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  1. Changing style attributes at breakpoints
    Freeway 7.1 and later offers the ability to change HTML text style attributes at breakpoints in responsive layouts. Often you'll want text to be larger in larger breakpoints or to align text differently at smaller breakpoints. Using responsive text styling it's now possible to do this. There are ...
  2. Responsive web design in Freeway
    What is this responsive web design thing? Responsive web design as a principle is really quite simple – it’s making sure a site fits the device it’s viewed on. Take a look at the Softpress site right now. If you’re on a desktop, resize the browser window so it’s narrower and you’ll see that the ...
  3. What properties can I change between breakpoints in a responsive site?
    You can edit a ton of settings between breakpoints in Freeway, but there are some limitations. Here’s a cheatsheet to pin to the wall: Pages Grids Guides Width (including Min/Max) Height (including Min/Max) Alignment Padding Background Color/Image and associated options (Window and Page) Items ...
  4. Designing for mobile devices
    Below is an overview of the Freeway features that help when creating sites or pages for mobile devices. Mobile Redirect Action (called iPhone/iPad Redirect in Freeway 5.5) When applied to a page, this Action will redirect visitors on mobile or tablet devices to specified pages. This means you ca ...
  5. Adding a Calendar to your Site
    There are a number of ways to add a calendar into your site but our current recommendation is to use Google's free Google Calendar. This allows you to create a calendar in a very similar way to iCal, but on the web. The calendar you create can then be embedded into your webpage with completely c ...
  6. Blogs in Freeway
    Blogs (short for web logs) are a very popular way of presenting information on the web, they allow you to add content directly into the page through the browser (like a content mangament system), and they can also allow your readers to add comments to your posts too. There are a huge number of ...
  7. Google Sitemaps
    Note that if you have Freeway 5.5 or later, we strongly recommend that you use the Sitemapper Action which ships with those versions of Freeway. You can see how to set up the Sitemapper Action in the article at http://www.softpress.com/kb/questions/397/. A Google Sitemap is similar to regular si ...
  8. Creating an HTML Email
    There are a number of ways to do this but the following methods are what we consider to be the easiest. Using Freeway 5.5 or Newer Versions Freeway 5.5 introduces a new Create Email Action that makes creating email newsletters a breeze. For written directions, please see this article. Using Fre ...
  9. Using a SimpleViewer slideshow in Freeway
    SimpleViewer (see here) offers a quick and free method of placing an elegant image gallery on your page. There is a sample gallery on their home page at http://www.simpleviewer.net/products/. There are many different ways to create the necessary files for a SimpleViewer gallery (see the options ...
  10. Creating stunning (and bullet-proof) presentations with Freeway
    As well as creating great looking web sites, Freeway is a perfect tool to create stunning presentations. The benefits of creating an HTML based presentation are enormous. For a start, the presentation is lightweight and can be viewed on any web browser either on-line or distributed on a CD-ROM. ...
  11. How do I prepare my legacy file for Freeway 5?
    Opening your Freeway 4 files in the latest version of Freeway should be trouble free. We do however recommend looking through your sites and make sure that everything is working as expected. Below are a couple of issues that should be checked: Even though Freeway will automatically save a backu ...
  12. Creating Sites for the iPhone
    Freeway 5.2 and above now includes a number of features that make designing for the iPhone even easier than before. Freeway now: makes sure that your webpages use the correct "viewport" (the visible area of the page in the screen) on the iPhone automatic telephone number detection can be toggle ...
  13. Increase exposure with the AddThis Action
    Improving the coverage of your site will not only generate more traffic to your site but will also increase your search engine page ranking. To help you do this we have included the AddThis Action in Freeway Pro 5.4 and above. Freeway Express users, please download the action from the bottom of ...
  14. Do I need to buy a PC to preview my web page?
    If you're serious about web design and how your sites will look across different platforms, it would be a good idea to buy a copy of an application which can run PC programs on the Macintosh - such as VMware or Parallels. You can test the site in IE 6, IE7 and IE8, depending on which versions yo ...
  15. Including RSS in your Freeway Site.
    RSS (Really Simple Syndication) helps keep your site visitors up to date with your news and other site content using a news reader. This means that anything new that has been add to the feed will automatically get sent to subscribers who can then choose to read more by following a link back to y ...
  16. Creating a secure password protected area of a web site
    We often get questions about how to set up a secure area of a web site which visitors can only enter by entering a user name and password. For password protection, there are three options. The first isn't very secure, but can be useful enough if you only have one password (or one user) and secur ...
  17. Creating Multilingual Sites in Freeway
    It is possible to build a multilingual site using a database which places the correct text, etc., by using PHP or MySQL, but this type of site is more suited to large sites with huge product lines, so there is little advantage. You will certainly need to plan ahead so you can be methodical in th ...
  18. Background Images
    Page backgrounds or background images are great for livening up your site but there are a few "gotchas" to be aware of. Use the Background Image section of the Page Inspector palette or an HTML item instead of graphic items. If you use a large graphic item in the back of your page then you are ...
  19. Options for Allowing a Client to Edit a Freeway Generated Web Site
    One of the issues with Freeway has been its inability to cope with externally edited HTML - whether from Freeway, or indeed from another source. This is a curse, and a blessing. Your client wants to update the site - and it's created by Freeway. You know that any changes you upload will overwri ...
  20. Drawing a Line in Freeway
    There are a number of ways to draw lines on Freeway, they can either be graphic lines or HTML lines. The method you choose is completely up to you, but we tend to recommend using HTML where possible. Not only will there be fewer things to download but graphic items can also break apart in certai ...
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