Alexander 5000's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
If you like real mac apps like Keynotes, you'll love sparkle! So easy and fun to use!
Mikezots's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Sparkle is good enough to get the job done, but not without some quirks. It’s powerful enough to do most things you might need to show off your product or service, put captions on your art, run videos… but it’s not as simple as it might seem! There are many checkboxes and radio buttons that can affect item visibility and function. They’re contextual, so they constantly change depending on what’s selected. It’s a good thing for control, sometimes a difficult thing for finding what you did to affect something. The hamburger menu is great, but sub-menus may disappear on an iPhone or iPad once uploaded to the server for several hours (or more) - even if they worked fine on the same device when tested locally! You can’t make the headings of the sub menus into clickable items, so no workaround; you have to wait until whatever needs to happen on the server happens. Your sub pages are effectively gone from iOS devices until the server does its thing, even though they’re fine on computers. So, be patient. If it worked in preview it should eventually work on your iOS device. I think. It may summon the dreaded Beach Ball of Time, affecting everything running until you force quit Sparkle, losing your changes, natch. Force Quit will say Finder and many other programs are “not responding” but the true culprit is Sparkle. Once it’s quit, everything else comes back. You should bet on about 30 minutes of safe time, followed by an iffy fifteen minutes more, then save, quit and relaunch… or you may end up losing a chunk of your work. Note that this happens on some projects, but not others. Once it happens, be careful to save often. Some things are really geeky, like the .png file for the hamburger icon. It’s gray. I wanted another color - so I had to go into the program’s resouce fork, pull out the file, copy it to another location, edit it and go back into Sparkle to select the edited file containing my colored hamburger. There’s no “hamburger color” palette in the program - even though just about everything else does allow you to select a desired color. Then, there's an obvious missing feature that should be included: layers. Say you create a menu. It needs to be placed above everything else or any drop-down sub-menus may be hidden behind other objects. Say you add an image. Oops! The image is now above the menu: result illegible unusable menu. If you wanted the image on all pages (a background box, for example), you will have to inspect each page and either send the box to the back or bring the menu to the front. That’s each page for each device you set up, so multiply your number of pages by at least two and possibly more! There’s currently no way to place the menu on an “always above” layer. Wasted time! Another quirk: when you drag the entire menu across the page, you might think it will insert your menu items and automatically respace everything. Wrong! It will make items disappear. You have to drag the menu width to the minimum needed for your longest item, much less than the page width (hopefully) or it’s goodbye menu items! Non intuitive, and not explained anywhere I could find it. If you’re willing to learn Sparkle’s quirks, it’s one of the best visual web authoring programs - just don’t expect it to be simple or do what you intend on the first try.
mcsandberg's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
The only limitation that I’ve run into thus far is that you can’t do is embed your own HTML tags. However, the documentation is lacking and downright odd. To share things you go to the Arrange tab and in the Visiblity section are the sharing controls. The fact that you can put a PATH into the folder on the page tab isn’t documented everywhere. This means that you can create very large web sites without an unmanageably large number of files in a single directory. The image handling is really great!
DUURJOBE's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Can’t design websites that fill the whole broser window they look terribly unprofessional
Adfsljlkdfj's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I’ll start off by saying you can create very nice looking websites very easily. However, this app is missing major features. Who do you you know that wants to just create a website without having forms to sell items, have registration or login features, or the ability to have small pop-up windows for additional information? This builder doesn’t even give you the option to add simple tabs to bring other information to the foregound without loading a completely different page. If you are looking for a truely functional ecommerce website builder this is not for you. A represenative informed me to add a shopping cart, I would have to use a 3rd party system like Shopify! Who wants to pay $80 a month to carry a few items? They are reasonably simple forms to add and create I’m supprised they left them off of this web design. I truely regret spending $79 dollars on this. Do yourself a favor and just learn wordpress.
10101010010101101's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I have used most of the competition, can write HTML/JS in my sleep and *still* prefer to use Sparkle for many of my sites for companies I’m launching who just need some info on the web, etc. Obviously you aren’t going to build Facebook with it but that’s not what it’s trying to be either. Overall it just works phenomenally well. It's one of the few "essential" Mac apps I think everyone should have. If I worked at Apple I’d buy this company and make this a standard product like Pages or Keynote. While it does lack a couple of “nice to have” features for me virtually every product does simply because not every possible use case can be taken into account without turning a product into a bulky, buggy mess (like most of Sparkle’s competition). Their focus on usability and quality comes through across the app in a way it’s rare to find, even in the Mac App Store. It’s fast, flexible and lightweight and is probably the right tool for 80-90% of use cases. For the other 10% who need fine grained code and element level controls Adobe Dreamweaver is your solution. There are plenty of other apps in this space, but those two are the only ones that matter in my opinion. I never write reviews, but after I tweeted at the company and got a reply in less than 5 minutes, I decided to do it. I don’t give out 5 stars lightly and have high standards. Sparkle, remarkably, meets them. Hope they keep it up!
Bonnie Prancer's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Sparkle is a pleasure to use. It gives me all the features and functionality to design websites that are easy to navigate and work on any platform. I appreciate being able to design my site and then check it on the various device sizes and make adjustments as needed. Each site looks great no matter what device you are using. The Preview feature lets me know the site will work before I publish it and find glitches.
sf_erikheath's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
My needs are very straightforward - professional looking web site, easy ability to manage content updates, easy to publish to a server, easy to add twitter and LinkedIn, works in an Apple-like way. Sparkle delivers on all of these. It’s not quite as full-featured as iWeb but of the various options, it delivers consistently. You definitely should watch the videos and read the documentation to get the most out of it, as many features are built on a specific series of actions that aren’t immediately obvious.
Myshelties's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Excellent and Highly Recommended! My website is Outstanding! Thank You!!!!
Kyriba's Review of Sparkle Visual Web DesignReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I’ve been juggling a very demanding full time job, and a hobby that I love and get paid for, for 40 years. I am a professional salesman, and on the weekends, a professional children’s entertainer. I AM NOT A WEB DEVELOPER. I need tools that are powerful intuitive and easy to use. When I need help, I NEED HELP. I’ve been using Sparkle for a couple of years now, and every time I’ve needed help, their SUPPORT team has been WORLD CLASS. My day job is selling technology products to Fortune 500 companies—and Sparkle’s SUPPORT team is on a par with any of the SUPPORT teams that I’ve ever worked with, and I’m comparing them to teams that support mission critical multiple million dollar investments in infrastructure. In particular, Duncan Wilcox is amazing! He is responsive, tenacious, and competent. I don’t even want to say how far and above the call of duty he will go, because I don’t want to set the bar TOO high for him and Sparkle, but what he did for me today was very, very impressive. He’s an inspiration for how I want to treat my customers in all of my endeavors. The product itself is great. But if you’re going to run a business, small or large, and count on the product, YOU NEED GREAT SERVICE—and Sparkle delivers!!!!