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Very excited about the news regarding the latest update. Couple of questions. Can you say when exactly and will the update include multiple undos? Looking forward to it.


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I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read that second question.

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Can you say when exactly and will the update include multiple undos?

Softpress doesn’t seem to have a blazing fast development cycle, it’s been just a year since FW6 was released, and they’ve told us that it would require a complete rewrite of the entire program. I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath.

Regardless, I’m really looking forward to 7. :smiley:


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hi all regarding the news today of a responsive FW7. what does this mean for Backdraft users?

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what does this mean for Backdraft users?

It’s hard to know just yet, as Softpress certainly hasn’t given out much information. I doubt that FW7 will make Backdraft redundant as I can’t see Softpress making everything operate in modules. I have some ideas of different directions that Backdraft could go, but we’ll have to wait and see what FW7 is all about before a decision can be made.

Backdraft won’t be leaving and I’ll be looking forward to using whatever responsive features 7 gives us to further integrate it with Freeway.

I’m expecting that you should be able to open a Backdraft 1.5 website in Freeway 7 without issues, but depending on what the CSS output looks like, there could be some conflicts.

Breath is baited. :slight_smile:


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Thx Caleb

well I will wait with you…)))))
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I am sorry to sound like a dunce but can someone fill me in on the announcement?

I never saw it
J

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On Jun 27, 2014, at 10:03 PM, Caleb Grove email@hidden wrote:

what does this mean for Backdraft users?

It’s hard to know just yet, as Softpress certainly hasn’t given out much information. I doubt that FW7 will make Backdraft redundant as I can’t see Softpress making everything operate in modules. I have some ideas of different directions that Backdraft could go, but we’ll have to wait and see what FW7 is all about before a decision can be made.

Backdraft won’t be leaving and I’ll be looking forward to using whatever responsive features 7 gives us to further integrate it with Freeway.

I’m expecting that you should be able to open a Backdraft 1.5 website in Freeway 7 without issues, but depending on what the CSS output looks like, there could be some conflicts.

Breath is baited. :slight_smile:


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Annoncement came yesterday as eMail Newsletter. A sneak peak of the ‘secondsight’ marketplace template shows that responsive design is going the way it should.


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Here’s the email for your perusal:

Hi Caleb,

Things have been hotting up here at Softpress Towers. World Cup disappointment and Wimbledon hope hasn’t prevented us from putting together some exciting new things for you to play with (and make your websites incredible, of course!) Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve got coming, plus some other bits of news that, I hope you’ll agree, aren’t just fodder for your junk folders!

Coming very soon to a Mac near you: Freeway 7. Yep, you read that right – we’re putting the finishing touches on our most ambitious version of Freeway yet. And don’t worry, if you’ve just purchased (or purchase now) then you’ll be upgraded to 7 for free.

We’ll fill you in on all the details once we release, but the one thing I will say is that you’ll be able to create fully responsive websites. Your sites will look the bees knees wherever they’re viewed – flexing, adapting, and responding to any situation they’re faced with.

We’ve also been working hard at making the Marketplace templates responsive. If you already own them, you’ll have access to upgraded versions free of charge on the day we release. If you don’t, what are you waiting for?! Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll get.

We’ve recently updated the Freeway Reference guide and made it available for print on demand on Lulu. You can download or buy it on our Support page.

If you subscribe to FreewayTalk by email and use Gmail, Ymail (Yahoo!), Hotmail, or AOLmail then you’ll probably have noticed a lack of emails recently. These providers have made some changes that affect FreewayTalk (and other mailing lists). We’re currently looking for an alternative. Until we do, you’ll either need to use the web version of FreewayTalk or, sadly, subscribe using a different address. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

That’s it for now. We’ll have more news about Freeway 7 for you soon, so watch this space.

Any questions? Reply to this email or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

Cheers,
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There’s no question that the lack of multiple undos is FW’s biggest flaw—I would guess the resulting amount of time lost by users far exceeds the amount of time it would take to fix it.

But the promise of responsive design is good news and I hope it is easy to implement. I wonder if existing sites can be retrofitted to be responsive?

On 27 Jun 2014, 5:12 pm, Ashley wrote:

I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read that second question.

Ashley


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Thanks Caleb!

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Here’s the email for your perusal:

Hi Caleb,

Things have been hotting up here at Softpress Towers. World Cup disappointment and Wimbledon hope hasn’t prevented us from putting together some exciting new things for you to play with (and make your websites incredible, of course!) Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve got coming, plus some other bits of news that, I hope you’ll agree, aren’t just fodder for your junk folders!

