Media Lab has released SiteGrinder 3.0 (http://www.medialab.com/sitegrinder/overview.php) , an update of its web site production plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, which lets you build a web site via the addition of one-word hints, such as "rollover" or "menu," to the names of layers in a Photoshop design file. Its developers say it sports over 300 new features and supports two new optional add-ons: Commerce and Control.
The SiteGrinder 3 Commerce add-on builds web stores with a fully-integrated shopping cart from within Photoshop. Users can now create online stores with shopping carts from image galleries using Photoshop text and art layers. After publishing their store to the web, users can edit products, pricing, images and descriptions remotely using any web browser.
The SiteGrinder 3 Control add-on enables web site content management from any Internet-connected computer through a web browser. The designer/developer (or client) can change any site content including page additions, text, images and galleries remotely from any web browser, all without returning to Photoshop.
SiteGrinder can generate styled and scrolling Web text, rollover buttons, pop-ups, and multi-level menus from both graphics and text. It replicates character and paragraph styles from your text layers to styled Web text. SiteGrinder uses "100 percent approved CSS formatting," according to the folks at Media Lab.
SiteGrander is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and above and Photoshop 7.0 or higher. SiteGrinder 3 will be released and generally available starting March 29, following Photoshop World Orlando. Media Lab has several special offers for SiteGrinder 2 customers and those who want to pre-purchase SiteGrinder 3. Pre-release orders will be downloadable on March 29.
° SiteGrinder 3 pre-release upgrade for SiteGrinder 2 Pro users, US$99, a $300 savings ;
° SiteGrinder 2 Pro purchases since Jan. 1 and new purchases prior to release will receive a free upgrade to SiteGrinder 3, a $399 savings;
° Commerce or Control add-on, $149, a $50 savings;
° SiteGrinder 3 Bundles (includes SG3, Commerce OR Control), $399, a $200 savings;
° SiteGrinder 3 Web Suite (includes SiteGrinder 3, Commerce and Control),$499, a $300 savings.
The suggested retail price for SiteGrinder 3 Web Suite is $799. SiteGrinder 3 is $399. Control add-on is $199 and Commerce add-on is $199 if purchased separately.