RapidWeaver takes an old-school approach to web design, having you choose a theme, build pages on your Mac, and then publish the lot to the web. It offers 52 templates to choose from, five of which are new to this version and “responsive” to accommodate tablets and smartphones. The new themes are quite swish, if not entirely robust across browsers.
Coda is a friendly, capable website coding environment, suitable for amateurs yet also geared towards professionals. It’s been a while since the last major update, and we now have 2.5, which feels a tad like Panic lobbing new features at the faithful before knuckling down and getting on with whatever Coda 3 becomes.
If you're a web designer or developer, xScope 4 is an essential purchase. Two new tools have made their way into this major update to Iconfactory’s indispensable app for measuring, inspecting, and testing on-screen graphics and layouts.
Sparkle calls itself a “vector drawing tool, uniquely tailored” for creating websites. In use, we found it most reminiscent of Pages, with a workflow based around drag-and-drop and free layout. No matter how you describe it, though, what matters is how effective it is when it comes to web design.
Apple’s iWeb has long been a godsend for those wanting to design their own website but who didn’t have the coding skills to do so from scratch. So, when Apple announced that it would no longer be supporting or developing iWeb in 2012, the quest for a suitable replacement began in earnest. EverWeb, from RAGE Software, aims to be just that — and, for the most part, it’s right on target.
MAX 2013 may be in full gear in Los Angeles, but users will have to wait until June to get their hands on the new Creative Cloud editions of Adobe's products, which includes some exciting changes to the company's web creation applications.
Currently at version 4.0, Adobe Muse isn’t exactly a new kid on the block when it comes to the company’s arsenal of HTML design tools. While Adobe continues to push Dreamweaver as the core web design software of its ever-expanding universe, Muse is targeted at designers who want to create websites without having to tinker under the hood writing code.
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.
When Apple first launched iWeb, a new wave of beginners were able to quickly and easily design an attractive website on their Mac and upload it to the web via MobileMe. In recent years, however, iWeb has seen little attention in terms of updates when compared to iLife’s big hitters like iPhoto and iMovie, and MobileMe, along with its web hosting features, has been shut down and replaced by iCloud. The end looks close for iWeb.
Have no fear, however, the online service Squarespace (from $12 a month) provides you with a simple interface which you can write posts and upload images.