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Offline Lon in NWArkansas

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Blocs App - For Mac
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:12:48 PM »
Worth taking a look at. Mac based.  https://blocsapp.com

I just purchased a license this morning.  Limited time discount of 50% https://www.macworld.com/article/3227557/application-development/blocs-2-lets-you-build-professional-websites-with-zero-code-now-50-off.html

Put my first site together last night, and published. I'll be working on a new mockup for a community TV station locally, as my next project.

First impression is that it's more user friendly than Sparkle, although perhaps not quite as robust in capabilities yet.  As a for instance, doesn't yet support downloadable PDF files, something that I do use often for clients.  Not sure if that's in the future mix, but am just assuming that something as basic as PDFs will eventually be supported.  In the meantime, it builds fully responsive sites in a very short amount of time. Rather perfect for prototyping a site mockup. I'll try to provide a more complete review later, even though I know most here don't have Macs.  The fully-functional trial is 5-days only, which is what I used to build the first demo site, here: http://lpleblanc.com/kwbdemo/. With a 50% discount, it was a no-brainer to go ahead with the purchase.

Some rather lovely and full templates can be viewed with full-working demos, here: http://blocstemplates.com/templates.html

Hat Tip to FrankB for finding this!!  (thu)

 
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Re: Blocs App - For Mac
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 03:19:16 PM »
Just need Frank to find us an alternative windows one - LOL  (thu)

Blocs looks pretty good Lon but I don't think the buying of a MAC would warrant the switch between O/S types for me, I'm trying WYSIWYG V12 but although it isn't too bad as an HTML builder, I'm sure there must be something a lot better for the building there of  ;)
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Re: Blocs App - For Mac
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 04:21:15 PM »
I'm with you, Mick.  Yep, I wish there was a Windows-based one also. I wouldn't have even had the Mac, had it not been for the demise of WPX8, the arrival of Sparkle, and the "deal" on the iMac...although I've had the MacBook for about 4 years now, even since the Affinity betas first started.  I'd rather work from my Win platform, largely because I have all of my assets and other software there (DP, PhP, PP, CA2, and WP). Oh well....we move on. But, perhaps a Blocs-like Win product will come along.  WYSIWYG Web Builder 12 looks good, however.  It was really a tossup, and I was a week of pro-con discussions, before deciding.  The 50% discount finally swayed me.  However, I can always come back to WWB-12, if Blocs fails to completely satisfy.

Just out of curiosity, though, Mick...what did you and Neil use to build this WebPlus-Support site?  Neil's product?  It does a nice job of producing a similar looking site.
 

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Re: Blocs App - For Mac
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 04:03:52 PM »
Am about half-way through replicating a mockup for Tesla 3, using Eldar Gezalov's video tutorials.  Blocs is not drag-n-drop, like WebPlus or WWB-12.  It takes some getting used to, but so far, so good.  After this, there is a 24-vide series ($45 USD) to create a full multi-page site, here:  http://blocstemplates.com/demo/photograph/m/.  I don't think it's quite intuitive enough, coming from WebPlus, to build it without the tutorial, but I'm just a...er....bloc-head, at this point. 

One thing I'm quickly seeing is that there is no need to even really look at the other variants, as I move along.  Build it in one view (desktop), and you are almost certain that it will look OK in the tablet and phone views.  That's a big plus.  In the basic course for the Tesla mockup, he provides a Bloc file (for comparison), as well as all of the assets needed to replicate the site.