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Macaw provides the same flexibility as your favorite image editor but also writes semantic HTML and remarkably succinct CSS. It's time to expect more from a web design tool.

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Macaw review by Mateo G.
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"Use Macaw !!!"

What do you like best?

On the off chance that you are frightened of exceptional change, or simply adapting new visual communication programming, Macaw's commonplace looking interface will make the progress simple. You'll see instantly that a ton of the hot keys are like Photoshop and Illustrator. Layering additionally works correspondingly, yet rather than layers, you presently need to think regarding divs and classes. This slight move additionally helps ensure the code that is created bodes well. Macaw comes preloaded with many Google Fonts, so you'll make certain that your typography will look predictable. For the individuals who pay for the Typekit benefit, Macaw likewise enables you to import Typekit textual styles into your undertaking. While you are building your page out, Macaw cautions you of potential semantics or property blunders. For example, it will let you know whether a component has 'non specific semantics', and proposes setting more particular tag and class names.

What do you dislike?

Macaw attempts to ensure that your outline is set up to make solid code by cautioning you to issues with your styling and naming settings. Sadly, it doesn't go so far to make proposals to you. I likewise had an issue where it instructed us to change the edge properties of a particular component, just to make it elusive where to roll out that improvement. While there is documentation, it doesn't really expound as you'd trust. I had a few issues with including new components that erase or push out different components we as of now made, without having the capacity to fix that change. This is presumably a known issue, yet it merits specifying in light of the fact that it is a torment to need to re-try your work. Macaw's strangely missing some fundamental coding usefulness. For instance, it doesn't presently bolster the rundown tag (requested or unordered). It can just render isolate content fields. You need to return in to alter the code Macaw creates to get the content to show as a rundown. This makes it hard to do things like render a route menu with joins the manner in which you would really code it. It additionally implies that you'd need to return into your code after you've distributed it to roll out that improvement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use a good internet connection and a fast computer with good RAM memory. You must try it !!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Macaw assists me with setting padding, height, width, positioning, text styles, and more. This lets me fine-tune the elements that you draw into the canvas area, and ensures cleaner code.

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Macaw review by Xavier B.
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"Tu mejor aliado con el diseño web"

What do you like best?

Una de las ventajas de Macaw es que permite establecer puntos de interrupción y optimizar mi sitio para todos los dispositivos móviles y de sobremesa. También me permite ingresar fuentes web o del sistema en mi sitio web. Otra de las ventajas es que puedo aplicar un estilo a varios elementos y modificarlo en una ubicación. Además transmite mi diseño a cualquier dispositivo de la red por lo que me ahorra tiempo y me hace sentir más cómodo. Otro beneficio que me da Macaw es que puedo establecer nombres de variables y agregar scripts para crear prototipos y borradores de manera veloz. Por último, me permite utilizar el posicionamiento estático, absoluto y fijo para los diseños dinámicos.

What do you dislike?

Lo que menos me gusta es que el soporte técnico es no entienden el español por lo que sólo me puedo comunicar en inglés por lo que cuesta preguntar dudas. Tampoco me gusta la instalación del programa debido a que es pesada y que no es soportada en todos los sistemas operativos como Linux. También debería una aplicación más intuitiva y familiar porque es difícil de utilizar para los usuarios menos expertos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Es una herramienta muy potente por lo que necesitarás un ordenador con gran velocidad para que te funcione correctamente sin que se te salgan errores. Otro factor que debes tener en cuenta es que necesitas una conexión constante a Internet para que funcione. Prueba la versión gratuita para saber si se adapta a tus necesidades. Descarga y úsalo es uno de los mejores programas que vas ha encontrar !!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Macaw me da más flexibilidad que mi antiguo editor de imagen por lo que me permite realizar mi trabajo de manera rápida y sencilla. También me permite escribir de manera semántica HTML y de manera remarcable en CSS. Me ha sido muy útil para diseñar mi página web y para comunicarme para con mi gestor. También me proporciona soporte, ayuda y conocimientos gracias al servicio técnico que tienen.

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Macaw review by Miguel P.
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"Macow, an elegant and powerful web editor "

What do you like best?

