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Old Feb 27, 2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Dreamweaver alternative

Hi, guys.

Does anyone know a mac alternative to dreamweaver? i have the most rudimentary skills in web coding but i remember using dreamweaver 7 a while ago on a powerpc mac and i think that dreamweaver had somekind of WYSIWYG editor that allowed me to visually see what i was doing as well as buttons of web tools/elements laid out for easy identification. i didn't have to "code" as much as i was laying out and "designing" the page with dreamweaver. i also would like to learn more about css, so an inexpensive program with somekind of visual css editor would also be nice. i quickly looked at what the app store has to offer and saw BBEDIT and CODA. but i really don't know anything about these programs. so, i was hoping that maybe someone here knows or can point me to the right program for my needs.

thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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You can try Kompozer and see if it works for you. It is free I believe.

http://kompozer.net/
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Old Feb 29, 2012, 11:49 AM   #3
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frukoa,

this program looks good for being free. do you have any experience with this program? how does it compare to dreamweaver mx?

and why is it free?
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Old Mar 1, 2012, 02:56 AM   #4
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Coda is, according to me, one of the best web design applications there are. Try it for free at their website, and if you like it, you could buy it from the Mac App Store. I really recommend it.
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Old Mar 1, 2012, 04:00 AM   #5
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Coda is, according to me, one of the best web design applications there are. Try it for free at their website, and if you like it, you could buy it from the Mac App Store. I really recommend it.
Coda is not a WYSIWYG editor. It's a code editor with built-in browser, ssh, and ftp. But that's not a competitor to the WYSIWYG side of Dreamweaver.
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Old Mar 2, 2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Coda is not a WYSIWYG editor. It's a code editor with built-in browser, ssh, and ftp. But that's not a competitor to the WYSIWYG side of Dreamweaver.
I downloaded the free trial of coda and quickly realized that it is not WYSIWYG.

i really like the WYSIWYG editor in dreamweaver. is there a program out that has a WYSISWYG editor?
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Old Mar 1, 2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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frukoa,

this program looks good for being free. do you have any experience with this program? how does it compare to dreamweaver mx?

and why is it free?

Well it is free because it is an open source software. I believe it is mainly developed by Mozilla community.

It is not as advanced as the Dreamweaver but it is good for simple stuff and easy to use. I don't use visual editors, I use mainly just a text editor and some css frameworks for web development; but I used Kompozer sometime ago for quick arrangements. It was easy to use and effective.
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Old Mar 2, 2012, 01:29 PM   #8
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frukoa,

this program looks good for being free. do you have any experience with this program? how does it compare to dreamweaver mx?

and why is it free?
Dreamweaver MX is very outdated. Also, you seem to be set on using Dreamweaver, why not just go for it?

You could also give Nvu a shot.
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Old Mar 2, 2012, 05:42 PM   #9
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Flux is okay but I was tweaking my code with BBEdit, so I ended up with Dreamweaver anyway.

http://www.theescapers.com/flux/

I found a deal through macgasm.net on Flux for $39. They run it every few months:

http://deals.macgasm.net/sales/mac-s...ng-parallels-7
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Old Mar 3, 2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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applekey,

i know. dreamweaver mx is old but it's what i have to work with. my hesitance to get the latest dreamweaver is the hefty price tag for what i need it for. so, that is the reason why i am looking for an inexpensive alternative that has WYSIWYG and a toolbar. i am not confident enough to hand code everything.

somology,

huh. flux looks like it's WYSIWYG. i might check it out.
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Old Apr 4, 2012, 10:23 AM   #11
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Flux is really good for those with intermediate skills and is relatively easy to use. If you just want to create a web site visually just use WordPress its really easy to get a nice site up and running.
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Old Apr 4, 2012, 09:49 PM   #13
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I agree with Thenamesbryce. Have a look at Rapidweaver.
I've been using it for a year and I highly recommend it.

http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/overview/
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Old Apr 5, 2012, 03:01 AM   #14
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I agree with Thenamesbryce. Have a look at Rapidweaver.
I've been using it for a year and I highly recommend it.

http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/overview/
Thanks, I've downloaded the demo but still can't work out how to import my current website into it....
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Old Apr 7, 2012, 12:21 PM   #15
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I mostly use vim, but Sublime Text 2 is very nice. If I want to edit CSS and see what it looks like in a browser, I use the "Inspect Element" menu in Safari (or Chrome if I'm on a PC) and adjust the CSS there. The changes show up immediately and properly.

Anyone who takes this stuff seriously should learn how to code by hand. Couldn't disagree more with the guy that said hand-coding isn't efficient. If you know CSS like the back of your hand you can bang out a 2 column + header + footer liquid-layout in a couple of minutes in a text editor.
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Old Apr 4, 2012, 09:27 PM   #16
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Flux is really good for those with intermediate skills and is relatively easy to use. If you just want to create a web site visually just use WordPress its really easy to get a nice site up and running.
am I able to import an already created site into Flux or a Wordpress site?
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