Nvu 0.2 Released

Thursday March 25th, 2004

The second major milestone release of Nvu, the Web publishing application based on Mozilla Composer, is now available for Linux and Windows. The main new feature in Nvu 0.2 is support for the creation, modification and utilisation of templates, preset pages that can include both editable and static elements. Version 0.2 also allows more CSS properties to be applied to pages and lets users to extract inline styles and make them into classes.

Based on Mozilla 1.7 Beta, Nvu 0.2 was developed by Daniel Glazman's Disruptive Innovations for Further information about the new version, including release notes and download links, can be found at

#24 Haven't tried it, but...

by leafdigital

Friday March 26th, 2004 2:40 AM

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...I just want to say thanks to daniel and the Lindows people for developing this editor. I work at a university (the Open University in the UK, a distance-learning institution) and we have several courses in which students are expected to develop their own web sites.

Currently we ship Netscape 7.x (DON'T ask me why that isn't Mozilla 1.6, given that the NS product is discontinued, contains known security holes, has no advantages and is more likely to mess up student machines by installing crap) and use Composer in that.

Every so often academics ask me, 'hey composer isn't very good, it doesn't do x y and z, is there anything better...?' -and after I've finished telling them they should get the university to ship Mozilla instead of Netscape because at least it's a bit newer, I tell them, 'well, I don't know, you tell me, check out the alternatives' (this being FREE alternatives, obviously, and they have to be ultra-easy to use because we don't want to make life difficult for our students, while also producing decent HTML). Then they go check out the alternatives and come back to me crying because all the alternatives are *worse*. :)

Nvu looks like a great project to basically take Composer (which is IMO decent but limited) and add more power. So recently when people ask me that question I've been saying - 'not yet but take a look at this new product called Nvu, it's based on Composer but a bit more powerful, you might want to keep an eye on that for when it is released...'

Anyway basically the responses on this thread looked sort of somewhat negative (not saying ALL of them were at all, but just on balance) so I just wanted to say - yes there is a need for a free easy-to-use editor that is a bit more powerful than Mozilla Composer, and yes Nvu looks like it's going in the right direction, and yes I'm glad somebody is putting in the work (and lindows putting in the funding) to make it happen.

So I read the information about each update with interest. Thanks; and I look forward to the finished result. :)