Macaw is an ideal editor for designers who want to create websites graphically, that is, as if you were using a graphical editor, such as Photoshop, but with the ability to get websites in HTML5, JS and CSS3. This editor is designed to create sites without programming any line of code, so if you're a designer who doesn't know anything about code layout, this tool will help you create great web pages.

Macaw is an ideal editor for designers who want to create websites graphically, that is, as if you were using a graphical editor, such as Photoshop, but with the ability to get websites in HTML5, JS and CSS3. This editor is designed to create sites without programming any line of code, so if you're a designer who doesn't know anything about code layout, this tool will help you create great web pages.

What do you dislike?

Macaw is a powerful tool, but the code generated may not be 100% optimized for SEO purposes. Although these types of programs are constantly evolving and making improvements, it must be taken into account that although they help and save time in web design and layout, the code generated may not be optimal for search engine standard

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Considering the fast pace of the web development world, a tool like Macaw allows significant savings when developing websites or presenting prototypes. Saving time is one of its virtues.

It is a multi-platform software, available for mac and windows

Macaw review by Miguel T.
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"Mi gran descubrimiento, Macaw."

What do you like best?

Una gran ventaja es que las herramientas son simplistas e intuitivas también me gusta el diseño de la interfaz de usuario que es agradable. Me gusta que se necesita poco tiempo para acostumbrarse, debido a que el "Outline View" actúa de forma similar a las capas de Photoshop. Sin embargo, entender HTML/CSS es una ventaja definitiva en el uso de esta característica y aplicación. También destaco que la creación de puntos de ruptura es sencilla, y es una buena aplicación para trabajar con diseños sensibles. Otra ventaja es que hay una cuota única de 179 USD para uso profesional que es más económica que otras suscripciones comparadas con productos similares. Por último, me mantiene más cerca del HTML/CSS que otros programas similares para que no pierda el contacto con la forma en que están construidas las cosas.

What do you dislike?

La mayor desventaja es que se necesita una página principal o los elementos del símbolo. También se necesitan elementos editables para la construcción de sitios de varias páginas y muy útiles para la creación de prototipos y el enmarcado con alambre. Esto limita la personalización en los sitios más pequeños (1-5 páginas). Otra desventaja es que se requiere una sólida comprensión de HTML/CSS para tener código limpio. Aunque también puedes usar esta herramienta si no entiendes cómo escribir el código, pero probablemente no te beneficiarás del código más limpio que pueda producir. Como resultado, es posible que encuentres algunos errores en la resolución de problemas al previsualizar tus diseños en los navegadores o en la herramienta de previsualización. Tampoco me gusta que es demasiado simplista (cosas como HREF y listas tienen que crearse mediante el DOM y otros elementos). Por ejemplo, si no sabe que un hipervínculo es una etiqueta <a> o que una lista desordenada es <ul> etc., tendrá dificultades para trabajar con algunos de estos elementos HTML muy básicos. Por último, destaco que necesitas ser capaz de codificar a mano Javascript (JS) o saber cómo conectar y modificar JS para cualquier tipo de interactividad más allá de los estados básicos y enlaces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Tienes que utilizar la opción de vista previa que tiene este programa permite probar simultáneamente cualquier trabajo en cualquier dispositivo de la red sin necesidad de software adicional (como Adobe Edge Inspect, por ejemplo). Esto realmente es una gran ventaja para esta aplicación que todo el mundo debe probar. Además no necesitas conexión constante a Internet para poder utilizarlo.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Me ayuda con la configuración de acolchado, altura, anchura, posición y estilos de texto de mi página web. Esto hace que pueda realizar mi tarea de manera rápida y sencilla.

Macaw review by Jaume B.
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"The best software that you can use"

What do you like best?

I appreciated how Macaw streamlined numerous parts of CSS styling. All around outlined controls let you alter text styles and their kerning and dividing, change cushioning or fringes, or include drop shadows and different styles. A menu at the base left makes and tweaks style classes, either sans preparation or from a solitary component you've just styled. Once you've duplicated its qualities, a couple of snaps will apply them to some other component.

It's additionally simple to indicate every component's ID and class, or give it a variable name for scripting. Regardless of my past corroded jQuery information, Macaw's scripting bolster awed me. You'll need to compose your own particular code, yet Macaw monitors any component to which you've appointed a variable, and any shading swatches you've made, and gives you a chance to drag them directly into the content as you compose it.

