Flux
Flux 4.1.31
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Flux is an advanced XHTML and CSS Web design software.

You can do Web 2.0, AJAX, and most other buzzword-compliant things. Flux has the following features:
  • Drag-and-drop design of Web pages, you can do almost anything without touching or even seeing XHTML/CSS . But you can meddle with the code if you want.
  • Apply cool (or cheesy) effects to images from right within Flux.
  • Attach funky javascript actions to your page without having a clue what you're doing.
  • Embed Quicktime Movies, Flash and other objects.
  • Edit sites directly off FTP
What's New
Version 4.1.31:
  • Bugfix: CSS styles list not updating correctly.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Flux User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
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Mikael B commented on 30 Jan 2014
StackSocial has a current bundle including Flux 4 with a name your own price tag and 100% going ot charity.
http://goo.gl/SpuVQG

If i hadn't already checked out Flux 4 I would have a go at it.
[Version 4.1.31]

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kat_attack replied on 03 Feb 2014
Thanks Mikael for the link. Saved me heaps of $$ and I got to help a worthwhile charity too A+++
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Mikael B commented on 16 Nov 2013
I predict the interest in Flux from actual web developers — as in people that design web sites every work day — will be replaced by Macaw when it is released in beta: http://macaw.co/.

It may very well be that Macaw will become what Flux should have been and should be.

As Macaw is yet unreleased — it just a few weeks ago finished off a kickstarter funding round —  it remains to be seen how well it will work in practice for the advanced designs which are an important part of modern web site requirements.

If The Escapers don't change up very soon to really fulfill the promise of Flux, that app is going to be history. I certainly can't use it for anything as writing code by hand in apps like Sublime is way faster and easier too.

As with Flux I'm going to follow Macaw very closely. Sign up for info right now at the site!
[Version 4.1.31]


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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
I used to like this software and rated high, but things have changed since then.

Flux stands in an interesting but rather awkward niche market. It doesn't serve the low-end market in which users just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, because Flux really isn't that easy and quick to master and it requires pretty extensive HTML/CSS knowledge. Online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for that market and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Flux doesn't. And then, for those who want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give them the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping you from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Flux can match. The most advanced coders would just go straight to a more robust text editor such as Sublime Text and skip Flux all together, so it doesn't serve that market, either.

You can certainly argue that Flux is really an IDE, not a platform, and comparing it with open-source CMS is like comparing apple and orange. It is indeed valid points in some ways. But you have to look at the overall objective and workflow as well and which one gets you an useful site faster with less effort. The objective is to create an useful site, not just to edit HTML/CSS/PHP and render fancy graphics.

You can use Flux to work on WordPress theme if you treat it like a text editor. But then there is no real advantage of using Flux since WYSWYG editor wouldn't really work without some tedious workaround. In that case, why not just use a robust code editor and browser-based tools such as Firebug? There are reasons web developers work directly with code and avoid WYSWYG in a Dreamweaver sense.

Overall, I believe that the era of Mac editor based on the idea of locally managed static site such as this one is pretty much over, and customizing one of the design patterns through CMS is most often more cost effective and faster than doing everything from scratch and reinventing the wheel using a tool such as Flux. There will always be a need for custom development, at least to some degree, and Flux can certainly handle that well, but overall it is still most often unnecessary.

It’s no reflection on the quality of work fine folks at The Escapers. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design at all levels, Flux just doesn’t make sense any more.
[Version 4.1.31]

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Jp3421 replied on 03 Oct 2013
Actually... I would like to take back some of my comments here. I gave another chance just to see if I was missing something (I always do even after reviewing... these developers put a lot of work into their software and I tend to think they always deserve another look). The more I play with it the more I realize this could be a decent tool for editing WordPress themes and other dynamic web sites. It's live view option, once properly configured, can be very handy in figuring out some layout glitches. I could see I could use this tool in conjunction with other tools to skip some of manual labors.

Definitely keeping an eye on this app. :)
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Mikael B replied on 16 Nov 2013
Welcome to the club, Jp3421. :-) I've kept my eye on Flux since version 1.

What do you think about Macaw? (See above post)
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Psykopup reviewed on 13 Nov 2012
A wonderful alternative to the crazy expensive Adobe Dreamweaver. I love the WYSIWYG and code editing options. Its definitely an app for the more experienced web designers/developers. If you fall into that group, you'll find this very user-friendly.
[Version 4.1.18]

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Mikael B replied on 08 Dec 2012
So far I haven't unfortunately.
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Vinkri reviewed on 03 Nov 2012
Got this one in a bundle (yes I bought a lot of bundles).
I'm a Rapidweaver user and frankly, never found better.

