Macaw: Web Design Gets a ?Photoshop?
It has been said that aside from coding, a ?must learn? for today’s youth and tomorrow’s workplace environment is the ability to design ?good? web pages.
For most people who do not have training and experience in HTML codes or web design, using a WYSIWYG ( What You See Is What You Get) tool is the next best option. Until now.
Macaw, a new tool that functions as and used as an ?image editor?, creates web codes that match the creativity of ?human developed? web designs.
Tom Giannattasio and Adam Christ, two residents of DC ( their website proudly claims that Macaw is ?PROUDLY BUILT IN DC BY THESE TWO FELLAS?) created Macaw as a program that will make web designing as easy as creating and manipulating images using an image editor like Photoshop.
Video: Macaw, The Code Savvy Web Design Tool ( ?YouTube)
What makes Macaw different from a myriad of online and WYSIWYG applications that purportedly help users design web pages, is that most of these apps or tools do churn out clean and nice looking web pages, but does not allow the creator to customize or ?tweak? the design.
The reason for this is that the codes written by these tools are ?computer written? and the code is not readable and unorganized for human manipulation.
With Macaw, the code is written very much like how the Adobe Creative Suite Software composes codes and gives the user a visual manner in which to manipulate the images, drawings and layout of the site.
The code output of Macaw can be manipulated using settings in HTML and CSS that are conveniently placed in a sidebar. It can also create fluid grids as well as ?responsive pages? that are used often by many web designers and developers.
Macaw also makes it easy for the user by enabling designs created to be saved and applied throughout the website.
Video: Macaw- Web Design Tool Introduction (JBlock / YouTube)
Users of Macaw swear that the code created using this tool is user-friendly and simple, making it easy to manipulate for non-programmers.
Macaw was launched on Kickstarter and reportedly surpassed its target funding by 300%. The program was sold in the funding site for US$ 99 Dollars and will be available in the future at the Macaw website (designed using Macaw of course).
Internet industry experts noted that Macaw is a continuation of new apps and tools that are helping more and more people create web content and apps without the need to learn advanced coding. Other apps that have surfaced in the past year are AppSeed and Pixel Press which enable users to develop games and apps even with zero coding knowledge and experience. Watch out for more exciting tools and apps that will help the ?tech amateur? in each of us create and develop things for the internet in the days to come….here at The Bitbag.