Adobe recently announced that they’re discontinuing their website design application GoLive. If you aren’t fond of Dreamweaver, have a look at SoftPress’s Freeway Express ($79) and Freeway Pro ($249).
These are truly excellent, time-tested WYSIWYG applications for creating websites. Aimed at experienced print designers, their page-layout interface closely mimics QuarkXPress — you’ll feel right at home, and Freeway handles all of the technical issues for you.
And this is no wimpy tool: Freeway supports CSS, and includes Google Actions, site templates, incorporating Google content, special effects, and more. Use it in combination with Quark Interactive Designer to create Flash-based Web banners, or simply use QuarkXPress to lay out page elements any way you like, and then export them in JPEG, GIF or PNG format.
If you want to try it out, SoftPress offers a free trial of Freeway, so you have nothing to lose — and you may discover that you actually LIKE creating Web graphics in QuarkXPress and laying out complete websites in Freeway!
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.