Flux Web Design

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by vogelhausdesign, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. vogelhausdesign macrumors regular

    vogelhausdesign

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    Hey everyone, I wanted to know if anyone has used Flux™ for building websites. It looks really cool, and I'm dying for an alternative to Dreamweaver for mac. If you've used it link me to a page, or tell me what you think. I'm thinking about getting it.. Alternatively if you know of something similar but better, let me know! Thanks1

    http://www.theescapers.com/flux/
    :p
     
  2. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Tried just coding in a text editor?

    I had a look at flux a while ago, but other than looking really swish, I couldn't justify spending the time to find how to use it best. Just closed it and continued coding. I use Komodo Edit as my text editor if you're interested :)

    Flux did look interesting though, and should prove to be good middle ground between iWeb and Dreamweaver. I think it's little more powerful than Rapidweaver, but I could be wrong.

    Best thing to do is probably to download their demo and see how you like it ;)

    /Doug
     
  3. vogelhausdesign thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats the thing! I'm terrible with web code, I'm a Print/web-graphic/3D designer.Probably should have mentioned that.. I can code on a basic level in html,xml,css,AS2/3 But i'm just not efficient at all with it. Thought a WYSIWYG web-design format would be awesome for me, something that lets me design and pumps out code without me dealing with it.

    On that note, doesn't adobe have a new flashbuilder or something? Does it do the same with flash ( let you design as it codes)
     
  4. design-is macrumors 65816

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    You can build a website in MS word if you want... doesn't mean the code will be any good :)

    Along those lines, you can assume that WYSIWYG editors generally don't do code particularly well. Some of course do better than others, but none are great.

    Take a look at Flux. And maybe Rapidweaver. See if they work well for you.

    Along the lines of my first sentence - even Adobe InDesign can export as HTML and / or SWF if you want.

    What didn't you like about Dreamweaver?
     
  5. stefanski macrumors member

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    I've used Flux with my latest project. It's a steep learning curve but so is every other tool out there. With the latest patches it has actually become quite good. That is if you're focused on creating CSS based pages more than anything else. Flux is first and foremost a CSS design tool and I have to say a pretty good one, too.

    As with every new tool, don't start using it under any pressure. Surprisingly that's where most people fail even though they know it's not going to work out well. Then they end up frustrated giving the tool bad reviews only because they didn't get their head around it within 10 minutes.

    So if you're after a tool that allows you to create CSS based web pages then go for it and start learning it from scratch by following the official first step document that comes with it. I found it most helpful simply because Flux is indeed not your average page design tool.

    I've used and still use Rapidweaver, too. But that's a completely different approach to things as it is a template based design tool. Sure, you can code your own stuff too but then you may as well use a text editor.

    So depending on what you're trying to do, choosing the right tool is critical. And make sure you know the tool well before you start the job. :)

    Dreamweaver, Flux, RapidWeaver, TextWrangler or any other text editor... It comes down to your own preference. Keep one thing in mind: No tool will be perfect and there will be a moment where you simply have to use your programming skills. If you don't know anything about HTML, CSS or whatever language you're using then you will be stuck.

    Especially when you have to look at code you didn't create. It can be very difficult to a) find the part that isn't working and b) fix it with your own line of code. That's why some say a text editor is the way to go. Because then you know exactly what you're doing. (Hopefully, anyway) :)
     
  6. tkingart macrumors 6502

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    Apple's iWeb 09' works great for me.
     
  7. vogelhausdesign thread starter macrumors regular

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    never used it, how customizable is it? Will I be able to use custom div tables? or is it all template based. Will I also be able to use forms, galleries and custom sized png graphics?
     
  8. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    My dad uses iWeb. And when he runs into trouble and I look at the code I just shake my head.

    Get a text editor (I like Smultron) and learn how to do it by hand.

    That is the only way to do it.
     
  9. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Not so much. The fact that you know what a form is probably means iWeb won't be enough for you.
     
  10. vogelhausdesign thread starter macrumors regular

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    I really just need it for a single website, and the reason I'm wanting to dumb it down and not really spend too much time learning ALL of the code ( i just pick and troubleshoot using google, sorry webies i know that hurts to hear :) ) The reason I wanted a wizzy app for this project is the ability to easily maintain this site, and possibly techsupport someone who knows nothing of web over the phone. I have BBedit, DW CS4, hated rapidweaver. :apple::apple:
     
  11. Kaliemon macrumors member

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    I recently got a copy of Flux, I must say once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing tool. It took me a while to get used to the adding components behaviour, knowing code helps to debug what went wrong, but now I use it for all of my standard html needs.

    I have recently gone through the set of iWeb, Rapidweaver, Sandvox for a client. I found all three to be too constricting. I am not an expert in them, it's just my impression after using each for a week. The client ended up choosing Rapidweaver for its simplicity with more advanced features (Like the contact form).

    I would still say go with Flux, put in the extra time to learn it and you will not be unhappy. Flux is far more powerful and gives you complete freedom.
     
  12. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    I don't use Flux but I have used it in the past and what I will say is simple:
    It's amazingly powerful, but it has a steeper learning curve than any other HTML editor I've seen. Personally, learning HTML/CSS and any other languages you require will always be the best option, but of course, I would recommend using DreamWeaver if nothing else.

    If you're really bad with this kind of thing though, Wordpress or another content management system plus premade templates may be the best way to go.
     
  13. 101joe macrumors newbie

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    where can i get training for flux

    Hi there every one a friend of mind gave me flux i tryed using it but i cannot get my way around so i need some help on using it i have been using iweb but i would like to change and use something diffrent where as i can do more cool stuff i also dont like the coding part trying to avoid that as well so if any one here is wiiling to help me please inform me thanks :confused:
     

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