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11 August 2020

Visual web-design tool.

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mwelz75
30 March 2019
Version: 3.2.1

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anonymous-raven-5335
30 July 2020
Version: 3.5.1
While it is true that Blocs has lots of ready made blocs and brics to work with, you don't have to. You actually have a lot of freedom in designing your website with blocs. Yes, you need to work within the boundaries of the Bootstrap 4 framework, but that's not generally a bad thing. And Blocs 4 will most likely add support for CSS grid and a lot of improvements for developers as well as designers. And true, while you can simply use the premade blocs to quickly assemble a website, it's not the way to go if you want your website to look different from what most Bootstrap built webpages look. Put a little effort into learning the ins and outs of Blocs and you'll be able to achieve very good looking websites. Learn some basic HTML and CSS to be able to apply custom CSS classes or edit those that come with Bootstrap, and you're golden to craft really good looking websites. Blocs is for beginners and pro web developers / designers alike that prefer a more visual approach to designing a website while still being able to customise the look and feel of the website by using custom CSS or inject custom JS and PHP. Combine Blocs with the VOLT CMS and Blogging solution, and you won't need much more. Anyone else saying blocs sucks because you can just use ready made blocs hasn't seriously tried the app. Just saying...
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red-fox7
15 May 2020
Version: 3.4.10
It might not be just as easy to use as Wix & co, but it's definitely still very easy! It requires no coding at all, and just gives you almost every freedom to design what you would like to, all while "guiding" you to a nice, fully & automatic responsive design. It's great in helping you to avoid those mistakes that make websites look unprofessional or outdated.
Another MAJOR advantage: You download & pay the software once, and you are free to use it for as many websites as you'd like to, no monthly fee, free forever. Almost no other modern website builder can compete with this offer, I've searched a lot before I found Blocs...
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edwardkruze
11 February 2020
Version: 3.4.3
Blocs is not intuitive, its not "easy to use" its very limiting and very time consuming. I highly recommend putting the time to learning a software like dreamweaver and learning some code before diving into a front end like this that still needs A LOT of work. It looks nice, but working with it feels like trying to play golf with a bowling ball.
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mwelz75
30 March 2019
Version: 3.2.1
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Harry Flashman
10 December 2018
Version: 3.0.6
If you have Blocs 2 or use some other app like Rapidweaver do yourself a favour and buy Blocs 3. This is a huge upgrade with regular updates and lots more development in the pipeline.

It offers amazing control with the new column adjustments that allow you to resize visually in a couple seconds at four different breakpoints. Then you can create freehand margin adjustments that automatically set custom classes; again individually configurable at each breakpoint in real time.

Two columns with unequal quantities of content? Just click the full column height alignment to make them equal and while you are there why not create a graduated background on uniquely shaped button to stand out from the crowd.

It includes the ability to create complex forms, plus a wide range of built in design configurations and practically anything you can think of yourself, leveraging the power of Bootstrap 4. It does all of this and much more straight out of the box without having to spend another cent on endless $$ plugins.

Are there things I would change or improve? Yes without a doubt, but with Blocs 3 you get the sense they are all coming pretty soon.
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Harry Flashman
24 November 2018
Version: 2.6.5
This is actually out of date at Macupdate, since Blocs has now progressed to version 3 and it's a huge update with great improvements. It's strange, but if you search on this site for Blocs you find nothing and have to add the version number before a suggestion appears.
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Gprovan
05 June 2018
Version: 2.6.0
I've been searching for a web builder to replace Adobe Muse now that they've stopped developing it and came across Blocs.

After trying out the week long demo (which really wasn't long enough to get used to the software) I've come to some conclusions:
As one of the reviewers below has mentioned, it's not really intuitive; there are many, many frustrating moments trying to move blocs to where you want them to be to no avail. You seem to have to create custom classes (like stylesheets) to get anything anywhere close. Surely having all these options readily available in the one panel should be better?

Adding images looks promising, giving an asset library to add to. However, if you're image is bigger than 3MB, it won't add it in. It just tells you that it's too big! Could Blocs not resize to suit like most other applications seem to be able to do?

