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A Popular Free WYSIWYG Editor for Windows and Macintosh

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About Nvu

Nvu is a good WYSIWYG editor. I prefer text editors to WYSIWYG editors, but if you don’t, then Nvu is a good choice, especially considering that it’s free. I love that it has a site manager to allow you to review the sites that you’re building. It's surprising that this software is free. Feature highlights: XML support, advanced CSS support, full site management, built-in validator, and international support as well as WYSIWYG and color coded XHTML editing. There is no explicit HTML5 support. Macintosh users should be aware that it is not supported on OS X Lion. Linux users should note that the Nvu site recommends you use KompoZer instead.

Target Market(s): Professional Web Designers or Professional Web Developers

Review last updated: October 28, 2011.

Nvu Latest Review

Nvu Version: 1
Score: 132
Percent: 39%
This score was generated using the methodology listed in the article: Finding the Perfect Web Editor.

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Nvu Technical Details

Operating System(s): Windows Macintosh

Nvu Features

  • Text editor
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • HTML validator
  • Page preview
  • Save pages as HTML with DTD
  • Color coding
  • FTP or Site manager
  • Search and replace
  • Edit multiple files/tabbed file editing
  • Can edit JavaScript
  • Can edit CSS
  • Additional CSS assistance
  • Upgrade discounts or freeware
  • No limits on free or trial version
  • No subscription fee required
  • Does not work on OS X Lion

What’s Missing from Nvu

  • Accessibility validator
  • CSS validator
  • XML validator
  • Alternate browser or OS preview
  • Mobile device preview
  • Mobile scripts, functions, or links
  • Create mobile web applications
  • Package mobile apps for delivery on app stores
  • Write HTML 5 documents
  • Write XHTML documents
  • Tag completion
  • FTPs or Secure FTP
  • Extended search and replace (across multiple documents)
  • Edit images
  • Connects to graphics software
  • Multimedia functions
  • Assistance with adding videos to websites
  • Ability to add video and audio using HTML5 with fallback options
  • Save Adobe AIR files
  • Save files as PDF
  • Link checker
  • Special character tools
  • Helps with Ajax JSON, or jQuery pages
  • CSS 3 properties and selectors
  • CSS3 media queries tools built-in
  • Can edit PHP, ASP, or JSP
  • Dynamic page rendering and editing with server-side programming languages (PHP, JSP, ASP, CFM, etc.)
  • Database connectivity
  • Edit XML and/or RSS
  • Google sitemaps
  • Spell checking
  • Save snippets of code
  • Writes to blogs
  • Free templates
  • Free scripts
  • Form wizard
  • Photo gallery builder
  • Ecommerce tools
  • SEO assistance built-in
  • Captcha support or other methods of protecting forms
  • Version control
  • Support for teams editing the site (beyond version control)
  • Customizable or extendable

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Full price: Free

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User Reviews

 1 out of 5
Web Easy Pro, Member THEFACTS

TERRIBLE Run from this product. It has no support for it. It is cheap because people buy it and get frustrated and place the disc on the shelf and plan on dealing with it later. The WORST !!!!!!!!!!!…More

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