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Nvu web editing

Posted 03-21-2006 at 05:34 PM by maxie

Web editing has just become a lot easier now that Ive opened Nvu the Linux web editor. Now at Version 1.0.

On first glance it seems nice and up to date. A site manager on the left side allowed me to add a couple of existing sites, setting the http address and the local site storage or test server.

The first page I opened was one I had difficulty in Dreamweaver with. The header table was shifting an image down and I could not find what was doing it. But one look at the Normal layout in Nvu showed a paragraph sizing tool tab thing on the left side of the page frame. Grabbing the top edge and dragging to the top of the cell and the problem was solved.
Maybe I missed something in Dreamweaver but it was too easy in Nvu to fix.

Creating good looking blocks of text this way is easy to do. You just add the text you need and shift the spacings between blocks with the nifty sizing tabs on the left and top. If its not correct just move them till it looks the way you want with total pixel accuracy.

Sizing tabs appear whenever you activate something sizable. Double clicking an item brings up the properties for that item.

Clicking on an image to highlight it then moving to the Image icon on the toolbar (or double clicking) brings up the images properties. A simple tabbed layout gives the options you need and a little bonus when you would like to position an image element with text. Visual guides show what each selection does in respect to the image and text.

That goes a long way to making life easier, especially when getting started. All the dialogues are well designed and easy to use with full functionality. I am very impressed with this version 1.0.

After using Dreamweaver for 1000 pages or so I find Nvu weaving dreams just as well. I think this has a lot to do with the clunky, slow and useless Windows interface especially copy and pasting.
Without the tools that Macromedia provide I can still do pretty much everything except Flash. But as I hear on the grapevine, this wont be long.

There are things that may seem missing like link checking, intergrated image management but those are covered in separate applications like Klink status and Kimage map editor and a plethora of ready to install applications for your distro.

In summing up. Goodbye Dreamweaver.
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