BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

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BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#1 Post by webfork » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:12 pm

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Tested: Not portable. Writes settings to AppData

The latest in a long line of great editors based on Netscape Communicator's original Composer editor.

Had some advantages over my current favorite editor KompoZer:

* An exciting and impressive SVG graphics editor.
* GPL (not MPL)
* Fast and responsive, seems stable so far
* Handles tables better and more reliably (KompoZer's is buggy)

Other stats:

38 megs disk
80 megs RAM

Very happy to have it.
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#2 Post by I am Baas » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:00 pm

Should you want to share happiness with webfork... http://bluegriffon.org/ :D
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#3 Post by webfork » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:22 am

I am Baas wrote:Should you want to share happiness with webfork... http://bluegriffon.org/ :D
I knew that. I was just testing you. :)
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#4 Post by webfork » Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:06 pm

webfork wrote:Tested: Not portable. Writes settings to AppData
A feature request has been submitted.

Edit:

Impressions:

I've been working with the program for a while and would describe this is a combination between a code editor and a WYSIWYG editor.

* The program is outstanding at working with embedded code and tools, which most web pages use now. It can also edit HTML files much more seamlessly than NVU or KompoZer.
* The program is not a Microsoft Word-like HTML editor. You can't change the font size without changing the "heading" settings, which is a little odd, but makes sense from a coder point of view: KompoZer ends up with a million difficult to diagnose <big> tags to handle font sizes.
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#5 Post by webfork » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:44 pm

So I figured it out ... running the program as:

Code: Select all

bluegriffon.exe -profile user
... will create a folder called "user" in the home directory with all data. Awesome.

Background: Having seen a portable version up on Softpedia, I decided to try it and see if it was. I tried a few command-line tweaks and found this one does the trick. I'm a little disappointed someone didn't answer my feature request, but oh well. This is still a very impressive OSS editor.

Edit: Going to move this thread back over to Submission.
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#6 Post by SYSTEM » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:28 am

I'm happy BlueGriffon turned out to be portable. :)

I added it to the database: http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2200

(Yes, the ID is 2200. :P )
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#7 Post by webfork » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:09 pm

SYSTEM wrote:I'm happy BlueGriffon turned out to be portable. :)

I added it to the database: http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2200

(Yes, the ID is 2200. :P )
Excellent -- thanks!
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#8 Post by webfork » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:27 pm

So to get the ordered list in the Artweaver entry to look the way it does, I used BlueGriffon to modify the HTML to move the </OL> tag down (something that's not currently possible with the built in site editor). I've done this for a few entries now so I thought I'd make a post about it.

This may easily be possible with KompoZer, but BlueGriffon's HTML editor is way better. Here's my process:
  1. Copy the instructions from the edit page
  2. Paste into a new document of BlueGriffon
  3. Make changes and -- if necessary -- use the Source tab (if you're comfortable reading HTML)
  4. Copy the modified instructions from the WYSIWYG tab and paste into the edit page
Note: I realize this post might really belong under the Suggestions/Discussion area of the site and/or the Editing an Entry thread, but wanted to point out that BlueGriffon is seeing some use.
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Re: BlueGriffon wysiwyg HTML editor

#9 Post by webfork » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:50 pm

Worked with BlueGriffon 1.5.2 on Win7x64 a bit over this weekend and came up with a wishlist:
  • Ability to rearrange tabs
  • Open multiple documents in multiple tabs (right now you can only open one at a time.
  • Bring back the excellent site manager from KompoZer and NVU
On a related note:

They are charging for the program manual. As someone who writes manuals, I'm glad they are illustrating that manuals have real value, but as someone who wants to figure out how to use their software, this is odd. If you want to create a really well-written, indepth guide (like Adobe does for it's products) that's one thing, but if you are withholding basic usage information (the google group and docs on the main website are really pretty sparse), that's a little strange.

Additionally, the buy site is from something called "e-junkie.com"? And you have to use PayPal? Not very encouraging.

If I wanted an open source Dreamweaver alternative, this would be discouraging.
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