuff, but in the end most of my work is in the "source" mode. I suppose most Hypertext Studio users simply type and let Hypertext Studio generate the necessary HTML. My clients want that extra jazz that comes from things Hypertext Studio -- or any HTML authoring package I've seen -- can fully automate.

The other part is that the software can hang. As in reboot and pray that the Hypertext Studio files that support the marvelous graphic tree don't get garbled -- not to mention that work gets lost. As luck will have it the hangs seem to be ill timed.

So using Hypertext Studio -- even on a dedicated computer loaded with a default installation of a retail copy of Windows -- is a bit like Russian Roulette. Reloading the software is an even bigger headache. The vendor is in New Zealand and must approve an installation. The time difference has caused schedule mayhem as work backs up and deadlines go in the dustbin.

Upgrades aren't always free. Although we have licensed more than one copy of Hypertext Studio no mercy was shown when Windows 10 came out. We had to repurchase Hypertext Studio which raised more than one eyebrow in our order approval chain.

But in the end it was the weekly hang that forced this user t break her addiction to Hypertext Studio. Like any reformed addict I can't tell you how often I've longed for that marvelous graphic tree to organize a site with or the automatic link updating. Hypertext Studio is indeed a great product if only it were reliable.

Oh, if you're wondering what I tried as alternatives I went through the standard authoring stuff like Dreamweaver with straight jacket interfaces that were frankly more complicated than learning HTML and CSS. In the end I went with a straightforward HTML editor (WebPad by DZSoft) that served me well except for the internal preview feature that didn't make the jump to HTML5. In the end I recently shifted to CoffeeCup's HTML editor that shows promise although it blits an awful lot with preview on and doesn't undock the preview screen to give you a very cramped view of both the code and preview.
Aza D. Oberman June 2016

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