Freeway Pro
Freeway Pro
7.1.4

3.8

Freeway Pro free download for Mac

Freeway Pro7.1.4

06 April 2017

Drag-and-drop Web design solution.

Overview

Freeway Pro lets you design and build sophisticated responsive websites code free.

With its user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of your dreams. Add images, audio, video and interactive content -- when your masterpiece is complete, Freeway Pro converts it into clean, standards-compliant code at the click of a button!

Beyond Web Design - Freeway Pro isn't just for web designers: Leverage the power of the intuitive interface to create eye-catching email newsletters that work with all major email clients!

What's new in Freeway Pro

Version 7.1.4:
  • Language, Check, and Range popups work in Spelling and Find dialogs
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when custom font sets are used in media styles
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching to a master page
  • Edit URLs dirties pages so they are republished correctly
  • Large background images use less memory and display faster
  • Fixed a problem that could cause percentage-width SVG graphics to be output with pixel widths
  • Fixed a problem that could cause pages to have incorrect widths after reapplying master settings
  • Prevented a hang that could occur when pressing Alt+Left-Arrow
  • Fixed a situation in which Left-arrow failed to move the cursor
  • Option+Left/Right-arrow doesn't ignore paragraph endings when skipping words
  • Cocoa dialogs don't forget their sizes in 10.11

