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Preorder Macaw now and save $50: Macaw is almost here. Preorder it now and save $50!

I’ve been running the Backer version of Macaw, and although it’s buggy and not up to par, feature-wise, they have the foundation of a really great product. As it stands, it’s no FW killer, and IMHO requires a fundamental understanding of HTML & CSS to use it effectively.


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It’ll be interesting to see where it is in a year.

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I’m holding off on this until the product at least ships. The app appears to have a raft of rough edges at the moment that I’d be unhappy paying for. The $50 discount is tempting but not if the application is buggy.
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I’ve been running the Backer version of Macaw, and although it’s buggy and not up to par, feature-wise, they have the foundation of a really great product. As it stands, it’s no FW killer, and IMHO requires a fundamental understanding of HTML & CSS to use it effectively.


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Well, the ‘fundamental understanding of HTML & CSS’ has made me wait for a demo, me thinks :slight_smile:

I’m looking forward to trying it though.


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This may be the haze of memory, but thinking back to Freeway 1, which I met in its beta form in 1997, Softpress fielded a remarkably complete package in the first version: output was ugly as hell, but the UI was rock-solid and truly WYSIWYG. Output quality improved dramatically in the early minor versions, but the UI didn’t need to change. Other developers could take a page from the Softpress book: Macaw is very nice, but what they’re calling beta is really alpha in my book. Basic stuff like creating links is completely absent, waiting on a major subsystem to be added. If you look it up, beta means “feature complete, but not necessarily stable”. Alpha means “here be dragons”.

Walter

On Feb 5, 2014, at 12:57 PM, “Caleb Grove” email@hidden wrote:

Preorder Macaw now and save $50: Macaw is almost here. Preorder it now and save $50!

I’ve been running the Backer version of Macaw, and although it’s buggy and not up to par, feature-wise, they have the foundation of a really great product. As it stands, it’s no FW killer, and IMHO requires a fundamental understanding of HTML & CSS to use it effectively.


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But don’t get me wrong here – what they have is amazing, and I’m really impressed that most of it was written by two guys in their spare time. I am looking forward to it living up to the initial buzz.

Walter

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Alpha means “here be dragons”.


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Well, the ‘fundamental understanding of HTML & CSS’ has made me wait for a demo, me thinks :slight_smile:

If you know what this CSS selector means: div.alert then you should be good to go, because writing that kind of CSS selector is how Macaw knows what kind of HTML element you want a box to be, and it’s class.

Macaw is very nice, but what they’re calling beta is really alpha in my book. Basic stuff like creating links is completely absent, waiting on a major subsystem to be added. If you look it up, beta means “feature complete, but not necessarily stable”. Alpha means “here be dragons”.

Well, you can create links with Macaw, just set the type of a text box to be a, and then use the “Links” field in the inspector to set the href. I do agree though, that Macaw currently would be better classified as an alpha.

I’ve got a small single-page responsive project coming up, and will give Macaw a shot and see just how it works IRL.


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Cabel Sasser once expressed his irritation with the acceptance of alpha being the new beta among software developers.

Todd

Macaw is very nice, but what they’re calling beta is really alpha in my book.


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Thing is will it ever be anything more that a template builder and not a website builder? I get the feeling their target market, at least in the beginning, is designers reworking templates destined for CSM production. The main aim to reduce responsive design time.

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Preorder Macaw now and save $50: Macaw is almost here. Preorder it now and save $50!

I’ve been running the Backer version of Macaw, and although it’s buggy and not up to par, feature-wise, they have the foundation of a really great product. As it stands, it’s no FW killer, and IMHO requires a fundamental understanding of HTML & CSS to use it effectively.


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