Interactive HTML authoring tools, such as FrontPage, DreamWeaver, HoTMetaL Pro, and HomeSite are best used when you want to develop custom material for the web starting from scratch. WordToWeb is not intended to be a replacement for these tools. Instead, it complements HTML editors by offering rapid, fully automatic conversion from Word documents to HTML format.
Here are a few tasks for which WordToWeb is especially well suited:
Will WordToWeb support Office XP or Office 2003? Which versions and languages of Microsoft Word does WordToWeb support?
WordToWeb is 32-bit software and works with Microsoft Word 95, Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002 (XP) and Word 2003.
WordToWeb 2.5 currently supports the following localized versions of Microsoft Word:
Word 97 and 2000/2002/2003: English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian and Iberian), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Dutch.
Word 95 (v. 7.0): English, German, French, Italian and Swedish.
"Comparing Solutionsoft's WordToWeb to Word's Internet Assistant is like comparing a Porsche to a Pinto."
Microsoft Word's "Save As HTML" feature is fine if you are converting a short document to HTML or if you want to use Word to compose a web page. But what if you need to convert a two hundred page technical manual? What if you have dozens or hundreds of documents which are updated frequently?
Word's Save As HTML capability falls far short of the mark because there are some basic differences between what's appropriate for a printed document and what works on the web. Saving a Word document into a equivalent HTML file is only the first step in a long and complicated publishing process.
WordToWeb is picks up where "Save As HTML" leaves off--completely automating the entire publishing process.
For example, WordToWeb will automatically break a long document into separate pages based on the headings in the document. It will link the pages together with graphical or text-based navigation links so the user can page through the text. It will also create an online table of contents, convert a Word index into an online equivalent and translate cross-references into hyperlinks.
Once you set up WordToWeb to convert a particular document (or set of documents), you can re-convert at any time with a single click of the mouse. You can even use WordToWeb 2.0's new batch mode to re-convert a large number of projects overnight. That makes it easy to keep the information on your website or intranet up-to-date as the original Word source documents change.
WordToWeb is designed to be easy enough for anyone to use, while still offering the features and power needed by webmasters and other online publishing professionals. WordToWeb's wizard interface makes it easy for any Microsoft Word user to publish advanced HTML documents for the web or an intranet.
One of the most powerful features offered by WordToWeb is support for project templates. A project template specifies all the formatting and layout parameters for an online publication (including page background color/graphic, rule style, table formatting, frames, etc.) Using this feature, the webmaster can create a project template which conforms to the organization's website or intranet guidelines and then distribute it to other WordToWeb users, allowing anyone to easily produce publications which are ready to post on the server.