New WYSIWYG Web Editor Has Improved Flexibility, Ease-of-Use
SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2005 - Nvu 1.0, the latest version of the free, easy-to-use Web authoring system for desktop Linux, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows users, was released today. Nvu (pronounced "n-view") is the open-source equivalent to programs such as Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver. Nvu gives non-technical computer users the power to create, edit and publish professional, attractive Web sites without requiring programming or HTML coding skills. It is available for download at www.nvu.com.
Nvu 1.0 has several new features and improvements, including better performance and stability, a default in-line spell checker, a new user guide, and an expanded help section. In addition, Nvu 1.0 now complies with strict HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 standards, producing even cleaner code than before and ensuring that Web sites developed with Nvu function across a wide number of browsers.
Nvu is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor, meaning users can create Web pages as easily as they would create a word processing document. Instead of typing in HTML code and guessing what the published Web site may look like, Nvu allows users to constantly see how their site will look even before it is posted online. While the user works in a friendly, visual environment much like a word processor, Nvu creates the HTML code in the background - code that can also be easily previewed and directly edited.
For more advanced users or those wishing to learn HTML programming, Nvu makes it easy to toggle between the WYSIWYG editing view and the HTML code view. This way, these users can easily observe the interaction between the HTML code and what will actually appear in the Web browser. Nvu also includes one of the best cascading style sheet (CSS) editors available, giving users a powerful tool for transforming and controlling the look and feel of their Web sites. To see more features of Nvu, visit www.nvu.com.
"Linux needed a viable Web authoring program, and Nvu is a powerful alternative for FrontPage and Dreamweaver users who have migrated to desktop Linux," said Kevin Carmony, president and CEO of Linspire, Inc.
Linspire, Inc., producer of the popular desktop Linux operating system Linspire, started the Nvu project as a complement to the other desktop Linux Web browsers and tools offered by leading open source innovator, The Mozilla Foundation. Since The Mozilla Foundation has most recently poured most of its efforts into the development of the hugely successful Firefox browser and Thunderbird email program, there were less resources available for advancing a Web authoring tool based on Mozilla Composer. Linspire contributed to this part of the project by providing more development resources and capital to the Composer-based product - renamed Nvu - to round out the Mozilla Internet suite. Along the way, Linspire partnered with several individuals and companies in the open source community, including Disruptive Innovations (www.disruptive-innovations.com) and Mozdev Group, Inc. (www.mozdevgroup.com).
Nvu 1.0 is available in many different languages, including English, French, Russian, and Dutch. The cross-platform Web editor works on numerous operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, OS/2, FreeBSD, Linspire, and many other Linux-based systems.
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About Disruptive Innovations SARL
Disruptive Innovations SARL (www.disruptive-innovations.com) is a French software company founded in October 2003 by Daniel Glazman, a longtime advocate for standards of the Web with more than 15 years of technical expertise in markup languages and software, including three years at Netscape and eight years in W3C's working groups. Based in Saint-Germain en Laye, France, Disruptive Innovations SARL delivers premium products like Nvu (www.nvu.com) to Linspire Inc. (www.linspire.com) or the forthcoming WYSIWYG XML editor to the Connexions Project (www.cnx.rice.edu).
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