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Corel Webmaster Frontpage 97 and Hotmetal Pro 3.0

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I would like to know which of the 3 programs (Corel Webmaster, Frontpage 97, Hotmetal Pro 3.0) is the most advanced for professional users. I am not yet a professional, but I want to start getting serious about designing webpages for commercial use.
Please give also specific features your favorite has over the two others.
I might also accept an answer if either Corel or Frontpage are not included, but Hotmetal must be included !!!
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Let me tell you what I found out:
Corel-I was unable to download an uncorupted trial version.
FP97-The up and coming star, to bad its from MS.
Problems: Doesn't support secure servers(for sending credit card numbers etc)(at least it didn't when I tried it)
Also it helps if your web provider supports Front page extentions.  But the extentions could take upto 10 megs of your web space!!!  Without the extentions you lose alot of the cool features.  Most of the web bots and database connectivity.
Hot Metal-Been around for ever, lots of awards.  Tons of features.  I didn't like the user interface.  Also you can't edit the HTML manually.  Also the interface is only semi-wysiwyg.  Free updates and it includes a graphic editor.(I think fp97 does too)

I would reconsider front page if they fixed the secure server thing.  MS makes some good programs, but I don't like the company.  Right now I'm using a text editor(yuck).  I'm still searching for the best editor.
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If somebody still has more first hand information I would be happy to get them. I got in the mean time lots of good responses to the same question posted on several newsgroups.

I checked all the features on the Hotmetal homepage. I do use a trial version of FP 97 and I use an older version from Corel (Web.Graphics Suite) together with some trial version files of the Web.Master Suite.

Considering all this I expected some FIRST HAND commends from people. But I do not want to reject the answer also ...
Thanks for it anyway.
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You may want to also try Claris Home page, the user interface is pretty good and it has many features.  I tried the beta version and it still had a few bugs and rough edges; But I would keep an eye on this product too.
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