Adobe PageMill

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Adobe PageMill
Developer(s)Adobe Systems
Initial release1994
Operating systemMac OS and Microsoft Windows
TypeHTML editor

PageMill is a WYSIWYG HTML editor developed by Adobe Systems in 1994. After PageMill 3.0, it was discontinued in favor of GoLive.


Ceneca Communications Inc. developed the original PageMill and SiteMill products.[1] During open beta testing, Adobe acquired the company and rebranded the product with their own logo.[citation needed] Adobe released PageMill 1.0 in late 1995.[2] It was considered revolutionary at the time, as it was the first HTML editor that was considered user-friendly, cited as the "PageMaker of the WWW".[3][4] This first version, however, was also criticized for lacking items such as a spell-checker and support for creating HTML tables.[3][5] Adobe acquired Ceneca in October 1995 for US$15 million.[6]

Adobe PageMill 2.0, which was introduced in early 1997, corrected these issues with a package that, according to one review, "adds more features than I have fingers and toes… PageMill with its tables, frames, graphics, and support for form interfaces, makes it easy to lay out a page".[7] PageMill 2.0 was also the first version for Microsoft Windows.[8]

Adobe PageMill 3.0, released in early 1999, supported embedded font commands and a site-management feature.[9] It was discontinued in February 2000, due to the acquisition and promotion of Adobe GoLive.[10][11] A later patch, still available from Adobe, fixed a problem with FTP upload.[12]

PageMill was often bundled with other products such as scanners or promotional CD-ROMs, rather than sold as a stand-alone product.

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  1. ^ Pfiffner, Pamela (2003). Inside the publishing revolution: The Adobe Story. Peachpit Press. pp. 160, 170. ISBN 0-321-11564-3.
  2. ^ "Pipeline". InfoWorld. Vol. 17, no. 45. InfoWorld Media Group. November 6, 1995. p. 58. ISSN 0199-6649. Adobe began shipping PageMill for the Macintosh priced at $99.
  3. ^ a b "Review of Adobe PageMill 1.0". Society of Cartographers Bulletin. 1995. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  4. ^ Pfiffner 2003, p. 171.
  5. ^ Pfiffner 2003, pp. 171–175.
  6. ^ Pfiffner 2003, p. 160.
  7. ^ "Review of Adobe PageMill 2.0". Society of Cartographers Bulletin. 1997. Archived from the original on 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  8. ^ Walsh, Jeff (12 May 1997). "PageMill 2.0 to ship". InfoWorld. Vol. 19, no. 19. p. 15.
  9. ^ Walsh, Jeff (9 February 1998). "Adobe adds adaptability to PageMill 3.0". InfoWorld. Vol. 20, no. 6. p. 54.
  10. ^ "Adobe PageMill Discontinued". 2005-01-05. Archived from the original on 2005-03-07. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  11. ^ Pfiffner 2003, p. 175.
  12. ^ "PageMill 3.0.1 Update for Windows". Adobe. February 25, 2000. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-25.

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