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BlueGriffon officially recommended by the French Government

en-US TL;DR: BlueGriffon is now officially recommended as the html editor for the French Administration in its effort to rely on and promote Free Software!

Je suis très heureux de signaler que BlueGriffon, mon éditeur Web cross-platform et Wysiwyg, est officiellement recommandé par le Socle Interministériel de Logiciels Libres pour 2016 !!! Vous trouverez la liste officielle des logiciels recommandés ici (document pdf).


BlueGriffon 1.8 released

It took a long time but v1.8 is out. What's new:
  • russian locale update
  • lot of bug fixes in the CSS panel
  • new Insert Markdown dialog
  • UI for CSS Writing Modes added
  • UI fixes on windows
  • major fixes on the colorpicker
  • Retina on OSX
  • command handler bug on OSX, the -url flag did not work
  • added a color blender, adapted from Eric Meyer's (with permission), to the color picker


META Seal of Recognition

META Seal of RecognitionI am extremely happy and proud to let you know BlueGriffon received last thursday in Berlin, Germany, the « META Seal of Recognition » Award from the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance for being the very first editor to implement the three main data categories of the W3C Internationalization Tag Set 2.0 (ITS 2.0) :-)

That implementation was done under a contract from DFKI and funding from the European Commission (project LT-Web), 7th Framework Programme (FP7), grant agreement n° 287815. The code is Open Source and will be available with forthcoming version 1.8 of BlueGriffon.

Here is the press release about it:

At the fourth annual META-FORUM conference in Berlin on September 19/20, it was announced that Disruptive Innovations was awarded the META Seal of Recognition for BlueGriffon. The META Seal of Recognition recognises excellence in software, products, and services which actively contribute to the European Multilingual Information Society. The META Technology Council, a panel of 30 experts drawn from the European Language Technology landscape, recognises the contribution BlueGriffon makes to the European Multilingual Information Society.

META, the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance brings together researchers, commercial technology providers, private and corporate language technology users, language professionals and other information society stakeholders. META is preparing the necessary ambitious joint effort towards furthering language technologies as a means towards realising the vision of a Europe united as one single digital market and information space.

The META Seal of Recognition is awarded annually to select products and services which actively contribute to the initiative’s goals. This year is the third time the META Seal of Recognition has been awarded at a special ceremony as part of META-FORUM 2013 held in Berlin, Germany.

For more information see


BlueGriffon 1.7.1

I have released BlueGriffon 1.7.1 to fix some command line issues. I am not exactly sure why, but some users seem to have problems switching to that version, the 1.7.1 locales not overriding correctly the 1.7 locales. In that case, please delete your profile and relaunch. You may have to reinstall your add-ons.


BlueGriffon EPUB Edition 1.7

I just released BlueGriffon EPUB v1.7 for all platforms. Purchasers of older versions can safely download and install it over their existing install, it will not reset profile or license credentials.

Note to Windows users: you may have to install the MSVC10 Redistributable Package since we moved to VC10. See the download page.


BlueGriffon 1.7

I just released BlueGriffon 1.7 for Windows (XP, 7, 8), OS X (10.6 to 10.8) and Ubuntu (12.04 and 13.04, 32 and 64 bits). You can find it here.


Mailchimp Email Templates

In january 2011, Mailchimp released under a CC license 37 html-based email templates that became hugely popular among newsletter authors. I am glad to report these 37 templates are now available through our One-Click Templates add-on to BlueGriffon. If you already purchased our add-on, you don't have to upgrade; just launch BlueGriffon and open the One-Click Templates Manager to see the new MailChimp Email Blueprints section with its 37 templates. /* Enjoy! */


One-Click Templates add-on

Thanks to Jean-Pierre Reyt's heads up (and patience), I have identified a well hidden bug in the One-Click Templates add-on. It's related to the permissions of the temporary directory in which the add-on downloads and unzips a template. Weirdly, that bug did not happen in the past. I am currently working on a fix, stay tuned.

Update:fixed, email sent to all purchasers, updated


BlueGriffon EPUB Edition 1.6.1

We just released an update to our ebook editor, BlueGriffon EPUB Edition 1.6.1. Just install the new version over the previous one. If you have already purchased an earlier version of the app, your license credentials still apply and no change is needed. You should also have received by email an update to the User's Manual.

BlueGriffon is the only Wysiwyg cross-platform editor fully conformant to both EPUB2 and EPUB3.

Changelog from version 1.5.4:


BlueGriffon 1.6 released

We just released BlueGriffon 1.6. The most important changes in the changelog below are the ones in bold:

  • fixed too many LFs in stylesheet serialization
  • fixed error in commandline handler
  • CSS Properties panel was horked by switch to dockable panels
  • page setup and print menus: b=500
  • remove floating panel; b=498
  • better inline editing (core patch)
  • fixes in Find/Replace in source view
  • font and color assignments in floating toolbar don't use css; b=482
  • TOC update horked; b=440
  • Save in source view should update iframe's oldSource; b=479
  • dockable panels; b=478
  • new pref for default file extensions on save; b=309
  • TypeInState not shown in UI; b=471
  • save from source view horked; b=473
  • blockquote button; b=472
  • xhtml 1.1; b=404
  • aria role dropdown always looking for block; b=430
  • only UTF-8 in xhtml5; b=430
  • updates on a daily basis don't work; b=436
  • add skip-this-version to updates; b=415
  • edit a page directly from a link; b=457
  • get rid of align attribute; b=464
  • revert shuffles tab order; b=466
  • bad serialization for embedded stylesheets; b=467
  • selected line in dark source themes unreadable; b=445
  • Add an 'Open File' menu; b=470
  • Better table row and column resizers; b=469
  • switch to final CSS gradient syntax; b=463
  • languages dialog horked on cancel; b=439
  • add toggle view command; b=426, patch by Yu Tang
  • IDs appear twice in link insertion dialog; b=422

/* Enjoy! */


Towards BlueGriffon 1.6

BlueGriffon v1.6, even with a minor version number change, will in fact be quite a big change architecturally since all the floating panels of BlueGriffon become dockable. As a result, some add-ons will require an upgrade. Purchasers of older versions of the add-ons will soon receive a free upgrade offer by email. The add-ons store will also soon offer the new versions with a clear mention they strictly require BlueGriffon v >=1.6.

