Software update: Nvu 1.0PR

A few days ago the Preview Release of version 1.0 of Nvu was released. Nvu is a Web Authoring System, developed by Linspire and runs under Windows, Linux and MacOS X. The direct competitors of this package are programs such as Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver. The big difference that is immediately noticeable between these packages is open source/closed source and the cost of use. Nvu is based on Mozilla Composer’s code base and has as a guideline to be easy to use, even for the non-tech-savvy user. The changelog for this release looks like this:


  • Connection settings were not saving proxy ports.
  • changes in About dialog.
  • Inline Spell Checker enabled by default.
  • new dialog allowing to disable the Inline Spell Checker when the user switches from Source mode to another Normal/AllTags/Preview.
  • added Charles Cooke’s User Guide in Help menu.
  • copy and paste in the source view fixed
  • support for HTML 4.01 Strict and Transitional, XHTML 1.0 Strict and Transitional
  • new persistent checkboxes in File > New dialog
  • new prefs in Tools > Preferences > New Page Settings
  • prefs is always honored, including launch time for the first created blank document
  • UI elements not allowed by the DTD of the current document are disabled
  • new Help contents, contributed by KDS Sahambi
  • small toolbar icons by default
  • Font Face dropdown menu moved to second format toolbar to keep a compact window
  • PHP and comments now hidden when located between table cells/rows/etc, ie in places where visibility would break the table layout.
  • it was impossible to remove a form element from the Form dialog.
  • on linux, dropping a file on the source view inserted an image or a link in the source
  • default themes icon and preview were not displayed
  • it was impossible to revert to default theme
  • fixed 0.90 regression from 0.81: it was impossible to launch nvu
  • a lot of minor bug fixes

Known problems

  • in XHTML documents, Nvu 1.0PR serializes empty script (for external scripts) in the form with no end tag. This is perfectly valid XML, of course, but an old piece of crap a browser called MSIE chokes on it, of course. To avoid that, tweak those elements in the source view to give them a content, for exemple a whitespace char.

Version number 1.0PR
Operating systems Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Server 2003
Website Glazblog
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)