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Arachnophilia: a Beautiful, Basic, Web Editor

Screenshot from 2014-02-13 06:31:55Update (2014-02-14): Since this post I’ve moved onto Bluefish because it has better support of tables. Bluefish has the ability for pre-defined tags with snippets ability… nice.

I’d just about tossed in the towel on finding an HTML editor that I felt comfortable with when I happened upon this: Arachnophilia; and now I not sure how I could be better off.

Arachnophilia isn’t technically a Linux program, rather it’s a Java program. I’ve avoided using Java programs until now because they ran slowly; however, Java seems to have come a long way from the earlier days and Arachnophilia runs decent, decent enough for me to use on a regular basis.

Arachnophilia is designed to allow direct access to numerous tags. The tags on the two toolbars include the most popular tags and more can be easily added. The library on the left lists a good number more tags. Just about everything is editable in Arachnophilia including the menus. The huge bonus too is that Arachnophilia allows creation of new user-created tags. With this program I’ve been able to create custom tags that I use with my blog.

There is no installing Arachnophilia, just downloading the Arachnophilia Java archive and then directing Java to start it (or if on a Debian system can use the .deb below):

java -jar Arachnophilia.jar

Arachnophilia is simple, plain and enjoyable to use and has easily become my default HTML editor. Thank you Paul Lutus for your work.

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2 comments on “Arachnophilia: a Beautiful, Basic, Web Editor

  1. On first glace, it looks like a nasty broswer cluttered with toolbars! I wonder how much do you use such buttons or what you are looking for in a HTML editor, but I suggest you use a simple editor that supports Zen Coding (http://code.google.com/p/zen-coding/) or SparkUp (https://github.com/rstacruz/sparkup)

    • @ JM

      On first glance, it looks like a nasty browser cluttered with toolbars! I wonder how much do you use such buttons or what you are looking for in a HTML editor, but I suggest you use a simple editor that supports Zen Coding (http://code.google.com/p/zen-coding/) or SparkUp (https://github.com/rstacruz/sparkup)

      Huh that’s interesting, hadn’t heard of Zen Coding or Sparkup before. They seem to be in the same vein as a general markup like markdown or restructured text… hmmm. I notice that my fav (editor) has support for it (would like to try sublime). Thanks for that, this sounds like something I might like to get down to trying.

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