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71 Reviews of Freeway Pro

Revco
08 February 2013
Version: 6.0.1

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Whilst it is a fairly decent piece of software, I find that I don't experiment with layouts and designs because of the one level of undo. If I want to try out an idea I need to do a Save As in case I need to go back to my original design. All the new features in v6 are nice, but honestly, isn't about time you added more levels of undo?
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prLab
05 April 2017
Version: 7.1.4
Glad to see it return.
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LJMac
09 February 2017
Version: 7.1.4
The message about this being discontinued needs to be updated - SoftPress are back! http://www.softpress.com/ https://freewaytalk.softpress.com/thread/view/171819
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Derekcurrie
02 November 2016
Version: 7.1.1
ABANDONWARE: Freeway Pro, and all other software by the developer Softpress, is now discontinued. The company has shut down entirely. The download links no longer work. Here is the final message from the developer's website: "To all our friends, partners and customers: "The end of Softpress Systems Ltd. has come. It has become clear that our prospects, both in terms of current revenue and new product development, are insufficient to sustain the company as a viable entity going forward. "It is with great sadness that we have made this decision; Softpress has been a part of our lives for over two decades. The challenges that we have overcome, the friendships we have found, and the daily efforts we have shared as a team, have defined much of our lives since 1993. Some of our team have been “on duty” here at Softpress Towers since the beginning. "We will do our best to ensure that users can get community support in the short term through FreewayTalk, though there are no plans to further develop our products at this time. Customer downloads will continue to be available from their respective links below and the Softpress KnowledgeBase is still active. "We wish we could do more. Who knows what comes next? "Thank you for your support over these many years. "For the whole of the Softpress Team, "Richard Logan and Joe Billings"
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Sandro-Bilbeisi
15 August 2016
Version: 7.1.1
latest version is 7.1.3 available at : http://download2.softpress.com/Freeway7Pro713.zip
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Bdkennedy1
29 July 2016
Version: 7.1
A company that doesn't listen to it's customers doesn't stay in business. UNDO!
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freddyfrog
19 July 2016
Version: 7.1
After 20+ yrs I will miss Freeway and the helpful staff at Softpress. It was only when I went to the Softpress site for info that I discovered that they had stopped trading. I expect I will have too eventually find a new website maker but Freeway will do for a while. Perhaps a buyer will be found and the brand revitalised and returned to the market. It is a pity that the links left on the Softpress site (http://www.softpress.com/) do not work because they contained useful info.
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Moxiesozo
20 June 2015
Version: 7.0.3
Version 7.0.4 has been released.
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2.5
M-Rick
13 May 2015
Version: 7.0.3
Freeway Pro is an old fashion software. The code is not clean and doesn't pass W3C tests, it is lacking of modern features. It was good for people who doesn't know how to code when there weren't alternatives, nowaday for less I'd better go with softwares like Flux or Sparkle that are more intuitive, more powerful and also less expensive. Flux can edit directly websites remotely, CSS animation, it manages JQuery easily. Sparkle is more for Freeway Express that doesn't even provide a built it HTML export feature! It handles Google Maps as a built-in feature. Freeway is just an old fashion way that haven't evolved, was great years ago, now it's time to move to something new and more modern.
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Typographica
27 February 2015
Version: 7.0.3
I have used Freeway from the very beginning (discovered it around 1998 from a Computer Arts mag CD). I have found support responsive and helpful and were willing to walk me through difficult problems either due to my lack of experience or being more old school. I have tried many other web creation apps and have always gone back to Freeway. I applaud the latest version and I am presently using BackDraft to augment my responsive design projects. It is user friendly and Softpress does respond to issues unlike other web apps I have tried who lead you to user forums rather than direct support. Obviously it will not appeal to everyone. Unfortunately some comments and reviews left here seem to be more trollish than factual and it seems some folk have real issues with objective civil communication. Love it or leave it remember it's just your opinion. Lastly, I do not have to spend hours sorting out irregularities caused by poorly generated code, it is not perfect but what is. Keep up the good work Softpress!
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mrsidoric
26 February 2015
Version: 7.0.3
Freeway Pro is not even close to user-friendly. The templates are not useful for most purposes and tweaking them is cumbersome. Additional templates are costly. If you are seeking an iWeb substitute – Freeway Pro is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Check their generated web pages for W3C compliance and weep.
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RustyIron
08 September 2014
Version: 7.0
Freeway works as it's supposed to, but usages is FAR too cumbersome. Creating minor things like buttons seems is quite a chore. There are a few templates available, but modifying them for my own needs is a challenge. There are other templates available from Freeway's developer, but they cost even MORE. To make Freeway usable for the casual user, it should come with a variety of templates that are easy to use.
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Maclover1-1
15 August 2014
Version: 7.0
Yosemite-ready but not Retina-ready.. cute.. not :0)
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Scott-C-H-
10 September 2013
Version: 6.1.0
