24 Nov 2016

NEW! iWeb to EverWeb 2.0 Website Conversion Service Launched!

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If you’ve developed an iWeb website you may be thinking of converting it to EverWeb, especially now that EverWeb version 2.0 has an all new blogging environment! So now is a great time to switch over, but even though there’s an easy Import facility built in to EverWeb 2.0, you may not want to spend the time and effort redeveloping your website.

RAGE Software, the makers of EverWeb, has the ideal solution for you! The company’s just announced the launch of a new service where they will do all of the work for you! The service will convert your iWeb website to EverWeb using updated features such as Master Pages, SEO features, mobile page optimizations, advanced contact forms, popup window and much more. So you get an updated website with modern day features included!

The EverWeb website has more about the iWeb to EverWeb Conversion service and includes a Contact Form to complete to get a quote for the conversion work.

14 Nov 2016

EverWeb version 2.0 Launched with Blogging!

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Web Design, Widgets

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EverWeb version 2.0 has just been released to the public and includes the highly anticipated blogging feature!

Great News For iWeb Users
For Apple iWeb users, EverWeb version 2.0 is the release many have been waiting for. It’s headline feature of a fully integrated, feature rich blogging experience comes with a look and feel that’s immediately familiar and intuitive to iWeb users. You can import your blogs from iWeb in to EverWeb at the touch of a button. Your blog entry headings, creation dates and main body text (including font styling) are transferred over easily. For those using WordPress blogging, EverWeb version 2.0 can import them in the same manner.

Key EverWeb version 2.0 Blogging Features
Whilst EverWeb’s new blogging feature retains an iWeb look and feel, there are still many new and improved features. EverWeb version 2.0 includes a blog post editing window to add and format your text, add images, hyperlink text, create lists, paragraph headings, quote levels and more! The Editor window is great for adding features specific to each blog post. You have all the tools bloggers expect with the convenience of a Toolbar to access commonly used features.

As well as the Editor Window, there’s also the Preview window. This window is where you can add features that you want to apply to all of your blog posts, e.g. social media buttons. Drag and drop the object that you want on to the Preview Window and it will then appear on all blog posts. In many ways it’s like using a Master Page.

There are a lot more features to discover, many of which can be found in the blog’s Widget Settings. For now though, here’s a summary of EverWeb 2.0’s main blogging features:

  • Automatic lists
  • Image wrapping
  • Justified text
  • Comments using Disqus or Facebook Comments
  • Importing iWeb & WordPress blog posts
  • Embedded media including video
  • Automatic Google Fonts
  • Automatic RSS feed creation and more!

Other EverWeb version 2.0 Features
Whilst blogging is the massive new feature of EverWeb 2.0, there are also some other great additions to the product!

  • The Toolbar has been relocated from the bottom of the UI to the top. This is good news as it’s better for your workflow. Once you’ve used it for a day you’ll never want it back at the bottom!
  • The new Contact Form Advanced widget that will help you create super advanced contact forms you can fully customize. The new Widget includes ten form ‘Controls’ so you can add questions to your contact form using drop down menus, radio button or checkboxes. You can include default values in Text Controls to help visitors via pre-filled text. All Contact Form Advanced options are easy to use as you would expect. The regular Contact Form remains in place for simple forms.
  • Character Spacing has been added to the Spacing section of the Text Inspector so you can now stretch out text horizontally. Great when you need to tweak the the look of your text!
  • A new RSS Subscribe button has been added on the Insert-> Button menu so your visitors can subscribe to your EverWeb or external blog.
  • The EverWeb User Manual has been updated and improved and includes info on blogging in EverWeb. As a small new feature, you can now access the Manual directly form the Projects Window as well as from the EverWeb Help menu.

For more on the new EverWeb version 2.0 and a new look EverWeb website, go to the EverWeb website to see it’s new blogging feature in action!

For information about updating your version of EverWeb to the new version 2.0, check out the official EverWeb version 2.0 announcement.

