Freeway Pro
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Freeway Pro lets you build websites with speed and precision... without writing a line of code!

With it's 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 isn't just for web designers: Leverage the power of the intuitive interface to create eye-catching email newsletters
What's New
Version 6.1.2:

Localization:

  • Fixed an issue with the Action "Big Prompt" dialog which prevented the contents of the text view being saved when running in non-English languages
Actions:
  • The Blogger Posts Action now outputs comments styling correctly
  • The Blogger Action no longer converts the wrong style element to a b:skin element
Other:
  • Disabled formatted text for Markup Items and Page HTML Markup
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a program error when reading documents containing large chunks of Action data
  • The "required" attribute doesn't get added incorrectly to buttons after they have been modified
  • Removed the 32000 character limit on Markup Items and Page HTML Markup

Version 6.1.2:

Localization:

  • Fixed an issue with the Action "Big Prompt" dialog which prevented the contents of the text view being saved when running in non-English languages
Actions:
  • The Blogger Posts Action now outputs comments styling correctly
  • The Blogger Action no longer converts the wrong style element to a b:skin more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Freeway Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 6.x:
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Jp3421 commented on 09 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 6.1.0]

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Pir_anha replied on 23 Apr 2014
if you hadn't posted this very same screed, with only the names swapped out for several website creation tools, i wouldn't have said anything -- philosophically i basically agree with you. but seriously, dude, this space is for REVIEWs of the relevant software, and your pontificating takes up space and doesn't add any actual information about the product in question, which is what folks come here to read.

these products are not utterly obsolete quite yet, they're still well suited for entry level folks who just want to get started creating personal websites, and i see no reason to privilege online tools per se, especially if you want freedom in where you're hosting your site, and building up your design skills so you can eventually leave the templated stuff behind.
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vegasplayer reviewed on 10 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 6.1.0]

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Richard Lesyk replied on 22 Aug 2013
Don't pay attention to vegasplayer. I've been doing websites since 1994 and have and do use everything.

Freepro for pure designing is simply the best there is period.
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Macupdateerik reviewed on 10 Aug 2013
Simple - The best
Try it - and smile ,-))
[Version 6.1.0]


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brunos77 reviewed on 22 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 6.0.8]


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MaxWilders reviewed on 19 Mar 2013
"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.
[Version 6.0.6]

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Tfindlay replied on 27 Mar 2013
Freeway Pro and Rapidweaver are aimed at different audiences. If what you want is a simple theme-based website Rapidweaver is the way to go and a great option it is too. However, because it is theme based there are some limitations when it comes to design choices.

With Freeway you can design your websites any way you like. You have complete control over the look and placement of every page element. Also, with the wide range of Actions available there are hundreds of functions that can be added to your sites. All of this is possible without any code whatsoever. However, if you really want to add some html code you can easily to this too.
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Think Globally replied on 11 Aug 2013
@Tfindlay:
What you said about Rapidweaver WAS true some time ago. However, now you definitely CAN have _total design freedom_ with Rapidweaver.
You need 1. the Stacks-Plugin http://yourhead.com/stacks/
and 2. the FreeStack Responsive Theme (which will work as a blank canvas) http://freestackresponsive.blueballdesign.com/index.html
Or if you don't need/want responsive design:
http://freestack.blueballdesign.com/index.html#

Hope you like the good news :-)
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Revco commented on 07 Feb 2013
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?
[Version 6.0.1]

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Thresher-The-Shark replied on 21 Feb 2013
Has anyone ever been able to get an explanation from the developer about this issue, or when it may be implemented?
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Bdkennedy1 replied on 22 Feb 2013
The developers don't respond. They don't even have their own forums for customers. People have been asking for undo for at least 5 years now.
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Wolfgang Prasmo replied on 01 Mar 2013
There is a customer forum: http://freewaytalk.net/. You will find on http://www.softpress.com/help/ not only a link to the forum, but also other resources. The staff of Softpress (the company behind Freeway) answers regularly in the forum.
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Vito commented on 07 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 6.0.1]

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Bdkennedy1 replied on 07 Feb 2013
Create a square. Move the square. Create another square. Undo.

Now because I can't have more than 1 undo there is no way for me to put the square back exactly where it was.

No multiple undo is the sole reason I will not spend the money to upgrade. Quick 'N Easy Web Builder is my new friend.
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lemon-kun replied on 27 Mar 2013
Same here. Not going to spend any money until there is multiple undo. Especially for a design application this is crucial.
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Frodo_life commented on 01 Feb 2013
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???
[Version 6.0.0]

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Miner replied on 07 Feb 2013
Multiple undos are (still) not available
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Pl_svn replied on 07 Feb 2013
what's new? 5.5 was offered in a bundle a couple of months ago so now it's time to make some money ;-p
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Cgc replied on 07 Feb 2013
If you hadn't noticed, bundles are generally filled with great apps, but apps that will soon be updated. You're still saving money (generally) with the bundle app and upgrade price.
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Bdkennedy1 commented on 01 Feb 2013
Still no multiple undo? Are you kidding me???!!
[Version 6.0.0]


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carravagio reviewed on 30 Sep 2012
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
[Version 5.6.5]

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Cruzmejias replied on 01 Mar 2013
Bob, your the KING... I could not have said it any better. If the main reason to not purchase the BEST WEBSITE design tool on the planet is because it only has one level of undo, then iWeb is for you!
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Mikael B replied on 15 Mar 2013
You're totally out of touch with the requirements of modern web sites. Good luck building flexible fast and fully functional mobile first, iPad, Android and 20 different browsers on Windows and Mac OS X.

But please, keep doing what you do.
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Schimo rated on 18 Feb 2014

[Version 6.1.2]



Tnapal rated on 29 Oct 2013

[Version 6.1.1]



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MHerndz rated on 25 Aug 2013

[Version 6.1.0]



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[Version 6.1.0]



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[Version 6.1.0]



Peter31 rated on 15 Jun 2013

[Version 6.0.8]



Mohammed Al-Radhi rated on 28 Mar 2013

[Version 6.0.7]



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[Version 6.0.4]



Tnapal rated on 19 Feb 2013

[Version 6.0.2]



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4two4 rated on 14 Feb 2013

[Version 6.0.2]


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Freeway Pro lets you build websites with speed and precision... without writing a line of code!

With it's 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 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!

Pro-level Options
Freeway Pro is more advanced than its counterpart, Freeway Express:
  • Access hundreds of plugins.
  • Create pixel-perfect style sheet layouts.
  • Animate your content with fluid transitions.
  • Add sophisticated search capabilities to your site.
  • Import professional graphic types.
  • … And much, much more!


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