I’m actually compiling Part 2 of our beloved Male J-Idol Fan Girls article I published back in late July to this point, however, the techie within me is simply wanting to brim out when I saw this particular article for web designers everywhere who struggle with the complexity of WordPress markup like myself. Sorry folks, I’m not referring to the users who have blogs hosted by WordPressCOM. These are strictly for graphic and web designers only.
Meet Divine, a now-beta (or alpha?) version of the Photoshop plugin that would work wonders for those graphic and web designers struggling in making highly-customed WP themes. Currently I’m using Artisteer to generate a WP theme for this blog, but personally it’s not the same. It’s not very personalizedfor me if you know what I mean, but what can I do? My PHP skills are very close to null, even when WP states that you didn’t need to know PHP to customize your themes, the templating of each part of your blog site is completely overwhelming. I didn’t have a problem figuring out Blogger template tags as well as Movable Type, but I wanted something more dynamic and not have to refresh everything just to see the changes all the time. As far as Artisteer goes, one of my main concerns with this one is if it generates validated code (XHTML 1.0, etc.). The XHTML 1.0 (transitional) turned out well, but the CSS validation is bumped up to 3.0 instead of the standard 2.1.
And then there’s SiteGrinder, which I purchased at such a ridiculous price for a Photoshop plugin. But, I used it to create the main design for my current collective, Akaliane. The results looked really cool, but the markup the plugin generated is quite messy. Apparently it’s validated under XHTML 1.1 and CSS 2.1. I tried to create a blog/CSS tableless layout but I got seriously confused and lost in translation with the given tutorial. I gave up on it and turned back to Artisteer again.
Finally, we see an alpha (beta?) version of this upcoming plugin. It’s free for now, but what I’m troubled with this one is that it’s only compatible to CS3 and CS4 (and I have neither… I have CS2). I don’t plan on upgrading to CS3 or CS4 in any minute now but I would seriously like it if they have a CS2 version of the plugin. So far when I installed it, CS2 is able to pick up Divine, but I can’t say if it’ll work properly on CS2.
So, there you have it, fellow freeter WP bloggers! Grab the freebie version of Divine from their site and test it out yourself if you use CS3 or CS4. If you can, give me a verdict by commenting to this entry. I would really appreciate it. :)