Developer: The Escapers Consultancy
Current Version: 4.1.31
Last Updated: 4 years ago
Download Size: 42.4 MB - Download
FLUX 4 is the older version, please see 'Flux V'.
Flux is an advanced HTML5 Web design application, capable of creating stunning sites from scratch. Flux isn't a template based solution, it's a creative design environment.
Version 4 introduces FreeCode, a new feature that allows you to completely control your HTML and CSS code, but still retain WYSIWYG capability.
Flux 4 embraces OSX Lion by providing Full Screen Support with an embedded Inspector and Site Manager.
Optimizations for those with very large CSS files.
Most Helpful Reviews
The only reasonably priced Visual CSS editor for the mac. - Updated July 31 2012 version 4.1.1 - My old review is still valid (and below), but I wanted to comment on a few things I saw in other reviews. First - one user complained that they had an issue upgrading a demo copy to the app store version - this is a known issue with all software, not just flux - if the demo's name is the same, then the app store thinks it's already installed - the solution here is very easy - throw the demo in the trash and try again. Second - One user complained of flux being too slow - I can share my experience with Flux (And another program: PHPStorm) I once downloaded a bunch of web frameworks - codeigniter, cakephp, zend, etc I was running the free mamp at the time so I put everything on one single website. When I used Flux or PHPStorm and opened the root folder of the website (which had EVERY Framework in it - thousands and thousands of files!) The editors were bogged down as they tried to index and learn about all that code I had out there - the easy solution for both programs was to open a sub folder instead of the root of the site - with only one library to index (say code igniter) the editors performed fine. I hope this tip is helpful. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original review: In Short: Flux 4 is a one of a kind program that easily belongs on any web developers Mac. Flux 4 has the best interactive CSS editing system of any I've ever seen. It does other things too, but for me the CSS editing is what's earned it a place in my work-flow. Let me give you some examples... EVERYTHING about this program is based around proper HTML / CSS editing and the relationship between the two. You can make changes to the position of an object and its style info is updated in the linked CSS sheet. You can edit CSS manually, you can edit it with a huge property inspector, and amazingly, you can edit a ton of stuff with the GUI. If you've never adjusted margin and padding with a GUI, you're in for a real treat! It's really almost hard to fathom how much CSS goodness is crammed into this affordable little program. It really feels like they have thought of everything. It does have a weakness, and that's that it took me a long time to get comfortable with it. Regarding CSS and HTML, Flux does so much, and facilitates so many ways of doing things, that I could understand someone trying it for 30 minutes and getting frustrated. What I can say, is, Starting with Version 4, this seemed to get a lot easier for me - I think one thing that really helped was the addition of "Freecode" with Freecode, the already great GUI editors are now linked in real time to a code editor - you can make changes with either and both the GUI and the code editor stay in sync. I turn to Flux now when I'm trying to layout a page. It's actually helping me learn CSS a little more because it's so easy to do make changes to, then look at the code to see what the CSS looks like. For me, Now more than ever Flux 4 fills a much needed space in my collection of tools - It is my "Go To" tool for CSS and layout work. I know many readers here either have or are considering tools like Coda, Espresso, or PHPStorm. I think to some degree, each tool has it's place. Like a lot of you, I used to Love Coda, and had high hopes for version 2, which just came out and has been a disappointment (they actually removed the CSS property editor - and their code completion in PHP is joke.) That's not to say I'll never fire up Coda2, but what it does mean is that I'm finding more of a use for Flux 4 than I ever did before, and as a side effect, the more I'm actually using Flux 4 the more I'm liking it.
Confusing UI and too slow to be usable - I have no clue how this app has received good reviews, either here or on review sites. Perhaps the reviews were on an earlier version. I wish someone had warned me. Now I'm warning you. Don't waste your money. I wouldn't pay $1 for this let alone more than $100. I feel scammed. If you've used Dreamweaver, you'll be very disappointed. Ui is hard too understand and popup menus are so slow as to be unusable. I contacted the developer regarding these issues and they in essense shrugged their shoulders saying it is what it is. I don't know if I've ever given a 1 star review, but this app is certainly deserving.