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