There's possibly an ability to add webfonts or your own fonts, but I couldn't work this out.

One of the main things that appealed to me was the ability to use a CMS. My clients constantly ask me if they can be given the ability to add and change photos, update news, etc. However, this is not as easy or as user friendly as you would expect. I tried installing October CMS, a freemium CMS. I installed on the server and eventually got it set up. Once I logged in to the 'backend' I quickly realised this was no good! I was faced with an unusual, albeit friendly looking code window. You seem to have to enter the text in what looks like an HTML editor along with links and the relevant code for your images. Surely this isn't what the client wants? I realise October CMS is not developed by Blocs so not really their fault, but I am surprised and disappointed in this integration.

The lack of an FTP upload is strangely lacking. It surely shouldn't be difficult to add this feature to prevent the complete export and upload of the site each time a change is made.

Among the several quirks I found was the strange resizing of images among the responsive layout. There were sometimes gaps at the bottom of images and then they'd disappear.

Anyway, this is just my short experience of Blocs.
I like the drag and drop nature of the application and feel Blocs has a lot of potential. It just has a fair bit to go before I would feel comfortable using it for a client's site - the moment they came back to me and said "could you move that there, or could you add this...", I'd balk.
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pcampbell2010
24 March 2017
Version: 2.3.1
This app is close to being perfect BUT the editor is just so WEIRD! The developer obviously spends a lot of time adding good features, but the editor is not intuitive at all. The majority of new users will have a hard time learning the basic editing features.
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CedricJason
10 February 2017
Version: 2.3.0
Amazing what this software can do, its super easy to make your own, responsive, website. The possibilities are endless! Blocs staff listens super good to the feedback and requests and always gets updated to make it even better! 10/10 worth every penny.
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Scott-C-H-
08 February 2017
Version: 2.3.0
I felt compelled to retract and change my review after learning a bit more HTML5/CSS3 and examining the Blocs codes more closely with a couple of other web developers.

I found the following statements to be untrue, and frankly, dishonest:

“Quality: Blocs generates good quality organized code with no clutter or inline styles.”

If you examine the Blocs.app official site, which claims it was built using Blocs.app, you will see inline styles, and it suffers from “divitis” as well as a truckload of non-semantic class names. General users and those who know just the basics of HTML couldn’t tell the difference, but real developers who know HTML/CSS would cringe at the code.

“No Coding: You don't need to understand or use any coding to build a website with Blocs.”

The irony of GUI web builder tools, in general, is that you can get the most out of it when you know things like how CSS box model works and how you write semantic HTML code. I find it true in this case as well.

“Easy to Use: Blocs is one of the easiest website building tools, anyone can build with Blocs.”

It is only half true. Sure, you can whip up a page, but you still need to know how to use FTP, and some other minor but definite details. You will need to know even more if you want to integrate a CMS or go beyond the most basic features. Online services such as Squarespace is a little more guided, it doesn’t require that users know how to do FTP, and things like that.

“Developer: Blocs generates good quality, clean code. This makes it the perfect springboard to get the basics in place, fast.”

It is just not true as explained above. Most developers who know how to code would cringe at the code and would most likely try reproducing the same layout from scratch using a more standard set of tools and frameworks.

There is also a question about whether you should allow people with no clue about design and basic coding skills to build a website in the first place. A developer with some level of knowledge could create a decent-looking website using Blocks.app, but people with no clue about design, proper content authoring and complete lack of knowledge of HTML/CSS will likely struggle despite Blocs.app’s claims. Tricking those users into believing that web design is as easy as writing something in Microsoft Word is dishonesty in disguise, much like how it was with Macaw editor.
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Michael-Sebrecht
24 December 2016
Version: 2.2.2
Amazing website WYSIWYG builder. Creating truly amazing looking website is so easy. It can make your website standout from any thing else. Highly recommended to give it a try !
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Scott-C-H-
09 November 2016
Version: 2.2.2
Modified rating: Five stars

This comment is my attempt to correct my previous rating below. Since MU doesn't give me the option to delete it, I am posting this so that people know the developer of Blocs doesn't deserve a rash, incorrect comment I made earlier.

