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One thing that all web designers need is a good HTML editor. Plus with the economy the way it is the right price is FREE. Well, over at DevelopersVoice they have put together a good list of the best free HTML editors.

Below is an excerpt from the post.

Aptana Studio :

Aptana Studio is the free, open source Web development environment optimized for use with Ajax libraries and scripting languages like JavaScript, Ruby and PHP. Aptana Studio is considered by many developers the best-in-class authoring environment for today’s more rich and interactive Web pages and Ajax applications.

There is also support for Adobe AIR, Apple iPhone, PHP, and Ruby on Rails development, which comes via additional development plugins.

Pros: Complete IDE, many plugins

Cons : Complicated, developer oriented

Homepage : http://www.aptana.com/studio/

Download : http://www.aptana.com/studio/download

Size : 131 MB License Type : Unrestricted Freeware OS : Windows, Mac, Linux
Free HTML editor


KompoZer :

Kompozer is an open source web development tool built on NVU. The project strives to fix bugs in the NVU project and added new features to it. Both the HTML editor as well as the CSS editor has so far be fixed and updated as part of the Kompozer project - and many more changes are scheduled. Apart from that the main feature set is exactly as in NVU. And one of the most important features is still that editing take place in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) mode allowing you full control of layout as you work with your web design.

Pros: full featured WYSIWYG editor

Cons : not updated , Last release 2006

Homepage : http://kompozer.net/

Download : http://kompozer.net/download.php

Size : 7.6 MB License Type : Unrestricted Freeware OS : Windows 98 – Vista
Free HTML editor

You can read the full post here.

Designing custom controls with the innovative visual Web design tools

The visual Control & Theme Designer web design tools introduced in version Visual WebGui 6.4 version allows to create cool new designs and themes and also custom controls. The new 'how to' tutorial shows how simple it is to create a Visual WebGui custom control with the new designer tool.

This 'How to' is divided into two parts whereas the first part demonstrates the creation of the programmatic part of the water mark text box control and the second part shows how to add the design time of the control.

View the full tutorial here:
Design Visual WebGui custom controls with the new Control & Theme Designer

Cutting-edge Web UI design patterns with no HTML/CSS

This is a first tutorial of the new, cutting-edge Theme & Control designer offered as a preview in the upcoming version of the Visual WebGui RIA development & deployment platform.

The Theme & Control designer enables developers and designers to create or edit controls and to make custom themes in the simplest most efficient way. The Theme & Control designer consolidates all the resources that build up the control into one place and allows to visually manage, edit and custom the design of the UI using point & click and without having to write HTML/CSS code.

View the Basic usage of the new Visual WebGui Theme & Control designer tutorial and learn how to edit images that make up a standard button and quickly transform it to Mac styled buttom.

1 developer and only 1 month to develop a Telemedicine Web application

A new case was published on visualwebgui.com showcasing why TYCON chose Visual WebGui RIA Development Platform as the core platform for the Web UI in their.

Click to Read showcase...

Using Visual WebGui allowed TYCON to deliver the new Telemdicine Second Opinion solution faster than expected saving time and resources due to the easy and quick implementation process of the existing WinForms code. The original plan to convert the WinForms generated code to web was a 5 month/man effort. With Visual WebGui TYCON completed the job using only 1 developer for 1 month.

"With Visual WebGui we were able to build an agile and secure web user interface that meets the requirements of our customer in terms of functionality and time-to-market Interface" Ariel Schwindt CEO of Tycon S.A.

Read the full showcase: A Telemedicine Second Opinion application developed on Web with 1 developer in 1 month

Sneak Peek video of Visual WebGui 6.4 with Theme & Control Designer

Visual WebGui released a short video as a sneak peek of the new version and its major new features - the Theme & Control Designers although a preview version of Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform version 6.4 will become available in a couple of weeks.

The new designers which will be available with the upcoming 6.4 Preview version enable simple and quick customization of controls and themes thus enabling developers/designers to create rich, branded, and engaging customer-facing UI's.

Click here to watch the Theme Customization with the new Designer.

Visual WebGui RIA Platform 6.4 Preview to be released soon

Gizmox announced that Visual WebGui RIA & Cloud Platform version 6.4 will be released as a preview version in the beginning of May.

Since 6.4 includes many major, all-new features Gizmox decided to release it as a free Express Studio Preview version first, allowing Visual WebGui developers & community the opportunity to try it as soon as possible and experience its remarkable potential and value.

