RapidWeaver7

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I have been using RapidWeaver since early 2012 and have used it to create home.uktechreviews.com since day 1. I have gone through many updates of it starting with version 4 and now onto RapidWeaver7.

Before you go any further go and check out their website here and download a trial version of RapidWeaver7 for Mac today.

RapidWeaver describes itself as the "Best Web design software for Mac" and I can honestly say after using it for 4 years I do agree.

Before I go into the details and specifics about RapidWeaver7 let me tell you the two things I like the most about it.

1. The customer service from the team down in Brighton is second to none, any issues are dealt with quickly and there is excellent communication.
2. The community - there are hundreds (if not thousands) of templates, designs, layouts, plug-ins available.

Key features;

  • Very easy to build professional looking websites
  • Websites are Search Engine Optimised (yay)
  • Mobile friendly themes (e.g. the one use to make this website)
  • Works offline, your website is stored locally
  • Websites generated work well with all browsers (even Internet Explorer!)
  • No need to learn HTML (although I think you should as it is a great skill)
  • Publishing only updates pages that have changed


RapidWeaver7 includes some nice updates including

  • Search Engine health check (I still need to do some work on mine!)
  • Banner images to pages or your whole website
  • Ability to transfer documents between Macs (thank you!!!!)
  • Ability to publish to more than one location
  • Ability to add code to more parts of your website than before
  • Project backup via FTP
  • Faster and more reliable FTP engine (yep, I've noticed the difference)
  • Live external preview
  • CSS and Javascript Minification
  • An improved UI which definitely feels quicker to use

If you are looking at creating beautiful and feature rich websites from a Mac I can thoroughly recommend RapidWeaver 7. It is feature rich, very easy to learn and has great customer service and a wide range of add-ons.


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2016 MacBook portable USB-C adapter

Back in September I bought a new MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016). I was after a small yet powerful MacBook and this model fits that criteria well. This was a risky purchase as the new (early 2016) MacBook only has one USB-C port and as someone who would be using this MacBook at meeting presentations and presentations this might be an issue.

To get round this issue I bought a USB-C to HDMI/USB3/Power through adapter.

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Specs:

  • Suitable for the Early-2016 MacBook (there are many USB-C hubs on Amazon but most are designed for the 2015 model and reportedly won’t work on a 2016 MacBook)
  • 1 USB 3.0 port with data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps
  • 4K HDMI display with sound over HDMI.
  • Power-through the adapter to charge your MacBook whilst using the adapter.


Experience

The instructions were very clear on ensuring that the USB-C connector was plugged in a certain way up matching arrows on the connecting cable. I found this didn’t work and I had to plug the cable in upside down.

USB-3 port has worked for all devices I have connected including external USB hard drives.

Power charging works but is much slower than powering directly into the MacBook USB-C port.

HDMI was much more of a hit and miss and was less stable than I would have wanted. Plugging in / switching on the MacBook charger would disrupt the HDMI connection.

  • TV - connected easily and was quite stable
  • 3D digital projection projector - connected and was stable
  • Multi-input switcher - connected and was reasonably stable
  • University multi-input switcher - could not connect

At the moment the USB-C standard is relatively new and making the transition from USB2/3 is potentially going to be costly especially when you need other ports. I understand why Apple only put one USB-C port on their new MacBook

I would definitely say choose wisely when looking for a USB-C

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