If you’re looking for EverWeb tutorials about the new version, there are preview videos on YouTube to enjoy.

If you have a question about the new version of EverWeb, let us know in the Comments section below. We’ll have lots more on EverWeb 2.0’s new features in the near future for you!

25 Oct 2016

Improve Your Workflow with EverWeb and Mac OS

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If you work on a laptop, screen real estate is often a precious commodity, especially if you’re using an 11 or 13″ MacBook. Website developers often feel the pinch when working on the go. You’ll probably want to have email available, a browser window open, and all your website development apps to hand. You can use your Mac OS to better manage your workflow better. If you’re using EverWeb there are also a few ways to get more screen real estate back. Let’s start with what can be done in your Mac OS…

Use Spaces
Using Spaces is a real boon. Spaces lets you have up to 16 different desktops available for use at any one time. In this way you can set up a specific ‘Space’ for a specific use e.g. if you take a lot of screenshots you may want to set up a Space that has a just plain white background so you don’t need to change your screen backdrop every time you want to take a screenshot.

Spaces also allows you to allocate which apps are available in which Space. You can choose either ‘All Desktops’, ‘This Desktop’ (which is the current desktop) or ‘None’ which makes the app available only to the desktop it gets opened on.

bear in mind that Spaces aren’t totally flexible though. If you have four desktops set up and want an app to appear on desktops 2 and 3 only, you can’t do it, which is a pity.

Setting Up a New Space
To setup a new Space, you need to use Mission Control. On a laptop use the F3 function key, or use a three finder upward swipe on the trackpad. You’ll see a menubar at the top. In the center of the menubar you’ll see the Spaces that have already been set up (e.g. Desktop 1). To add a new Space, click on the ‘+’ sign in the top right hand corner.

Now configure your new Space with the background that you want. To add the apps that you want to the Space you just added, right click on the App in the Dock. From the submenu, select ‘Options’ and then in the ‘Assign to…’ section choose the desktop that you want the app to be available on. That’s it!

Using Spaces
To switch between Spaces call up Mission Control using a three or four finger left/right swipe on your trackpad. Click on the Space of your choice.

Group apps together that fit nicely depending on your workflow e.g. I always make sure that I have EverWeb, Safari, Pixelmator, Pages and iTunes available when I’m working on website development. Everything else goes on different Spaces keeping me focused on one thing at one time!

Use Split Screen
Apple introduced split screen capability to the Mac in OS X El Capitan. This can be useful if you want, for example, to write a long piece of text in Pages, then copy it to EverWeb.

To split the screen, open both the apps that you want to share the screen. In the first app, click on hold on the green button in the top right hand corner of the window. The app shrinks to half the screen with your other apps showing on the right hand side. Click on the second app and it will fill the rest of the screen.

Use the vertical splitter line that separates the apps to increase or decrease the amount of screen space each app takes up (see screenshot below).

Split screen with EverWeb and Pages

The split screen on a Mac lets you have two apps side by side. Use the splitter to give one app more or less screen space

You can switch which side the apps are on by just clicking and holding the top of the app window and dragging it left or right to switch side. If you want to unspoilt the window, just click on the green button in the top left of the app.

Be Smart Working With Your Apps
Getting to know the apps that you use can also help you save screen real estate. Apple’s Preview program is often the Swiss Army knife app that can save you having multiple apps open when you only really need one open. The same is true of word processing or presentation apps that often have cross product features that can save you loading two or three apps when only having one open gets the job done.

EverWeb and Screen Real Estate
EverWeb has some good ways to help get more screen canvas back. The Window Menu is where you need to be for this. Before EverWeb version 1.9 you could only use the Window-> Hide Inspector (Cmd+Option+I) menu to get more space back by hiding the Inspector Window. In EverWeb version 1.9 and later, you have this and the ability to hide the Toolbar (Cmd+Option+T). Use both the aforementioned commands if you just want the Web Page List visible. Finally, if you want to hide the whole EverWeb UI, use Presentation Mode (Cmd+.)

