Nvu, the free, easy-to-use Web editor and authoring system for desktop Linux, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows users,
was released today in beta version in advance of the forthcoming Nvu 1.0
product sponsored by Linspire, Inc. Nvu gives non-technical computer users
the power to create, edit and publish professional, attractive Web sites, much
like Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver. Based on Mozilla Internet
technology and Netscape Composer, the tool allows users to easily author and
manage rich Web documents without programming or HTML coding. Nvu 1.0 beta is
available for free download at http://www.nvu.com.
Nvu is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor, which means
users can create Web pages as easily as they would type a word processing
document — complete with font pickers and paragraph and table controls.
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 which can easily be viewed or directly edited using Nvu’s
tabs. Publishing pages to a Web site is accomplished with one click using
Nvu’s FTP Site Management feature.
Because users can quickly toggle between the WYSIWYG editing mode and the
HTML code mode, Nvu is also ideal for more advanced users or those wishing to
learn HTML programming, as they can easily observe the interaction between the
HTML code and what will actually appear in the Web browser. To see more
features of Nvu, visit http://www.nvu.com.
Linspire, Inc., producer of the popular desktop Linux operating system,
started the Nvu project as a complement to the other desktop Linux Web
browsers and tools offered by the leading open source innovator Mozilla. Nvu
was created from the code base of Netscape Composer, one of the most
successful first-generation WYSIWYG Web editors.
Mozilla was broken off from Netscape after Netscape was acquired by AOL.
The Mozilla group continued development of an open source Internet suite,
pouring most of their efforts into browsers and email programs. Their work
has recently resulted in Firefox, a hugely successful Internet browser, and
the soon-to-be-released Thunderbird email program. Since most of Mozilla’s
efforts were going into the development of Firefox and Thunderbird, there were
less resources available for advancing a Web authoring tool based on Netscape
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.
“Mozilla has done phenomenal work developing a Web suite with alternatives
to Microsoft, including the Firefox browser and soon, the Thunderbird email
program. But there was a void in developing a Web publishing tool, which is
why we adopted the Nvu project,” said Michael Robertson, CEO of Linspire, Inc.
“Our hope is that Nvu will compete with FrontPage just like Firefox competes
with Internet Explorer.”
Nvu is available in many different languages, including English, Italian,
Russian, and Chinese. The cross-platform Web editor works on numerous
operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, OS/2, FreeBSD,
Linspire, and many Linux-based systems. Since Nvu 1.0 is a beta version,
Linspire would appreciate community feedback on the product — to submit a
comment or suggestion, email firstname.lastname@example.org.