Softpress has announced version 3.0 of its Web design package, Freeway. The upgrade offers a whole host of new features and should cost around £180, or $50 for a full upgrade from version 2.0. Other forms of upgrade, such as competitive from products including Dreamweaver and GoLive, are also available.
The furthest reaching changes in version 3.0 are a number of productivity improvements and support from producing multilingual sites. Working in Freeway is now faster, especially using file-based commands. For example, opening large Freeway documents is now up to ten times faster. Limited support for AppleScript is also included.
To create multilingual sites, Freeway 3.0 uses Apple’s WorldScript technology to encode multiple versions of the same site. Text is placed in the page as HTML – or can be rendered as JPEGs or GIFs for a wide range of languages, including Japanese, Swedish and Russian. Vertical Japanese text can also be displayed.