I’m actually surprised I didn’t see a sticky about this. Is there one lying around somewhere I missed, please let me know.
I’m currently looking for a free HTML/CSS Editor. Up until now I’ve been using Dreamweaver (not the WYSIWYG portion), but with CS5 coming out I’m re-evaluating my need for Dreamweaver before upgrading.
The main features I’m looking for are:
Either it’s that or … Aptana. Which is pretty lightweight and does other things similar to its’ daddy: Eclipse SDK. My favorite function is the color picker. I also love the tag close detection that shows if you have the tag closed or not and where by highlighting either the end or the beginning of the tag.
Basic build includes alot, but you can probably get more by adding the plug-ins needed. It can also hook up to SVNs with these, too.
it is very hard for me to create web based on CSS. It is easy to develop with table but difficult to develop with css based using div tag. What kind of easiest editor that can develop web based on css just like drag and drop?
samanime, I use Notepad++, It’s VERY lightweight, open source, has syntax highlighting, FTP upload (through a plug-in), project management (again through plug-ins) and there’s validation tools for it as far as I’m aware. I use it myself for my own development needs and for something less than 2MB and highly expandable with script plug-in’s, it makes Aptana and Eclipse feel like bloatware. Here’s the link: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/
Nope it doesn’t have code hinting (that I’m aware of) and for some reason I can’t find the project management plug-in. I used it ages ago but where it is I can’t seem to see. If it’s not there anymore I guess there’s always the option to create a plug-in yourself for project management thereby giving the IDE whatever it’s missing
I also recommend Notepad++. I suggested it to a friend when she started doing web design but was getting too annoyed with Dreamweaver to get much done, and it suited her work style well so it was a perfect match.
I personally still usually use Dreamweaver, any version that’s available, but I won’t bother to upgrade unless someone buys it for me. Hahaha. Honestly there’s not much reason to stay with Dreamweaver since many of the features can be found in other programs - except if you already use it for templates, then you’re kind of stuck. Notepad/Notepad++ are lifesavers when you need something light to just get in and make a quick change.