After giving a lot more time experimenting with Blocs, I have to say that this is an impressive piece of software.

It allows you to build a modern, professionally-looking website in a matter of minutes without having to do fiddly hand-coding. "Professionally-looking" doesn't stop at aesthetics; the generated code also looks well-coded and well-formatted. You can even customize IDs and Classes right in its GUI panel, so the generated code will look just as if you coded by hand.

I believe it's great not just for non-coders but also for developers and designers who are building websites for clients. It's a great springboard tool for prototyping that they could develop into a production site. They might even be able to create a finished site if the design/feature requirements are minimal. Those who are familiar with Bootstrap should be able to get a ton out of this time-saving tool.

Overall, the developer of Blocs has done an admirable job. Blocs delivers.
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Scott-C-H-
08 November 2016
Version: 2.2.2
Not a bad software, but it's too expensive for what it is. Bootstrap Studio is a better deal in my opinion. (https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/55596/bootstrap-studio)

It generates the code that is easily identifiable as a Blocs-generated site, so it is not for anyone who cares about clean and quality code. It's ok for those who want a "No code necessary" type website builder, but then I suspect they would be better off using a hosted solution such as Squarespace.

Design variation is also limited. It generates a typical landing page layout that's already overused all over the web.

HTML/CSS isn't that hard. You might want to try this website before shelling out $80 on this software:

http://jgthms.com/web-design-in-4-minutes/
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Staps Fanny
22 October 2016
Version: 2.2.1
Very cool app to create stunning sites. I don't like the dark GUI but it is intuitive and easy to access. Well worth to check it out when you want to great fancy looking sites. A bit too expensive imo.
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2y2d
08 September 2016
Version: 2.1.2
Really Nice ;) but more flexibility with SEO would be amazing !!!!!!
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Fixx
01 August 2016
Version: 2.1.1
Ok I have tried this some. Looks like a lot of work in progress. There are difficulties in styling text. Most text settings seems to be global for some reason, it is very hard to make local overrides. Hard to find a way to set heading level. Etc. Beautiful responsive output though.
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Ollie1972
29 July 2016
Version: 2.1.1
Blocs2 is now the only to-go tool to build high professional looking and working websites. Great GUi that makes building sites without writing one single line of code. Many are using Rapdiweaver, which isn't bad etiher, but RW still requires some knowledge and most of all, you have to buy a lot of plugins before you can create a nice website. In the end Blocs2 delivers from day one. AWESOME WEBDESIGN TOOL !!
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Baccaroeja
04 July 2016
Version: 2.0.10
Surprisingly easy to use webs designer app. The sites you can create are truly eye catchers and very professional looking. Superb app and very highly recommended for everyone who wants to create a awesome website - both pro and novices.
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dpenrose
25 May 2016
Version: 2.0.5
There is ONE important reason that the folks at BLOCS APP deserve a "5" ... an easy to learn/use app that builds sophisticated and sleek responsive websites in MINUTES not hours, days or months.
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pietz
15 May 2016
Version: 2.0.0
i had the privilege of trying blocs 2.0 during the closed beta and i must say im pretty excited about it. to be honest i thought it would be impossible to satisfy my needs, as i was looking for a web design tool thats not so much aimed at beginners anymore. but the developer behind blocs totally pulled it off.

The UI of v2 is just as simple to understand as the first version of blocs. it just feels more mature and grown up by now. beginners are still able to create pretty cool looking sites in literally no time. if you know what you're aiming for, you can easily create a fully functioning one-pager in less than 5 minutes. with some getting used to the workflow you can probably do it in less than 1 minute without adjusting the text.

so what about power users? well they would throw together a site just like a beginner would, but after it you have this entire new level of settings and options to tweak. and thats what make the difference for me. with blocs 1.x i sometimes hit a wall where the capabilities of the software ended, but now its a totally different story. id recommend going to the website of blocs and checking out the 2 introduction videos. they show what i mean.

but even if you are a professional web developer that loves raw code. i bet you anything that theres no way that you could create a raw skeleton of a website faster than in blocs. there is no drawing like there was in macaw, theres also no drag & drop. you only click to add elements and select what you want. its really super fast.

so in the end, theres something for everybody inside Blocs 2.0 and i recommend you check out the trial and see for yourself.
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achim-j-dehmel
11 May 2016
Version: 2.0.0
Wonderful app, clean design, smart features
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AlexHughy
04 April 2016
Version: 1.6.1
Great tool! But where is v2 ? It was 'promised' for February/March 2016 release.
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mfgv89!
10 February 2016
Version: 1.5.0
Have been using Blocs for 5 days straight now, and can happily say that I developed a full website in ~ 7 hours with multiple pages, forms, links etc.

