If you’re looking for an HTML editor for Macintosh, there are lots of great choices out there. But these are not them. These web editors for Macintosh are some of the worst I’ve found after doing an evaluation of over 60 editors (criteria). If you must choose an HTML editor, don’t choose one from this list. Try an editor from this list instead: Best Macintosh Web Editors.
Each editor below will have a score, star rating, and a link to a more detailed review. All reviews were completed between September and November 2010. This list was compiled on November 6, 2010.
EditLive! for XML is an XML editor for companies that need to allow XML manipulation by non-technical developers. It is one of the few WYSIWYG XML editors I've seen. The editor takes the schema or DTD and turns it into a form for the user to fill in the data. It wouldn't work well as a web page editor, but if you have customers who need to use XML but aren't comfortable with it, this could be a great solution.
Score: 34 / 11%
Manila is really more of a content management system for web servers than a web editor. It is best if you have a website and need to allow non-technical people to edit or maintain it. But it's not so good for professional developers wanting to create a new website from scratch. The price also puts it out of range for most individuals and even some small businesses.
Score: 38 / 12%
eWebEditPro+XML is a WYSIWYG editor for Windows Macintosh Linux/UNIX best suited to Professional Web Developers and Professional Web Designers. It costs $604.00. There is a free trial.
Score: 21.5 / 8%
eWebEditPro+XML is primarily an XML editor, as such, it doesn't offer a lot of features that Web designers look for.
Create is an extensive graphics manipulation program that also acts as a web page editor. It provides WYSIWYG functionality to make it easy to place objects and elements. You can create text and image objects and then manipulate them in many ways. It is quite fun to use. This is a fine editor for kids and people who are new to web design, but might get frustrating for designers who want more control over the content and less focus on the graphics.
Score: 42 / 14%
Create is a WYSIWYG editor for Macintosh best suited to Newcomers to Web Design and Children. It costs $149.00. There is a free trial.
Score: 26 / 10%
Create seems like it would be fun to use, and it uses the Macintosh interface well, but it's pretty expensive and doesn't expand much on the WYSIWYG interface.
EditLive! is WYSIWYG HTML editor that companies can use to embed in web applications such as content management systems (CMS). It offers the ability to edit both in WYSIWYG mode and in HTML mode. One of the things I liked was that it has a built-in accessibility analyzer. This makes it easy to write accessible pages. I couldn't find an HTML validator. This is a great tool for web designers who include a CMS or wiki in their deliveries as then clients can maintain the pages themselves after they are built.
Score: 49 / 16%
Freeway Express is a great basic web page editor for the Macintosh. It includes basic graphics editing and creation so that you only need one software package to create simple websites. One drawback is that you can only save your files as HTML 4, there is no support for any other DTD.
Score: 55 / 18%
Radio is primarily a weblog editor. You can use the FTP capabilities to connect to any web server or you can connect to the Userland platform. It comes with standard blog features like comments, trackback, and hits counter. It also can import RSS or export the entire site as an RSS file.
The Radio Userland service closed on January 31, 2010. Because the software is built to connect to this service, it's not clear whether the software will continue to be developed.
Score: 59 / 19%
TextEdit is the free text editor that comes with Macintosh OS X systems. It doesn’t have a lot of features specifically for web development, but if you want to start quickly writing HTML and don’t want to have to download anything, this is a great place to start. If you plan to use TextEdit, be sure to read the how to: Edit HTML with TextEdit as there are some tricks to how it handles HTML.
Score: 63 / 20%
XML Editor is a simple XML document editor to allow you to create and manage XML documents quickly and easily. It allows you to validate against a DTD or just check for well-formedness. It isn't great for HTML, but will write XHTML and validate against the XHTML DTD.
Score: 65 / 21%