Freeway Pro is an ok application, but I consider it utterly obsolete and irrelevant. WYSWYG is one of Freeway Pro's selling points, but the thing is that web is not WYSWYG. Gone are the days of web design based on print design mindset, which this software is based on. Web is about usefulness, mobile access (not just front end, but also updating process as well) and social media. The whole thing is becoming more like a web app development, and Freeway Pro doesn't address these needs much at all. If I just want to get something up and running fast and easy with minimum fuss, online services such as Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, WordPress.com are far more suitable for such scenario and they still offer CMS and social capability right out of the box, which Freeway Pro doesn't. And then, if I want more than that, open source CMS platform such as self-hosted WordPress and Concrete5 would give me the power to do all kinds of custom work while also keeping me from reinventing the wheel via plug-ins and premium themes, none of which Freeway Pro can match. In general, I believe that the era of Mac web site generator such as Freeway Pro, iWeb, Sandvox and Rapidweaver has come and gone, and these apps will go the way of the dinosaurs in a few years. It’s no reflection on the quality of work and fine folks at Softpress. But for someone who follows the current trend in web site design practice at all levels, Freeway Pro just doesn’t make sense anymore.
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1.5
vegasplayer
10 August 2013
Version: 6.1.0
I began using FW in 2003 but had to dump it several years ago. It's an antique if you are into marketing and making money. It can't compete with the many 1,000's of options available in wordpress … i.e. setting up tracking - sales funnels - product delivery - squeeze & landing pages on the fly - split testing them - cloaking - redirects and SEO plugins that will run circles around FW. I could go on and on. It just depends on what you want to accomplish.
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Macupdateerik
10 August 2013
Version: 6.1.0
Simple - The best Try it - and smile ,-))
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brunos77
22 July 2013
Version: 6.0.8
I transitioned from Adobe Muse to Freeway, as I got fed up with paying the subscription price. I am sure Freeway was the inspiration for Muse, very similar pieces of software. I actually prefer Freeway: it seems more mature, more responsive and with better documentation. It works great. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is useful for the finer control of a website, and Freeway provides for customizing each element with code. I was worried about integrating webfonts, but it only took a couple of minutes, and not restricted to the "Adobe" ones. The manual is 500 pages, and does require looking into at times, something that I am not accustomed to doing with modern software.
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MaxWilders
19 March 2013
Version: 6.0.6
"With it's user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of your dreams" I do not agree. With Freeway Pro you still have to master some coding skills. I played with it until I discovered Rapidweaver. Now that is 'drag-and-drop' to make great websites without any need of html, php, .. knowledge. FP is a good website designer tool but its most certainly not easy as the devs would like you to believe it is.
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Revco
08 February 2013
Version: 6.0.1
Whilst it is a fairly decent piece of software, I find that I don't experiment with layouts and designs because of the one level of undo. If I want to try out an idea I need to do a Save As in case I need to go back to my original design. All the new features in v6 are nice, but honestly, isn't about time you added more levels of undo?
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freevito
07 February 2013
Version: 6.0.1
Aaaaccckkk!!! I just had to reboot my brain. Now we're at Freeway 6, and there is STILL only one level of undo! It is utterly barbaric, and unconscionable for an application that is otherwise such a useful tool. Softpress's persistent failure to include multiple undo is incomprehensible.
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Frodo-life
01 February 2013
Version: 6.0.0
so what is new???? your promo video shows how you drag around a couple of boxes and that’s it. any significant change to UI, functionality for instance multiple undos???
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Bdkennedy1
01 February 2013
Version: 6.0.0
Still no multiple undo? Are you kidding me???!!
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carravagio
30 September 2012
Version: 5.6.5
I have seen complaints recently that Freeway is 'complex'. If they want an 'instant' gory, gaudy glory web site, then go to one of the many template/theme based solutions, but realize that you are using someone else's design skills, and your lack of skill will be obvious to all who see your web site. If, on the other hand you want to be an individual, a designer, not a copier, then use Freeway. Freeway's strength is the recognition of the obvious, that a web site is first and foremost a VISUAL entity, the computer equivalent of a printed advert or article, with all the dynamic additions of HTML5, CSS3 ETC, AND just has to be constructed of code, for the benefit of your computer browser. This is why Freeway is under the hood a top class DTP program, that outputs the visual result as completely legal code. As such it is, until Adobe sought to jump on the bandwagon - unique, and superb. Of course it is complex; visual design is complex and takes years of study to master (some never do), but Freeway has a unique family of users/helpers behind it, ready to help you from the beginner's hesitant first steps, to the so advanced, it makes your head ache! Put some effort in: study Freeway's 468 page manual; look at over 17 Freeway Moments Tutorial videos; Chris Linford's 39 tutorial videos, not to mention Dan Jasker; read how the experts do the impossible in FreewayTalk, and you will come out able to produce something unique to you, that will gain gasps of approval "How the h*** does he do THAT!'. There is no such thing to an easy road to quality in anything; if there were, there wouldn't be so much rubbish on the 'net. Bob King
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3.5
CFrag
01 August 2012
Version: 5.6.4
