I have dabbled with creating simple web pages in the past, but I never had the
time to expand upon my HTML coding knowledge to create more complex pages. With Freeway,
I was able to create the more complex web pages and not have to worry about coding
Freeway is a very powerful layout page editor and HTML generator. Programming knowledge
is not required as Freeway does all of the coding work for you. You create the pages
of a website visually and publish the files to your account. A free, time-limited
demo version of Freeway may be downloaded from Softpress. The full version of Freeway
is $229 as a download, and $249 for the boxed version with printed manuals. If you
do not require all of the features of Freeway, take a look at Freeway Express, which
is available for $89.00 (download version) and $99.00 (boxed version).
This software was reviewed on a Power Macintosh G4 Quicksilver 867 MHz with 1.125
GB of RAM running Mac OS X 10.3.2. The version of Freeway reviewed was 3.5.6.
OS 9: PowerPC with 64MB physical RAM
OS X: Macintosh G3 with 128MB physical RAM
free disk space
Display: 640 x 480 with 256 colors; higher resolutions with millions of colors recommended
Freeway is not an HTML editor, but an HTML generator, and thus you do not have
to deal with writing any code. The principle is to develop web pages using the Freeway
desktop publishing type editor, and Freeway will generate all of the HTML code and
support resources that can be published and transferred to your target website.
can create Master pages with Freeway that can have a certain background, text styles,
or other design that will be shared by one or more of the published pages. You can
have multiple Masters, and any Master for that site can be applied to any of the
other pages. If you edit the Master, the associated pages will reflect those changes,
so you only have to edit in one place for shared designs.
You can drag and drop graphics, text, movies, and sounds onto your page from other
applications. The files do not need to be converted or resized before dragging them
in. Images can be resized, cropped, rotated, or overlapped as you enter them into
your design. Web-friendly GIF, JPEG, or PNG graphics are created from your original
images when you publish your site.
You can create a graphical version of any font in any size or color with full desktop
publishing control. A GIF or JPEG image of the text will be created upon publishing
and the text remains editable in Freeway for future modifications.
code. A rollover is the changing of a graphic image when your mouse pointer passes
FTP upload facility allows you to send your published pages directly to your web
site storage location from within the Freeway application.
At first, I had problems understanding what to do with the tools on the Tools
pallet. If you are familiar with desktop publishing programs, they may make immediate
sense to you. After a little playing and looking at the documentation, I quickly
picked up on what the tools did and the process of creating web pages. I would like
to see larger icons on the Tools pallet. Linking between pages was easy once I discovered
all you had to do was highlight the linking text or graphic, then click on the small
World icon at the bottom of the window and select to page you want to go to.
This review was done under OS X, but Freeway is also supposed to run under OS
9. I did not have the opportunity to review the software under OS 9. Under OS X,
most things worked as expected and the application was extremely stable. One area
that did not work right was the Preview mode. It worked fine using Internet Explorer,
but would not work with Safari or Netscape 7.1. The browser would launch, but the
web page would not load. However, the published HTML looked fine when opened from
within each of the browsers. There were also a few cosmetic defects, such as the
text cropped on dialog box buttons.
I tried to import an existing set of web pages into Freeway, which resulted in the
graphics looking decent, but the text was either too small or missing. To get the
desired look, the pages would have to be edited or recreated.
The following formats and styles are supported under Freeway:
Graphics - BMP, GIF, JPEG, Photoshop, PICT, PNG, and TIFF
Graphics - Illustrator AI, PDF, PICT
Media - AAC, AIFF, Flash SWF, MP3, RealMedia, Shockwave, QuickTime, WAV
Graphic Export Formats
HTML Output Styles
4 - Create either table-based or pure CSS-positioning pages
3.2 + CSS - Use CSS text styles without breaking older browsers
3.2 - For compatibility with older browsers
The Freeway User Guide PDF file is included on the CD, and is a very complete
427-page document. Also included is the Getting to Know Freeway guide that covers
getting started, the basics, and a tutorial.
The Help menu will launch your default web browser and presents a complete reference.
Updates and other documentation can be obtained from the Softpress website at http://www.softpress.com.
I found Freeway to be an excellent WYSIWYG web page editor, fun to use and very
stable. The user interface is relatively intuitive once you understand the basic
concepts. The application is very feature-rich for website creation. If you want
to create professional looking and functioning websites, and do not care to learn
HTML coding, Freeway is the perfect program for you.
- Works with Mac OS
9 and OS X
- Easy to use
- Solid performance
- Imports popular graphics
- User Guide and Getting
to Know Freeway Guide included
- Import of existing
HTML is not perfect
- Could not get Preview
function to work with Safari and Netscape 7.1
- Tools pallete icons
are too small
4 out of 5 Mice