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AnswerYes, Nvu is 100% free to download and use.  Nvu is open sourced and supported by volunteers and your donations, which are greatly appreciated. 

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AnswerNo, not at this time. If you would like to submit a version please contact us.

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AnswerThere are versions of Nvu for Windows, Mac and Linux.  Visit the Download page for more details.

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AnswerYes! Daniel Glazman is currently leading development on the next generation HTML editor. It is being completely redone to take advantage of new features in the Firefox development branch. We'll announce more details as that project progresses.  If you'd like to help, please contact us.

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AnswerNvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") is a complete Web Authoring System that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editing. Nvu is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

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AnswerPlease see the three steps here.  There are also many good videos and websites dedicated to using Nvu.  Here is one good example, and you can search Google and YouTube to find many more.

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AnswerFrontPage, Expression Web and Dreamweaver are popular HTML editors for MS Windows. These programs have become popular because they make web design extremely easy, even for non-technical people. Nvu is not an exact clone of any of these products, but it does contain many of the same easy-to-use features which makes these programs so popular. Users familiar with any of these products will feel right at home using Nvu, only we're free!

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AnswerNvu is designed to be extremely easy to use. This makes it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML, CSS or web coding. Nvu allows you to create web pages as easily as typing letters using a word processor, and then publish them to your web site just by saving the document. This makes it ideal for home use, students, marketing professionals, general business use, and so on. Even though it's designed for the novice web designer, Nvu is also ideal for experienced web programmers who want to save time in creating content or web design. Because you can quickly toggle between the WYSIWYG editing mode and the HTML code mode, just by changing tabs, Nvu is also ideal for those wishing to learn HTML programming, as they can easily observe the interaction between the HTML code and what a user will see in their web browser. The bottom line is that Nvu is ideal for anyone who wants to quickly create web pages.

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AnswerThere are five main differences: 1) Emphasis on ease-of-use for the non-technical user, 2) Robust WYSIWYG editing, 3) Integrated web file management, 4) Enhanced handling of forms, templates, etc., and 5) Extensibility which allows advanced users to build their own extensions to Nvu with a just a dash of JavaScript. For instance, it is very easy to create new "smart widgets" (i.e. a calendar, a date/time widget, a mail widget, etc.) and integrate them with one click into Nvu.

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AnswerYes. Nvu is open source and covered under the MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license. This means you can download, edit and redistribute the code. 

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AnswerSee our About page for the history behind the Nvu project.

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AnswerNvu was started from the Mozilla Composer code base. The Mozilla Internet suite was broken up into individual pieces (browser, email, etc.). Nvu picks up where Composer left off, adding additional features, functionality and ease of use.

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AnswerMozilla Composer was created to bring HTML editing capabilities to the Mozilla Internet Suite. Nvu takes that basic functionality to a new level by adding integrated web site management, better form and table support, better browser compatibility, etc.

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AnswerMozilla will always need a good HTML editor for their email project. To what extent they continue with the Composer project as a stand-alone product will be determined by them. We're hopeful many of those who were involved with Composer will get involved with the Nvu project.

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AnswerGo to the Download Page for details on installing Nvu to your computer system.

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AnswerPlease contact us.

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AnswerYes, please!  Any donation is appreciated and can be easily sent to us here.  Another great way to support this site and the Nvu project is to patronize our sponsors, which you can find listed throughout the site.    

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AnswerUse the Activity Monitor utility to kill the process:

1) Click the "face" icon in the Dock (typically the leftmost icon) to bring up a Finder window.
2) Select "Applications" from the icon list in the left part of the window
3) Open the directory "Utilities" in the right pane
4) Launch the application "Activity Monitor"
5) Select the Nvu process
6) Use the "Quit Process" button in the upper left to kill it.

Another method to try if this one fails:

1) Click the "face" icon in the Dock (typically theleftmost icon) to bring up a Finder window.
2) Select "Applications" from the icon list in the left part of the window
3) Open the directory "Utilities" in the right pane
4) Launch the application "Terminal"
5) Type "killall nvu-bin" and the return/enter key
6) Quit the Terminal application.

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