I am unfortunately disappointed with several bugs and limitations with the software, especially with the price point it is currently at. I have outlined these below and hope that Blocs 2 would address many if not all these points.


- It would be great if rearranging page tabs would automatically rearrange them on site nav menu

- Add ability to assign a new home page or delete it and make another page a new home page (I deleted the body from the old one and wasn't able to get it back so everything I created was in the footer which made me have to create a new "home" page.

- Add ability to drag blocs into either the footer or the body

- Fix bug that lets you delete body section with no way of adding it again

- Add ability to drag blocs around and move them with mouse

- Add ability to re-size images within the blocs app (by using the mouse and dragging the corner to make it bigger or smaller).

- Add ability to double stack the nav menu (for example if you have a log in, register, etc. option you would like to add above the nav menu. I know Pingendo has this ability.

- Add Google maps integration (ability to type in an address and add a map to show it physically)

- Add an E-commerce option to integrate with Paypal or other forms of payment

- Add ability to print the web page from within the app for design reviews

- Add ability to insert plank brics as spacers or allow margin adjustment for every item not just images

- There is a bug where on some pages, even though the “include sticky nav area” is checked, it does not appear when viewing in browser mode.

- Add ability to re-size videos

- Add ability to copy brics and move them to different pages

- Add an integration with Wordpress or a form of publishing the website so that making continuous edits is a breeze. Pinegrow for example has this and many of these options at a lower price point.

