I have all kinds of websites and blogs. Been using website design software for years. Apps like Freeway Pro, WordPress, iWeb, RapidWeaver, Flux and others. But, I have discovered a new app called Macaw that looks very promising. It will not be released for a few weeks yet, but the previews look great.
The apps I use are more WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) apps. They use templates (except Freeway Pro) for their design, but they do allow tweaking of the raw code a little. However, they are not hand coding type apps like BBEdit or Coda.
The new app Macaw is kind of a hybrid of both methods. It is not a total hand coding app and it is not a total template app. It lets you design websites with a drag and drop workflow, but within that design you have a bunch of capabilities to tweak the objects on your page using CSS code. Macaw uses a “fluid design” motif that defaults to websites with a more fluid setup. And, it produces very clean code, which in the long run makes for less problems with your website down the road.
This hybrid design style is right up my alley. When I first started doing websites I used almost exclusively template style apps like PageMill, iWeb and WordPress. However, I have grown in my web design abilities and interests. I do not wish (nor do I have the time to learn it) to do total hand coding, but a design program like Macaw gives me the both of best worlds.
Here is a screen shot of one of their design windows:
The design window is on the left. The controls to tweak the elements in the design window are on the right. Believe me there are a ton of controls. It will present me with a bit of a learning curve, but I am looking forward to it. Here is a link to the Macaw Sneak Peek video. It presents a nice overview of the product. You can also watch this YouTube video.
I am really excited to get this app on my Mac and start working with it. No, I won’t be using it for this WordPress blog, but I have several other websites that I do with other programs that could be done very nicely in Macaw.