AllWebMenus PRO 5 Review

AllWebMenus is a web menu builder which allows you
to create dynamic menus for web pages with the help of a simple an easy user
interface without any DHTML or JavaScript experience required. It creates
cross-browser navigation menus that work alike in all browsers supporting
DHTML.

A DHTML/JavaScript menu can be designed with a simple, tree-like
architecture. You can then fully customize it with the help of available
features through the Properties Pane or by choosing a predefined appearance from
the Theme Gallery.

You can generate drop-down menus either vertical or
horizontal, move it, allow it to stay visible while scrolling, include static or
animated images, borders, colors and much more. Once everything is done, you can
use the "Compile menu" and "Link menu" commands to use your web menu in your
pages quickly without any code involved.

AllWebMenus provides you the
easiest way for customizing your most complex web menu structures in a stylish
manner.

 
Installation

Since I am running
Windows XP on my computer, I will be explaining you how to install AllWebMenus
on Windows XP. For other operating system, you may need to make certain changes
to the below steps.

  • Download AllWebMenus PRO 5.2.808here.
  • Double click on "AllWebMenusSetup.exe" and select "Run".
  • Click on "Next" and then again "Next".
  • Tick on "I agree to these Terms and Conditions" checkbox and then press
    "Next"
  • Provide the correct location and finally click on
    "Install".

Major
Functionalities

1. Browser support: AllWebMenus fully
supports all latest and older browsers:

  • Internet Explorer (v4 and above)
  • Netscape (v6 and above)
  • Opera (v6 and above)
  • Mozilla (v1 and above)
  • Firefox (v0.1 and above)
  • Konqueror (v2 and above)
  • Google Chrome (Beta and above)
  • Safari and all Macintosh-based browsers
  • …and many more!

AllWebMenus saves a lot of your time in
understanding DHTML and JavaScript menu code which is designed to support all
DHTML enabled browsers.

2. Optimized menu building for various
browsers
: The JavaScript engine downloads a JavaScript file only once for
the visitor’s browser and then it is cached for the entire visit.

3.
Complete Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support: The SEO CSS Menu Addin
provides you 2 different options for creating SEO-friendly menus based on how
your menu is populated with items and submenus.

4. Themes and
Templates
: AllWebMenus provides you a ready-made option for menu creation
through the web menu ThemePacks and Templates.

 
 
5. Additional Addins
available for AllWebMenus
:
  • "Server-Side Menus API" Add-in helps you to create menus on server-side
    environments such as PHP, JSP, ASP, ColdFusion, ASP.NET, etc.

  • "Sliding Menu" Add-in allows you to create menus with sliding submenus.

  • Import your Joomla menu from your website into the AllWebMenus application
    through "Joomla Menu" Add-in/plugin to create stylish, feature-rich navigation
    menus.


  • "WordPress Menu" Add-in/plugin allows you to create stylish menus for your
    WordPress blogs based on the structure of your blog. Also customize your
    wordpress menus by adding your own non-wordpress menu items.

6.
Authoring Tools Support: The best part of AllWebMenus is its approach for
adding JavaScript menus into your pages. This approach has become the major
advantage of using AllWebMenus with any authoring tool even with the help of
some simple text editor. AllWebMenus also provides some special free addins for
FrontPage, Dreamweaver, and NetObjects Fusion.

7. You can use your own
HTML code
on some of your menu items to achieve enhanced formatting or
advanced functionality from a simple working link up to forms, flash objects,
search boxes, even full-scale web pages!

8. "Automatic Item
Highlight
" feature allows to mark an item as selected in your webpage by
checking the item property which matches the URL of the loaded
webpage.

Example:

If your web menu has a “Company”
item that links to the company.html page:


and you browse the
following URL:

then your menu can appear as
follows:

Similarly, the "Show Item or Group on Appear" property
allows you to choose a particular item to show as "selected" (highlighted) or a
group to appear when the menu was initially loaded.

9. Vertical
Scrollbar
: It allows you to have vertical scrollbar for vertical
groups.


10. Multiple Rows and Columns: You can have multiple rows
as well as columns on your submenus.

Multiple Rows:


Multiple
Columns:

11. Floating Images: You can now add floating images to
any of your menu items, allowing for even more creative menu
implementations.

OR

12. Theme Gallery:
Create any kind of web menu quickly and easily by using pre-designed menu themes
from the Theme Gallery.

Examples of free themes included in the
distribution:

13. Icons: You will be able to see 40 icons
into the new "Icons" category of Image Gallery.

14. Menu
Projects Example
: Examples of Menu Projects added to the distribution for
free.

15. Languages supported

– AllWebMenus
provides you unique RTL support for Right-to-Left language implementations (such
as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, etc.) on your dhtml menus.

– AllWebMenus
allowes to display all languages in the JavaScript menu text through full
Unicode support, such as: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese
(Mandarin), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech,
Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, Canadian French,
French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian
(Bahasa), Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay,
Norwegian, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian,
Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish (Mexico),
Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and many
more!

– AllWebMenus also displays all available symbols in
Unicode, such as math symbols, etc.


16. Multiple menus:
AllWebMenus allows you to use multiple menus on the same page.

17.
Borders: With AllWebMenus, you can use "separate" borders on any side
(top, bottom, left, right) of Groups or Items.

18. Position of your
menus
: AllWebMenus allows you to have three flexible ways to position your
menus
  • using window coordinates
  • attaching the web menu to any element inside your page
  • attaching the web menu to an image that already exists on the
    page

19. WYSIWYG interface: AllWebMenus allows you to edit CSS
menu properties through a WYSIWYG interface.

20. Other features
include:

  • Allows menus with Shared Borders, Templates, Libraries and more.
  • Allows you to choose among many options on "How", "When" and "Where" the submenus appear
    and/or disappear.
  • Allows the Advanced Copy/Paste functionality to quickly transfer any value
    among menu items.
  • Allows to specify an alternative URL (without a menu) to open when a user is on an older
    browser that does not support DHTML and JavaScript (optional).
  • Allows complete help for all properties and procedures. Simply press F1 while you are
    on a property to immediately receive Quick Help for that property.
  • Allows you to create Sticky submenus. A sticky submenu does not close unless you move to
    another item that has a submenu or click on the page. This is how the Windows
    "Start" menu works.
  • Allows you to add AJAX menu effects to your items.
  • Allows static/animated images for both background and content.
  • Creates separate effects for three different item states: "Normal", "Mouse
    Over" and "Mouse Click".
  • Generate Floating menus: Keep the menu visible in the same position while scrolling
    using either smooth or immediate scroll.
  • Specify JavaScript Commands to be executed:
    • when any menu item gets clicked
    • when any submenu appears or disappears
    • when the Main Menu appears or disappears
  • Generate both vertical and horizontal submenus at any possible combination
  • Create Header and Footer on the submenu groups and allow the user to drag the
    menu from its Header.
  • Create "Distances between menu items" and assign optional "Statusbar Text" for
    each item.
  • Create several unfolding effects for the submenus: Blinds, Iris Star, Pixelate,
    Radial Wipe, Random Bars, Random Dissolve and many more…

Conclusion

AllWebMenus is web menu builder with which you can generate any kind of popup or drop-down menu for your website without any programming knowledge required. AllWebMenus provides tool to create pop-up, slide or drop-down menus with static or animated images, borders, effects, etc. This software is really a classic software in my opinion. This software is recommended not only for beginners who does not or have minimal knowledge about web designing but also for expert programmers who wish additional power user features.

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