For all those that prefer visual page design and don't know jack about HTML this is still the best software to design your web page. It has a lot of visual and UI quirks (that only make sense when you know how HTML works), some of which can become infuriating (e.g. it differentiates between HTML and Graphic text). And it's HTML output is far from optimized. Another drawback is that you can't take an existing web design and have Freeway create it's project from it. But aside from those caveats Freeway is still the best there is if you want a web site and don't want to learn HTML. If your needs grow over time (e.g. you need to add a data base or store, or require content management) you will have to switch to a different tool, and that transition may be painful (if you have ever switched tools in production you'll find that this is almost always true, though). I have used Freeway Pro to create two minor and the first version of a mid-size web pages and can recommend it. I still use it for my private web site.
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DucMan
27 February 2012
Version: 5.6.4
That is eleventy billion dollar question - when will we see v.6. And please SoftPress give us external style sheets.
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Bdkennedy1
15 February 2012
Version: 5.6.4
OMG I am so sick of waiting for version 6 I could scream!
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Golfgirl
11 February 2012
Version: 5.6.3
Quick review - I tried and used almost every type of web design software (Dreamweaver etc.) before settling on Freeway as the best available for my needs. It's unique in that it's approach is that of a graphic design program, that exports the code once you've done you layout. You don't work in code, you work in design and have the ability for advanced code as well. It offers many extremely convenient and simple shortcuts that get the job done quickly. The only real negative I can see is that clients cannot edit their own websites without owning the software and keeping an exact mirror of all the files used to create it.
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farmertomato
31 December 2011
Version: 5.6.2
I used Freeway Pro for several years and eventually switched to iWeb. The reason? Navigation links were a breeze in iWeb, whereas I seemed to spend 90% of my time in Freeway trying to get the page links right. Also, I found that Freeway's templates were not useful to me, while the ones in iWeb were easily adaptable to my needs. From reading the reviews here, it seems that nothing much has changed--except that iWeb may be approaching the end of its lifespan. I've looked at the other alternatives, and even tried out a few, but have not found any exciting alternative. Do any recent users of Freeway have any experience that might make me want to try it out again?
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Revco
11 August 2011
Version: 5.6.1
Freeway 5.5 Pro - version 5.6.1 Their version numbering makes my head hurt.
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MHerndz
24 February 2011
Version: 5.5.4
EXCELLENT software! Very easy to use, beats Rapidweaver with a stick, no a BAT (aluminum), shames iWeb to tears, and Freeway even goes out of its way to be a caretaker to Grandpa GoLive at Web Springs retirement home. As for Dreamweaver (garbageware), Freeway beats this one with the same aluminum bat! Freeway's methods of doing things does take some steps, but they're logical. I was even surprised that elements could be indicated as layers so as not to cause other elements from moving. This app never crashes, freezes or causes any problems so far. The developer is beautiful and quick in answering questions via email. My company bought this, I can't wait to get this for myself. It's well worth the $$.
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freevito
01 January 2011
Version: 5.5.1
I know it's going to sound like hyperbole, but I'm in awe of Freeway Pro. Stated most simply, it gets coding out of your face and lets you concentrate on design and content so you can create standards-compliant sites that look good and work well. I'm not afraid of coding. I'm not a whiz at it, but I understand it. I know how to tweak it if I have to. But it's not my idea of fun to build entire sites from the ground up using code. I'm a visual kind of person, and I would much rather work with WYSIWYG graphic and text tools. Freeway Pro provides those tools. For me, standards compliance is a big deal. Whether a site passes the W3C validator checks says a great deal about the site owner. (Alas, MacUpdate's site doesn't pass…but I digress…) Standards compliance raises the bar for site design, and it's a happy thing that more and more sites recognize its importance every day. For that reason, I was not interested in a web design application that generated garbage code that wouldn't validate. If there was one thing that sold me on Freeway Pro—the one thing on which I would not compromise—it was the fact that it creates sites that validate. Every time. YOW! As for Softpress, the company has integrity. Not only is their support is excellent, but they're VERY responsive, which is probably the single biggest indicator of a developer's (or any business's) quality. The company has created a super product, which is (mostly) well-documented and well-supported. NOTE: The standard Help menu (called "Using Freeway") is NOT all-inclusive or comprehensive. It's really more of a general guide. If you really want to dig into the features of Freeway Pro in depth, you need to refer to the "FW5Reference" PDF. That's where the detailed information resides. Gripes: 1. Like every other FW Pro aficionado, I add my voice to the chorus of users who lament that Freeway's most serious drawback is its lack of multiple undo functionality. You get one level of undo, and that's it. It's barbaric. 2. I'd like to see the "big" PDF reference document accessible from the help menu. 3. The hierarchy of formatting options isn't clear. Changes (such as font color or line spacing) made at one level might not apply because they've been overridden by contrary formatting options elsewhere that have priority. Eventually, you figure it out, but it takes a while. 4. The menus aren't intuitive. If you don't know what to call the feature you're looking for, you can't always find it just by poking around in the menus. That's also true (but to a lesser degree) with the Help documentation. Gripe Nos. 3 and 4 (above) need some qualification. The main thing to realize about Freeway Pro is that it's a very powerful, fully-featured application. Like every other application of that kind, it's going to take an investment of time to master such a sophisticated tool. Nevertheless, it's worth the effort. After years of searching for a web design tool that works for me, I've happily embraced Freeway Pro as the best for my purposes. There's nothing else like it.
