Nvu
Nvu 1.0PR
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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 the throbber
  • Fixed: "New tab" and "Revert" contextual menu items added to tabs
  • Fixed: Form insertion dialog's width has problems when using the More/Fewer button
  • Fixed: iframe elements' end tag removed in XHTML but IE chokes on it (*sigh*)
  • Fixed: cannot make an image float using CSS through the image dialog in Strict mode (wow, in fact it was not a bug, I forgot to implement it back in 2002! Thanks Erich Reto Iseli for the heads up.)
  • Fixed: publishing an XHTML document was publishing something different from a locally saved version
  • Fixed: typo in Help, "secion" instead of "section"
  • Fixed: Help window is always on top on Mac OS X, forcing to close Help window to edit again
  • Fixed: Site Manager now lists all directories before normal files and sorts both case insensitive, whatever the platform (Windows does this by default but not unix)
  • Fixed: Site Manager chokes on remote empty directories
  • Fixed: Site Manager chokes on local rempty directories
  • Fixed: creating a new directory was inserting an new entry at the wrong place
  • Fixed: changing the color of links has no effect in Nvu
  • Enhancement: added a "Reload images" contextual menu entry to tabs (personal request from Linspire's President and CEO). It does what you think it does. It refreshes all images (almost all, see below), including those in CSS inline styles and CSS stylesheets. Only one image resists again and again: the background specified by the background attribute on body cannot be refreshed. I tried various strategies, none worked. It'll remain a "known issue" for v1.0.
  • Fixed: inserting a form into an XHTML document freezes Nvu
  • Fixed: middle-click on a tab closes the tab
  • Fixed: control-F4 closes the currrent tab
  • Fixed: Insert > Smart widgets > Made With Nvu Button now uses the new smaller document made with nvu
  • Fixed: double-clicking on an image file from a local-HD site in the Site Manager was not inserting the image into the document
  • Fixed: "Contributed User Guide" => "User Guide"
  • Fixed: if at least 2 tabs are currently edited, closing the current tab through context menu "Close Tab" and IMMEDIATELY applying H1 to the remaining tab crashes Nvu
  • Fixed: editing a textarea deletes it
  • Fixed: editing a label deletes it
  • Fixed: editing a select element in XHTML does not list the options and optgroups
  • Enhancement: "copy" added to contextual menu in Help window and Copy button added to its toolbar
  • Enhancement: Help dialog buttons now target the relevant help section
  • Inline Spell Checker now disabled by default
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
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later







  • Coda
    +6

  • Apple iWeb
    +5

  • KompoZer
    +2

  • Nuggit
    +1

  • Espresso
    +1

  • Flux
    +1
Nvu User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Negritude commented on 28 Apr 2010
The Nvu project is dead. It's been replaced by KompoZer:

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

http://www.kompozer.net
[Version 1.0]

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Negritude replied on 01 Aug 2010
The Kompozer page on MU:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/33915/kompozer
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macupdateuser commented on 10 Dec 2008
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.
[Version 1.0]


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Tomis commented on 03 Sep 2006
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.
[Version 1.0]

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iPhone4S replied on 21 Sep 2006
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.
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St00pid-M0nk3y replied on 21 Nov 2006
How about learn to follow directions? The app works fine.
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Fredducker replied on 23 Sep 2008
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?
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Leif Heflin replied on 15 Feb 2010
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.
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akrobat commented on 11 Mar 2006
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.
[Version 1.0]


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Stuzy commented on 01 Feb 2006
I find this app. makes a great companion to RapidWeaver when you need to do a little more html.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Jul 2005
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.
[Version 1.0PR]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Jul 2005
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.
[Version 1.0PR]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jun 2005
for some reason my last comment was cut short. should have said calls to "basic-bongo.dawber.dreamhost.com"
[Version 1.0PR]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Jul 2005
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...)
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jun 2005
would be interested to know if it calls home? certainly it calls to
[Version 1.0PR]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jun 2005
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
[Version 1.0PR]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Jul 2005
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.
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Anonymous commented on 14 Jul 2005
Thanks, now I know that it's not my system. I hope they fix this soon.
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krosis rated on 08 Mar 2013

[Version 1.0PR]


Downloads:182,743
Version Downloads:21,900
Type:Development : HTML
License:Free
Date:27 Jun 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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