Softpress is introducing a public beta version of its Freeway 5 web design software at Macworld Expo.

The Freeway 5 Public Beta Program offers users 30-days to use the next version of the WYSIWYG web design application. With a new version release failry imminent, the developers are offering all customers who purchase Freeway 4 after 1 January, 2008 a free downloadable upgrade to the new version when it is finalized.

“We are delighted to give web designers an early peek at our Freeway 5 web creation tools,” said Softpress managing director Richard Logan. “Scheduled to coincide with Macworld Expo, we want existing and new users to download this beta and let us know what they think about the exciting new features.”

As an introductory offer, from 14 January 14 until Freeway 5 is released, the price of full download copies of Freeway 4 (including a free upgrade to Freeway 5) will be reduced to $199 (Freeway 4 Pro) and $69 (Freeway 4 Express).

Freeway 5 offers a range of new features, including support for CSS website navigation; the creation of personalised templates for Blogger sites; Google Actions to deploy Google content on pages and a range of additional improvements, including: sliced background images, background effects, new graphic effects, nested HTML lists, Save Archive, iPhoto import, and colour labeling.