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Need Mac HTML/PHP editor
Something where I can move things around in preview

 6:16 am on Jan 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I need something similar to the old Microsoft Frontpage where you can move things around during edit for the Mac, preferably free. Anyone have any suggestions?



 9:07 am on Jan 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

nvu / kompozer (try the latter, it's based on the former) is free and wysiwyg.

Commercial ones, well DreamWeaver exists, but it's pretty expensive.

Personally I only use text editors.

travelin cat

 4:23 pm on Jan 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

There's always BBEdit, it's $125 or the same company has a stripped down free version called TextWrangler.


 10:32 am on Jan 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

BBEdit is a very cool editor. Intgrates with several version control systems like subversion, saves to ftp... its nice :-)


 2:33 pm on Jan 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

I use dreamweaver myself but also have Textmate, tried bbedit too but overall I just prefer dreamweaver.


 4:35 pm on Jan 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have no experience with these, but they have the features you mentioned:

Amaya [w3.org]
Aptama Studio [aptana.com]
Bluefish Editor [bluefish.openoffice.nl]
Screem [screem.org]


 12:18 am on Feb 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Here is the all time best software for what you're looking for:

Panic - Coda - One-Window Web Development for Mac OS X
Teach Coda new tricks, and extend its functionality, lickety-split. Download plug-ins that others have written, or write your own plug-ins using your ...


 12:34 am on Feb 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Several people that I know swear by BBedit.


 7:25 am on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

After 20-plus years being a PC user, I finally made the leap to Mac. I bought an iMac, and have never been so happy with a computer!

Mostly what I'm doing these days is directory-building and forum-seeding, so nothing more than a browser is necessary for the business side of things. But I still want to do some minor design work, and don't know where to start.

Problem is, I have no clue what software is good for various things. I thought I remembered an old partner raving about GoLive, but that seems to be gone.

I have DW for Mac, but what I'm looking for is something similar to the first post here: A WYSIWYG editor that allows edit to the code if that is needed.

I also got Gimp, because I'll be fried if I'm going to pay all that money for yet another version of PhotoShop. Gimp works very well and does all the same things. And I got Sun's Open Office.

Any suggestions?


 7:18 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

If you have a recent Photoshop license for Windows, there is a way to "crossgrade" -basically for free- it to the corresponding mac version:

I do own a license of DW, but never use it, all I need is a text editor for html and CSS.

CSS is tricky enough cross-browser that I don't want to deal with any quirk an editor might throw me on top of what IE will do to me.

I use a text editor and a copy of FF with the web developer toolbar and firebug installed in it.


 10:57 am on Mar 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I quite buying PhotoShop at 5.5 when I discovered Gimp, which is free and does everything PS did. It is also available for the same price (free) for Macs.

I went with OpenOffice instead of MS Office around the same time and have been thrilled with the software (Sun) and the price (free).


 1:48 pm on Mar 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've tried using Gimp several times, but, perhaps because I know Photoshop so well, I can't get Gimp to make as nice images as Photoshop does. For the web I do a lot of resizing, color grading and sharpening, and everything I tried to do in Gimp just came out "murky".

I use Photoshop Elements on all my Macs now.


 3:44 am on Apr 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

I can recommend coda www.panic.com/coda/. It is by far the best software I have ever used for web development.


 1:59 am on May 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've always used Smultron, a text-editor for coding and a browser for previewing. It's a simple solution, but it works (especially with PHP development).

Baruch Menachem

 1:07 am on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Coda is wonderful. I have done the trial twice. I just can't spring for the $75 for it yet. it has a great help system, balances things well (A major problem for me ;^_^; ) and and the colors are somehow just right.

I like text wrangler a lot. I also like the price.

BBedit is to fancy for me. It is somehow exactly wrong where Coda is exactly right. I much prefer text wrangler.

Now the folks at Panic do have, in my opinion, the world beater FTP client. I can't say enough nice things about Transmit. I think they could get $100 if they bundled Transmit and Coda as a single package. Transmit is only $35. It has so many right features there is not space to list them all.


 7:02 am on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

I use NetBeans with XAMPP for development, no problems so far.

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