Coming very soon to a Mac near you: Freeway 7. Yep, you read that right – we’re putting the finishing touches on our most ambitious version of Freeway yet. And don’t worry, if you’ve just purchased (or purchase now) then you’ll be upgraded to 7 for free.

We’ll fill you in on all the details once we release, but the one thing I will say is that you’ll be able to create fully responsive websites. Your sites will look the bees knees wherever they’re viewed – flexing, adapting, and responding to any situation they’re faced with.

We’ve also been working hard at making the Marketplace templates responsive. If you already own them, you’ll have access to upgraded versions free of charge on the day we release. If you don’t, what are you waiting for?! Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll get.

We’ve recently updated the Freeway Reference guide and made it available for print on demand on Lulu. You can download or buy it on our Support page.

If you subscribe to FreewayTalk by email and use Gmail, Ymail (Yahoo!), Hotmail, or AOLmail then you’ll probably have noticed a lack of emails recently. These providers have made some changes that affect FreewayTalk (and other mailing lists). We’re currently looking for an alternative. Until we do, you’ll either need to use the web version of FreewayTalk or, sadly, subscribe using a different address. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

That’s it for now. We’ll have more news about Freeway 7 for you soon, so watch this space.

Any questions? Reply to this email or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

Cheers,
Joe


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This indeed is good news! I can’t wait to see what Joe and company has come up with.

I just hope they fully test it first, because I still remember the pain of being one of the early adopters of Freeway Pro 6.


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Low-tech guy here. Is it generally wise to hold off on upgrading to the next version until the high-tech users have had some time to find the bugs and complain about them? (hopefully leading to a fix)


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On 28 Jun 2014, 7:39 pm, Jim Feeney wrote:

Low-tech guy here. Is it generally wise to hold off on upgrading to the next version until the high-tech users have had some time to find the bugs and complain about them? (hopefully leading to a fix)

I would say generally speaking yes, but it really depends on the FWP features you’re using. As I recall, most of the bugs from FWP 6 only affected users who tend to use more advanced features.

Having said that, Soft Press is one of the most responsive companies I’ve ever seen when it comes to squashing bugs and pushing out updates. They are also heavily involved in this forum, which is another thing I admire about the company.

As far as most post above, I only complain because I care. Plus, I’m a PITA. :slight_smile:


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Oops. Typo. Should have been, “As far as my post above…”

Joe, a new wish list item. Editable forum posts. :slight_smile:


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Kelly, I wrote the forum. It’s based on e-mail messages, which many congressmen WISH could be edited after they were sent, but that’s not possible.

Walter

On Jun 28, 2014, at 3:48 PM, RavenManiac wrote:

Oops. Typo. Should have been, “As far as my post above…”

Joe, a new wish list item. Editable forum posts. :slight_smile:


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Yeah, that makes sense. Of course, these days they just lose or destroy them. Which reminds me, if anyone wants to earn a million dollars finding lost emails, here’s how: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/louie-gohmert-1m-for-lost-irs-emails-108386.html

BTW, I hope Soft Press is at least giving you free software for all of your efforts on their behalf (FreewayTalk, ActionForge, hundreds of Actions, advice).

Thanks Walter.


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having also received the newsletter i only hope that they have a nicely finished product in the longwaited number 7.

I think its a bit mwhoahh… that the announcement came without anny real news apart from the announcement. ( I feel itsmore like "oh we are expecting, but we are not going to tell you when the baby is due ) so me, myself, am going to ignore this news and use my almost still new number 6, until a real announcement or birthcard with decent information comes up.
( no i’m not sarcastic or anthing)


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I have interested in responsive design didn’t expect Freeway pro to have anything for a while―so this is good news.

HOWEVER―I bought Coffee Cup’s Responsive Layout Maker and have been watching the follies as Macaw tries to successfully emerge as a fully developed program. For now Coffee Cup is my choice. It is stable, but you have to do the final build in Dreamweaver or something. Freeway won’t allow it as far as I can tell.

I will not send any more money to Freeway until they have multiple undo! I can not even count how many times I have had to start over because there is no back history button. Coffee Cup’s RLM and Macaw and every other design program has a back version button.

Maybe the underlings should revolt until Freeway writes in a multiple undo engine.


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They should work hard on code rewriting, especially on the performance side (FW 6.1.2 is much slower than 5.5.x).

Also, I notice that currently it runs at 32 bit only. Probably for big websites with tons of images it will help a lot to have a 64 bit addressing space. E.g. A freeway doc of 660 MB requires about 30 seconds to open on a iMac i5 / 4 cores / 3.30 Ghz… very frustrating.

In addition, the multiple CPU cores are not actually used, I only see one core at a time while performing heavy operations… I hope all of this will be addressed! :slight_smile:


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