One of my motivations for getting Windows 7 so quickly was so that I could safely run FrontPage 2003 — in XP ‘mode.’
Well this morning, checking on FP 2003 compatibility on Windows 7 I discovered two fascinating things:
- Microsoft in its Windows 7 COMPATIBILITY CHECKER told me that FrontPage 2003 should run fine, in native mode, either 32-bit or 64. Wow.
- Also saw, via a Google search, that Microsoft was providing SharePoint Designer 2007, a product that was built using the FP 2003 code base, for FREE! Wow. WOW.
Immediately, did a ton of research on SharePoint Designer 2007. Lots of fancy stuff that I would never use. But, it appeared to be pretty compatible with FP 2003. It didn’t support FP themes or ‘shared borders.’ After the first three ‘beginner’ Web sites I did in 2003, when I was learning FP, I had stopped using themes. I had never even heard of ‘shared borders.’ I had to look it up. Nope, I had no use for ‘shared borders.’
A FrontPage 2003 replacement from Microsoft for FREE. Yes, I know. You get what you pay for. Yea, I know all of those saying. I probably made up a few of those myself. Yes, I also know all the jokes about FP. But, I can get FP to work and I can do Web sites with FP very effectively and quickly. It is all about how well you know MS products. I design and publish the covers of my books using Word. People think I used a professional graphics artist who used PhotoShop. Nah. It is like that with FP. FP has its limitations, and I know them all. So, I can work around them. Yes, I keep on promising myself that I will learn DreamWeaver when I have time. Well, that is a joke.
I downloaded SharePoint Designer 2007 from MS. Start to finish … download to activation … took less than 5 minutes. Install are fast on this machine. No product keys to type in … no activations. [Did I ever tell YOU that I invented the product key-based activation scheme … you all love so much. Here check it out … towards the bottom of this page.]
It worked first time. Opened up FP Web site folders without a hitch. It works much the same as FP 2003. Yes, the ‘Insert Photo Gallery’ option has moved. Found it. I played around updating three, live … Web active … Web sites … all hosted at godaddy.com … two of them on Linux servers (albeit, all with FP Extensions).
I am sold. I will continue to use SharePoint Designer 2007 until I run into major problems.
But, I also tried to install FP 2003 … from my original, legit CD. Installed fine. Under 2 minutes. Asked for product key. Accepted that. The n the kicker. Wanted me to install some elements of Office XP or Office 2000. Damn. Wasn’t doing that. I had bought and installed Office 2007. So canceled the FP installation.
So that is where we are at. The FREE SharePoint Designer 2007 seems to be the best way to get a ‘new’ version of FP on Windows 7.