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Bdkennedy1
29 December 2010
Version: 5.5.1
I decided to revisit Freeway Pro after 2 1/2 years. The layout is a lot better but this program still suffers from lack of common sense. For instance, a new feature is CSS Menus (barely documented in the Help file). I used one of the provided templates to mess around with it and couldn't figure out where to edit the hyperlinks for the menu items. That feature should be in the Inspector with all the other settings, right? No. It's in the Edit menu. It's the kind of design like that, that makes the learning curve of this product so high. It's WYSIWYG so it's supposed to be easy. And still only one level of undo. If you change 2 things, you can only undo the last change. I was hoping for a rewrite for version 6, but it took them 2 years just to get version 5 stable.
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Espiridion
05 August 2010
Version: 5.5.0
The information seems pretty clear at Softpress' site. What's new: http://www.softpress.com/images/uploads/Whats_New_In_FW55.pdf Unfortunately, I did not see whether they offered multiple levels of Undo. "Purchasers of Freeway 5.5 Pro or Freeway 5.5 Express should download the Preview below until the preview period is over. After this date Freeway 5.5 will be available to download and serialize." "Important! Until the final release of Freeway 5.5, please use the Preview - no serial required." "Users who purchased Freeway Express or Pro after June 1st 2010 will receive a free upgrade to Freeway 5.5. Users will be notified by email after the preview period is over. Those who purchased Freeway outside of the Softpress store should contact sales with proof of purchase." Upgrade from version 5 Pro to 5.5 Pro is $49, which seems very reasonable. They offer some additional discounts. I'll give it a try over the weekend and decide then whether or not the new features are worth the $49 for my needs. I know that I will not use many of them.
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22duke
04 August 2010
Version: 5.5.0
If this is a paid update it should be clearly stated. I also would like to know what I'm paying for so where is the new feature list? Actually I just installed it and it seems to be a Preview Version!!! I'm using FW since the early days and like the software but have to say it's now lagging behind quite a bit no new features or real improvements (and there are plenty to be made GUI, multiple undo, HTML 5) for 2 1/2 years so I find myself using Rapid Weaver more often then FW now. Seems like the vision and creative spirit has left the company
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Younkint
04 August 2010
Version: 5.5.0
Be aware that the move to version 5.5 from version 5.4.2 is a paid upgrade. I contacted Softpress today, and asked if it was a paid upgrade; they replied that it is.
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Bdkennedy1
04 August 2010
Version: 5.5.0
How hard would it be to list the changes since the last version? After 2 1/2 years this is still at version 5?
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L00l
28 July 2010
Version: 5.4.2
I have read your comment about freeway Pro, I am a newby, and I have to create a website by a week. But, until now, freeway keep crashing. I am thinking to buy it. what are your suggestions? thx
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Cruzmejias
03 April 2010
Version: 5.4.2
Freeway ROCKS!!
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Espiridion
05 November 2009
Version: 5.4.2
I finally got around to building my website, and I'm very pleased with the process as well as the results. I had done the tutorials, but maybe a year ago so this was like starting from scratch. In a matter of minutes I had the foundation for my website. In a matter of a few hours -spread across 2 days- my website was completed. I guess actual work in Freeway took less than 5 or 6 hours. My website has: -Perfectly aligned images and text. -Rollover menus. -CSS Menus. -Contact form with anti-spam measures. -PayPal button. -YouTube video. -Around 100 pages of content. I may buy Forms To Go in the future, but everything I did was without any additional expenses. Negatives: -There is an Undo function, but as MEMPHISBIRD mentioned there's no multiple Undo. I simply made a copy of my work before making any drastic changes. If anything went wrong, I could use my copy. Nothing went wrong, though. -Using the Sleek theme, when moving a menu item in the Master Page and returning it to the same position, 2 of the items would appear in wrong places. To edit those menus I had to use the Bring to Front/Send to back options, to avoid any movement. -Freeway crashed once. I also have RapidWeaver 4.3, but prefer Freeway. I may use Sandvox in the future just to try the most recent version, but so far I'm very pleased with Freeway Pro.
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John-Malis
29 October 2009
Version: 5.4.2
Thank you for making such a great web tool. This is much better then any other I previously used. Worth the price !!
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Bdkennedy1
21 January 2009
Version: 5.3.1
I've been using FW Pro for 6 months and there is plenty, PLENTY of room for improvement. While it's the best WYSIWYG web building software for the Mac (haven't tried Goldfish yet) the interface is clunky and unintuitive. Many user interface elements don't make sense such as how menu items are grouped, populating lists in a drop down box, including PHP files and I've spent hours upon hours trying to figure things out such as adding a form or editing the header. Placing objects that must be aligned perfectly is difficult between the Master page and individual pages and sometimes FW doesn't update the changes between the two, causing me to just give up on what the problem was instead or wasting anymore time and start the whole site over again. My biggest problem is how it handles your graphic files. Under certain situations when you have a graphic on your Master page, FW will import the same graphic for as many individual pages you have. That means when you build your site it will include the same file several times into the build, causing your FW file to balloon in size and then it takes 10 times longer to build. The GUI is clunky and looks and feels like it was ported over from the OS 9 days even though it wasn't. It suffers from redraw problems and overall the program should probably be rewritten from scratch. I got my site finished and doing what I want it do do eventually, but I still keep a lookout for something better. This program has been around long enough where it should be trim, tight and intuitive.
