iWeb is languishing, unchanged since iLife '09, and although it’s compatible with Mountain Lion, it’s obvious that Apple have given up on producing a web design app. Other applications offer similar features, but Flux, by the Escapers, hits the sweet spot between flexibility and price.
Many apps can help you build a website, but most cater to people who aren’t too concerned about the code that’s generated, or about taking advantage of the latest developments in web design. Dreamweaver is the opposite—in fact, it’s pretty much the only game in town if you’re a serious web designer working on a Mac. And serious web designers have their work cut out for them these days, creating sites that work on desktop browsers as well as on smartphones and tablets—designs must be flexible enough to accommodate any screen resolution, big or small.
Instead of jumping ahead one full version number every 18 months as usual, Adobe surprised us this spring with Creative Suite 5.5, a mid-cycle upgrade that brings new features to applications snubbed in the last release. The company plans to continue this trend in the future with major updates (like CS6) coming every two years and “point five” releases in between. Users of earlier versions can also graduate slowly to CS5.5 if they so desire -- our older copy of CS4 Design Premium coexists nicely with the latest and greatest version -- but as usual, preferences don’t transfer from older versions.
After Adobe ditched GoLive as their primary web development software in 2008, Dreamweaver has settled nicely into the rest of the Creative Suite. With CS5.5, Adobe brings the industry-leading web authoring and editing software another leap forward with enhanced support for CSS3, HTML5 and much more.