Open Source Alternative to Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6Adobe Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development application originally created by Macromedia. It is now developed by Adobe Systems, which acquired Macromedia in 2005. It is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Capable of designing, developing and maintaining websites and web-based applications – Dreamweaver is the most advance product on the market. Recent versions have improved support for web technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and various server-side scripting languages and frameworks including ASP, ColdFusion, Scriptlet, and PHP.

Dreamweaver can also use third-party “Extensions” to extend core functionality of the application, which any web developer can write. It is supported by a large community of extension developers who make extensions available for most web development tasks from simple rollover effects to full-featured shopping carts.

Besides being a great web development software, it still proves to be a road-block for many aspiring web designers & developers mainly because of its high price tag of $399. So we have put up the list of best free and open source alternatives to Dreamweaver.

1) BlueGriffon  Available for Microsoft Windows  Available for Mac OS X  Available for Linux

BlueGriffon - Open Source Alternative to DreamweaverBlueGriffon is a free and open source WYSIWYG HTML editor. It replaces Nvu, an earlier program that was also written by Daniel Glazman. It is based on Gecko, the rendering engine inside Firefox. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

BlueGriffon complies with the W3C’s web standards. It can create and edit pages in accordance to HTML 4, XHTML 1.0, HTML 5 and XHTML 5. It supports CSS 2.1 and all parts of CSS 3 already implemented by Gecko. BlueGriffon also includes SVG-edit, an XUL-based editor for SVG that is originally distributed as an add-on to Firefox and was adapted to BlueGriffon.

Many features like ‘Word Count’, ‘CSS Editor’, ‘MathML Editor’ or ‘FullScreen view/edit’ are paid add-ons and most of them are included in the menus or have toolbar icons giving the impression of having the options available, but selecting them only shows a ‘commercial add-on’ dialog.

The last version of BlueGriffon is 1.7.2.

Click here to download BlueGriffon

2) KompoZer  Available for Microsoft Windows  Available for Mac OS X  Available for Linux

KompoZer - Open Source Alternative to DreamweaverKompoZer is an open source WYSIWYG HTML editor based on the now-discontinued Nvu editor. It is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. It is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

In addition, KompoZer allows direct code editing as well as a split code-graphic view. Its features include a CSS editor, ftp site manager, tabs, color picker, forms and more. KompoZer complies with the W3C’s web standards. By default, pages are created in accordance to HTML 4.01 Strict and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for styling, but the user can change the settings and choose between Strict and transitional DTD’s, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0, CSS styling or the old <font> based styling.

KompoZer is one of the best alternatives to Dreamweaver. However, as KompoZer uses an old version of Gecko (rendering engine of Firefox), HTML 5 & CSS 3 support is yet to be added.

The latest version of KompoZer is 0.8b3.

Click here to download KompoZer

3) Amaya  Available for Microsoft Windows  Available for Mac OS X  Available for Linux

Amaya - Open Source Alternative to DreamweaverAmaya is a free and open source WYSIWYG web authoring tool with browsing abilities, created by a structured editor project at the INRIA, a French national research institution, and later adopted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It is used as a testbed for web standards and supports new web technologies that are not supported in major browsers.

Amaya is a direct descendant of the Grif WYSIWYG SGML editor created by Vincent Quint and Irène Vatton at INRIA in the early 1980s developed and sold by French software company Grif SA. Originally designed as a structured text editor and later as an HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) editor, it was then expanded to include XML-based capabilities such as XHTML, MathML and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Amaya displays free and open image formats such as PNG and SVG, as well as a subset of SVG animation.

The latest version version of Amaya is 11.4.7.

Click here to download Amaya

4) Bluefish Editor  Available for Microsoft Windows  Available for Mac OS X  Available for Linux

Bluefish Editor - Open Source Alternative to DreamweaverBluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web developers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. It supports many programming and markup languages. Bluefish is a multi-platform application that runs on most desktop operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris. Although it is not a WYSIWYG editor – it is still considered a strong tool, mainly for experienced web developers/designers.

Bluefish fills the niche market between the plain text editors and the full swing IDE. Bluefish is relatively lightweight and easy to learn, while still providing many features to support the development of websites. Bluefish supports development in HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, C, C++, JavaScript, Java, Vala, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby and shell and more.

The latest version of Bluefish is 2.2.4.

Click here to download Bluefish

5) Aptana Studio  Available for Microsoft Windows  Available for Mac OS X  Available for Linux

Aptana Studio - Open Source Alternative to DreamweaverAptana Studio is an open source integrated development environment (IDE) for building web applications. It supports HTML, CSS, DOM, JavaScript, Ajax with code-completion, outlining, JavaScript debugging, error and warning notifications and integrated documentation. Additional plugins allow Aptana Studio to support Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, Perl, Adobe AIR, Apple iPhone and Nokia WRT (Web Runtime).

Aptana Studio is based on Eclipse and is available as a standalone on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, or as a plugin for Eclipse. Its exciting features include HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Code Assist, Deployment Wizard, Integrated Debugger, Git Integration, Built-in Terminal, IDE Customization and more. It has more of focus on people developing for Rails, but is equal as useful for PHP developers.

The latest version of Aptana Studio is 3.4.2.

Click here to download Aptana Studio

4 Responses

  1. david turner says:

    Thank you for great info!

  2. Ian says:

    I’ve just downloaded Kompozer and it’s hard to be critical of something that’s free but I’m not sure I can use it. Instead of using tags it uses with an inline style for bold font weight (!!!!!). It alters my CSS. I tried to create a rule that has -webkit-border-radius, -moz-border-radius and border-radius but then dumps everything but the -moz- rule but split it into -mox-border-radius-left, etc. (one for each side).

    Where I’ve put in tags manually I keep going back in finding 4 sets of tags nested inside each other. It just seems to do things you never asked it to do.

    • Once a great software, KompoZer has not been updated for quite a while now. I would recommend you to use Bluegriffon which is like an indirect successor to KompoZer. Its been constantly updated and uses new technologies like HTML5 and CSS3.

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