Figure 1. Screenshot of COOLjsBuilder in Designer view.
Test it for Free!
COOLjsBuilder STANDARD version is available for free, so I urge you to check it out and try it for yourself. Then, if you like it, you can upgrade to the PRO version for only $20-30. Keep in mind that the STANDARD version shows a faint, but noticeable watermark (fig 2) on the lower left corner beneath the menu, so if youíre designing professional sites, youíll definitely want the PRO version.
Figure 2. Watermark visible in Standard version.
Standard vs. Pro
Running the Program
COOLjsBuilder is easy to install. Once you download the application, simply run the installer script and the program will launch upon completion. To build your menu start by selecting File>New>COOLjsMenuPRO (or COOLjsMenu if using the STANDARD version).
Bells and Whistles
The main thing I love about the COOLjsBuilder is the ability to customize it to my website design. So far Iíve successfully used the code twice with rollover buttons on the first tier and regular HTML text for dropdowns. Since PRO offers relative positioning, I was able to anchor the menu to a specific location from the top and left of the browser window, floating above the website design, making the buttons look seamless with the rest of the siteís design. I also easily customized the code and modified the font, font size, font color, button background color, button border color, and rollover state attributes. Hereís an example of the finished code at work: HORIZONTAL NAVIGATION: JasonZweig.com (investor advice)
VERTICAL NAVIGATION: BarbaraNitke.com (nude photographs)
The COOLjsBuilder has an attending Forum Group that registered users can join to share tips and otherwise assist each other with menu building. The CoolDev folks also monitor the Forum, so you can also get tech support and report issues with the product there. Getting tech support is fairly easy when you put your Order Number in the Subject line of your email (without it, you may never get a response).
Sue Jenkins is a freelance web designer, graphic designer and illustrator, and also offers private training to companies in the New York area. If your company needs a logo, website, or a website redesign, see Sueís consulting page for more information, or go directly to her website learn more about her design services. http://www.luckychair.com.