In the meantime, 6.3.x which is now a stabilized version continues to be offered as a pre-release version. This will also give the devoted Visual WebGui developers community the opportunity to benefit from Visual WebGui's pre-release discount for a bit longer. Gizmox is offering a free upgrade to 6.4 for perpetual licenses and will reset the subscription period to start when the 6.4 version is stabilized and offered commercially.

For those who would like a taste of the next version Gizmox will soon release a free preview of 6.4. Visual WebGui 6.4 discovers a leap forward in Visual WebGui's evolution and it will literally change the way you develop and design Rich Internet Applications. The new version combines the ease of Visual WebGui drag-and-drop application development with graphically-engaging visual designers to build Web UI's. The 6.4 preview brings a new dimension of collaboration between development and UI design tasks enabling simple and productive customization and creation of rich, branded, creative customer-facing Web 2.0 like UI's. This is enabled by new Control & Theme Visual Designers that add up to the Form designer and integrate with existing design software such as Photoshop, Expression Blend, Flash CS, and more to enable the most efficient developer and designer collaboration when customizing and creating new themes and controls. Both Theme and Control Designers provide easy management of the entire project's resources and the integrative capability to edit those resources.

Visual WebGui 6.4 also introduces a new scalability server extension allowing multi-users usage scenarios. The Cluster Server also provides important redundancy to Visual WebGui web applications.

Stay tuned for more information, samples and downloads to be released this month on Visual WebGui News...

Dojo Toolkit 1.3 Released

The 1.3 version of the Dojo toolkit is finally out. The main focus of this release has been browser compatibility (particularly IE 8 and Chrome) and speed. According to Dojo-reported numbers on the TaskSpeed benchmark, Dojo is the fastest JavaScript toolkit on common DOM operations, at least twice as fast as other JavaScript toolkits. Of course, all the usual caveats about micro-benchmarking apply, but the speed increase is nevertheless quite impressive.

Simultaneous with the Dojo 1.3 release is the release of the PlugD, a library allows Dojo developers to mimic some of the popular aspects of jQuery (method chaining, as well as many similarly-named convenience methods).

The full release notes can be found here. You can download the new release here.

DC Management System Web UI developed in less than a month

Torq Software decided to allow web access to the internal systems so that they can be accessed by more field agents and clients via the internet with a manageable impact on the processor and bandwidth usage footprint.

The team chose Visual WebGui Rich Internet Applications Platform and soon enough discovered how easy it was to start developing Visual WebGui screens due to the fact that it uses the same GUI designer technology that was already used to develop the Windows Forms version of the application.

It was relatively easy to develop the screens for the application as the existing Windows Forms UI was used as a guide. Even though Visual WebGui was still in a beta form, the overall development was simple and quicker than expected. "Not having to learn ASP.NET in its entirety meant that we could leverage our existing knowledge for most part to produce an effective application" Said Apolon Ivankovic. Deployment turned out to be relatively easy as well and only required the team to learn the basics of IIS deployment.

To read the entire showcase click on the following link:
Debt Collection Management System Web UI developed in less than a month

A Linux Web based tool completed in just 2 weeks

A new Visual WebGui RIA Platform showcase is published:
A Linux (Mono) Web based OS Deployment tool completed in just 2 weeks

The company needed to develop a solution which would operate as an OS Deployment tool that is customized for the needs of their Datacenter according the specific design parameters given.

The team decided not to use PHP but to use Mono (mod_mono) with Visual WebGui because of the short timeframe they had for deploying the solution and since Visual WebGui provided the easiest and quickest graphical development possible.

The web development process was straight forward. While the final goal was well defined, some of the concepts and functions were being defined while coding the solution. The Visual WebGui unique approach enabling easy integration of UserControls and intuitive graphical development allowed for this unstructured development cycle which led to an extremely shortened process as stated by Axel Westerhold: "Because of the easy graphical development environment and the integration into Visual Studio we were able to roll out the product within 2 weeks."

Go to the full case study.

Visual WebGui RIA Platform 6.3.5 released

Gizmox released its Visual WebGui RIA Platform version 6.3.5. This version is an additional step towards a stable 6.3.x which is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

This is the change log for version 6.3.5

Bugs fix
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VWG-4152 - TableLayoutPanel clip right side of added controls that reach it's right edge.
VWG-3838 - SplitContainer should retain it's SplitterDistance when form saved.
VWG-4153 - Form with MainMenu, ToolBar and TabControl in FF hides the menu and toolbar when switching tabs.

All 6.3.5 downloads can be found here.

Professional Studio can be downloaded directly from here.

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