Web Design Software: Real-Time Preview

started by Mrblack on Mar 5, 2004 — RSS Feed

Mrblack Mrblack
Posts: 40

It seems like I read this somehwere on this forum but maybe I'm nuts.

Is there an editor that allows you to see a real-time preview of the page you are editing while you type?

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

Yes, BBEdit and Adobe GoLive CS. It's an incredibly useful facility. Change a CSS spec and half a second later, the preview shows it too.

Mrblack Mrblack
Posts: 40

Do you know if Go Live uses it's own rendering engine or does it invoke an external browser?

For $400.00 it should do something neat!

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

GoLive uses the Opera rendering engine (as does Dreamweaver). HomeSite uses the IE6 engine but you physically have to switch to the preview tab - no big deal.

The Opera engine is not as good as Gecko nor as ubquitious as IE. I never use the live rendeing in GoLive because it's nowhere as good as BBEdit - but you need a Mac with OSX for that - and a two monitor setup ideally.

Jdenny Jdenny
Posts: 65

For real-time CSS Mozilla has an extension called "Edit CSS". It's primative, but works well and of course uses the best rendering engine around.
It is especially good for experimenting with any page - your own page, someone else's page, or a demo of a CSS technique you are learning.

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