Looking back at Adobe GoLive 6

When editing old html webpages, it cracks me up to see things like this line:

<meta name="generator" content="Adobe GoLive 6">
Screenshot of code saying<meta name="generator" content="Adobe GoLive 6">

This particular HTML webpage is a list of links to my family’s Christmas wish lists on Amazon (and yup, we still use this page to this day. Sorry, I’m not linking to the wish list page for privacy reasons).

A little history of GoLive

When I first starting using GoLive, it wasn’t “Adobe GoLive”, it was “GoLive CyberStudio”. Funny to think I used a program called “CyberStudio” to create websites. That name is SOOOO 90s.

Adobe acquired CyberStudio in 1999, and rebranded it as Adobe GoLive. For nine years, Adobe GoLive was Adobe’s application for creating webpages.

For many years GoLive’s competition was Macromedia Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver was always the better program. But GoLive did have one advantage according to this 2003 comparison: “if you are developing for wireless devices or need integrated QuickTime editing, then [Adobe GoLive] is definitely worth considering.”

“Wireless devices.” How cute. Mobile wasn’t called mobile, it was “wireless devices”

Adobe acquired Dreamweaver in 2005. Three years later, Adobe sunset GoLive in April 2008. Now, Adobe has a handful of services to create websites: Dreamweaver, Portfolio, Spark, Muse. However, GoLive is not one of those current programs. #sad.

This particular version in my old code, Adobe GoLive 6, was released in February 2002. Thus, most likely the html file I’m working on is from around 2002 to 2003! Sweet.

Splash screen for Adobe GoLive 6.0

Animated gif of Christmas lights

Oh, and in that screenshot is another wonderful line of code:

<img src="blinking_christmas_lights.gif">
screenshot of source code for blinking Christmas lights

And what does “blinking_christmas_lights.gif” look like? Here is the delightful animated in its early 2000s glory:

animated gif of blinking Christmas lights

I love how the animation is set to loop exactly 999 times. Not infinite. But a very definite 999 times. I should leave this browser window open for 999 seconds and see it the animation stops. (That would be just under 17 minutes).

For fun, here’s a 20x zoomed-in version of just two bulbs:

20x zoom on two lights in Christmas lights animated gif

2002 Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here’s a few fun images from my 2002 Christmas.

My brother “The Hammer” wears plastic bag booties on Christmas Day snow, 2002 (Flickr)
My cousin “The Punisher” takes his croquet shot in the Christmas snow, 2002 (Flickr)
Three days before Christmas 2002, my fancy Sony Wega Trinitron 27-inch TV arrived. (Flickr)

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