bbcodeutils: BBCode parser and BBCode to HTML for Python

WireframeWhen designing desktop apps, websites, and mobile applications, more than once I have tried using an application like mockingbird or Pencil Project. On one hand, mockingbird, is a web application that can be accessed from any browser and allows you to design multiple pages with different elements. On the other hand, Pencil Project, initially born as a Firefox extension, now has a multiplatform desktop application that allows you to mockup easily.

The drawback I see on these two applications is that for some reason, I always end up making simple mockups with a simple pen and paper. This way I can organize my ideas faster than using these applications. I guess the main reason for this is that I’m not a designer, so to me it is the same doing a shitty design in paper, than a shitty design with an application. Moreover, usually using a computer app for this task I end up spending more time to do the same…

Anyway, the other day I discovered, and the truth is that I was quite impressed by the UI. It is super-easy and fast to use. You just drag the mouse while clicking and voila, you have an item of the size of your selection. You click on the type of item you want and you are done with the item. Even if you want to change attributes, you just have to double click on it, and select the attributes you want to change.

Actually, it is the first time I feel that I do not waste my time doing mockups with an application of this kind. From what I’ve seen, this application is starting, and it still lacks of some functionalities and needs some polishment, but I suppose that those will be added in the future. Even I think this lack of complexity and lack of tons of box types is what makes you go faster.

I think choosing the right tool for a job is a matter of personal preferences and personal needs, but I would recommend trying and taking a look at the other apps I pointed out at the beginning of the post.

Feel free to share any other tool you find useful in the comments 😉

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  1. Don Kreher
    21/11/2010 at 11:37 am Permalink


    I have found your very nice BBcode to HTML.

    I am looking for an ofline HTML to BBcode converter
    for the Mac. Do you have one?

    A LaTeX to BBcode converter would be even better.

    I also would like to find an offline viewer of BBcode for the Mac. Do you know of one?


  2. Pau Sánchez
    24/11/2010 at 4:37 pm Permalink

    I’m sorry Don, I have no idea about any HTML or LaTeX to BBCode converter 🙁

  3. rodgerson51
    04/06/2011 at 8:32 pm Permalink

    Inside bbcodeutils you will find following classes:Before you try any example I

  4. Greg Humphreys
    25/07/2011 at 6:17 am Permalink

    You should use “basestring” instead of “str” when checking if something is a string or dictionary so that it will be easier to use this with unicode input.