Flux is certainly more powerful than any other website creation tool.
But it requires extensive knowledge of website structure, html and CSS...

Definitely not for everyone.
From the editor's description, I thought it was a really easy website creation tool, WYSIWYG and all... It is not.
I guess it's worth the 144 bucks, but not to me.
[Version 4.1.18]


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Jody commented on 28 Oct 2012
I have used Rapidweaver for several years now, and as a non-coder (well, just a bit), I have been able to produce full-fledged websites with e-commerce, etc. The RW community is incredibly helpful and active and that is a big plus when you've got a question. Also, all the devs have made great strides in documentation that is clear, and geared to newbies. At this point, I consider myself intermediate+ level. Yes, I know I could be brilliant if I coded, but so far have not needed to really get down and dirty with it.

I'm curious to know what I might be missing? A couple of folks have said "it's more powerful than Rapidweaver." How so? If I don't code in the first place, what intuitive, basic abilities does Flux have that are available right off the bat to produce a great website? I'm not in the mood for a steep learning curve just to get Flux to do what Rapidweaver does for me already. So? Where's the beef?
[Version 4.1.18]

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Mirko1978 replied on 09 Aug 2013
With Flux, you don't have to use a template. You start with a blank page and design whatever you want.
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MacFTW commented on 27 Oct 2012
What is the upgrade policy for this application? Would I get free upgrades for the duration of version 4.x?
[Version 4.1.18]

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MacFTW replied on 28 Oct 2012
Ok I posted this question on the developer's forum. This was the answer I received:

"The upgrade deal will be the same for MacUpdate purchasers as for everyone else. v4 updates will be free, v5 will probably be a discounted upgrade. "
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Ocsurfreport commented on 27 Oct 2012
Oct 27, 2012
I saw that there is a 59% off to bring it to 59.99 today for new license.

But I wanted to know if it would be posible to get our hands an discounter rate upgrade edition? LIke a 59% off upgrade price.

I like the program but I don't want to buy a whole new licence again especially since he people who have the option to upgrade have been a suporter from the start.

It would go a long way in suport for long time users and not to mention customer loyalty.

Thanks.
[Version 4.1.18]

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Dayenu replied on 27 Oct 2012
I would second that option!!
Thank you.
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Weavie replied on 27 Oct 2012
I could not have said it better. You took the words right out of my mouth. I missed it a few weeks ago on StackSocial and have been kicking myself ever since. I was waiting for a good sale but $60 is just too much for me. I have been supporting them for a few years now... and this time I actually intend on using the application more than twice. Nowadays it just seems all of the developers are starting to forget about loyalty. Years ago I tried to support developers like this that put out good apps in the hopes that it would just get better and better and would give us all what we wanted but I just do not have that extra money anymore. All the prices are too high.

I was waiting on an app like lucid for years since I just never had the time to commit to javascript coding so I have supported them on their latest project (on a Macupdate promo). With Edge Animate out I feel I may not really need it but I think it will still be useful as it gets better.
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The Escapers (developer) replied on 31 Oct 2012
Dev here - Get in touch, we are reasonable people!
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Vito commented on 13 Oct 2012
Does anyone know whether Flux generates code that validates to W3C standards? I didn't see anything about that on their website. If it doesn't generate standards-compliant code, I won't even waste my time trying it.
[Version 4.1.14]

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The Escapers (developer) replied on 19 Oct 2012
Hi, Dev here, in FreeCode mode, the compliance is very much in your hands, as you can write any code you want. The code that Flux does generate is pretty clean and nice however.
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Mikael B replied on 19 Oct 2012
Isn't the issue, if you can influence Flux to generate the code you want?
In Dreamweaver I use Snippets, Library and occasionally my own templates (though only in non java-built projects as I use native templating systems there) for my code, but usually this is in 2 or 3 parts as I separate my HTML from the CSS as well as the JS.
I'd love to be able to install a specific combination of CSS, HTML and JS and to be able to drag and drop it on elements where I need it.
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Vito replied on 19 Oct 2012
Sorry, Dev; my question wasn't specific enough, and I haven't used the application so I didn't know anything about FreeCode mode. Of course, it makes sense that if users are going to write their own code, Flux can't possibly control what they're going to write. So I wouldn't expect the application to generate standards-compliant code in that case.

