looking as a promising dreamweaver competitor at first sight, i gave it a spin and bought it for a promotional price. after toying with it for an hour or two, i must say i regret even having paid the rebated amount (ya, i know, i should've tested the trial version). i must admit that i didn't want to dive into documentation for hours before starting to work with flux, but isn't this application intended for peeps like me after all?
i tried importing and modifying a simple one-page text & tables document, to edit a few links and add some text. i didn't succeed:
- while trying to import the document from my desktop, it came up with an error message, telling me that "folder structures would become to deep", so i had to move the file to my harddrive.
- interface of flux is almost totally unintuitive. the application seems to provide lots of advanced concepts (i see "containers", "actions & widgets", "masters and tokens", etc.), but fails to provide simple html features (adding links, formatting text).
- for any table in my document, flux was nagging about some "positional" information to be missing, forcing me to specify either "relative" or "absolute" for this detail. this "style" data is added to the table tag, messing up the layout completely!
- like in dreamweaver, i can choose to have code and preview next to each other. however, if i select something in the preview, it isn't also highlighted in the code, so have to search for it again and again.
- i didn't find any option to tidy up and format my code, so it looks nicely (like the "format" option in bbedit, for example). there is an option "tidy code", which seems to do absolutely nothing here.
- there is something like an inspector which mainly seems to address paragraphs and shows different formatting options. however, the current settings are not displayed, and defining new values doesn't always result in a change in a paragraph.
- last, but not least, flux frequently crashes, reverting to old settings of the last session.
i recommend to thoroughly test flux before buying it, especially at the normal price tag!