Softpress on Thursday announced the release of Freeway 5, a major new version of its Web design software for Mac OS X. It costs $249 (around £125) for the Pro version, $79 (£39) for the Express version. Upgrades from previous releases are available, and a free trial is also available.

Freeway 5 is a visual Web page creation tool that uses a "traditional" page layout approach, making it a comfortable match for graphic designers and creative professionals accustomed to page layout software.

New features in Freeway 5 include the ability to create Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)-based menus, personalized Blogger templates, Google Actions to help users add Google content to their sites, dynamic effects using script.aculo.us (including fade, blind, pulsate and more), accessibility provisions, sliced background images, background effects, new graphic effects, nested HTML lists, Save Archive, iPhoto import, colour labeling and more.

Freeway Pro adds multiple output options not available in Express, a full choice of output encodings, colour and text style management across the entire document, extended graphic import capabilities, multiple style sheets for each document, full CSS text styling and CSS layout, and more.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4 or later.