Softpress Launches Freeway 5.5 with Showcase Gallery Application - Published on 08/23/10


UK based Softpress Systems today announces Freeway 5.5, the full paid-for upgrade to its award-winning web-design family. With its visual design model and powerful new features, Freeway makes it easy to create beautiful sites, presentations and email newsletters without the need to write code. Alongside Freeway's extensive existing feature set, version 5.5 has a compelling range of new functionality as well as a host of new and improved templates.

Oxford, United Kingdom - Softpress Systems today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Freeway 5.5, the full paid-for upgrade to its award-winning web-design family. With its visual design model and powerful new features, Freeway makes it easy to create beautiful sites, presentations and email newsletters without the need to write code.

"Freeway 5.5 is here," Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan said. "The short Preview period preceding this launch has been a great success. Thanks to enthusiastic uptake we have found and fixed some small issues and tweaked the features based on user feedback. Now creating modern leading-edge websites, reliable email newsletters and stunning presentations will be a breeze in Freeway. Users, both professional and novice, will benefit from the innovative and improved tools for the creation of rich, dynamic and standards-compliant output. Enjoy!"

Alongside Freeway's extensive existing feature set, Freeway 5.5 has a compelling range of new functionality including:

Freeway Showcase:
Showcase lets you create a gallery or slideshow from scratch in minutes, with literally thousands of fully-customizable options. Showcase lets anyone - even absolute beginners - effortlessly build a professional, feature-rich gallery or slideshow, and in a time they would never have thought possible.

Import images into the Showcase application, via drag-n-drop (from the Finder, or from iPhoto/Aperture libraries displayed in the app itself), or by direct import.

A wide variety of appearance and layout options are available including borders, shadows, reflections and more.Supports common web image types as well as TIFF and native Photoshop files.

Relative Page Layout: (Pro-only)
Users can create complex CSS layouts that respond appropriately when content on the page changes in size or is added/removed dynamically - without needing to learn CSS. Simply visually design page layouts and have confidence that they will work properly every time.

HTML Email Generation:
The Create Email Action allows users to design emails and newsletters with fewer restrictions. When the page is published, Freeway will convert it into "email-friendly" HTML that can be opened up in Apple Mail, or dropped into a sending service.

Site Search: (Pro-only)
Easily add a simple yet powerful search facility to your sites. With no server-side technologies used, this effective search functionality can be used on all sites, even those hosted on MobileMe.

Search Engine Sitemaps:
The Site Mapper Action will keep search engines up-to-date by automatically generating Google-friendly XML sitemaps, and Yahoo! URL lists, each time you update your site.

Amazon Affiliation:
Connects sites up with Amazon sites that will pay you cash for all sales originating from your site. Amazon USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan are all supported.

Improved Upload:
Freeway now supports secure uploads through SFTP and FTPS, in addition to existing upload methods (FTP, MobileMe and File Copy).

New Templates:
A host of new and improved templates - all of them free and designed exclusively for Softpress and Freeway.

About Freeway:
Freeway, famous for its visual design model, ease-of-use and clean efficient standards-compliant code generation, is the tool of choice for professionals and home Mac users who prefer to focus on their design, not the code!

System Requirements:
Freeway 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or above, and runs on both Intel and PowerPC machines.

Pricing and Availability:
Freeway 5.5 Pro and Freeway 5.5 Express are both available for purchase from the Softpress Store. Full versions of Freeway 5.5 Pro can be purchased for $229, and Freeway 5 Express for $69. Upgrades from earlier versions of 5 to 5.5 are offered at prices starting from $25 for Express or $49 for Pro.

Those who qualify for education, senior or non-profit discounts will receive a coupon for a full 20% off any listed Freeway price. For fantastic discounts on multi-seat installations, contact [email protected] with your exact requirements.

All channel purchasers of 5.4.2 after June 1st, 2010 will be eligible for a free download upgrade to 5.5 - proof of purchase will be required. Please contact sales for more info.

Reviewers are encouraged to download and assess both Freeway Pro and Freeway Express. For a full NFR serial number or to receive permission to use any version of this software for covermounts, please contact Softpress.

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Softpress was founded in 1993 to address the emerging needs of professional publishers and designers for cross-media authoring tools. Freeway, and its extensive feature set, result from Softpress' ongoing efforts to identify and meet the real needs of web designers in today's environment. Softpress creates tools that many people rely on for their day-to-day business, so they listen carefully to their customers. Future upgrades and product offerings will continue to demonstrate Softpress' commitment to quality, leading-edge innovation and world-class customer service.