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November 6th, 2007, 03:00 PM
Yo guys, I'm fed up with Dreamweaver's lack of compatibility with Ubuntu. I've been using it since I started Web Development, and since I switched to Ubuntu, I can't use it anymore.

I tried the solution posted in OpenAddict (http://www.openaddict.com/node/25) but I can't manage to make it work.

I know there's a lot of softwares out there that tries to accommodate Dreamweaver but it is still not the same. The interface and features are totally different.

I mean Linux is meant for Developers, why can't the best Web Authoring tool be used in Linux?

Can someone really please solve the problem in Ubuntu-Dreamweaver PLEASE

November 6th, 2007, 03:05 PM
I mean Linux is meant for Developers, why can't the best Web Authoring tool be used in Linux?

Because the best developers use Kate (or some other text editor). :)

November 6th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Dreamweaver.. (last I used it) produced rubbish html... it is a lot better to get to know and understand the concepts of webdesign and use some kind of text editor... the default editor in gnome is great... it colours all my text pretty colours!!!!

N.B.. not used dreamweaver in a few years.. but have not missed it in a LONG time

November 6th, 2007, 04:21 PM
Because the best developers use Kate (or some other text editor). :)

haha.. yeah.. the trend for any serious developer is using text editors because websites are mostly dynamic contents generated by server scripts.

however, i believe there are still amateur users that need a WYSIWYG editors but i have not really tried much in linux. from what I have read have you read nvu or quanta? if not perhaps you could try running on wine.

November 6th, 2007, 04:24 PM
Since you haven't gotten any useful suggestion as yet Let me try to help.

Try using bluefish for your php development and for strict html stuff you can take a look nvu I'm sure you can get it from apt-get once you've got the community repo's enabled other wise

for nvu (http://www.nvu.com/)

for bluefish (http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/)

Its pretty straight forward how to use em. From what i've seen nvu's pretty much the best you'll get for a wysiwyg dev environ in linux and bluefish is just something that i like to use for php / javascript / css but i at times use gedit because it does the same thing (syntax highlighting). which is all you really need.


Good suggestion sonofusion82.. you were posting at the same time and i didn't see anyone making an actuall suggestion for the kid.

November 6th, 2007, 07:22 PM
I have heard (relatively) good things about Kompozer, which is actually the continuation of Nvu, which is available from the repos (Nvu is not).

November 6th, 2007, 08:35 PM
I use bluefish, as it's handy for inserting html tags around highlighted text automatically, for when you're lazy or forgot the tag & options details.

November 6th, 2007, 08:47 PM
Dreamweaver saved me a lot of time until I began using PHP to template my sites. I haven't gotten DW to work with Apache to allow a Design view for my PHP pages, so I have to hand-code most everything. But using PHP saves me a ton of time compared to what any WYSIWYG editor could.

The killer apps that keep me on a Mac now are TextMate, iTunes (for iPod compatibility), and of course, Photoshop.

November 6th, 2007, 10:50 PM
You could also look at aptana (http://www.aptana.com/). Its based on eclipse and its what I use at work, although I don't really do much web programming.

November 7th, 2007, 03:14 PM
Ok, I'll just dual-boot for a while and try to master the Kompozer.

sonofusion82 nice answer btw.

November 7th, 2007, 03:27 PM
you could use kompozer, but check my article about website development and using joomla (which is awesome!) at http://linux--help.org/joomla2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=48&Itemid=57

November 7th, 2007, 04:36 PM
aptana is nice (the only thing it has over bluefish is code completion, although bluefish can be used to generate css stuff (good for a CSS nub).

November 7th, 2007, 05:16 PM
As was mentioned, many serious web developers opt for a powerful text editor. I'm a professional web developer, and I use gedit for all my work. You may want to check out Web Development in Linux (GNOME) (http://www.micahcarrick.com/09-28-2007/web-development-linux.html) and Customizing gedit as a Web Developerís IDE (http://www.micahcarrick.com/09-29-2007/gedit-html-editor.html) if you're interested in how I do web development in Linux.

As for WYSIWYG editors in Linux, Nvu has a unofficial bug fix called KompoZer which you can get with aptitude. These ones are based on mozilla code. Then, the W3C endorses an editor called Amaya. This is also available through aptitude. You could try them both:

sudo aptitude install amaya kompozer

So, if you're up for doing a bit of poking around: Aptana, Amaya, Kompozer (Nvu), Quanta, Eclipse, Bluefish, Gedit, Screem, Scite, gPHPedit, and Sea Monkey are all editors used by web developers in Linux.