Sparkle One

iWork–like web de­sign tool made Mo­jave–friendly

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Kenny Hem­phill

About $50 From River SRL, Needs OS X 10.9 or later If Ap­ple still made a web de­sign tool as part of its iWork suite, it would prob­a­bly be a lot like Sparkle One: aes­thet­i­cally smart, easy to use, and in tune with the lat­est fea­tures in macOS.

To that end, ver­sion 2.7 adds new fea­tures aimed at sup­port­ing macOS Mo­jave in­clud­ing a Dark Mode ver­sion of the in­ter­face and Touch Bar com­pat­i­bil­ity. Adding text boxes, im­ages, but­tons, and other con­tent like maps, au­dio and gallery is straight­for­ward. And Sparkle One even sup­ports Live Pho­tos. How­ever, to use them, you have to ex­port both the im­age and video file from Pho­tos.

Video can be hosted on your own server, or you can em­bed videos from YouTube or Vimeo. And you can cus­tom­ize your site lay­out for dif­fer­ent de­vices.

Launch­ing Sparkle One for the first time, and look­ing at a blank page with dozens of but­tons and menu op­tions will be daunt­ing for much of the ap­pli­ca­tion’s tar­get mar­ket. On the plus side, the doc­u­men­ta­tion on the de­vel­oper’s web­site is com­pre­hen­sive and well writ­ten and even goes be­yond how to use the app to the ba­sics of web de­sign. And there are lots of tem­plates to down­load from the Sparkle Cafe web­site. How­ever, most of these tem­plates are sin­gle page. So if you want to use one on a mul­ti­page site, you’ll have to du­pli­cate the main page and then re­move el­e­ments you don’t need, then add those you do. It’s not ideal, but nei­ther is it an in­sur­mount­able prob­lem. Com­pared to the themes avail­able in the likes of RapidWeaver, though, tem­plates in Sparkle One are nearly as easy to use. That would be fine, if Sparkle One beat its main com­peti­tor in other ar­eas, but it doesn’t. And it has a sig­nif­i­cant lim­i­ta­tion: its base ver­sion only al­lows you to cre­ate one site. If you want to build more, you’ll have to bite the bul­let and pay for the Pro ver­sion.

Sparkle One has some neat touches, and there’s a free down­load avail­able so you can try it out, but if you plan on build­ing more than one site, it’s hard for us to rec­om­mend it.

the bot­tom line. A friendly and easy–to–use web­site builder. But if you plan on mak­ing more than one web­site, look else­where.

Sparkle One lets you build one web­site and add el­e­ments like text, im­ages, and video.

There are sev­eral cus­tomiz­able de­signs avail­able for down­load. How­ever, they are lim­ited in scope.

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