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Macaw 1.5.15 review: Promising web design program falls short of its goals

Nathan Alderman | June 22, 2015
When I worked as a web designer, I'd daydream about a program that would eliminate the hassles of coding by hand. I longed to draw and style elements directly onto a page, as easily as in Photoshop. Macaw 1.5.15 offers that tantalizing promise--but its attractive plumage conceals a bird that needs more meat on its bones.

Earlier this week, Macaw's creators announced a new incarnation of the app, Macaw Scarlet, with advanced support for CSS and other powerful improvements for pro designers. The current program will be renamed Macaw Indigo; the company says it's better for early prototyping, while Scarlet--which has no release date as of this writing--is designed to actually produce sites. Though that message seems to contradict how the current version of Macaw initially pitched itself, I can't deny that Scarlet seems poised to fill in a lot of the gaps I found in the original.

Though I used to wish for a program like Macaw, the current version left me longing for my days of coding by hand. If you end up feeling the same, take heart: Among its promised features, Scarlet prominently advertises a text editor for your code.

 

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