Web editor offers accessible platform for site building
A new What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) web design tool has made its way across our proverbial desk, with its aim being to allow users to "skip the tedium" and create full sites without coding knowledge. Sparkle is an OS X-native application that features 64-bit architecture and Yosemite optimization -- but above all, offers up what is intended to be a user-friendly, enjoyable medium for turning out an HTML5 website from on-screen element. We poked around and gave Sparkle a try, and found it to indeed be a pleasant experience. The question is, should you opt to invest the $90 in it?
Softpress releases updated WYSIWYG web design software Freeway 7
Softpress has announced the release of its new Freeway 7 Pro web design software. OS X users can utilize the design tool for building and publishing website and email newsletters without the need for coding or HTML knowledge. Newly featuring responsive web design, Freeway 7 Pro can facilitate creating sites that adapt for mobile viewing. Navigation menus can be automatically generated, and search engine functionality is optimized, with the inclusion of social integration. Keyboard shortcuts have been added, so as to enhance user productivity. Priced at $150 for new users and $75 for existing users upgrading from Freeway 5+ Express and Pro, Freeway 7 can be downloaded online. Upon launch of Freeway 7, the Express version is now available for free.
Gets around problem of font licenses
Extensis has provided a solution to the a long-standing issue with web designers and the way fonts are licensed with its new plug-in for Photoshop, the Web Font Plug-in. It provides designers with free access to web fonts from many foundries for designing web sites in Photoshop. Because many fonts are licensed for where they will be used, designers may need two separate licenses for the same font for web and desktop use, or have to devise workarounds in the early stages of production.
Typinator 3.4 ($27) is a tool that will type out repeating texts and pictures. Users can set up a list of commonly used words and images, and then set up fragments that can be used trigger each phrase or image. The new version adds a couple of user-requested features and includes a number of small improvements and fixes. Typinator can now be suspended temporarily and preserve the height of the set list when the window size changes. The update also allows the software to expand abbreviations in floating windows such as in Spotlight or the quick entry windows of OmniFocus and TaskPaper. [Download - 2.7MB]
Softpress Freeway 5 beta
Softpress on Monday announced its Freeway 5 Public Beta Program, to publicly share its next-generation web design product. Version 5 features the ability to create CSS menus, personalized blogger templates, the ability to easily add Google content, a range of dynamic effects (fade, blind, pulsate), and accessibility provisions such as reports and views to ensure your target audience gets exactly what they need. The company said that update includes other features and improvements, such as sliced background images, background effects, new graphic effects, nested HTML lists, Save Archive, iPhoto import, color labeling, etc. The Beta will be available from the Softpress website as a thirty-day fully-working Preview. A web form will be available for feedback and problem reporting. Customers who purchase Freeway 4 after January 1, 2008 will receive a free downloadable upgrade to the new version when it is finalized.