Freeway Pro for Mac

Freeway Pro for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 97 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0
File Size:
45.46MB
Date Added:
July 30, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30 day fully-working trial); $149.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
10,645
Downloads Last Week:
3
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Freeway Pro is a Web site design and maintenance tool that offers professional-level features without requiring any coding knowledge.

Freeway's Mac-style, multipane interface should feel familiar to users of other design programs, with its simple toolbar, a list of your site's pages in a pane on the left (including master pages), a main window showing the current selected page, and numerous floating palettes for formatting and settings. Less experienced Web designers will find a lot to like here, including Freeway's customizable templates, WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop editing, and the way the app handles everything code-related in the background, from integrating shopping carts to optimizing images and dynamically managing links. More experienced web designers will like the improved upload abilities (with support for SFTP and FTP-SSL) and how Freeway puts a premium on creating standards-compliant code (including fast CSS-based menus).

With its comprehensive feature set and numerous tutorials--including several related to building sites for iOS devices--Freeway is a solid all-around Web design tool for pro users regardless of skill level. More casual users might want to check out the lower-powered (and cheaper) Freeway Express.

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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 97 votes

    • 5 star: 56
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4 stars

    "Freeway Pro can is for beginners and coding gurus!"

    February 02, 2014   |   By gunnerholmes

    Version: Freeway Pro 6.1.2

    Pros

    Easy to start using.
    Can be used to create any kind of web site that is needed, from a one person operation to multinational corporations.
    Create blogs, galleries, research, databases, and on and on.
    Access to all kinds of actions to facilitate other capabilities.
    Softpress has established a very vast and useful user forum.

    Cons

    Once you get past the basics it can be a steep learning curve. It just depends on how far the individual wants to take it.

    Summary

    Try it for starters you may wind up- in a new career with this great tool!

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  • 5 stars

    "Super-Fast Webdesign Powerhouse"

    January 30, 2013   |   By CalebGrove

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.6.5

    Pros

    Powerful, flexible, and professional!
    Gigantic library of third party "actions", most of which are free.
    Developer support is great, but the community is even better.

    Cons

    Not as easy as iWeb or RapidWeaver.
    To get the most out of Freeway Pro, you need to know code.

    Summary

    After having tried just about every piece of WYSIWYG web design software out there, an Apple employee recommended trying Freeway. I haven't looked back. It's fast, and infinitely flexible. If the program has a limit, rest assured that there is an action which will fit the bill, and most likely it won't cost you anything.

    I will say though that you won't get the most out of this program unless you know basic web code (which you can learn from Codecademy). This is what the "Pro" suffix really means. You can still design good websites without that knowledge using Freeway, but the real beauty in this program is how it allows you to make up for the little it lacks.

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  • 2 stars

    "Apparently CNET hasn't use the product."

    September 23, 2012   |   By bdkennedy1

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.5.6

    Pros

    WYSIWYG layout.

    Cons

    Price, only one Undo, hasn't seen a major update in 4 years.

    Summary

    Using the product is great, until you realize that what you have been working on won't work and you can't undo it. This is the only software I have ever used in my life that doesn't have multiple Undo. The lack of a major update in 4 years makes me think that 2 people are running the company.

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  • 2 stars

    "$230..???? on what planet these people live ????"

    April 18, 2011   |   By zee10

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.5.6

    Pros

    ??????????

    Cons

    PRICE,price, price

    Summary

    what is their justification to charge $230 for this piece of software ?
    is it really so good and superior to Dreamweaver ?
    In this age when everything is done thru drag-n-drop, this company still lives in the 1998-2003+ era.

    Sandvox and RapidWeaver also handle Desktop Publishing style of web design pretty nicely.
    This "review" is not a review, but I guess a paid advertising.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great intuitive and very capable web design program."

    November 19, 2010   |   By posterns

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.5.2

    Pros

    InDesign like capabilities, very flexible, can handle simple to complex layouts. Excellent online community of users who offer even more support.

    Cons

    None to speak of.

    Summary

    For print designers looking to get into web design, this is one of the best Mac web design programs out there. Much simpler than Dreamweaver (and half the cost) and better than some of the others such as Rapidweaver and Sandbox. Excellent tech support, both from Softpress and one of the best online forums and support groups out there. Don't need to know any html to work with Freeway. I highly recommend the program.

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  • 4 stars

    "Does a great job... I have no reservations."

    November 04, 2010   |   By sfnooner

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.5.2

    Pros

    Extremely robust set of "actions" easy and ready to use.

    Cons

    Needs more video tutorials (for dummies like me).

    Summary

    Senior discounts and student discounts and well worth it if you have to pay the full price.

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  • 4 stars

    "Superb, Mac-like, does what it says on the tin."

    October 30, 2010   |   By su3264

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.5.2

    Pros

    Simple to use, great tutorials.

    Cons

    Designing response boxes requires additional download, and rather poorly implemented. Everyone needs this, and needs it to be simpler. Needs direct access to the html for folk who understand it, and wonder why something isn't working as expected.

    Summary

    I've used GoLive and Dreamweaver. This is what I now use, I recommend it with the above reservations.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Mac web design software"

    October 23, 2008   |   By Pressman

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.2.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Really nice job. Easy and intuitive for the most part, with great documentation. Could use better third party support for functions that are not available from the developer. Much easier than Dreamweaver.

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  • 3 stars

    "Both Freeway and Flux need a lot more work..."

    May 16, 2008   |   By electric1--2008

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    To add to what "ylon" has previously stated - Freeway, IMHO, needs more work. I have tried it. Put out a couple of sites... but the program was painfully slow. Had it's share of bugs and problems.

    Flux suffered from similar problems.

    Both programs are a start to filling the gap in this market... however - they both require a lot more work... serious work: you're back to Dreamweaver! For someone who just has the odd or occasional website to put up every now and again - both Freeway and Flux are the ideal choice - you won't do it in a hurry - but both interfaces will guide you through (even if they have their faults).

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  • 2 stars

    "Wish I could like it..."

    May 08, 2008   |   By ylon

    Version: Freeway Pro 5.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I really have wanted to like Freeway and have tried it multiple times for some serious work, but I just can't use it. It is not native Mac OS X enough nor does it provide sufficient functionality.

    The real crown jewel right now for the all around Dreamweaver killer is Flux. I really think that The Escapees have something great in the works with that and really can change the game with what they're doing.

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