Adobe has been trying to abstract the complexity of web design for a number of years now. WebFlow, founded by two brothers Vlad and Sergie Magdalin based in Mountain View California is a fantastic tool to help would be web / mobile designers create visually appealing websites without writing a single line of code.
The UI is especially gorgeous and Adobe-esque:
A quote from an article on Venture Beat Magdalin says:
There are lots of recent startups (and Adobe, of course) that are trying to abstract away some of the the complexity behind web design,” said Magdalin.
As far as I know, we are the first (and only?) visual tool to focus very strongly on abstracting away some of the core concepts behind CSS, namely selectors and cascading. These are pretty hard concepts to pick up at first, and are not as easy as just dragging-and-dropping something, but are insanely powerful because they mimic the process of people who are fluent in CSS.
This is a fantastic web tool, the first of it’s kind and boasts tons of features including:
- Create responsive layouts and pixel-perfect designs directly in your browser, without writing a single line of code.
- Webflow aims to make the full power of CSS3 available in a straightfoward visual interface. This means no compromises as you craft your unique designs.
- Tweak your design for all screen sizes.
- Style whatever, however you’d like.
For those who have hit the design chasm the best feature is that you can create clean code without writing a single line with the export feature. I have never seen anything like it on the web before, it truly is a unique web application and well worth a blog post.
With each passing day we see more and more web applications appear and the browser is becoming the OS for them. Very exciting stuff!