Open Source Alternative to Dreamweaver
Adobe 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.
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.
BlueGriffon 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.
KompoZer 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.
Amaya 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.
4) Bluefish Editor
Bluefish 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.
The latest version of Bluefish is 2.2.4.
5) Aptana Studio
The latest version of Aptana Studio is 3.4.2.