What do you dislike?

Macaw doesn't yet incorporate many valuable HTML and CSS features, including records, tables, or segments. You can implant your own code in a square on the page, yet you won't have the capacity to see the outcomes until the point that you see that page, and there's no other way to hand-adjust code straightforwardly inside the program. I also couldn't figure out how to alter global styles for individual tags—to determine, for instance, that each <a> tag in your report ought to be boldfaced and dark green.

Macaw offers a broad rundown of Google-made web textual styles, however its choices felt boringly similar. Rival Alliances, targeted more at apprentices, offers a smaller however more varied program; Macaw also lacks Coalitions' different symbol libraries. And while it's easy to discover a lot of free, open-source, web-ready textual styles on the web, Macaw won't let you add them to its library. You can utilize your own framework textual styles in your outlines, yet you'll have to package them up and code them into your final site without anyone else. The main other way to expand your text style determination in Macaw requires a paid membership to Adobe's Typekit benefit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It’s a very useful software that everybody must to try !!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilize it to enable individuals to have more web encounters on their work area, tablet, or cell phones. Macaw makes my activity a more profitable working environment by enabling me to construct destinations more rapidly than if I somehow managed to enlist an engineer or endeavor to hand code my plans myself. In the quick place work of advanced the time spent on outlining in photoshop and afterward updating in code. We saw the advantage of enabling originators to outline in a code based condition where models could be given over to developer to shape the base of an undertaking.

Macaw review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"La gran salvación, Macaw"

What do you like best?

Me gusta que se puede aplicar un estilo a varios elementos y se pueden modificar en una ubicación. Gracias a esto puedo trasmitir mi diseño a cualquier dispositivo de la red. También puedo establecer nombres de variables y agregue scripts para una rápida creación de prototipos. Me permite la ventaja de compartir activos entre páginas y guardarlos todos en un solo documento. Lo que más me gusta es que puedo utilizar el posicionamiento estático, absoluto y fijo para los diseños dinámicos. Por último, puedo almacenar elementos en mi biblioteca y reutilizarlos en cualquier página.

What do you dislike?

No es muy programa especialmente rápido ya que en dispositivos antiguos con Windows 7 o anterior suele ir lento. Tampoco me gusta que no tenga soporte para sistemas operativos basados en Linux. Ni que el servicio técnico tampoco hable español ni que el programa este en español. Los portales de navegación puede mejorarse, además suele haber bastantes bugs. No es muy intuitiva la interfaz ya que se necesitan conocimientos para poder controlarla aunque una vez que ya tienes los conocimientos es fácil de usar.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Debes usarlo es uno de los mejores programas que puedes utilizar y lo puedes descargar de manera gratuita ! ! ! No olvides usar un gran ordenador con potencia porque sino funcionará de manera lenta. Si tienes problemas puedes usar su servicio 24 horas.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Me sirve para poder diseñar la página web de la empresa de manera fácil y sencilla. Y para renovar la página a los nuevos tiempos. También me sirve para poder manejar las cuentas de nuestros clientes y para que puedan comprar nuestros productos.

Macaw review by User
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"Macaw. Stop writing code, start drawing it."

What do you like best?

It is a web design tool that also writes semantic HTML and CSS. Her motto says it all: "Stop writing code, start drawing it. "

It is downloaded and installed on your hard drive and is linked to a registered account but there is no monthly fee. It only pays a price for a single time. Great potential as a tool for designing sensitive web pages. You can start adding design elements to the page by importing images and adding text frames and formatting to go with them, or you can go directly to adding breakpoints that you might expect to use.

What do you dislike?

The interface is quite intuitive, although I find that basic features such as right-click and zoom context menus are missing. Sadly, Macaw currently does not allow mobile design first because maximum and minimum breakpoints can not be established. The DOM also crashes at the smallest cut points, which prevents the addition of content

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it since the Macaw interface is quite simple, and the average designer does not really need much time to decipher where things are. It is created by a group of people and not a large corporate, so I encourage its use and to encourage working groups and support this group that takes something out of nothing and is getting stronger and stronger with each update.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Macaw as wireframing and mock tool, seeing the content as black outlines ("profile") or gray boxes ("wire") will be useful. I worked with Google web sources, which are integrated into the workspace, and you can also access the Typekit fonts, being able to insert everything in a very easy way.

