BlueGriffon

BlueGriffon 2.3.1

Create web pages and sites with a WYSIWYG editor based on Firefox
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BlueGriffon helps you edit your web pages and create complete websites. It has the particularity of being WYSIWYG, which means that what you see while developing your site is quite similar to what is shown in the browser. Moreover, since it is based on Gecko, the engine used by Firefox, your websites are fully compatible with Mozilla’s browser. In this regard, the application supports various HTML standards, including HTML 4, XHTML 1 and even HTML 5. Likewise, it lets you use CSS 3, including 2D and 3D transformations, transitions, shadows, columns and font features. Luckily, the adherence to the standards guarantees that your web pages will be displayed as intended in any modern web browser as well.

Using BlueGriffon may seem somewhat difficult at first, mostly for inexperienced users, so it is good that the program comes with a wizard to help take the first steps. The editor allows various viewing modes, so you can easily switch from WYSIWYG to source view and even to Print Preview. Not only that, it also supports dual view, which lets you manipulate the code and see the results instantaneously. One of the main advantages of BlueGriffon is that there are versions for Windows, MacOS X and Linux, so you can edit the same source project irrespective of the operating system.

All in all, BlueGriffon can satisfy most of the needs of web developers. Still, some users may feel that it lacks some handy features present on other similar tools. The product can be used without a license, although with some limitations certainly. Additionally, there are a basic license and an EPUB license, each with different prices and features. Regrettably, its user’s manual and some of the add-ons need to be bought separately.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Support for various HTML standards and CSS 3.
  • Dual view.
  • WYSIWYG editor.
  • Page creation wizard.
  • Multi-platform

Cons

  • Add-ons bought separately
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