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Nvu is a standalone 'WYSIWYG' (WhatYouSeeIsWhatYouGet) HTML editor based on Gecko, Mozilla's rendering engine.

What's New

Version 1.0PR:
  • Fixed: Source view was wrapping at column 30
  • Fixed: cannot outdent an indented list in CSS mode
  • Fixed: changing the type of a list item in a Strict DTD-based document and CSS mode can lead to invalid markup
  • Fixed: cannot change twice the type of a list in CSS mode
  • Fixed: refreshing a local site's view in the Site Manager has not effect and freezes more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

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Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
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The Nvu project is dead. It's been replaced by KompoZer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KompoZer

http://www.kompozer.net

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Version 1.0
Negritude
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The Kompozer page on MU:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/33915/kompozer

macupdateuser Member IconComment+0
macupdateuser
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Beware using Nvu to edit pages originally created with MS Pubisher - it destroyed the link between page and page files within their relative folders. Have spent hours trying to manually edit the corrupted image pathways - but Nvu just wont publish the corrections.
What should have taken 5 minutes in MS Publisher, has wasted 5 hours of my time so far. I bought a Mac because I was tired of having to become a computer engineer just to get my equipment to do "what it says on the box" - I guess Nvu users are of a different mentality.

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Version 1.0
Tomis Member IconComment+118
Tomis
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Well my first reaction is very negative. Running the program sends it into a never ending loop of starting up and crashing. I can't even kill the stupid thing from Activity Monitor! The only way out of it is to log out of my machine.

Yes, the readme warns against running it from the disk image. But this is a mac, we expect software to "just work"! If the program can't run from a locked disk image then either fix it or don't ship it on a locked disk image!

Rubbish.

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Version 1.0
iPhone4S
+1

Yeah, never run an app off of the disk image, ESPECIALLY when the read me tells you not to. It is pretty foolish to leave a negative comment about an app because you can't follow directions.

St00pid-M0nk3y
+0

How about learn to follow directions? The app works fine.

Fredducker
+0

I have to agree with Toomis on one thing, which is the fact that it feels safer to be able to try an app from the disk image before installing it. Because sometimes you're gonna trash it right away because you notice the app is junk from the first time you try it. But I also understand that some people find it unacceptable to leave a comment based on that... it's not an issue worth fighting for, but maybe somehow it shows something about the app's CPU and disk space requirements?

Leif Heflin
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The point is that some apps need to write to a file within themselves since an app is just a folder. If the app is on a DMG, this isn't really possible. DMG's are just used for better appearance and a bit of compression.

akrobat Member IconComment+90
akrobat
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It looks good at first, however there's no preview function. Oh sure there's a tab that 'says' preview but it ignores any javascript and flash components and renders the pages horrendously for some reason. This is definately NOT wysiwyg!

I find this strange considering other ultra-simple wysiwyg html editors such as WebMinimalist has this simple necessity.

I find it a shame 'cause this app has some really handy features but I think I'll stick to Taco at the moment which seems to be the only TRUE, free wysiwyg html editor for OSX, and judging by it's 4.5 star rating I'm not the only one who thinks so.

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Version 1.0
Stuzy Member IconComment+1
Stuzy
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I find this app. makes a great companion to RapidWeaver when you need to do a little more html.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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A follow-up to my last comment which probably sounds a bit too negative:

Of course, people who do professional web design should be able to afford a commercial product and not have to rely on a free and open-source app. BUT, while they are at it, why not turn Nvu into a really excellent, state-of-the-art editor that can kick GoLive's and Dreamweaver's b*tt?

Like many reviewers before me, I am very excited about this app and I'm sure it will become as great as, say, Firefox. I really hope so, because I don't like GoLive, nor Dreamweaver.

So, thumbs up to the Nvu developers, keep going, I'll buy all of you a large mug of coffee.

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Version 1.0PR
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Sigh... Nvu (1.0 final release, not PR!) is a good start: not because it's a good WYSIWYG html editor, but because it's the ONLY free WYSIWYG html editor available for Mac OS X. Sadly. The work that has been put into this software is very highly respected, and things can only get better from here on.

I'm sure Nvu is great if you just want to hack up a couple of simple pages without needing to know about HTML. However, if you do professional web design, you can safely forget about Nvu at this stage. There are just too many inconsistencies and bugs if you really need to rely on the details and focus on high-quality, elegant code.

You can only switch between HTML 4 and XHTML 1 and between transitional and strict DTDs, and that is not honored correctly (if set to XHTML, an HTML 4 header is inserted anyway). It does the most vile thing a web editor can possibly do: it automatically reformats and changes your existing code, even if you tell it in the preferences not to. If you use inline CSS formatting, it inserts a huge bunch of completely unnecessary CSS formatting statements. This is about as bad as it can get; a regression to the bad, dark, old world of the web-editing stone age à la Claris HomePage (1997). Not good!

To sum it up, if you're still stuck in the HTML 4 era (1997-2000), and don't care about what's happening in the background (i.e. code), Nvu will be quite a useful piece of software. If you're going to do state of the art web development (using XHTML 1 and CSS), Nvu will not work for, but against you. It's more fun developing with a standard text editor (as before) than wasting time editing out the bad stuff Nvu automagically puts into your code.

The interface looks very promising but needs a lot of polish. There are some nasty bugs that absolutely shouldn't be in a 1.0 final release, like if you close the last document window, the menu functions for creating or opening a new document no longer work; the only way to get out of this is to quit and re-launch Nvu and then open a file from within the document window that's created on startup.

So -- looking forward to a hopefully bright future viz. open source WYSIWYG web editing on Mac OS X, and may the force be with all developers working on such a project.

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Version 1.0PR
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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for some reason my last comment was cut short. should have said calls to "basic-bongo.dawber.dreamhost.com"

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Version 1.0PR
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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It does phone home, yes, but only to increment a download counter on a developer's site. It even explicitly says so before doing it, and you can deny this connection if you don't like it.

(I've used the 1.0 final release; maybe this is different in the 1.0 PR...)

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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would be interested to know if it calls home? certainly it calls to

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Version 1.0PR
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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This may sound stupid, but how do I get the main window back after I closed it? I've tried everything, but nothing works. I'm using Mac OS X 10.4.1

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Version 1.0PR
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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It's not your fault but obviously a major interface bug in Nvu, which, btw, is still present in the final 1.0 release. Once the last document window has been closed, you can no longer open a new document or load a file. Only solution: quit and re-launch Nvu, then load a file or open a new document.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Thanks, now I know that it's not my system. I hope they fix this soon.

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krosis
Version 1.0PR
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Downloads 183,110
Version Downloads 22,267
Type Development / HTML
License Free
Date 27 Jun 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free