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WebAcappella is a software for editing responsive websites adapted to reading on mobile screens and smartphones.
Developed by the company Intuisphere, it is THE WYSIWYG website creation software 100% MADE IN FRANCE.
French web editor Free and responsive at the same time
Going through a professional can be very expensive.
Turn to a 100% visual editor.
For example, the brand new WebAcappella Fx. Without having to code, you concentrate on the layout of your contents, while the software will take care of generating the code and publishing the pages online.
Intuisphere is a French company that has been developing the WebAcappella website creation application since 2005.
Available for Mac and Windows, it is part of this new generation of "no
coding" editors, but compliant with Web standards and offering an uncompromising level of performance.
Since 2005, Intuisphere has been creating user-friendly software.
Many independent articles have been published over the years
WebAcappella is a visual website editor proposed by the French editor Intuisphere.
We have talked about it, in a good way, several times in VVMac. This editor relies on a traditional approach and tools. Rather than turning everything upside down, Intuisphere decided to develop a completely different version of WebAcappella based on the current web technologies and on the Bootstrap framework.
This version is called WebAcappella RC. RC for Responsive Concept. There are other applications based on Bootstrap, including Blocks, but WebAcappella has the great advantage to be in French. Once you have understood the basic rules of Bootstrap, it is just another way of working that you have to get used to. Of course, we have models, modern and responsive. A small community of designers offers other models, free or paid, and also practical videos in French (by Les Tontons du Web). But, for sure, we'd like to have a lot more designs in stock - that will undoubtedly come. In any case, these templates can be totally adapted. WebAcappella RC's interface is well designed, clear, and you are well guided...
To create pages or adapt templates, you have blocks, sub-blocks and lines in which you can place the different text and multimedia elements of the page.
WebAcappella introduces two new tools, the Vertical and Horizontal Spacers, which create configurable and elastic spaces between the elements. They allow a greater flexibility. You can easily design a bilingual (not with the free version) or multilingual site, with a great economy of means.
We work simultaneously on the versions adapted to each screen size (essentially redoing the hyphenation of the texts, the application of course arranging everything else). Adding web fonts is easy. It is possible to test the site in real size at any time, before publishing it using the integrated upload tool (incremental update). Nothing is simpler than getting your hands on the free version, which allows sites of up to five pages, in one language and with a WebAcappella banner.
No version currently integrates e-commerce tools, but it is planned. I could, in a few hours, discover the application and realize very easily a page, with many modern visual effects, photos, an access map, a contact form... all in a single page scrolling between anchor points.
A small site can fit on a single page.
- The plusses: The very pleasant interface in French, the simple and efficient operating mode, the Spacers, the integrated FTP client...
- The minuses: the documentation is currently too basic: it explains the concepts, but not really how to use the application
We have already talked about this French software several times since its creation under the name Cariboost, then during the launch of a version 3 in 2009. I had praised a quality product, well designed, direct competitor of iWeb. With this recent version 4, offered on Mac OS X (since version 10.5) as well as on Windows, WebAcappella goes far beyond iWeb and becomes the first HTML5 editor of "Mr. Everyman", exactly what Apple should have developed for a major revision of iWeb, but it did not!
WebAcappella is a complete editor almost as rich of possibilities as a Freeway, but easier to access. WebAcappella allows you to start from ready to use site models or from a blank page.
In all cases, the implementation is simple. The application sees its user interface evolving, all in gray and black, with blue keys for contrast. An elegant environment, a good integration with Mac OS X and a good reactivity. The monoblock window is divided into two areas: A sidebar on the left, the Page Explorer, reveals the site structure at the top in a classic way and underneath presents in miniature all the pages already created. On the right, the work area displays the page in progress, which can be bordered or not by vertical and horizontal rulers.
It is also possible to display the Layer Explorer sidebar.
After creating a Web space and a new site, you can add pages or create templates to be applied to several pages or parts of pages, which brings us closer to a DTP software and ensures overall
consistency throughout a site or section of a site. In a template as on a page, we will use all the available tools that insert blocks, to which are attached properties that must be adjusted via contextual panels and very clear dialogues. Everything works in Wysiwyg (what you see is what you get ), what you see on the screen and what will be seen by visitors to your site. To work, you have tools at your disposal: buttons, images, audio/sound/video elements, photo/video album, photo galleries, colour manager, text, dynamic menu, dynamic frame, internal or external search engine, Google Maps, contact form, complete online shop, animation, Flash animation... and of course the indispensable HTML block that allows you to introduce code into the page.
While continuing to support Flash video integration, WebAcappella 4 switches to HTML5, CSS3 and Jquery technologies (external modules to be added) and the sites produced are compatible with all recent browsers as well as smartphones and tablets. On the fonts side, we will use Google Web Fonts games as well as any Mac font that we will transform into a graphic object if we want to keep a special effect (like for titles). The application offers new ready-made buttons, but also lets you create original shapes, with custom rounded corners and drop shadows, where you can manage all the details. These shadows and other reflective effects, for example, also act, of course, on the text and images placed on the page.
The photo albums and the video player have been completely redefined; they are more practical and also more modern... Layer management is one of the biggest new features of this version 4, with a specific explorer that gives you all the control you want over the layer stack. Among the many possibilities of specific pages, the blog pages directly integrate a comment and/or message system. The E-commerce module has been completely rewritten with a brand new, more professional presentation. All this can be used without any programming, as in iWeb, and can be tested locally and published remotely at any time (only the modified or added elements are then transmitted to the hosting platform). WebAcappella is proposed in three versions, free, Personal and Professional.
The first one is limited by the number of possible pages as well as by the number of images or by the presence of a WebAcappella Website logo imposed on the pages. Of course, there are no e-commerce functions or automatic Sitemap management. The personal version (49 €) has all the functions except the two last ones. As for the pro version (99 €), it includes everything. One can very well download the free version, test it with a mini-site (with all the layout and content integration functions) and then switch to a paid license, the test site will be taken over without any further trial.