Briefly, Dreamweaver 8 wins hands down. This is a follow-up to my earlier post about tools from PortableApps.com.

I really wanted to like and use Nvu, since I've come to love Firefox and Thunderbird. Nvu has the right pedigree, extensibility, speed, rendering and more. Nvu just isn't as fully featured as it need to be and requires too many compromises and inconveniences for daily work. Currently, there aren't enough extensions to patch those issues either. For me the key issues were:

I will still use Nvu as my "thumbdrive HTML editor," but even that requires a few critical add-ons.

Conveniently, one of those critical add-ons has a FAQ that reiterates most of my gripes (see http://fabiwan.kenobi.free.fr/HandCoder/#faq).