- HTML5 by default
- Timeline features to animate the page
- Great browser checking support with problems highlighted as soon as you choose them
- Can export the site as an iBooks Author widget
- HTML is not 100% valid in all cases
- CSS is primarily inline, which slows the pages down
- HTML5 is mostly in the DOCTYPE with few if any new elements used
- No upload, FTP, or site management features
- No forms, tables, or ecommerce
- Operating System: Macintosh
- Publisher: Tumult
- Price: $49.99
- Score: 44.3% (compared to other no-code WYSIWYG editors)
- Review written: December 17, 2012
Jennifer Kyrnin’s Review of Hype HTML5 Web Editor Version 1.5
When I wrote my review of Hype version 1, I was still reviewing any and all HTML editors using identical criteria. But after talking with my customers, PR people, other designers, and friends I realized that this was a mistake. The web industry has evolved far enough that there are different types of editors for people with different needs. Hype is a no-code WYSIWYG editor for people who don’t need access to the HTML and in fact don’t want that level of editing capability. While this might not suit a hard core web developer, it’s perfect for a small business owner or marketing professional who has some design experience and just wants to get their ideas up on the web quickly and efficiently.
Hype is very fun to use. It works a lot like other animation editors like Flash you might have used, which means if you are familiar with editing timelines, you will find Hype fairly easy to pick up and start animating everything. I admit that when I started playing with it I had to resist the urge to make everything spin and flip around and grow larger and smaller.
Hype Defaults to HTML5 and CSS3
But the HTML5 and CSS3 isn’t perfect. Hype doesn’t use the
The Most Difficult Aspect for Non-Web Developers Using Hype
If you’re not already familiar with how to get your web pages from your hard drive to a website using FTP, this will be the most difficult part of using Hype. There is no built-in FTP in Hype, so you have to first convert your files to HTML and then upload to your website using an external FTP program. If you’ve never done this or don’t have a program, this can be difficult. Hype has a tutorial for how to use FTP with Hype that may help.
Hype is also missing the ability to use things like:
There is also no support for editing graphics (beyond adjusting the display size and other things you can do in CSS), there is no direct mobile support although you can create designs that are meant to work in mobile devices, and there is nothing to ensure that any HTML or CSS that you add in yourself is valid or correct.
Hype is Mostly for Animation
Another interesting feature that Hype has that I haven’t seen anywhere else is the ability to export your pages to the iBooks Author application as a widget. This means you can create an animation in Hype and then save it as a widget to import into an eBook.
Hype Is Good But Can Improve
I’d love to see how Hype improves in the future. Lacking FTP support is a problem as are the other features like ecommerce and forms that are useful to small business owners. I think that if Hype can get some of these features included in a future version, they could really start to capture the no-code WYSIWYG web editor market