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Overview of the new BlueGriffon Web Editor

BlueGriffon is a free WYSIWYG (you see what you get) HTML editor-run Gecko, the rendering engine in Firefox. Cross-platform, Windows XP and Windows 7, Mac OS X and popular Linux versions. There is also a portable version (Windows only).

Like its predecessor, NVU's BlueGriff has an easy-to-use interface and includes Web pages that conform to W3C Web standards (HTML 4, XHTML 1.0, HTML 5 or XHTML 5 / CSS 2.1 and CSS3 by Gecko. )

A handy wizard helps users create canvas, ranging from selecting a document type, filling in property data, adding colors, adding backgrounds, and selecting page layouts.

The interface is intuitive and virtually basic as it closely mimics the layout of the word processing toolbar. The icons of the most common options are clearly defined: you can simply add a thumbnail of a table, an image, or a large image, a link, a video, a sound file, or a form to a link. From the WYSIWYG view (where you can visually organize the objects) to the source code of the web page (where you can manipulate the web page by editing HTML code), press the two buttons at the bottom of the page. Many web pages may remain open on multiple pages so you can easily switch from one document to another, copy and paste it, and so on.

Styles can be set through the Style Properties panel, which is the most commonly the simplest feature. For example, you can easily change the font color or change the style of the border, but while style features nicely organize a variety of style options, most available style types are unlikely to be readily understood by newcomers. BlueGriffon adapts more to intermediate encoders

Another disadvantage of BlueGriffon is that when you start the first web page layout, missing (offline or online) documentation is missing. If you have used some kind of decent web construction tool before, or if you want to create a pretty basic page, this is not a big problem. However, if we are a beginner in coding your site, we can find ourselves at a point without getting much help. We hope that BlueGriffon documentation will improve over time, starting with taking a few steps to create new pages and sites and to develop the forum.

On the other hand, one of the strengths of BlueGriffon is accessories: the most obvious one is the free FireFTP accessory that easily publishes your page from BlueGriffon. Most of the other additions are to be purchased at low cost to support future development through BlueGriffon's website. For example, the CSS Pro Editor extension is much more effective than the default CSS toolbar, and web authors provide full control over their style sheets. Some of the most popular paid add-ons are the Mobile Viewer plug-in (to test pages with a large number of mobile devices), eye drops (a color picker that allows web authors to choose colors that can not be directly seen or edited by the editor), Project Manager add- on (a synchronization tool between the local hard drive directory and the remote directory that is available through FTP), the Snippets plugin (useful for HTML code or text for documents), and Toolkit Manager add-on. All additions can be purchased simultaneously at the publisher's website at a discounted price.

Click Preview to open the webpage in any of your chosen browsers (as long as you are already installed) that is useful for testing in a web browser to see how the page looks like in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome . This is also useful for checking scripts because they will not work directly in BlueGriffon.

The Markup Cleaner in the Tools menu helps you to protect your HTML. BlueGriffon can also integrate a small SVG editor (svg-edit, which was originally added to Firefox and adapted to BlueGriffon).

BlueGriffon is a very promising open source and cross-platform web editor. Only version 1.31 can not compete directly with the huge and expensive web development applications such as Adobe Dreamweaver, but this is a very nice application that creates pages that conform to web standards without having to take too much effort. This is also an excellent tool for educational purposes, such as HTML and CSS basics for curriculum teachers. Documentation and online forums need to be improved, but as soon as the community is attracted and supported, it will soon become more popular.

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