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Re­place­ments for the late, lamented iWeb

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Gary Mar­shall

Ap­ple’s iWeb was a de­cent lit­tle pro­gram that made designing web­sites su­per sim­ple. It didn’t do much, but then it wasn’t sup­posed to. It was about mak­ing web­site build­ing as easy as Pages or Key­note by re­mov­ing all the pain from designing a web­site. Un­for­tu­nately, Ap­ple never seemed too keen on iWeb, and when devel­op­ment of­fi­cially stopped in 2011 iWeb users were sad but not sur­prised.

One of the rea­sons for iWeb’s demise was that more and more peo­ple were pub­lish­ing us­ing web-based plat­forms: Google’s Blog­ger, Word­Press, Tum­blr, so­cial net­works such as Face­book and so on. They all have their place, but ded­i­cated desk­top web pub­lish­ing soft­ware has ad­van­tages that they don’t. You have more con­trol, you get much faster per­for­mance, you can of­ten do a great deal more with your de­sign and con­tent, and you can get stuff done even when you can’t get an in­ter­net con­nec­tion. And as we’ll dis­cover here, they of­ten de­liver a much nicer ex­pe­ri­ence, too.

Ap­ple might not want to make web pub­lish­ing soft­ware any more, but many firms are happy to carry the torch – and in many cases in ways that are very Ap­ple-y. The pro­grams here are very dif­fer­ent from one an­other, but all prom­ise to do much the same thing: give you the tools to get what’s in your head onto the in­ter­net. Whether your site is per­sonal or po­lit­i­cal, for a club or a com­pany, at least one of the apps here should de­liver the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of style and sub­stance for your par­tic­u­lar project.

We’ve ex­plored six apps here: RAGE Soft­ware’s EverWeb, The Es­ca­pers’ Flux V, Soft­press’s Free­Way Pro, Real­mac’s RapidWeaver, Kare­lia’s Sand­vox and In­tu­i­sphere’s We­bA­cap­pella. We weren’t just look­ing at ease of use (though that’s im­por­tant), we also wanted to see if they of­fered the kinds of ad­vanced fea­tures and cus­tomi­sa­tion iWeb didn’t. Let’s put them through their paces.

Web de­sign apps give you more con­trol, faster per­for­mance and of­ten de­liver a nicer ex­pe­ri­ence too

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