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mitchell7man 07-09-2009 06:14 PM

Opensource alternative to programs like Dreamweaver or Frontpage?
Hello everyone,

I'm looking for an opensource web/html editor to use instead of dreamweaver or frontpage. Whether linux based or not. Any suggestions?

Mostly, I'm trying to find something a bit interactive to where my changes in code can be previewed graphically instantaneously alongside the code, like dreamweaver or frontpage split screen views.


apt-shawn 07-09-2009 06:55 PM


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pljvaldez 07-09-2009 06:56 PM

I just use nano and keep firefox open (hit "refresh"). :D

Nvu (now Kompozer) used to have a preview tab. Not sure if that feature is done in Kompozer yet. Otherwise, you can look into Quanta or Bluefish. They're the ones I hear mentioned most often. Oh, and Amaya...

mitchell7man 07-10-2009 11:28 AM

Hmm, thanks for the info :)

craigevil 07-10-2009 04:35 PM

Amaya is a complete online web browsing and authoring environment and comes equipped with a WYSIWYG style of interface, similar to that of the most popular commercial browsers. With such an interface, users do not need to know the HTML or CSS languages.

KompOzer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.

Quanta Plus is a web development tool for the GNU/Linux K Desktop Environment.
Quanta is designed for quick web development and is rapidly becoming a mature editor with a number of great features and lies at the heart of the KDE Web Dev suite of tools.

Bluefish is a powerful editor for experienced web designers and programmers.
Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, but it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

OOWeb is a WYSIWYG web site design tool, part of the OpenOffice suite. It has features very similar to that of Microsoft's FrontPage.

"Mozilla's HTML editor keeps getting better with dynamic image and table resizing, quick insert and delete of table cells, improved CSS support, and support for positioned layers. For all your simple documents and website projects, Composer is all you need."

SciTE is a GUI-based single-document editor which uses the Scintilla editor component. It rapidly styles most common programming languages with good control over how syntactic elements are displayed, and features folding for C++, C, Java, JavaScript, and Python. Styling of HTML also styles embedded scripts written in VBScript, Javascript, or Python.

SCREEM is a web development environment. It's purpose is to increase productivity when constructing a site, by providing quick access to commonly used features. While it is written for use with the GNOME desktop environment in mind it does not specifically require you to be running it, just have the libraries installed

mitchell7man 08-20-2009 06:59 PM

Just wanted to update this thread, I'm loving bluefish more and more every day :)

pcardout 04-16-2010 11:49 PM

Thank you
I was poking around on Linuxquestions trying to decide whether to stop editing raw html and learn a web-authoring tool.

I found craigevil's summary most helpful. Although it is old news now, I can confirm that Kompozer replaces nvu, which has been discontinued.
Kompozer installs easily with apt or aptitude in Debian or Ubuntu.

My report from 30 minutes of work with kompozer is it doesn't seem worth the trouble. I am already used to maintaining simple web-pages with vim and gftp, and I think I'll stick with those.

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