Anyone use OSS for web design?

eclipse

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This might be heresy, but ... does anyone use NeoOffice for web work? Just out of interest. Or what other OSS do non-professionals use in web design?

I've tried GoLive, but it really clogs up the code and mine keeps crashing, stalling, going all buggy...
 

mac-convert

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NVU has a dismal future. It hasn't been touched since about mid 2005. It kind of got grabbed up and it looks like there was a spilt in the developers. It appears that there is a fork of the product that isn't getting very far. Google it and see.

As I have been looking at packages, mid-range to high-end, and comparing that against putting together individual editors, css managers, etc, it really looks like I will end up with DW CS3. It turns out to be cost effective.

I wish I could spring for a CS3 package, but in looking at what is packaged, and the costs, I will just settle for the DW portion. At least it supports CSS and AJAX/Spry. And tables - ugh!
 

tersono

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NeoOffice really isn't suitable for web design (any more than MS Word is). Having said that, I do use NeoOffice for all my 'Office'-style needs at work.

For open-source web design, there's not a lot of choice. As a previous poster said, NVU's future doesn't look bright (it's based on the Mozilla web editor), although there is a forked version of the project called Kompozer, which seems to be moving forward. Worth a look.

Other alternatives are the afore-mentioned Mozilla Seamonkey editor (very basic), Bluefish or Aptana (the latter two are not Wysiwyg, though), or Quanta Plus (wysiwyg, but needs X11 - it's a KDE-based app).
 

eclipse

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Golive was just too slow, clunky, crashing, and sometimes I'd edit some text in a window and it would pause and wait 30 seconds before I could type another 4 words... you get the idea.
 

Cloudane

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I'm afraid it's Dreamweaver all the way for me, as a professional web designer. I've yet to see any OSS tool match the library items and templates (although you can kind of do the same thing if the server supports SSI).

If I was stuck on Linux or something then it'd be hand coding time, maybe with the assistance of a code colouring editor.
 

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