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Code-savvy design tool Macaw gets major update

Jeffrey Zeldman calls Macaw (opens in new tab) the "superhot web design tool of the future". Why? It's a slick web design tool that enables you to create clean HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and it's just had a massive update.

Version 1.5 of Macaw (opens in new tab) features rich text options, enabling you to create and style nodes such as anchors, spans, strongs and ems. You can style them differently on each breakpoint and Macaw will publish them in clean, succinct styles. You can also add can add hover, active and focus states for any element, and manage states per breakpoint in order to fine-tune your responsive web design with better visual feedback.

To help you with responsive web design, Macaw 1.5 features display toggles that allow you to control the display and visibility properties for elements. There's also a new embed tool that enables you to add videos, maps or iframes to your site, and custom responsive properties for every breakpoint. And for the final touch, Macaw 1.5's layout engine has been improved to make it faster and more accurate than before.

If you like the sound of all this, get a move on because Macaw 1.5 is on sale for the next two days; it's yours for $99 (opens in new tab) rather than the usual $179. And if you're intrigued, why not give it a test drive? There's a 30-day trial version available that you can download today (opens in new tab).

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.