Localization teams of BlueGriffon, please verify your locale directory and commit or submit patches for all strings still in english. Thanks!



Hi BlueGriffon Team,

I would like to inform you that your company is chosen as to receive the “Best Web Tool 2012” award. We applaud your great products/services that truly make websites better.

Stay tuned for more information soon:-)


Free BlueGriffon add-on : Opquast Accessibility First Step

OpquastI have a free add-on for you BlueGriffon users : it's an automated accessibility checklist built by the wonderful Opquast people. I took their checklist, wrote the corresponding JS-based tests and turned the whole thing into an add-on. The add-on adds a new menu entry to the Tools menu. It works for the last focused document and it works for both Wysiswyg and Source views. Localized in english and french.

The add-on is available here. Please save it onto your hard disk and follow the installation instructions starting at step 3.

Screenshot of the add-on


BlueGriffon EPUB Edition beta1

BlueGriffon EPUB Edition logoI have in front of me right now the beta 1 of BlueGriffon EPUB Edition. That beta is EPUB2-only, no EPUB3 yet. I am going to give that beta1 for tests purposes (blogging allowed, no embargo, redistribution of course forbidden) to a number of selected people in the coming days. Please don't ping me if you don't get an invite, the list of testers is already frozen.

  • cross-platform Windows, OS X and Linux
  • powered of course by Mozilla
  • no proprietary pivot format at all
  • creates *.epub, opens *.epub, edits *.pub, saves *.epub; of course including if the ebook was not created by BlueGriffon
  • Web standards compliant
  • based on BlueGriffon
  • allows UI-based editing of all metadata
  • allows UI-based editing of guide, spine and ncx

Let me clarify one detail in case you missed it: this product will not be Open Source and will be fully commercial. The changes to the files already present in the Web editor BlueGriffon (not the EPUB one) will of course be published to fully respect the MPL but will be quite useless since almost all the magic happens in new files.

You can already see a few recent screenshots at (that's a carousel).

Stay tuned !

Update: I also posted a screenshot of BlueGriffon EPUB Edition editing a japanese version of the Qu'ran released as an EPUB2 ebook.


BlueGriffon 1.5.2 in Galician

I am really glad to report that thanks to the hard work done by Enrique Estévez, Galician is now enabled by default in BlueGriffon builds. 1.5.2 users can download and use the gl langpack following these steps:

  1. download the langpack and save it onto your hard disk
  2. launch BlueGriffon 1.5.2
  3. open Tools > Add-ons
  4. click on the Languages tab
  5. click on the wheel button and select Install Add-on Fom File
  6. select the langpack you saved above
  7. click the Restart link, let BlueGriffon restart
  8. open Preferences, switch to Advanced tab
  9. check "Use installed locale", select Galician in the list
  10. hit the "Use Language" button
  11. let BlueGriffon restart and enjoy 1.5.2 in Galego!


BlueGriffon 1.5.2 released

  • fixed (regression from BMO bug 669026 handled in bug 757368): editor loses focus using arrow keys if a panel is opened and contains a focusable element
  • L10N errors
  • one minor error in the CSS Properties Panel

Available here, as usual.


BlueGriffon 1.5

BlueGriffon 1.5 went live a few hours ago. If you purchased BlueGriffon's User's Manual, watch your inbox, a download link for the revised version is waiting for you there. Purchasers of our CSS Pro Editor, our Silver Offer and our Platinum subscribers also received a download link to the new version of the CSS Pro Editor.


BlueGriffon 1.5 ETA

If everything goes well, BlueGriffon 1.5 will be released friday 27 april. There are still localization holes, in particular for the following locales:

  • he (Hebrew): severe lag
  • fi (Finnish): only last changes missing
  • it (Italian): only last changes missing
  • hu (Hungarian): DONE 20120417
  • ja (Japanese): severe lag
  • ko (Korean): severe lag
  • nl (Dutch): severe lag
  • pl (Polish): DONE 20120413
  • sl (Slovenian): light lag

If you can help us here in order to have these locales completed for the 24th of april, you're highly welcome. Please see our localization manual and then the list of recent L10N changes. Warning, that list contains only the recent changes. Locales severely lagging require more changes than what's contained in this list. Thanks!


Localizing BlueGriffon

I have written a short manual for BlueGriffon localizers. This manual focuses on Windows for the time being.


BlueGriffon in Serbian !

Thanks to Ivan Starčević (Иван Старчевић) and Snežana Lukić (Снежана Лукић), we now have a fully functional Serbian language pack for BlueGriffon 1.4.1!

  1. right-click on this link and save the file on your hard disk
  2. launch BlueGriffon
  3. open Tools > Add-ons
  4. Use the top-right button to Install Add-on from File and select the file you saved on your disk
  5. restart BlueGriffon
  6. open BlueGriffon's Preferences, select Advanced Tab, select "Use installed locale", select "sr (Serbia)"
  7. click on the "Use language button"

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