We are pretty happy with MACAW. It definitely speeds up the process of learning CSS and laying out a web page. One very nice thing is that it generates standalone HTML and CSS files – you do NOT have to link your site to a proprietary library.
The advantage of this approach is that we can develop new apps quickly using LiveCode, which is a rapid app development tool.
This is very new technology for LiveCode and we expect much improvement in the near future. Get the free, open-source “Community” edition of LiveCode here (link).
Reactor Lab is a desktop app with Internet connectivity. Is that the best way to do things, or should we move to web apps?
A nice set of web apps has been written by Professor Anthony Butterfield at the University of Utah. Anthony did his MS in Chemical Engineering at UCSD with our faculty. Here is a LINK to his web site with web apps.