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Jan13
27 November 2008
Version: 5.3
This exiting software for development of visually stunning web pages is definitely for our design group a grizzly-discovery ! Till today we been using GoLive and of course Dreamweaver but this Freeway Pro 5 is about something else .... Easy to use and being taken away be creative spirit definitely shows ... The only thing which we do consider as big problem is PayPal incorporation .... Otherwise this software rocks !!! Paypal incorporation trough plug-in or even as build-in as feature will put this app., head on with some high ranking softwares which are on market today.
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M-Rick
10 November 2008
Version: 5.2.1
Just can't import HTML correctly ! While simple softwares like Coda or Flux can open and render the HTML pages corectly ! How come if I have to redraw all the sites every time if I want to switch to Freeway ??? So I will not use, I don't have hundred hours to be loosen to redraw everything just to make them compatible with a web designing software that even can't open correctly an HTML file ...
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prLab
03 September 2008
Version: 5.2.1
I've used Freeway for at least four years. Always updated, always responsive. But why is there always a full install for each upgrade? The one thing that would make this (for me) a great tool would be automatic blogging setup, so I don't have to use Rapid Weaver. I've suggested it to them, and they're looking at it.
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Abnormal
06 August 2008
Version: 5.2
I have to agree with FOCUSSTUDIO. I have tried DreamWeaver and I have written my own code. Nothing comes close to Freeway when it comes to publishing professional, original sites painlessly. I use RapidWeaver for my blog, but I can't imagine using it for a website - especially one that I expect to get paid for designing.
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Focusstudio
05 August 2008
Version: 5.2
I have used this application on a number of extensive projects since v.3.5. It is an easy professional tool that keeps getting better, offers fast responses and solutions to evolving web standards, and produces dependable results across all browsers. Comparing Freeway Pro to RapidWeaver or iWeb is like asking why you should travel around the world when "you can see it all in Las Vegas" ! .. and no, I do not work for these guys, but let's get real !
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Croberts
01 August 2008
Version: 5.1.3
After several months of using this program, I decided to ditch in favor of RapidWeaver 4 and CSSEdit. While these programs are probably not as powerful or professional as FW Pro, the program simply doesn't work for me, particularly its interface. I really had to struggle through the poorly-written tutorials for FW, and it was a long time before I felt confident trying much of anything. I also really hated the awful resolution in editing mode. With RapidWeaver, it's much easier to get started (like in a day), and the far-superior tutorials for their Theme SDK make it much easier to develop custom style sheets - at least for me. I have some but not a huge amount of DTP experience, but found that the scattered interface of FW didn't really help me much when it came to finding a logical workflow for getting things done. Overall, I think the DTP paradigm for web design may have seen better days, and I'm actually enjoying web page design rather than dreading it now that I've switched to RapidWeaver. Perhaps some day when I'm more a power designer I may come back to Freeway, but even then it's overall layout paradigm seems a thing of the past.
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Dana-Sutton
17 April 2008
Version: 5.0.2
There is room in the Mac world for a wysiwyg Web page creation program that is cheaper than Dreamweaver, has an easier learning curve, and is a LOT less buggy. Such a program would stand in about the same relation to Dreamweaver as Pages does to MS Word. But l you can get the entire iWorks suite for approx. a hundred bucks, which places it in reach of "the rest of us." But look at the high price of Freeway Pro. Surely this is a case of developer's self-foot-shoot. A lot of potential customers probably conclude "ah heck, I might as well put another hundred bucks on top of this and go for Dreamweaver." How clear are the developers about what market they're aiming their product at? Greedy, greedy.
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Espiridion
12 February 2008
Version: 5.0p2
A few questions for Ian (SOFTPRESS SYSTEMS). Is the upgrade from Freeway 4 Pro to Freeway 5 Pro $99? Am I reading this correctly? And this is the same upgrade price for 3.5 users? http://www.softpress.com/store/pricelist.php I just want to understand this upgrade policy. Maybe it will be better for me to use 4 Pro which I recently purchased, and wait for an eventual version 6 or 7 release. And then decide whether to stay with Freeway or look elsewhere. If I'm understanding this correctly, then for me it was a mistake to purchase Freeway 4 Pro, and maybe it was a bigger mistake to recommend it so much. Of course, at the time of my purchase there was not even a hint that version 5 was coming out. So, am I understanding this upgrade correctly? Is this the way "Softpress does takes care of its users"? Thanks in advance for your reply.
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Dokodemo
25 January 2008
Version: 5.0p1
I didn't buy this during the promo because I have been an owner of Freeway Pro since version 3. However I do want to mention that I was disappointed that when I upgraded to an intel imac and transferred all my apps that Freeway Pro 3 wouldn't run at all on an intel, so it was a forced upgrade. In fact Freeway Pro was the only one of my pro-apps that wouldn't run or didn't have a patch for intel machines. After months of irritation at having a totally useless piece of expensive software on my HD I finally coughed up the money to upgrade to 4. I think it would have been more palatable if the upgrade was more like $50.00 than $99.00.