Overall, a good app I must say. Just missing some core features to make it an exceptional one.
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Shooters
27 January 2016
Version: 1.5.0
Brilliant website builder based on Bootstrap. It has to be said: the GUI is a bit strange and needs some time to get things going. But the results are awesome indeed! V2 is in the making and promise a lot of pro level features. Can't wait to get my hands on this. :)
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Aragorn07
26 November 2015
Version: 1.5.0
Blocs 1.5.3 is completely buggy.
the contact form doesn't send e-mail and if I add other fields like check email not sent.
Images lose links (with a large number of images i'm frustrated to re-setup broken links).
If you use two galleries on the same page, but in two distinct blocks, after seeing the last image of the first gallery, continues with the first image of the second gallery.
Carousel with fill size 100% doesn't work, the carousel is left-aligned.
Everything is slow, sometimes I have to close and reopen because blocs is completely frozen. Now I understand it's called Blocs.
I don't recommend this buggy software!!!
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macupdate_275
19 October 2015
Version: 1.5.0
I am sad. Because I had to search so long before finding Blocs. I tried a few monthly-plan web site builders (wix, weebly, squarespace) and some which you would buy (Macaw, RSD @ coffeecup) and was close to giving up and sticking with RSD. Websitebuilder was my last favorite but it would not only cost monthly (adds up) but also means you have to use one host without having control about the performance (loading time matters for google some say). So RSD was what I would go for TILL I TRIED BLOCS !!! I hope Norm_1 (and his team?) will have the time to make some improvements (like more photo galleries) and be very successful, just the marketing needs to be more. The name BLOCS is just not out there. It's so hard to find. Isn't that sad? Feel free to shoot me a line. Cheers Peter zebralounge cebu
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macupdate_275
19 October 2015
Version: 1.5.0
I am sad. Because I had to search so long before finding Blocs. I tried a few monthly-plan web site builders (wix, weebly, squarespace) and some which you would buy (Macaw, RSD @ coffeecup) and was close to giving up and sticking with RSD. Websitebuilder was my last favorite but it would not only cost monthly (adds up) but also means you have to use one host without having control about the performance (loading time matters for google some say). So RSD was what I would go for TILL I TRIED BLOCS !!! I hope Norm_1 (and his team?) will have the time to make some improvements (like more photo galleries) and be very successful, just the marketing needs to be more. The name BLOCS is just not out there. It's so hard to find. Isn't that sad? Feel free to shoot me a line. Cheers Peter zebralounge cebu
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pietz
25 September 2015
Version: 1.5.0
Blocs 1.5 is out with some major new features that i love. i easily want to bump my old review to 4 stars, which is why im writing this new one. background video and sticky navs make a whole lot of a difference!
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Shallowp
08 August 2015
Version: 1.4.2
Discovered this great app today ! Wow, this is massive useable website builder app to make awesome looking websites without knowing anything about coding. Granted, the GUI is very strange looking and you definitely need some adaptation using it. I widely uses animation, both in Blocs itself and for creating website animations, to a great effect. It is not perfect though. It locked in some random occasions making it unreliable atm. The developers do have a tendency to improving it on regular basis so bugs are fixed quickly. Blocs 2.0 is on the way and therefore I wait buying it right now. Hopes are high it will be awesome and replace Rapidweaver for a lot of people.
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Shallowp
08 August 2015
Version: 1.4.2
Discovered this great app today ! Wow, this is massive useable website builder app to make awesome looking websites without knowing anything about coding. Granted, the GUI is very strange looking and you definitely need some adaptation using it. I widely uses animation, both in Blocs itself and for creating website animations, to a great effect. It is not perfect though. It locked in some random occasions making it unreliable atm. The developers do have a tendency to improving it on regular basis so bugs are fixed quickly. Blocs 2.0 is on the way and therefore I wait buying it right now. Hopes are high it will be awesome and replace Rapidweaver for a lot of people.
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pietz
31 July 2015
Version: 1.4.2
When i started using Blocs it was a clear 5 Star application for me, because it was very easy to learn and it didnt take much time to deploy really good looking websites. For somebody just starting out with web design, who doesnt want to write code, Blocs is an easy recommendation to buy. So what has changed for me? Well, i wouldnt call myself a web developer or professional designer, but I'm definitely heading that way and i need tools that can help me grow. With Blocs you currently reach the limits of whats possible really fast. -You can't modify the html and css from inside the application -You can't open existing projects based on their html & css file structure -You can't create and select themes for buttons or ui styles -You can't control all of the element settings like you can inside css -Blocs doesn't output plain bootstrap code Where is all of this coming from? in the past weeks i've been playing with tools like Pingendo or Webflow, which bring a few things to the table I absolutely love and for me personally Blocs needs these features! Pingendos project structure is completely based on Bootstraps HTML & CSS. There are no project files. you open and edit the html & css natively but visually. They call it a visual editor and i simply love that approach. Webflow is a lot more powerful when it comes to element modification, because you can pretty much change everything thats possible inside a css file. It removes the problem that all ebsites kind of look the same, as it is ith blocs. With both of these applications you can add custom css or JS projects which has become more and more important to me. So why am I still using Blocs or want to use it? Well, Blocs is easily the best looking application of the bunch and its very well structured and organized. its just a joy to use. its performance is great, its a desktop application opposed to subscription based Webflow and it feels much more robust than Pingendo, although there are quite a few bugs going on. Blocs is still very young so complaining about a certain missing features might be rude, but Blocs is quite costly at $70 so i'm also expacting a lot. Summary: If you're relatively new to web design and want to easily create top notch looking websites, Blocs is definitely for you. If you want reach beyong the style that Blocs has built in and create your very own or you want to be able to tweak code snippets inside the application or add custom JS projects, Blocs cant do that as of right now. Lastly I want to say again how impressed I am with Blocs extremely active development and the things im critisising right now might be gone in 2 months. I do hope so.
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AlexHughy
28 July 2015
Version: 1.4.2
First things first. I am horrible with html5, ccs, .. and all the things you need to hard code websites. But I did made a several websites for small companies, sport clubs, .. all using Rapidweaver. Using it for years and happy doing this. I never found something that could replace it until I stumbled on Blocs.
At first look it is looking different and minimalistic. I can understand some people are scared about this and turn it off pretty quickly. I'd say .. give it a good twist before ditching it because it is a very capable app for making bootstrap-a-like website (read: used by many many modern sites nowadays - hell, even Apple uses the bootstrap base code).
Just explore things by inserting blocs, brics, backgrounds (parallax or static), images, movies, animations, ... and you quickly build a very complex pro looking website.
Ones you know how it works, it is a joy to use and way easier compared with Rapidweaver to achieve the same (even with the Blocks plugin and bootstrap themes).

