What Is CityDesk?

CityDesk is a Windows-based application for creating and maintaining web sites. It is published by Fog Creek Software.

CityDesk is designed to separate form from content. You write your site's content in Articles, through an interface that is as easy to use as a word processor, and you define your site's form (layout) in Templates using HTML.

The benefit of this is that you can change the layout of your whole web site at any time just by modifying your templates and republishing. You don't need to edit any of the articles unless you want to fix a spelling error or change the wording of something. Gone are the days of having to manually modify every page in your site just to change the background colour. Gone too are the days of wrecking the layout of a page when you're just trying to fix a spelling mistake!

CityDesk runs on your PC. You can create, modify and delete articles and templates while you're offline, and you only need to log onto the Internet when you're ready to publish your site. It doesn't require any special software on your server, so you won't need anybody's help to get your web site up and running.

The easiest way to see what CityDesk does is to watch the CityDesk Demo Video (2 Mb).

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Hardware Requirements

Fog Creek Software recommends:

  • A Pentium-class computer, running at 166 MHz or faster
  • At least 64 Mb of RAM (128 Mb recommended)
  • At least 20 Mb of free hard drive space
  • A screen capable of running in High Color (16 bit) mode

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Software Requirements

CityDesk runs on any of the following versions of Microsoft Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows Me
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (Workstation or Server)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (Professional, Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Home, Professional)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later must also be installed, but it does not need to be the default browser. Fog Creek Software recommends IE 5.5 or later.

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What Are The 3 Versions of CityDesk?

The Starter Edition is the free version, and is useful for making very small sites or for just trying out CityDesk. It is limited to publishing sites of 50 files or less, and is not multiuser enabled.

The Home Edition is good for relatively small business or personal sites. It is limited to publishing sites of 500 files or less, and is not multiuser enabled.

The Professional Edition is for larger web sites, or sites that are maintained by multiple people. It has no limit to the number of files it can publish, and allows multiple people to edit the same site at the same time.

To find out which version of CityDesk you have, select Help >> About CityDesk in the main window.

NEWS FLASH! CityDesk 2.0 Beta has arrived! If you're courageous, you can download it here. I'm still in the process of evaluating it, but I'll post more info soon.

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Reviews Of CityDesk

Product reviews of CityDesk:

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CityDesk News Articles

Online versions of news articles about CityDesk:

  •  Blogging (New York Times - requires registration to read article)

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