[Express] Freeway Express vs iWeb

My old G4 crashed and burned (HD failure, lost it ALL - back up, back up, back up!!!) so I bought a new iMac which came with iWeb. I decided to check it out in a One to One tutorial at the Apple store.

I wanted to see how it compares to Freeway Express.

Started my test site (going up next week) on a blank black page. A lot of the tools are the same and it’s VERY easy to do pages. I must figure that out on Freeway although my one page site (figleef.com) still works for me.

BUT it is frustrating in it’s limitations. You can rotate objects, but only in 90 degree increment. You can use any font you want BUT it will default to a ‘web safe’ font if the person viewing your page doesn’t have that font. It also seems that if you add a song, Apple makes note of it and tracks it on iTunes, so if you don’t own that song (I guess it’s copyright protected) it won’t play. The only way I found to make an odd shape was to create it in Illustrator, place it on a black background, and import it as a jpeg.

It SEEMS like there are no paths. All the jpegs, dragged from wherever on your desktop, are somehow imbedded in the page. Easy yes but makes you lazy.

Freeway Express is more artistic and DOES what I ‘see’ in my arty little head. It takes more thought but I prefer it. Doing FREE websites for people, I’d go to iWeb. Wham, bang, there ya go. Leave me alone.

I don’t know who cares except me, but thought I’d throw this up in case someone currently using iWeb, wants more control, more options, more FREEDOM! Then I recommend Freeway Express.

AND you can’t beat the support on this board!!!

Thanks! Lee


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Sometime around 23/8/09 (at 08:52 -0400) Lee said:

Freeway Express is more artistic and DOES what I ‘see’ in my arty
little head. It takes more thought but I prefer it. Doing FREE
websites for people, I’d go to iWeb. Wham, bang, there ya go. Leave
me alone.

I don’t know who cares except me, but thought I’d throw this up in
case someone currently using iWeb, wants more control, more options,
more FREEDOM! Then I recommend Freeway Express.

A very good summary! Yes, iWeb is amazingly quick and simple, and the
templates are pretty well designed. But you’re driving on rails;
although you can force it into custom page designs it gets
increasingly difficult.

Freeway (both Express and Pro) is all about design freedom, NOT
following predetermined templates.

AND you can’t beat the support on this board!!!

A very good point too. :slight_smile:

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" . . driving on rails . . "

Very well put! I don’t even like the templates in Freeway. Although in truth, haven’t tried any of them out. I asked my 11 year old niece to learn iWeb and make a webpage. And she did. In 24 hours. OUCH!

(Although it still needs tweaking . . )

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On 23 Aug 2009, at 13:52, Lee wrote:

BUT it is frustrating in it’s limitations. You can rotate objects,
but only in 90 degree increment.

I just launched iWeb for the first time ever (I don’t use it) and I
found that you can rotate objects as much or as little as you want.

You can use any font you want BUT it will default to a ‘web safe’
font if the person viewing your page doesn’t have that font.

To be fair, that goes for any web design application; it’s to do with
the Web itself, rather than the application.

On another note, I just looked at your site Lee, and it’s really very
nice. I mean, really nice. And done in Freeway Express too! Nice job.
It goes to bear out what I always think: it’s not what you use, it’s
the way that you use it. If I had a rustpoof shilling for every time
someone’s said to me ‘Wow, great photographs — you must have a
wonderful camera!’. Ack.

best wishes,

Paul Bradforth

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Oh, you’re a GENIUS! I just searched and searched (of course there is not much to search) and I found it! THANK YOU SO MUCH. That will make things much easier. I hate the grid look. And I’ve TRIED to find a book about iWeb - only found a chapter - maybe 20 pages.

And thank you for the kind words on my website! It’s . . . different, at any rate. I did look at YOUR website when you responded to my email first off and loved the photo of the paper, brush, and hmmm, might even be red wine in a bowl? My favorite ones are the pumpkin, though. Do you carve pumpkins over there? The one where he is behind the window. In fact quite a few of your photos (GREAT camera, by the way) have a bit of a wink going on don’t they?

Thanks for the rotate info . . . took you all of 90 seconds to figure it out, huh??? Show off . . .

Last question. Do shillings really rust??? Oh, and what IS it with chalk and cheese???

Thanks again, from across the pond,
glub glub,
Lee


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On 23 Aug 2009, at 22:26, Lee wrote:

Oh, you’re a GENIUS! I just searched and searched (of course there
is not much to search) and I found it! THANK YOU SO MUCH. That will
make things much easier. I hate the grid look. And I’ve TRIED to
find a book about iWeb - only found a chapter - maybe 20 pages.

I found it because iWeb is so like Apple’s ‘Pages’ in the iWork suite
that I was sure the way you rotate things would be the same, ie: grab
a corner handle and hit the Apple key before you drag. And it was, so
I just dragged a bit, and it just rotated a bit.

And thank you for the kind words on my website! It’s . . .
different, at any rate. I did look at YOUR website when you
responded to my email first off and loved the photo of the paper,
brush, and hmmm, might even be red wine in a bowl?

Well, it’s supposed to be some sort of artistic medium, but actually
it’s water with food colouring in it.

Last question. Do shillings really rust??? Oh, and what IS it with
chalk and cheese???

All these questions are sent to try us. Do kippers swim flat or
folded? And do barmaids eat their young? We may never know.

best wishes,

Paul Bradforth

http://www.paulbradforth.com


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