Macaw review by Kacper J.
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"Fantastic tool for beginners and non-coders!"

What do you like best?

The design of usability of Macaw is beyond that of any other similar software I have used. It's minimalistic design and layout allows for an easy and fast creation of websites. It's live preview feature also makes it significantly easier to preview pages, without making changes, opening a browser or setting up any ports.

What do you dislike?

Macaw is extremely simple and lacks some additional customizability that actual coding allows for. In my opinion, there should be EASILY accessible areas to add in extra CSS or other code to a specific element. There should be an option to create transitions and embed files for code (eg. .js, .css files).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Macaw is no longer developed upon as the team has changed direction. It's worth considering that it won't be updated with new technologies or bug fixes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Macaw makes it easier for non-coders (designers and beginners) to create beautiful websites with a simplistic interface. During our tests, Macaw has proved to be fairly lightweight in terms of the code generated through the drag and drop interface, but also fairly robust in terms of it's usability and features. It has allowed our junior designers to create websites in a fast and highly visual way.

Macaw review by Daniel L.
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"A great idea, strange execution - Got bought by InVision (no more updates)"

What do you like best?

I loved the idea of Macaw- a way to get some code output just by designing it. I like the concept and as a piece of software, it was nice to look at and felt familiar.

What do you dislike?

In the end of the day, it felt a bit paradoxical. It looks and feels familiar, like an Adobe product. To me, the norms and learning curve was so different that it started feeling it as a piece of software, it didn't know what it wanted to be. Or at least it dressed it's functions in the wrong clothes. I found it to be pretty inflexible as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It got acquired by inVision. There are no more updates to this software. So just get inVision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want to be able to communicate with code to the development team. I'm not a developer so I need to bridge the gap.

Macaw review by Luke H.
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"Look no further for a responsive website builder"

What do you like best?

I have used macaw for 3 years now and must say that it is one of the most useful tools in my web design toolkit. I use it for both personal and client websites. Macaw has all the same features as programs such as adobe reflow, webflow, etc. Best part? You don't need an internet connection to work with it. So if your on a plane or in the back of a uber you can still work. I would recommend Macaw to anyone looking for a great alternative to hand coding a responsive website or hiring a developer to code your design. Why not just do it yourself with macaw?

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if it was updated to match the el capitan UI theme, its currently looks more like a mountain lion version. Doesn't inhibit how it works at all though, just a visual thing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Macaw is a fast or convenient alternative to tools like adobe reflow and webflow. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a more powerful way to build and ship sites for personal and client use. Macaw it truly on the cunning edge of responsive WYSIWYG site builders.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design problems. I use it to help people have more fluid web experiences on their desktop, tablet, or mobile devices. Macaw makes my job a more productive workplace by allowing me to build sites more quickly than if I was to hire a developer or try to hand code my designs myself.

Macaw review by Stefan G.
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"great Product but needs some work"

What do you like best?

This is really a good and fresh product and it uses the same functions as a normal coder would. great for prototyping and getting code that works. It's really great that you can set up classes and edit the Dom easily .

What do you dislike?

the code is generated with where you place an element, and it's not always relevant to the parent element. with this, you have the ability to type in absolute values but changing something on the page alters the entered values. this is something that would never happen in a build environment. Thus every time you change something all absolute values needs to be checked to see if they have changed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

keep a keen eye on the entered values as Macaw overnights them. we found it quite helpful to start by setting up classes and styles in the beginning and using wherever we could

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to solve a better workflow from design to prototyping to dev. In te fast pace work of digital the time spent on designing in photoshop and then redesigning in code. We saw the benefit of giving designers the ability to design in a code based environment where prototypes could be handed over to dev to form the base of a project

Macaw review by Consultant in Marketing and Advertising
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"Macaw is a very nice tool for designing and prototyping."

What do you like best?

I appreciate the ability to "draw" your design on a canvas in Macaw. It feels very similar to tools like Illustrator in some ways. You can also import other graphics into the library for usage later. Switching to the code view mode allows you to see how your design can be structured code wise as well. You can also export your work to HTML.

What do you dislike?

