Realmac RapidWeaver is a website "generator" or "content manager".
It provides templates and an easy to use interface to quickly build a website around
your content with several different choices for page types. Realmac describes RapidWeaver as
a next-generation web design application to help you easily create professional looking
RapidWeaver takes care of all that for you.
comes with a host of page styles, including Blog, External Link, File Sharing, HTML,
Photo Album, iFrame, Styled Page (WYSIWYG) and Quicktime.
- Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
RapidWeaver is available as a free download from Realmac's website. After downloading, Safari automatically
opens the .dmg file up, and you simply drag the RapidWeaver package to your Applications
folder. This was a very easy setup. You can purchase a registration code from Realmac's
website at a cost of $34.95.
Launching the program presents the user with an interface similar to what we now
have for programs like iPhoto and iTunes. The window shows pages you have created
listed on the left and their content on the right. To get going, you click the add
page button "+" and you are presented with eight different page types to
choose from: Blog, File Sharing, HTML Code, iFrame, Offsite Page, Photo Album, Quicktime,
and Styled Text. Choosing one adds a blank page of that type to your site.
The templates provide
a nice header along with styled buttons to link to each page that you add to your
website. You can name the buttons and tinker with the font. When you select a template,
it is applied to every page you have created, but is not a one-time final decision.
A preview feature lets you change templates and see how your content looks.
I used each of the page types and am now using RapidWeaver as the basis for my websites.
It allows me to quickly build and publish content on a great looking website in just
minutes (just as advertised).
Blog, short for weblog, builds a page to collect each entry you create by entering
a title and text into a small text box. Entries are added to a page with the most
recent entry at top. You can drag and drop photos into the text box to add them to
your daily writings. The entries are organized very neatly. RapidWeaver has became
my favorite blog program with excellent support for photos. One thing missing is
that there is not an easy way to copy general information from one blog page to another.
There are instances when I like to separate blog entries by month, and being able
to start that new blog with data from an existing blog would be nice.
Example of a RapidWeaver Blog page
File Sharing creates a web page with links to files that you drag and drop onto the
page. When you publish the website, the files are copied and visitors may retrieve
the files by clicking the link. You can add a description for each file.
HTML Code pages are just blank pages for you to enter any HTML code you wish. Since
RapidWeaver does not offer assistance in writing the code (as do programs such as
Page Spinner), these types of pages are most useful for pasting in code you have
created in HTML editing programs. I found it useful to incorporate old website code
into my new template-based website.
iFrame allows you to embed another webpage into a frame, with or without scroll bars..
It works nice unless the page is too large and requires scroll bars. Then you end
up with scroll bars within scroll bars which does not look too elegant.
Offsite page allows you to enter a link to a page that will accessed by a button
on your website.
Photo album allows you to create a photo album page from either iPhoto (your iPhoto
albums are listed in RapidWeaver) or from any photos you drag and drop or import.
It creates thumbnail pages with links to larger scaled versions of the size and spacing
you specify. The program does not let you do things such as add a copyright on each
picture, but does provide options for limited header capability.
Web page created using the Photo Album page style
Quicktime pages, as you
might guess, allow you to embed a Quicktime movie.
Styled text allows you to create a webpage as you would create a page with a word
processor. You enter stylize text, including embedding pictures, and RapidWeaver
does the code generation for you.
Your website can be composed of any combination and number of the above types of
pages, each given a button to jump between pages. Buttons are created in rows along
the top or down the sides of the page, with the templates provided. I used the program
extensively and was extremely pleased with the professional look it gave my sites
that I have previously been unable to produce myself. I have yet to find any other
tool that provides this kind of streamlined web page generation.
Realmac RapidWeaver is a website generator with an easy to use interface to quickly
build a website around your content with several different choices for page types.
Rather than a WYSIWYG html code builder or other program that starts with a blank
page to create your website from a tool pallet, RapidWeaver has built-in professional
looking templates for your website. The operative word applicable to RapidWeaver
is "simple". The interface is simple in the lack of choices you need to
make to launch your site. On the other hand, it means customization is not easy unless
you dig deep into the template language. Publication to .Mac is a breeze with the
click of a button. RapidWeaver allows users to create impressive looking websites
with extreme speed and ease - a capability that seems to be unique except possibly
in high end and much more expensive programs. For such a reasonably priced and unique
program, I highly recommend this tool for anyone interested in putting together nice
looking websites in a quick amount of time.
- Unique ability to quickly
generate a professional looking website with no HTML creativity required
- Extremely attractive
- Great price
- Limited customization
- Some templates work better
for some content than others
- Inability to duplicate
pages so that you can copy such features as photo spacing from one page to another
out of 5 Mice