not sure if it’s really true, but as far as I remember, late june 2014, Softpress announced Version 7 as the most responsive ever seen.
Now - one year later - it’s perhaps time for a summary.
With introducing the Adaptive web design (aka Responsive Design) in late 2011, the job as a front-end developer evolved rapidly to a highly professional one which requires a couple of more disciplines than ever before. The gist of Responsive design is, that a webpage has neither a width nor a height and our job is, to present „content“ on all devices the best we can. This means with a minimum (or none) of resizing or panning or even side-scrolling.
While for the one, those disciplines offer huge chances, showing their highly professional faces - for others it’s the biggest pain in butt ever. Solving those pains require in general a huge knowledge of technical requirements (position, float, clear …), but as well a good plan and strategy regarding content (TheOutline).
####So the end for all Hobbyist?
I have my own, exclusive opinion about it. I might be alone with it - and even offend some of you. This opinion is „Yes - for many good reasons“. One of the most important point here is, that WebDesign is a profession and part of the service industries. It generates turnover and feeds its employees.
####Do Templates save us from the BigEscape?
Perhaps - but what I saw in the past, I doubt. Point is, that a template is „As Is“, which will mean that you can change words, images and colors (as long as you know how) - that’s it. You won’t ever adjust a template, if your need is different from its basic structure. Only if you understood to write theOutline to the template - you might use it.
####What about Backdraft?
Backdraft is GREAT, but the developer gave up - more words necessary? Perhaps, yes. For both, templates and backdraft it requires a huge amount of extra time to solve specific problems. Backdraft is even recognized as an entire different product. People are not used to have a problem in Freeway - they have a problem in Backdraft or Esperanto.
####Give me all your clients - I’m too lazy
Those are not my own words. They are from honorable Mike Monteiro saying them more than once. I agree. All craftsmen had to learn their jobs several years - often enough an entire life. Is WebDesign really different? No need for learning, trying, testing or even ever read the manual? Some do - others not. Those that really start to review their strategy will have success and I saw several stories of success. Sometimes they even mail me And I’m happy - really happy cause only those strengthen a product and its community.
After one year of Freeway7, I know the ups and downs. But as a summary (and beneath some flaws), it works perfectly fine. Softpress will gradually improve it. But Softpress can’t go back in time. Progressive enhancement is a many-layered issue requires both: the developer and the user. It makes sense that both using the same language.
One Year of Responsive (Freeway) Design - tell me about your stories of success.
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