Developer Tools Web Authoring Nvu for Windows

Nvu for Windows 1.0 for Windows

by Daniel Glazman

Avg. Rating 4.2 (53 votes)

File Details

File Size 6.6 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 9,421
Publisher Daniel Glazman
Homepage Nvu
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Nvu is a complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. It makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.

Latest Reviews

Pensador

Pensador reviewed v1.0 on Oct 17, 2006

I don't consider this a free alternative to Dreamweaver. It doesn't even gets close to it.
I was really disappointed when Nvu re-formatted my code and made it unreadable.
I'll go back to PSPad until I can save some money to get Dreamweaver.

IMKey

IMKey reviewed v1.0 on Sep 29, 2006

theres a good reason for this program to not support frames... there are good things about frames, but the bad points outweigh the good.

the xhtml spec deprecated frames a while ago.

i believe u need a special DTD declaration for valid frame based documents as well. its not worth it in many cases.

jonathanbrickman0000

jonathanbrickman0000 reviewed v1.0 on Apr 2, 2006

For a person new to web development, or for a person who wants a frames-based web site, NVU is frankly not good. But if a person has experience, does understand the power of CSS, and wants to build a low-bandwidth web site using all the benefits CSS can give, NVU can be quite useful. I am not convinced that it deserves 1.0 status -- there are bits of it that I think should be called "late beta", and its project management is simply inadequate -- but it is the only free web development software out there which does half of what it does, and since MicroVision ceased development of its WebExpress quite a few years ago, I have found nothing costing less than $100 which will do the things NVU will do.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v1.0 on Aug 8, 2005

I have a bias toward free, open-source projects, but I just can't rate this one highly at present. Not only does it still lack support for frames, but the mention of that on the website makes the author sound unconcerned or even mildly proud about it.

It's a statement the gist of which is, either edit your framed pages individually, or use CSS to mimmick frames.

That's not a good enough statement, and at the moment, this isn't a good enough application.

DiGiTaLFX

DiGiTaLFX reviewed v1.0 Beta (0.90) on Mar 22, 2005

I must admit its getting better - i now use as my website editor. Only three anoyances:
* css files are linked by absolute path. this NEEDS to be relative!!! (for me).
* the site manager should be able to work with a local directory and a publishing directory, syncing the two on command.
* would like the ability to say "don't use width/height attributes" on images. It seems to add this html, and I'm not fussed. I just want all images to show as their default size.

Otherwise its very capable for a simple website.
Oh yeah, also I have an RSS file for my blog. would be nice if this could open up xml for plain text editing, and not just render it as blank (potentially saving it as blank!).

WickedLester

WickedLester reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release (0.81) on Feb 10, 2005

This is a nice app for someone wanting to create a person homepage but it still needs a little more work to be used professionally. But for free is a great web-page applicaton.

kgruber

kgruber reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 3 (0.80) on Feb 3, 2005

I wouldn't go as far as saying this program is "complete" and agree with fellow reviewers that fundamental features such as frames are missing. It is a poor program for building websites from the ground up. However, I feel this program is excellent for editing/maintaining simple to moderately complex websites.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 3 (0.80) on Feb 3, 2005

I agree with Mark. When I coded just one new page, it would not let me rename the file, and the second file I had opened on a separate tab consistently disappeared. Looks nice, but against EvrSoft's 1st Page, it's not nearly as refined.

Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 3 (0.80) on Feb 3, 2005

The main thing going for it, is it's free, as a HTML editor or site manager, it's still has LOTS of things missing.

I just spent an hour trying to find how to do frames in it, Guess what, it does not do frames. That's pretty fundemental support missing...

Braese

Braese reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 2 (0.70) on Jan 8, 2005

@infinitejones

on windows? perhaps, delete your nvu profile and test it again. profile stored in c:\documents and settings\username\Apllication Data\Nvu
delete this folder and start nvu

Avg. Rating 4.2 (53 votes)
Your Rating
Pensador

Pensador reviewed v1.0 on Oct 17, 2006

I don't consider this a free alternative to Dreamweaver. It doesn't even gets close to it.
I was really disappointed when Nvu re-formatted my code and made it unreadable.
I'll go back to PSPad until I can save some money to get Dreamweaver.

IMKey

IMKey reviewed v1.0 on Sep 29, 2006

theres a good reason for this program to not support frames... there are good things about frames, but the bad points outweigh the good.

the xhtml spec deprecated frames a while ago.

i believe u need a special DTD declaration for valid frame based documents as well. its not worth it in many cases.

jonathanbrickman0000

jonathanbrickman0000 reviewed v1.0 on Apr 2, 2006

For a person new to web development, or for a person who wants a frames-based web site, NVU is frankly not good. But if a person has experience, does understand the power of CSS, and wants to build a low-bandwidth web site using all the benefits CSS can give, NVU can be quite useful. I am not convinced that it deserves 1.0 status -- there are bits of it that I think should be called "late beta", and its project management is simply inadequate -- but it is the only free web development software out there which does half of what it does, and since MicroVision ceased development of its WebExpress quite a few years ago, I have found nothing costing less than $100 which will do the things NVU will do.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v1.0 on Aug 8, 2005

I have a bias toward free, open-source projects, but I just can't rate this one highly at present. Not only does it still lack support for frames, but the mention of that on the website makes the author sound unconcerned or even mildly proud about it.

