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 Lindows.com. Further information about the new version, including release notes and download links, can be found at http://glazman.org/whyNvu/nvu.html.
by aldo_ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Saturday March 27th, 2004 7:51 AM
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I tried Nvu out today, but I'm finding it completely lacking for anything more than very, very quick pages.
It's WAY too dialog-ized.. everywhere you go there is another dialog. I think more pallets like the FTP site one would improve the fluidness of using the application.
I have a few more general solutions:
- Better icons - Easier to define font lists (ie, when you hit the font dropdown you should have font lists, eg: Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, Sans Serif, then another option to view all fonts. The font lists should be easily changeable). - Syntax highlighting in HTML. I'm confused why it's not there - Firefox has it so it must be in gecko somewhere. Then expand the highlighting to CSS and PHP, and maybe even more such as ASP and JSP. - Better use of CSS. For example, use the font size up tool. It produces horrible code. However, I'm sure these issues will be dealt with soon.
Also, a developers site should be a top priority, IMO.
Overall a nice tool - it has the workings to become a dreamweaver-standard app, if more people were working on it and more time is allowed. Personally, I feel this could become a gem of the open source world, but I think it will be 1.0 before it's going to be usable for anything other than quick hacks.