I'm trying to like RapidWeaver 7, however, the documentation is seriously getting in the way. Yeah, I know you're saying, "I never read the docs." Given that this product deals with web site creation in its own very unique way, you have to at least refer to the docs. That's where the trouble begins. For example, they frequently talk about a feature without identifying where it is in the interface. They mention the "Addons Manager" in several places without explaining how to get to it. It's maddening and a huge waste of time trying to click button after button, or open screen after screen, just to figure out where something is located. Tonight, I looked all over the place trying to find info on the new "Portable Document" feature. There's nothing in the docs. There's nothing in the online Help. Eventually, I found a video on the web site that explains it, but come on, I shouldn't have to be Sherlock Holmes to use this product.
It gets worse. The developers also refer to the same feature with two different names. A "Portable Document" is the same as a "Project File" (At least I think it is. Of course, the docs don't clarify these things.).
The tutorial videos have problems, too. The "5-minute website" video looks great, but the reason it takes only 5 minutes is that they skip steps. It begins with them showing that you can drag text from a file in the Finder directly into a RapidWeaver page. WRONG. You can only drag and drop a text clipping into a RapidWeaver page. Dragging in any other type of file won't work. You either have to create a text clipping from it or you have to copy and paste. Once again, I had to go through trial and error to figure that out. The video continues showing them dragging a photo into the page. Of course, the photo they use is perfectly sized and they don't tell you how to resize an image within the program. I had to figure that out, as well. It's simple, once I learned how to do it, but again, I shouldn't have to be Sherlock Holmes. The "5-minute website" eventually took about an hour.
But wait, there's more! The default theme (otherwise known as a template) often automatically removes return characters in any text you put in it. That means that when you preview it to see how it will look on the web, you can't tell where the paragraphs begin or end. Once again, I looked all over the place for an answer. The only way I found to fix that was to change templates.
If I decide to spend several more days trying to learn how to do basic things, I may eventually like RapidWeaver. Unless I suddenly develop endless patience, I'm quickly getting to the point of sending RapidWeaver on its merry way to the Trash.