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A WYSIWYG Editor for Macintosh with Strong Support for HTML5 and CSS3

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About Flux

Flux is an interesting web page editor that creates a new way of handling your web pages. It is very complex with a lot of advanced features. In fact it was so complex that it took me a long time to learn how to use it effectively. I strongly recommend you read the Flux Quickstart Guide or watch the screencasts to get a clear understanding of how to use it. Some of the features it has (that other web editors don't have) that I found really interesting include:

  • extensive support for JavaScript libraries like jQuery, Moo, Spry, and so on
  • support for installing grid systems like 960 Grid Systems
  • include swatches from Color Lovers
  • save your documents as ePub files to create ebooks

The HTML text editor that Flux includes is both great and limited all at once. It uses TextEdit by default, but you can change that to your own favorite text HTML editor. I love that it color codes the HTML and displays either the entire document or just the section you want to see. But it doesn't include features of HTML code editors that I prefer to see, like tag completion and HTML validation. However, since Flux is not intended to be used as a text editor, these features won't be missed by designers who don't know (or want to know) HTML.

Target Market(s): Professional Web Designers or Small Business Owners

Review last updated: October 10, 2011.

Flux Latest Review

Flux Version: 3
Score: 204
Percent: 61%
This score was generated using the methodology listed in the article: Finding the Perfect Web Editor.

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Flux Technical Details

Operating System(s): Macintosh

Flux Features

  • Text editor
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Page preview
  • Alternate browser or OS preview
  • Save pages as HTML with DTD
  • Write HTML 5 documents
  • Write XHTML documents
  • Color coding
  • FTP or Site manager
  • FTPs or Secure FTP
  • Edit multiple files/tabbed file editing
  • Edit images
  • Connects to graphics software
  • Assistance with adding videos to websites
  • Ability to add video and audio using HTML5 with fallback options
  • Can edit JavaScript
  • Helps with Ajax JSON, or jQuery pages
  • Can edit CSS
  • Additional CSS assistance
  • CSS 3 properties and selectors
  • CSS3 media queries tools built-in
  • Can edit PHP, ASP, or JSP
  • Google sitemaps
  • Spell checking
  • Save snippets of code
  • Free templates
  • Free scripts
  • Form wizard
  • Ecommerce tools
  • Customizable or extendable
  • Free trial
  • Upgrade discounts or freeware
  • No limits on free or trial version
  • No subscription fee required
  • Can import colour lovers swatches
  • Support for many JS libraries and grid systems built right into Flux
  • Master elements
  • Version control is more like editing history
  • Special characters with the Macintosh system tools
  • Dynamic page rendering after upload to the site
  • Photo gallery tool inside the widgets—not exactly a wizard, but it does help you build a photo gallery

What’s Missing from Flux

  • HTML validator
  • Accessibility validator
  • CSS validator
  • XML validator
  • Mobile device preview
  • Mobile scripts, functions, or links
  • Create mobile web applications
  • Package mobile apps for delivery on app stores
  • Tag completion
  • Search and replace
  • Extended search and replace (across multiple documents)
  • Multimedia functions
  • Save Adobe AIR files
  • Save files as PDF
  • Link checker
  • Special character tools
  • Dynamic page rendering and editing with server-side programming languages (PHP, JSP, ASP, CFM, etc.)
  • Database connectivity
  • Edit XML and/or RSS
  • Writes to blogs
  • Photo gallery builder
  • SEO assistance built-in
  • Captcha support or other methods of protecting forms
  • Version control
  • Support for teams editing the site (beyond version control)

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Full price: $119.99 Upgrade price: $53.99

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User Reviews

 1 out of 5
Web Easy Pro, Member THEFACTS

TERRIBLE Run from this product. It has no support for it. It is cheap because people buy it and get frustrated and place the disc on the shelf and plan on dealing with it later. The WORST !!!!!!!!!!!…More

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