Review of the New BlueGriffon Web Editor
BlueGriffon is a free WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor powered by Gecko, the rendering engine inside Firefox. It’s cross-platform with variations for Home windows XP and Home windows 7, Mac OS X and well-liked Linux distros. There’s additionally a transportable model (for Home windows solely).
Like its predecessor, NVU, BlueGriffon supplies a simple to make use of interface and consists of all the most typical choices to construct net pages that adjust to the W3C’s net requirements (HTML four, XHTML 1.zero, HTML 5 or XHTML 5 / CSS 2.1 and elements of CSS3 already carried out by Gecko).
A useful wizard guides customers to arrange their canvas, beginning with choosing the doc sort, filling in knowledge for the property, choosing the colors, including a background picture, and deciding on the web page layouts.
The interface is intuitive and virtually primary at first, because it intently mimics a phrase processor toolbar format. Icons to the most typical choices are clearly laid out: including a desk, a single picture or a thumbnail linking to a big picture, a hyperlink, a video, an audio file or a type to an internet web page is straightforward. Switching from WYSIWYG view (the place you possibly can organize objects visually) to the online web page supply code (the place you possibly can manipulate the online web page by modifying the HTML code) is completed by clicking on the 2 buttons on the backside of the web page. A number of net pages can stay open in a number of tabs, which makes it straightforward to shortly change from one doc to a different, copy and paste, and so forth
Adjusting types could be accomplished by way of the type properties panel, which might require some coding information for many features aside from probably the most primary ones although. For instance, it’s straightforward sufficient to vary a font color or modify the type of a border however, whereas the fashion properties organises the quite a few type choices fairly neatly, a lot of the fashion choices out there would in all probability not be understood instantly by novices: this makes BlueGriffon extra tailored to intermediate coders.
One other disadvantage of BlueGriffon for those who begin constructing your first web site format is the shortage of correct (offline or on-line) documentation but. If in case you have beforehand used any respectable net constructing device or if you wish to construct a reasonably primary web page, this shouldn’t be an excessive amount of of an issue. Nevertheless, for those who’re a newbie in web site coding, you might end up caught sooner or later with out a lot assist obtainable. Let’s hope that BlueGriffon documentation will enhance with time, beginning by providing a number of walk-throughs on creating new pages and websites and creating its discussion board.
However, certainly one of BlueGriffon strengths is the add-ons: the obvious one is the free FireFTP add-on to simply publish your web page from BlueGriffon. A lot of the different add-ons must be bought for a small payment although to help future improvement, based on the BlueGriffon web site. The CSS Professional Editor extension for instance is far more highly effective than the default CSS toolbox and offers net authors with full management over their stylesheets. Some in style paid extensions are the Cellular Viewer add-on (to check your pages with numerous cellular units), the Eye Dropper (a color picker which permits net authors to select a color from sources that aren’t immediately viewable or editable contained in the editor), the Venture Supervisor add-on (a sync device between an area listing in your onerous disks and a distant listing reachable by means of FTP), the Snippets add-on (helpful when manipulating the very same chunk of HTML code or textual content contained in the paperwork) and the Toolkit Supervisor add-on. It’s attainable to purchase all add-ons directly at a reduction worth on the writer’s web site.
Clicking on the Preview button will open the online web page in any browser of your selection (so long as it is already put in on their system in fact) which is beneficial for cross-browser testing, to verify what your web page seems to be like in Web Explorer or Google Chrome for instance. That is additionally helpful to examine your scripts since these will not run immediately in BlueGriffon.
The Markup Cleaner which could be discovered at Instruments menu may also help you with cleansing your HTML code. You may also spell-check your pages and BlueGriffon even integrates a small SVG editor (svg-edit, initially distributed as an add-on to Firefox and tailored to BlueGriffon) for fast drawing jobs.
BlueGriffon is a really promising open-source and cross-platform net editor. At solely model 1.31, it will probably’t in fact compete immediately with large and costly net improvement purposes comparable to Adobe Dreamweaver, however that is already a really good software to create net commonplace compliant pages with out an excessive amount of effort. It additionally makes a fantastic device for instructional functions, akin to educating design college students the fundamentals of HTML and CSS. Documentation and on-line boards have to be improved however, as soon as it will get traction and help from the group, it might shortly turn out to be far more widespread.