Of course there are some 'flaws':
- As far as I know it is not possible to have a carrousel with a timer so images are changed automatically.
- Fixed navigation bar
- No side navigation bar possible.
- No form bric (yet?)
- No way to insert custom html (for example html5 animations). Would be great if it possible to add Hype5 code :-)

The devs seems to be very actively improving Blocs and I have no doubt it will improve with every new release.

One last note: I think the app is a bit overpriced. $69.99 is a lot. It is the only thing holding me back for buying it. It would be great knowing if you get v2.0 for a free upgrade too. Otherwise a price drop to about $50 would justify it more.

Still a solid 4 stars for this great innovative app.

Forgotten to add:
Support needs to be done via a public forum. I would like see a personal private contact address too.
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Xplicit
27 July 2015
Version: 1.4.2
I really wanted to love this app, had my credit card ready. But after having tested it for a few hours now unfortunately I must say that this app is not ready for prime time. Its usability is bad: It's not intuitive, no tool tips, no explanations, nothing. Pages exist only as tabs, no list, no overview, whatever. It's also buggy, the sidebar shows for a page sometimes the page settings, sometimes site and page settings. Close a tab and you get a warning if you really want to delete that page ... but not always. After closing a tab the page is gone ... but not always, sometimes when you click about the closed tab with that page appears again. But you cannot be sure. I also experienced that when you want to change the background colour in a selected bloc the bg colour in a totally different bloc changed. Tried to build the example "Surf Summer" shown on blocsapp.com. Not possible. How do I set a background image for the body? Couldn't find that out. Support didn't answer that either. Bummer. Sorry, but this is 1 star only. Maybe version 2 will be usable.
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Xplicit
26 July 2015
Version: 1.4.2
5 days trial period? What happened to 14 days let alone 30 days? And why not 7? As if I have time to fully check an app like this within such a short period of time. And you can't just have a quick look because the clock starts to tick then. By the way, after my quick look, which was right before I wrote this, my impression was "cool interface, but not very intuitive". If I won't be able to test the app more within 5 days this will be my opinion of it. Dear developer, you really want to risk that? And don't think about all those who would use a longer trial period to complete a project. They wouldn't buy your app anyway.
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mrsidoric
24 July 2015
Version: 1.4.2
Love the look and simplicity and will check it out. The W3C Validator found the developers website atrocious on standards: https://validator.w3.org/nu/?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fblocsapp.com%2F
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Zac
23 July 2015
Version: 1.4.2
Incredible app, beautifully, tastefully designed. Worth every penny.
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Anthony Jr.
22 July 2015
Version: 1.4.0
This app is absolutely gorgeous and takes the stress away from modern Web 2.0 webpage designs. Would recommend to beginners and seasoned developers alike.
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Bort1611
26 April 2015
Version: 1.2.0
Screenshot given above is from "Sketches for Pages"; do not be misled. This app looks nothing like the screenshot.
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Tim27
28 February 2015
Version: 1.1.2
This is only getting started, but by just downloading it and playing around a bit I can already say it's better than Macaw. I was so excited about Macaw and backed the Kickstarter, and was so let down by the product itself. Blocs had no hype around it and I didn't even know about it until seeing it here and I am very impressed. Can't wait to see how it evolves.
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Mauko
28 January 2015
Version: 1.0.6
This is awesome, still in the beginning, waiting for new things to come (that's why I only give a 4.5 rating) Simple clever web design tool, nice! Version 1.0.10 but 1.1.0 will be released soon...
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