Free Web Design Tools Comparison: Aptana Studio vs. KompoZer

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by wrldwzrd89, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Solon, OH
    #1
    1. Size

    KompoZer: ~20MB
    Aptana Studio Eclipse Plug-in (requires Eclipse, ~170MB): ~30MB
    Aptana Studio Standalone: ~200 MB

    Advantage: KompoZer

    2. WYSIWYG

    KompoZer: Supported, but a bit buggy still
    Aptana Studio: No support yet, proposed for a future release but not yet accepted

    Advantage: KompoZer

    3. Extensibility

    KompoZer: No plugin support
    Aptana Studio: Can leverage many Eclipse plugins, and has plugins unique to it

    Advantage: Aptana Studio

    4. Reliability

    KompoZer: Still in beta, has known CSS issues
    Aptana Studio: Considered production quality

    Advantage: Aptana Studio

    5. Price

    KompoZer: Free
    Aptana Studio: Free

    Advantage: Tie

    Overall: Tie
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    Location:
    USA
    #2
    They're a tie if you equally weight each of those categories, but they aren't really equal. Which one is better really depends on what you need. Aptana is more development focused whereas Kompozer is content focused. I have both installed and use them occasionally, but for different purposes.

    I find Aptana a little too buggy on Mac, though it's OK on Windows, but resource hungry and sluggish even on powerful machines. I hope they improve it as it has a lot of potential, but for now I feel using it is a bit of a chore.

    Kompozer had potential, but seeing as development is essentially nonexistent I can see it fading into the background as soon as something else comes along. I'm hoping something else will eventually come along that's open source like it. Until then, I'll stick with BBEdit for most of the design and development.
     

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