My question should have been, "If you use the drag and drop design feature — without meddling with the code — does Flux generate code that validates?"

Thanks for your reply.
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Mirko1978 reviewed on 30 Sep 2012
Excellent software, much more powerful than iWeb, SandVox or RapidWeaver. It should be more compared to Dreamweaver, but with a cleaner code. Allows to build websites very quickly through its WYSIWYG interface or to handdcode if you prefer. The only reason why i don't give it 5 stars is because the user guide is veeeery incomplete making the learning curve steep.
[Version 4.1.12]

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Mikael B replied on 16 Oct 2012
Tell me more about how you can successfully handcode with Flux?
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The Escapers (developer) replied on 19 Oct 2012
If you want to handcode, check out the FreeCode mode, and you can type whatever you want!
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Mikael B replied on 19 Oct 2012
Yes, I know about freecode and I'm also aware of people saying it doesn't work for their work process. So they have not been successful.
After I finish my current project, which is handcoded in Dreamweaver CS6 and Smultron, I'll reevaluate Flux 4 again.

I do think I'll find again that Flux isn't for people that know their HTML/CSS/JS. But I'm hoping to disprove this belief.
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Sebastian_szwarc had trouble on 24 Jun 2012
Could anybody help?
I purchased Flux 3 in MU Promo Bundle. Now , on my purchases page I dont see this software. I accidentaly deleted it from my machine and try to recover but on develeoper page there is only version 4...
[Version 4.0.41]


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MichaelFrankel had trouble on 11 Apr 2012
Just purchased Flux v.4 and the download is going very, very, very slow even over my broadband connection. Nothing else is going slow.

If you're going to offer an update, how about making sure the download site is working properly!!
[Version 4.0.15]

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MichaelFrankel replied on 11 Apr 2012
Received a message from the developer. If you've purchased the update and are having trouble downloading version 4, try http://s3.amazon.com/Flux/FluxV4.zip
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Ladydarby replied on 15 Apr 2012
It's back in order now, I downloaded my copy to test it out just now and it was fine.
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Mikael B had trouble on 04 Jul 2011
I was tempted by the macupdate promo, but both the version here and the 1.2.35 version I get from Escapers can't run on my PowerPC G5 as it seems to be Intel only. So either Escapers made a compile mistake or they have silently stopped compiling for PPC.
As Flux 3.1.30 did run on PPC I must say it's quite odd to hide or abandon the PPC version with an incremental update.
[Version 3.1.35]

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Mikael B replied on 04 Jul 2011
It should say "both the version here [at macupdate] and the 3.1.35 version I get from Escapers"
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Mikael B replied on 04 Jul 2011
not a word on their blog either
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Foxyorb had trouble on 08 Feb 2011
I keep getting an annoying error message after each manual updates. Anyone else getting an Update Error! message when using the Check for Updates option. Should I delete and reinstall?
[Version 3.1.14]

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Foxyorb replied on 24 Feb 2011
Version 3.1.17 has finally resolved my Update Error! problem. Thank you The Escapers.
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Midipro had trouble on 12 Jan 2010
To MacUpdate tech support. When clicking "Developer"> The Escapers, why doesn't it take me to the developer website anymore? This happens with all other developer links. I also directly reported this to MacUpdate support awhile ago, but no answer. I didn't really wanted to post this here, but I figure it's probably more visible.

Thank you
[Version 2.47.13]

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Macupdate-Trevor commented on 12 Jan 2010
You can click on "More Information" to get the developer's site.
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Maclover1.1 replied on 15 Jan 2010
Seems they changed their setup at Macupdate and instead now the developer link generates a page with all the products made that specific developer... which makes good sense.

otsu rated on 27 Jul 2013

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[Version 4.1.18]


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Flux is an advanced XHTML and CSS Web design software.

You can do Web 2.0, AJAX, and most other buzzword-compliant things. Flux has the following features:
  • Drag-and-drop design of Web pages, you can do almost anything without touching or even seeing XHTML/CSS . But you can meddle with the code if you want.
  • Apply cool (or cheesy) effects to images from right within Flux.
  • Attach funky javascript actions to your page without having a clue what you're doing.
  • Embed Quicktime Movies, Flash and other objects.
  • Edit sites directly off FTP and SFTP
Create the whole site within the WYSIWYG editor, type in XHTML, or a bit of both. You can use one of the supplied templates to get you started, or just stare creatively at a blank page.


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