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January 8th, 2012

I’m not a web designer really but I happen to be kind of responsible for packaging two web authoring applications in openSUSE which are SeaMonkey’s Composer and KompoZer. While the SeaMonkey integrated editor is somewhat limited (AFAIK) KompoZer (which was forked from Nvu at some point) has more advanced features. But KompoZer development seems to be pretty slow and it misses quite some of the new web stuff which is around nowadays. In addition the current version is BETA for quite some time now and seems to have a major issue in openSUSE 11.4 and 12.1.

Because of that I finally had a look at BlueGriffon (written by the same developer as the Netscape/Mozilla/SeaMonkey Composer and Nvu) as it seems to be in active development and supports quite some of the new HTML5 and CSS3 stuff and created an initial openSUSE package available in the mozilla OBS repository for testing now. There is also an openSUSE feature request to make it available.  If you are a web developer or already know BlueGriffon please give the package a try and send your feedback.

My plan for the openSUSE distribution would be to keep SeaMonkey’s Composer (basically anyway because it’s a part of SeaMonkey which is to stay), add BlueGriffon and drop KompoZer. If you see a reason why that might be a bad idea based on your experience as a web authoring application user please let me know.

Looking forward to your feedback!

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  1. February 6th, 2012 at 19:55 | #1

    Hi Wolfgang!

    Thanks for adding BlueGriffon to openSUSE. It is a good tool for webdesign. I’m using it at work for these students who want/need a WYSIWYG-editor. Some bugs are there but the support for HTML5 and CSS in BG is great.

    I saw your article:

    http://groups.google.com/group/bluegriffon/browse_thread/thread/36d247b2c3a07c99

    and hope that there will be a possibility to add BG 1.4 to openSUSE because the new version of BG seems to have removed some of these bugs.

    Thanks for your efforts! Keep on your good work!!!

    Josef

  2. Christian
    March 15th, 2012 at 20:13 | #2

    Hi Wolfgang!

    BlueGriffon 1.4.1 is out!

    http://bluegriffon.org/post/2012/02/28/1.4.1

    Unfortunately, advanced CSS editor and project manager (= site manager), both available in Kompozer, come as non-free addons only.

    Cheers

    Christian

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