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Softpress-Systems
23 January 2008
Version: 5.0p1
Softpress is a company that develops, markets and sells the Freeway family of products. We aim to provide excellent technical support and customer service. We also listen to our users. Softpress is not, and has never been, a company known for “gouging” our users. Our prices for new software are well below what would be expected for the quality of our products and services. We do not regularly demand money for upgrades (like many in the industry). We do however maintain our software and offer free upgrades to sustain older versions of Freeway for extended life spans, as early adopters of both Freeway 3 and Freeway 4 can attest. Last week, to coincide with Macworld and to get feedback from our users, we launched a Beta version of Freeway 5. In conjunction, we are now offering a free upgrade to 5 for all users that purchase after January 1st, 2008. We're very excited about the new features, and we're sure you will be too. Some users who purchased Freeway in the last few months of 2007, including those who have commented here, have expressed their view that we had somehow tricked them into buying when we knew a new version was on the way. People that purchased here at macZOT! got Freeway at 60% off the retail price, which is even lower than our regular upgrade pricing from 3 to 4. Freeway 5 will not be released until at least March, and that would backdate the free upgrades on release to a minimum of two months, which we believe is fair. Those who have complained, seek to penalize us for offering our existing and potential users a “sneak peek” at our new software, which makes it difficult to receive and apply the feedback we need. Freeway 5 is not yet ready and not for sale. When it is, it will be a wonderful tool for home users and professionals alike. It will empower users and save their precious time. It will be solid and fully-featured, in part because of the users' opportunity to test it and offer feedback. There will be an announcement about upgrades from version 4 to 5, probably around the release of the second beta. Again, you will see that Softpress does takes care of its users. Until then, please feel encouraged to use the Freeway 5 Beta, enjoy it and let us know what you think. Ian Schray US Marketing Manager Softpress Systems Ltd http://www.softpress.com
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Espiridion
14 January 2008
Version: 5.0p1
I agree with GRYPHONENT. I purchased my copy about 6 weeks ago. I'm definitely not paying for an upgrade at this point. I would be very disappointed with SoftPress if they don't come up with a sensible upgrade option for recent purchasers.
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StrictlyBagel
14 January 2008
Version: 5.0p1
Great, I purchased FreewayPro on 19-Dec-07 and only three weeks later they release version 5, allowing only customers who purchased AFTER 1-Jan-08 a free upgrade. It's business practices like these that put software companies like Softpress on my blacklist. Surely somebody at the company must have known about this and could have issued some form of statement 2-3 months in advance. That's called best practice and customer service.
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5
Tfindlay
27 November 2007
Version: 4.4.1
This product is solid and powerful. I have been using it for several years and am a very satisfied customer. It just keeps getting better and better. Support is timely and reliable. More actions are being developed all the time which make for a continually expanding feature set. There is also a very helpful and active community of Freeway users who are always there to lend their expertise.
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4.5
Macericg
23 March 2006
Version: 4.1.2
For us "older boys" who got on board with the desktop publishing revolution in the late 80's, but left school (and extra free time) long behind when the internet exploded, Freeway is a godsend. Granted, I could learn HTML and buy a copy of Dreamweaver, but right now my QuarkXPress skills are 80% of what I need to run Freeway and build wonderful websites. It works just like a page layout application, and it is sophisticated in terms of the technologies it supports. Add to that that this program is more compatible with native Adobe file formats than GoLive and Dreamweaver, and you'll see why many people believe it is well worth consideration. And besides, the whole "learn HTML" argument is really getting old. It harkens back to the time when Mac users would get grief about not having command lines in their OS like DOS. The Mac is all about ease of use, and spending time designing rather than technical operations. Freeway follows the Macintosh concept wonderfully.
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5
Macsterdam
23 March 2006
Version: 4.1.2
Another great update. Absolutely flawless. If you want a true WYSIWYG webdesign program, this is the one to get. Webdesign the Mac way. Fantastic support too!
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Vasilis
22 February 2006
Version: 4.1.1
They should replace the Pro with Amateur. If you look at the code of their own site you'll see why. Table layout, no separation of markup, style and behaviour whatsoever. If build sites with this app you rip off your customers. For less than half the price of this app you have a great text editor, a good book about structured markup, a good book about css and a good book about JavaScript. That's a good investment.
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Marc-Nothrop
15 February 2006
Version: 4.1
FYI as of 4.1, the Freeways are universal.
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Tim27
16 January 2006
Version: 4.0.4
If you're going to spend as much money as this, then you might as well purchase either GoLive or Dreamweaver and get more features and better CSS support.
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Anonymous
03 September 2005
Version: 4.0b
In Spite of the "pro" tag, if you're planning to develop xhtml/css sites, it's likely you'll balk at the inline styles that Freeway creates off the shelf. My testing was too limited to check wether or not it could actually produce correct external stylesheets, so i won't press the point, but i'm really wondering if the comparison with Desktop publishing tools has any meaning beyond marketing aimed at folks who would never want to look at code with a six ft pole. I guess if you want to create pro sites the best solution is still a text editor... Much less hair-tearing than with wysiwyg tools (and that's including the forthcoming Drreamweaver 8)