These easy to set up and use features of your Mac OS and EverWeb help you get the most out of limited screen workspace. They also help you to focus on the tasks to hand and be less distracted with other things if you organise your desktop Spaces wisely!

If you have a question about this blog article, let us know in the Comments section below!

06 Oct 2016

iWeb and macOS Sierra Compatibility

No Comments iWeb 101, Software, Tips and Tricks, Web Design

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As you may already know, Apple has recently released the new MacOS Sierra Operating System (10.12) to the general public. If you’re thinking of upgrading and also have iWeb installed on your computer read on…

Is my hardware capable of Supporting macOS Sierra?

macOS Sierra can only be installed on the following Macs with a minimum of 2GB memory and 8GB storage space free…

  • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

If your Mac is older than those listed you won’t get offered an update to the new OS if you run the App Store.
As well as the above hardware compliance you’ll need to have one of these Mac operating systems installed…

  • OS X El Capitan v10.11
  • OS X Yosemite v10.10
  • OS X Mavericks v10.9
  • OS X Mountain Lion v10.8
  • OS X Lion v10.7

Is iWeb compatible if I upgrade to macOS Sierra?
So far it’s early days for the new OS, but reports coming in from various sources, including our own testing, point to some issues with iWeb such as

  1. The blog post list is too small so can’t be used at all as you can’t see any blog posts!
  2. Intermittent and inconsistent crashing when publishing websites leading to Force Quit scenarios
  3. Images sometimes fail to publish at all
  4. Sometimes code appears on published pages
  5. Lack of support for retina images within iWeb and no Retina display support for published websites.

Conclusions
You can probably still use iWeb on macOS Sierra as long as you don’t mind putting up with some, or all, of the problems listed above. Apple’s new APFS file system, introduced in macOS Sierra, is built for the future as it underpins and unites macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. However, for legacy applications such as iWeb, it may prove to be the cause of crashes and other compatibility issues.

There’s also the ongoing issues caused by iWeb not being updated, or maintained, for over five years now. Technology moves on so our recommendation is to look out for the upcoming EverWeb 2.0 release. The new version is in beta test at the moment and is expected to include blogging as it’s headline feature. iWeb users will feel right at home with EverWeb’s easy to use iWeb like interface that brings today’s technology with it. We’ll update you on this exciting new release as more details emerge and a launch date is announced!

24 Sep 2016

macOS Sierra Support Comes to EverWeb version 1.9.7

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Apple has just released macOS Sierra (10.12) to the general public. The new operating system has a great many new features such as support for Siri built in, universal clipboard. login to your Mac with Apple Watch, greater iCloud Drive support and more. Numerous under the hood enhancements have been made including the macOS file system which has been updated to Apple File System, or APFS. The new file system unifies macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. It also has technically advanced features to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s technology.

To be compatible with the new OS, EverWeb has an update specifically for macOS Sierra: EverWeb version 1.9.7. If you’re currently using EverWeb version 1.9.6 or older, and have updated to macOS Sierra you may have issues using EverWeb’s Preview feature. If you have a current EverWeb support and maintenance license the update to version 1.9.7 is recommended!

To check if your EverWeb license is active go to the Accounts tab in the EverWeb-> Preferences menu. If your license has lapsed and you want to renew it for another year of software updates and support, click on the Manage Account button to go to your EverWeb account where you can renew.

To update your version of EverWeb to version 1.9.7 go to the EverWeb-> Check for Updates… menu in EverWeb itself. EverWeb will check that you’re running macOS Sierra. If you are you will see the Software Update window which will let you download the update. If you are not running macOS Sierra you won’t see the Software Update window.

The EverWeb 1.9.7 update is only for macOS Sierra compatibility. The big update, including an all new Blogging feature, is expected to debut in EverWeb 2.0 which is currently in beta testing at the moment!

Got a question? Just ask and we’ll do our best! 🙂