RapidWeaver
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RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them
What's New
Version 5.3.2:
  • Fixes a problem that would prevent some recently-installed themes and plugins appearing in RapidWeaver.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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RapidWeaver User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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Greedyfranky commented on 07 Mar 2014
Any news of 6.0 ? :-)
[Version 5.3.2]


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Macbookpro commented on 22 Jan 2014
5.3.2 update is out.
[Version 5.3.1]


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Christel1987 reviewed on 13 Jan 2014
So easy, so powerful and relatively cheap. I can recommend buying Stack 2 too.

Very curious about RW 6 :-)
[Version 5.3.1]


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Sixbillships commented on 05 Jan 2014
RMS is indicating on their website that we can expect a new version of RW in 2014 but based on their current position on Ember pricing (no upgrade path for LittleSnapper users), I'm concerned that they'll take the same stance here.
[Version 5.3.1]


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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
Rapidweaver is an ok application, but the developer has completely neglected this application for over a year now, there is no real sign of new significant development, and even besides all that, I consider it utterly obsolete and irrelevant at this point.

If I just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for such scenario and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Rapidweaver doesn't. And then, if I want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give me the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping me from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Rapidweaver can match.

WYSWYG is one of Rapidweaver's selling points, but the thing is that web is not WYSWYG. Gone are the days of web design based on print design mindset. Web is about usefulness, mobile access (not just front end, but also updating contents as well) and social media. The whole thing is becoming more like a web app development, and Rapidweaver doesn't address these needs much at all.

Overall, I believe that the era of Mac web site generator such as iWeb, Sandvox and Rapidweaver has come and gone, and these apps will go the way of the dinosaurs in a few years. It’s no reflection on the quality of work and fine folks at Realmac Software. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design practice at all levels, Rapidweaver just doesn’t make sense any more.
[Version 5.3.1]

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Toddlemieux replied on 06 Dec 2013
This is the exact same review you posted for FreewayPro, you just switched out the names...
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Merighi replied on 07 Dec 2013
...and for Sandvox too
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Bad-Dog replied on 22 Jan 2014
That doesn't make the review bad. Personally, I agree with Jp3421's take, especially regarding the power of modern CMS options. I was an avid RW user for years and loved the application, but the cost and learning curve associated with the needed plugins, and having to keep track of plugin updates, eventually drove me away. I've moved on to a CMS solution.
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Nicky-Maddison reviewed on 15 Jul 2013
Simply amazing, the best and easier web design software.
You need to buy additional plugins and stacks to make your creativity endless.

I bought the bundle on MacUpdate and I am fully satisfy with my investment in these software.

If you want to see the result, check my website.

www.easy-ict.be
[Version 5.3.1]

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Macferi replied on 23 Jan 2014
How did you do the little fly on your website?
Somehow distracting, but you stay on the page ... ;-)
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Gary_box reviewed on 06 Jun 2013
Plain easy and great tool to build pro websites.
[Version 5.3.1]


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22duke reviewed on 27 Mar 2013
has a lot of quirks, is expensive as you need tons of addons and has not received a meaningful updated in 2 years so is probably nor further developed or no focus given to it
[Version 5.3.1]

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Markus Winter replied on 13 Jul 2013
It does not need tons of add-ons to be useful - on the contrary. I worked happily with version 3 and 4 for a few years before I bought my first add-on. Of course if you are a professional designer then RapidWeaver might not be for you, however (1) it only costs a fraction of DreamWeaver, (2) add-ons are cheap, (3) lots of professional designers use it with very cheap add-ons to quickly and effectively produce good-looking websites.

Sure, you can code everything by hand in HTML and CSS, add your JavaScript, etc - I prefer to concentrate on the content and have the whole thing done in an hour at the most. But then I also don't want to tinker all weekend with my car (not a hot-rod), take apart my computer on a regular basis, or remodel the garden.

You are right about the missing updates though. They've are currently having a Macupdate Mega bundle with oodles of stacks and themes thrown in so that could be a sign that a new version is coming but I might be overly optimistic. On the other hand it has a VERY active third-party community and forum where competent and friendly help is quickly given.
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MaxWilders reviewed on 19 Mar 2013
After the dreadful experience with Freeway Pro I found this website tool.
The sheer simplicity and power is incredible. Its so simple to create good looking website without writing one line of code.

I would give this a 5 star rating but the absent of basic building plugins (blocks or stacks should be default) is marking it 4.5

Awesome website developer tool.
[Version 5.3.1]


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Mtmillar reviewed on 01 Feb 2013
RW is a very flexible and extensible program. With the addition of third party themes, plugins and stacks, a novice can make a very sophisticated web site. The end user does not have to write any code.

The program is not truly WYSIWYG in the way that iWeb was. Instead, you toggle back and forth between preview mode and edit mode. I quickly grasped the concept and do not mind this.

Out of the box, the program is limited. However, with the addition of the stacks plug-in (which should be bundled with RW), a whole new world of potential is opened up. Stacks are pre-canned snippets of html (or other) code that permit making forms, buttons, embedding photos or videos, light box effects, slide shows, styling of text, responsive page layout, download forms, upload forms, etc., etc.

Some here have complained about the expense of adding the third party themes, plug ins and stacks. However, the other side of that coin is that the cost of entry is low and you can add features as needed and only if or when needed.
[Version 5.3.1]


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AndyAU had trouble on 18 Nov 2005
Disk Image doesn't mount.
[Version 3.2]



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Shooters rated on 12 Mar 2014

[Version 5.3.2]



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Vanessavon rated on 03 Mar 2014

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Masterminter rated on 10 Sep 2013

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Bleech_Jef rated on 02 Sep 2013

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Christa_1980 rated on 10 Aug 2013

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SylvainLacroix rated on 13 Jun 2013

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Old_guy rated on 17 May 2013

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Josart rated on 04 Apr 2013

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Ollie1972 rated on 15 Mar 2013

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MetroMrX rated on 12 Mar 2013

[Version 5.3.1]


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RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.


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