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3.75
Anonymous
03 September 2005
Version: 4.0b
At last, the long awaited Freeway 4. This preview is an absolute teaser. Great new interface, stunning new features, deceivingly simple yet extremely powerful. All the long awaited new features are here. Thank yo, thank you, thank you. Can't wait for the final release. It has to be said that this preview is somewhat crash-prone but that's what previews are for. I for one am absolutely happy with this release!
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3
Anonymous
26 December 2004
Version: 3.5.12
Certainly a good application for those that need the basics without any hassle, but it certainly is not worth 249 bucks. More like 30 at the most.
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4.25
Anonymous
27 November 2004
Version: 3.5.12
Good app. Been using Freeway ever since I got a free version with a magazine, back when I ran Mac OS 8. Current version is still good but needs an update soon to make it more Mac OS X-like. I know the company still has a lot of OS 9 users out there and they want to keep compatibility. But it would be nice if the app went Cocoa and made use of some advenced Mac OS X features. Still, this is the only non-techie website design tool for the Mac platform and it does so very Mac-like. I love it because I can get the work done. While I applaud webdesigners who can make those very slick websites using those industry standard webdesign apps, I'm not one of those persons who is comfortable with those tools. I am creative, but just not very technical. I like tools that keep it simple for my mind, but it does mean that I am unable to deliver the fancy stuff. There are lots of persons like me, I believe, who need a DTP-style website design tool. True, this app can't let you get into the gut of the beast, the html code, but some people don't want to. For those people, this app is your only choice. For others who need real coding, just walk away.
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2.75
Anonymous
16 November 2004
Version: 3.5.12
Crap. Well not crap persay. But could stand for a little update. I mean shesh some real CSS support like NOT sticking all of the css into the htmlso pages load much faster and use the same style sheet. And maybe a little cocoa for all of the basic stuff like fonts and color. It is good, but it needed an update a year ago.
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Anonymous
16 November 2004
Version: 3.5.12
3.5.12 is the latest version, but is not a new version! I have been using it after purchasing it mid October 2004.
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Anonymous
16 November 2004
Version: 3.5.12
Can anyone tell me what's new about this? This has been out for some time now! Otherwise a totally brilliant piece of webdesign software.
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4.75
Anonymous
25 August 2004
Version: 3.5.6
Fan-bloody-tastic! What a great application, especially for those of us who are not at all technically literate and need a 'click-and-point' solution. It's actually fun to use this and see your website develop before your eyes. I say "click-and-point", but it's much more clever than that. It's a WYSIWYG DTP product. Then converts to HTML. It does not take very long to get up and running producing your own website. The instructions are okay. Could do with improvement. Well done to the development team for creating this. Their online Knowledgebase is good too. Trial it. Go on. You will buy it for sure.
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Anonymous
28 June 2004
Version: 3.5.6
A thousand buttons, a half-dozen functions. No html view. Lousy import of existing pages. My advise is to use Mozilla and Taco (both free) or, if you must use a "pro" WYSIWYG , make the jump to Dreamweaver. This thing is all bells and whistles.
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5
Anonymous
10 May 2004
Version: 3.5.6
Freeway is a wonderful application which anyone interested in web design should have. It uses an intuitive DTP-type approach to let you concentrate on the content and appearance of your site and when you are happy, Freeway builds the HTML code for you, and can even manage uploading your pages to your site, only changing those which have been modified. The feature list is large and all are useful and powerful. Infact, Freeway comes in two versions, Express and Pro. Naturally Express has a reduced feature set but even then it is a hugely powerful piece of software - my biggest reservation with Express is that it is TOO cheap, by which I mean people might assume it must be less powerful than it is to be released at such a reasonable price! Pro has the complete set of features and is exactly what it says - a professional grade app - but is still accessible "for the rest of us." Freeway is exactly what Macs are all about - a pleasing, rewarding end-user experience that lets you achieve the highest quality results. Add to that customer service which is, without a word of exaggeration, second to none and you have a package which I cannot recommend enough.
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5
Anonymous
18 February 2004
Version: 3.5.6
Freeway is the best piece of software for building web sites.Be sure.
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4
Anonymous
06 June 2003
Version: 3.5.6
Inconsistent use of keys, such as control to zoom (instead of contextual menu). No way to view/edit the html for the page. Switching between tabs looses the postion on the page you are editing. Very modal when setting up items, such as a list for a menu. Menu items are enable for things that can't be applied to the currently selected object. I could go on.... I feel that this product falls short for web developers and might just be to complex for non-developers, for whom a tool like Create might be better. This tool has potential, but the lack of an html editor for the document (not just snippets) is a big missing piece.
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Avi Cohen
09 July 2000
Version:
simply the best tool
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$39.00

3.8

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  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

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