The ability to export into HTML is helpful, but the output will most likely not hold up to the standards of HTML/coding purists. Would be nice if you had the option to set the HTML to adhere to a front end framework like Bootstrap or Foundation. But since they have been bought out by invision, this will not happen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A very nice tool, but wont be updated now. At least Invision has promised to keep the app free as it is now though.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Macaw for basic design, layout and flow for prototyping web sites and apps.

Macaw review by Oscar S.
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"A little lost at first, but after a little practice prototyping is very straight forward"

What do you like best?

Oriented to front end developers. You can incorporate your existing libraries but it works really great out of the box. The UI is great, the preview is awesome, and the export of the final project is straight forward. Once you get used to it it is very flexible and useful to keep in hand. The software works directly with css so you can edit it very easy.

What do you dislike?

Not enough learning material, the owners should provide a knowledge base besides just a few youtube videos. I´m a a developer myself, so the very first thing I do when I try a new software is going to the settings and see what I can customize, here is not the case since there is very few things to set; it could be because of the simplicity of the product but anyhow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it, it is really a great piece of software. It doesn't use custom libraries. Make some sample pages before to just jump in into a project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prototyping. Single page applications and simple websites. It is excellent in those. Once you get used to the workflow it is extremely easy to generate simple pages prototypes and mockups to show to clients. The ability to incorporate your code it is incredible useful also.

Macaw review by Patrick R.
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"Failed to live up to expectations"

What do you like best?

There was a great concept behind Macaw and the small development teams vision was huge. The marketing promised a drawing tool that designers could use to create responsive websites without code. As such, the product generated a lot of interest, prior to its release. There are many nice touches - like 'nudge and pudge' that have the potential to speed up the design process.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, the team failed to deliver on many of the promises. On initial release, many features were missing, and further into development, the team failed to deliver features such as dynamic symbols. Macaw’s support forums were filled with sentiments of disappointment from users who had been drawn in by the over-hyped marketing, eventually leading to Macaw having to offer users their money back. In early 2016 the team behind Macaw would be joining Invision and further development of Macaw would be discontinued.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Macaw has been abandoned. The team are now working at Invision and we might see some of their ideas built into Invisions products. For now, a better alternative would be Webflow, or perhaps Blocs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was an early backer its the Kickstarter campaign, hoping for a tool that would enable me to create page layouts and wireframes, ready for further interactivity to be added via JQuery.

Macaw review by Marcellus A.
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"Great tool for beginners "

What do you like best?

The UI is impressive at first, its a pretty UI. There are a lots of tweaks and personalizations

What do you dislike?

The software can by a little be confuse, the UI gets too complex o ingest at once. I know they tried to put all kinds of features but I think we must double think the mess it can generate on the UI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a beginner and are plenty of time to learn a new tool for web design, so you should try this one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was trying to do an website that tells a story of your company to our customers

Macaw review by User in Insurance
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"It’s a current App"

What do you like best?

I have used this site to design T-shirt’s for our events. I used to do the website designs too but not developing side

What do you dislike?

I wouldn’t say I don’t like it but it’s like I didn’t have a good experience because I felt I had a lot of interruptions and limitations that is not ideal

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I would use it as a text editing software. They are many out there but I think this was what I wanted

Macaw review by User
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"Have a Macaw help you design your website!"

What do you like best?

Macaw makes it easy and affordable to design a website for your business.

What do you dislike?

Figuring out how to use the software takes some time; there is a learning curve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Macaw has lots of options when designing your website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Macaw makes it easy to create a website, which provides potential customers to information about your company and brings in more business by spreading the word of your business via the internet.

Macaw review by User in Higher Education
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"Macaw Reduces the Hassels of Coding"

What do you like best?

Macaws interface is aesthetically pleasing for the user. The grid is customizable and helps you keep your space organized. Macaw also made CSS easy.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it adds additional classes that aren’t necessary when turning your design into code.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowed us to layout a design and then convert it to code. This was useful when I was working with many new businesses to help design aspects of their site.

Macaw review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Very intuitive and useful. I can fluidly go from design to altering code easily. "

What do you like best?

The interface features and overall user experience

What do you dislike?

More options to edit animation/jQuery/Javascript

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solutions to responsive design.

Macaw review by User in Facilities Services
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"Good"

What do you like best?

The interface is perfect and easy to use, its look like adobe photoshop interface

What do you dislike?

could be faster, it take too much time to load

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My website

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