It's a statement the gist of which is, either edit your framed pages individually, or use CSS to mimmick frames.

That's not a good enough statement, and at the moment, this isn't a good enough application.

DiGiTaLFX

DiGiTaLFX reviewed v1.0 Beta (0.90) on Mar 22, 2005

I must admit its getting better - i now use as my website editor. Only three anoyances:
* css files are linked by absolute path. this NEEDS to be relative!!! (for me).
* the site manager should be able to work with a local directory and a publishing directory, syncing the two on command.
* would like the ability to say "don't use width/height attributes" on images. It seems to add this html, and I'm not fussed. I just want all images to show as their default size.

Otherwise its very capable for a simple website.
Oh yeah, also I have an RSS file for my blog. would be nice if this could open up xml for plain text editing, and not just render it as blank (potentially saving it as blank!).

WickedLester

WickedLester reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release (0.81) on Feb 10, 2005

This is a nice app for someone wanting to create a person homepage but it still needs a little more work to be used professionally. But for free is a great web-page applicaton.

kgruber

kgruber reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 3 (0.80) on Feb 3, 2005

I wouldn't go as far as saying this program is "complete" and agree with fellow reviewers that fundamental features such as frames are missing. It is a poor program for building websites from the ground up. However, I feel this program is excellent for editing/maintaining simple to moderately complex websites.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 3 (0.80) on Feb 3, 2005

I agree with Mark. When I coded just one new page, it would not let me rename the file, and the second file I had opened on a separate tab consistently disappeared. Looks nice, but against EvrSoft's 1st Page, it's not nearly as refined.

Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 3 (0.80) on Feb 3, 2005

The main thing going for it, is it's free, as a HTML editor or site manager, it's still has LOTS of things missing.

I just spent an hour trying to find how to do frames in it, Guess what, it does not do frames. That's pretty fundemental support missing...

Braese

Braese reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 2 (0.70) on Jan 8, 2005

@infinitejones

on windows? perhaps, delete your nvu profile and test it again. profile stored in c:\documents and settings\username\Apllication Data\Nvu
delete this folder and start nvu

infinitejones

infinitejones reviewed v1.0 Pre-Release 2 (0.70) on Jan 8, 2005

Ever since 0.30 I've been unable to log in to my FTP server via the site manager. With previous versions, nothing happened until the connection attempt timed out after about five minutes; this time a dialogue appears almost straight away saying "Login Incorrect". The details I enter aren't incorrect, because I've double and triple checked them and they work fine via an FTP client, and also via Dreamweaver. But this renders NVu useless to me.

I can find nothing in the help files to help me and I've posted on the online help forums but had no response. So the low mark is a reflection of the lack of useful information (eg. the next-to-useless dialogue box that appears) as much as a criticism of the fact that I've never been able to get it to work.

officeslave

officeslave reviewed v0.60 Beta on Dec 3, 2004

While I look forward to seeing the progress of NVU, and I feel it'll be a capable program when it reaches the 1.0 mark, this release (0.6) didn't deserve to be a milestone.

The "preview" tab is not functional; it mirrors the "normal" tab completely, showing resizers, outlines of table elements, underlines of misspelled words, etc.

Background colors of divs are not displayed in the "normal" tab (or its broken twin, the "preview" tab).

danilloOc

danilloOc reviewed v0.50 on Oct 21, 2004

I tested the version 0.50 and found it a great software with nice featurings, easy to use and with a nice interface. All for free!
I recomend it ;)

tannman1

tannman1 reviewed v0.50 on Oct 17, 2004

The app is a user freindly website designer that is compared with Frontpage in ease of use. That about all it can compare to Front page with. It's preview function didnt seem to work nor did it have basic such as nav bars and it seems geared to a one page site. Being in beta I would hope the dev's include some more custom inserts as well besides a made by button.

At this point I feel there is better apps available for the novice webmaster.

DiGiTaLFX

DiGiTaLFX reviewed v0.50 on Oct 16, 2004

Can't really say i recommend this program. I've tried it twice (.30 and .50) and both times its dissapointed me. Its probably ok if you just want to design a single web page (in which case openoffice/word will also do the job), however if you want to define a local site to be uploaded, using a global css file then don't try it! its still under-developed, and won't do all that you need. Currently i rate dreamweaver 3 as the best wysiwyg html editor.

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