Flux V

The plucky web ed­i­tor gets a re­vamp and is re­built for the mod­ern Mac

Mac Format - - RATED - Pow­er­ful and fea­ture-rich WYSIWYG and code ac­cess Some work­flow odd­i­ties Mostly poor tem­plates

$109 (about £69) De­vel­oper The Es­ca­pers, theesca­pers.com/flux

OS OS X 10.9 or later Re­quires 64-bit Mac, web con­nec­tion/FTP space Flux aims to give you the means to cre­ate web­sites, re­gard­less of your ap­proach or level of ex­per­tise. You can drag and drop com­po­nents onto a can­vas and re­size el­e­ments live; al­ter­na­tively, you can delve into code, fine-tun­ing prop­erty val­ues and the el­e­ment type of a se­lec­tion. Pro­jects can be started from scratch, im­ported or based around built-in tem­plates.

This up­date is a multi-threaded re­write for Mav­er­icks and seems faster than be­fore. It’s also more suited to full-screen, with the site nav­i­ga­tor in­te­grated into the main win­dow. In use, there’s lots go­ing on, and it’s easy to feel over­whelmed. The lack of hand-hold­ing and a small­ish se­lec­tion of unim­pres­sive tem­plates means Flux isn’t great for new­com­ers, who’d be bet­ter off with the likes of Tum­blr or RapidWeaver.

If you know your way around some code, Flux is a more in­ter­est­ing prospect. It lacks the ele­gance of Coda, but rapid ac­cess to HTML and CSS nav­i­ga­tion boosts ef­fi­ciency. Com­pared to Dreamweaver, Flux lacks the re­spon­sive-de­sign smarts of Adobe’s gi­ant, but also its price tag. But, there are also odd de­ci­sions, such as the lack of undo when delet­ing prop­er­ties in the in­spec­tor, and the app some­times adds junk code when you make cer­tain ad­just­ments. How­ever, with care, such is­sues can be avoided.

Flux, then, risks sit­ting awk­wardly between con­sumer and pro­fes­sional spa­ces, but it does enough to war­rant con­sid­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially for code­savvy Mac users. Craig Gran­nell

An am­bi­tious and of­ten im­pres­sive web de­sign tool, but it’s also a touch un­wieldy and buggy.

Flux caters for vis­ual de­sign­ers and coders, but is most suited to the code-savvy.

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