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Best Free WYSIWYG HTML Editors for Macintosh


Free WYSIWYG HTML editors are often considered the best kind. They offer flexibility and power without a large outlay of cash. But beware, if you’re looking for more features and flexibility, there are many reasonably priced WYSIWYG HTML editors available. This is a list of the best WYSIWYG editors for Macintosh in order from best to worst.

List updated: November 6, 2010

1. SeaMonkey

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

SeaMonkey is the Mozilla project all-in-one Internet application suite. It includes a web browser, email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and composer — the web page editor. One of the nice things about using SeaMonkey is that you have the browser built-in already so testing is a breeze. Plus it's a free WYSIWYG editor with an embedded FTP to publish your web pages.

Version: 2.0.8
Score: 139 / 45%

2. Amaya

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Amaya is the W3C web editor. It also acts as a web browser. It validates the HTML as you build your page, and since you can see the tree structure of your web documents, it can be very useful for learning to understand the DOM and how your documents look in the document tree. It has a lot of features that most web designers won’t ever use, but if you’re worried about standards and you want to be 100% sure that your pages work with the W3C standards, this is a great editor to use.

Version: 11.3.1
Score: 135 / 44%

3. KompoZer

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

KompoZer is a good WYSIWYG editor. It is based on the popular Nvu editor — only it is called an “unofficial bug-fix release.” KompoZer was conceived by some people who really liked Nvu, but were fed up with the slow release schedules and poor support. So they took it over and released a less buggy version of the software. Ironically, there hasn't been a new release of KompoZer since 2007.

Version: 0.7.10
Score: 127 / 41%

4. Nvu

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

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.

Version: 1
Score: 125 / 40%

5. Jalbum

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

What you have to remember with Jalbum is that it’s not intended to be a full-featured HTML editor. It’s an online photo album creator. You can create photo albums and host them on the Jalbum site or on your own site. I created a photo album with about 20 photos in less than 15 minutes. It's very easy to use, and perfect for the newcomer to web design who just wants to share photos with friends and family. But if you need more than that from your web editor, you should look elsewhere.

Version: 8.11
Score: 89 / 29%

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