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WEB Authoring Tools for Desktops

This page describes alternatives to BlueGriffon which is no more available.

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

MS Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is a free and open-source code editor that has been gaining in popularity among developers. VS Code is a lightweight, cross-platform editor that is designed to be customizable and extensible, making it a favorite tool for building webpages.


Installing Visual Studio Code

On Windows

The installation package can be installed from CMF. The package name is MS Visual Studio Code.

For personal Windows 10/11 device, VS Code can be downloaded from here.

On macOS and Linux

VS Code can be downloaded from here.


Useful resources to learn VS Code are available here:

Common questions

Q. Does VS Code have HTML preview?

A. No, VS Code doesn't have built-in support for HTML preview but there are extensions available in the VS Code Marketplace.

To see a list of available HTML preview extensions.Open the Extensions view and look for:

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver is a visual web page editor that allows you to create, edit and manage websites and webpages without having to learn HTML. It uses a WYSIWYG environment that allows you to see what your web pages look like as you create them.


Request a License

CERN users who need professional access to Adobe Dreamweaver (or another Adobe products under license) are invited to open the following Request Adobe Dreamweaver access link and fill a form in order to provide all the required information.

Request Adobe Dreamweaver access

Installing Adobe Dreamweaver

  1. Sign in at, then select Install (or Download) for the app you want to install.
  2. Double-click the downloaded file to begin installation.
  3. Once the installer window opens, sign in to your Adobe account. The Creative Cloud desktop app launches automatically and installs your app.


  • If you are already signed in to Creative Cloud on two other computers, you are prompted to sign out from any one of them.
  • If you are installing your software on macOS 13 Ventura, keep the Adobe Creative Cloud Login Item enabled in your Mac's System Settings. Turning this option off also closes critical Adobe processes required to support features such as auto-updates, file syncing, and notifications. Learn how to enable the Adobe Creative Cloud login items.


All resources to learn Adobe Dreamweaver are available here: