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Video tour: Bluefish editor

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on September 30, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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Bluefish is a GUI-based text and code editor that runs on "most (maybe all?) POSIX compatible operating systems including Linux, FreeBSD, Ma cOS X, OpenBSD, and Solaris." It has an impressive feature list, and is both lightweight and speedy. It is not currently under heavy development primarily because it is a mature program that already does exactly what it is supposed to do with no fuss or complaint.

Several Linux.com writers use Bluefish daily because we have found it to be an ideal text editor for producing copy that will appear online rather than on paper. It is also an excellent tool for Web programmers, which is the group of users for whom it was originally written.

This brief video gives you an idea of how Bluefish works, how it looks, and what it can do. After watching it, you may want to download and run Bluefish for yourself, which is easy to do if you are a GNU/Linux user, since binaries that work with most distributions are available from the Bluefish download page if Bluefish isn't in your distribution's repositories -- which it probably is.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.107.54.6] on September 30, 2008 10:34 PM
Bluefish is my favorite HTML editor because it does the basics beautifully. I'd much rather use Bluefish and browser refresh than Quanta Plus. It's fast, has a minimal footprint, and codes nicely. Thnx. :)

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Posted by: Benjamin Huot on September 30, 2008 10:35 PM
I really like this HTML text editor on Linux. It works much better for me than Quanta and I also have recently found Winefish which is similar and I like better than Kile as well.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.166.251.205] on September 30, 2008 11:20 PM
I've been using BlueFish for a little over a year now. Before that, I used IBM Top Page for Linux, a wysiwig editor. Since moving to Bluefish, I have not looked back. I find it does everything I need to do and does it better than a wsyiwig editor.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.92.239.68] on October 01, 2008 05:55 AM
I'm having a hard time leaving BBEdit behind. I'm determined to be all Linux all the time, but there are certain things that make BBEdit very appealing. So my question is, have I missed the following features somewhere in the docs or are any of these available as plugins?

1. Syntax checking.
2. A shortcut to convert all tags to lowercase. (all right, I'm lazy AND anal, if that's possible. I'm also conflicted, but I'm seeing a therapist for that.)
3. A shortcut to remove carriage returns
4. Find and replace across multiple files and in subdirs. I know Kfilereplace is available, but that feature is much more straight-forward in BBEdit. Kfilereplace seems to be a bit obtuse, but I must admit that I haven't diligently RTFM.

Once I get past this, I still need to replace Acrobat Pro (I need to edit PDFs and set PWs from time to time and am trying to learn PDFedit), find some workarounds with the GIMP so I can produce better GIFs that are as good as what I get from Fireworks, and get my stupid IP phone working (Ekiga or - forgive me - Skype).

BTW, I'm using Sidux (2.6.26-5.slh.6-sidux-amd64) and I've been in the forums a lot. I might have missed the one key thread to answer some of my questions, but it isn't like I didn't try.

...and I'm also an 'old guy' like Roblimo.

Thanks for any guidance in advance.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.144.34.69] on October 01, 2008 07:50 AM
Mr. Smith uses Bluefish!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.119.230.153] on October 01, 2008 01:10 PM
Thanks for the great Bluefish intro. Side question though: what did you use to create the screencast and the voice over?

Thanks.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: unknown] on October 01, 2008 02:28 PM
Bluefish is actually very much under development, but this is mainly done in the 1.1 tree and in CVS. There hasn't been a 1.1 release recently because the heart of Bluefish (the editor widget) is currently undergoing a complete rewrite, which takes a lot of time. But we're working towards the 2.0 release!

regards,
Olivier Sessink

(Bluefish developer)

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Thanks: Bluefish editor

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.178.65.1] on October 02, 2008 04:45 PM
Really a message to Oliver. I have been using Bluefish for quite a long time and it is great. It's one of the most widely used tools in my armoury.

One request: Add in some versioning support for svn type repos. That would make it perfect and mean I wouldn't need to cut and paste my code into Eclipse!

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.232.71.232] on October 02, 2008 07:03 PM
Does "not currently under heavy development" really mean it's been abandoned because the one guy (as is usually the case with Linux programs) that created it eventually graduated (college, high school, tech school, etc.) and got his first (job, girlfriend, car, etc.)?

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Re: Video tour: Bluefish editor

Posted by: Benjamin Huot on October 03, 2008 12:23 AM
If you don't like open source, there is always Windows or Mac OS X as well as many less known OSes. New Flash: this site is about Linux.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.232.71.232] on October 02, 2008 07:08 PM
Hasn't WordPress pretty much done away with the need to tool your own web site?

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Re: Video tour: Bluefish editor

Posted by: Benjamin Huot on October 03, 2008 12:19 AM
Some people put things on the web beside blogs or want to keep from having to update server scripts whenever there is a security problem. There are also people who want to have more freedom to create a unique design for their page.
[Modified by: Benjamin Huot on October 03, 2008 12:21 AM]

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.81.36.86] on October 02, 2008 07:53 PM
Im always amused by the constant stream of text editors being written

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.237.22.197] on October 05, 2008 12:21 PM
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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.128.29.230] on October 07, 2008 07:07 AM
I love bluefish. I just wish it had better color coding and svn repo support.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.107.198.88] on October 22, 2008 04:00 PM
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