ArtisteerA fair while ago I picked up Artisteer for Mac, it looked like a useful tool:

Artisteer is the first and only Web design automation product that instantly creates fantastic looking, unique website templates and blog themes.

Design awesome blogs and cool web templates in minutes
Export to Blogger, Joomla, WordPress and other CMS products
No need to learn Photoshop, CSS, HTML or other technologies
Fun and easy to use!
Create complete websites and blogs, edit pages, write content, and publish online!
Preview, download and edit online website and template samples!

With Artisteer YOU immediately become a Web design expert, editing and slicing graphics, coding XHTML and CSS, and creating Web Design Templates, Joomla templates, Drupal themes, WordPress themes, DotNetNuke skins, and Blogger templates all in minutes, without Photoshop or Dreamweaver, and no technical skills.

Yes it was Version 3 at an RC level, 3.1.0.46558 intact, and now it is at 3.1.0.56360, however the tool looked like it would be good for a few projects, so I picked up a copy, so in all the time I have been a customer, I have yet to receive an update from a Realise Candidate to a full copy.

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(yes the copyright date on the screenshot is as of today!)

Back in September we were told

Artisteer 4.0 for Windows is finally here! We’d like to thank everyone who helped us test and prepare this version for today’s release.

and

We expect Beta version of Artisteer 4.0 for Mac  by end of November 2012.

Well here we are in December still waiting for an update to Artisteer for Mac (we were told the 15th December, but we could be looking 2013 and still be waiting for these new fetchers:

  • Content Editing
  • HTML5 and CSS3 Support
  • Support for Mobile Devices
  • Google Web Fonts
  • Online Access to Flickr Images
  • New Header Designer with Visual Editing
  • New Image Options
  • Footer Layout and Editing
  • New Styling Options
  • GUI Changes

Oh and the hope that it crashes much less, and runs at a decent speed.

When I get my grubby little hands on Artisteer Version 4 for Mac I will be redesigning the theme for Skippy.org.uk, however I have been told not to hold out too much hope on the support forums.

All in all at the current point, its ok, its what I used to make FaerydaePhotography.co.uk and iWalshCleaning.co.uk, however its buggy, un-responsive, and prone to crashing. and some of the workarounds are less than fun.