For some reason web editors, tools to help code and build websites, appear to have fallen out of fashion. Maybe it’s the rise of themed CMSs or just a decline in demand, but there aren’t that many of them being marketed any more. Unlike, say, video editors.
Nevertheless, the need to edit and create websites continues, and anything that makes it easier to do gets our vote. BlueGriffon is such a product. This freeware editor, offers full WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing, which makes use of the Gecko engine from Firefox to ensure visual accuracy on preview. The interface is word-processor easy, with a source code mode for the hard core editors who like to get their hands dirty.
I actually first started using it a while back to do a bit of editing on a Kindle book in HTML format, and it worked really well. Embedding images, audio and other elements is dead easy, and the inclusion of the neat SVG Edit drawing tool is a bonus if you need vector graphics in your project.
If I was going to be picky, I would complain that you have to cough up a bit of cash for a decent CSS editor add-on, but I suppose they’ve got a right to make some money somewhere. Speaking of add-ons, the product features a bunch of extra premium bolt-on features you can pay for, ranging from project management to dictionaries and a word counter. And if you really need an editor with multi-language capabilities, then this is the puppy to go for, with support for a whopping 18 languages in total. Impressive.
Overall a nice little tool, and choc full of the kind of functionality you need to get the best out of your web code editing. The preview feature works seamlessly, with no need to skip out to an external browser, just a single click shows what the finished page will look like. Nice.