[Pro] End of Freeway

Hi Guys, just seen the news about the end of Freeway !
I’m gutted… I have spent several years learning and now creating sites for customers.

I have seen the official message on the softpress page and have read a few posts here… but I have some questions if anyone can help!

  • Are any of the products still for sale ? e.g I haven’t yet upgraded to the new Exhibio
  • Same as above with Chroma
  • Is there any further support for lost serial numbers, re-installing etc

Caleb - are you still around ? I use Backdraft all the time , love it… Can you come and save the day ? How will this affect the future of Backdraft?

Cheers
Steve


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Well I managed to get most of the info above from searching through this group.

I can’t believe an email was not sent out to customers regarding the closure of Softpress? If I did not happen to check this group (and I nearly gave up after the SSL message) I would be none the wiser .

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As far as I know has every Softpress customer received an email or notice
from its local distributor. You didn’t?

2016-08-04 16:36 GMT+02:00 Steve Ainsworth email@hidden:

Well I managed to get most of the info above from searching through this
group.

I can’t believe an email was not sent out to customers regarding the
closure of Softpress? If I did not happen to check this group (and I
nearly gave up after the SSL message) I would be none the wiser .

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No. The last email I received from Softpress was 24/06 regarding a Brexit 20% off sale.

All the schools I have introduced Freeway too - None of them have received an email either.


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I did not receive an email either. Just happened onto the message while looking up info. Depressed. Felt like a friend died.


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I did not receive an email either. One of my clients first told me. Then I logged onto SP website and this board to see it with my own eyes. I did receive the email about the Brexit sale. It was odd indeed.


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I have just sold the ‘idea’ of Freeway Pro to another school I work at (I am a IT Tech consultant for schools),

3 x Macbooks have been purchased ready for the new term, I was about to purchase licensing and Boom!


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I received this mail on the fourth of July… (…Independence Day :wink:

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To all our friends, partners and customers:

The end of Softpress Systems Ltd. has come. It has become clear that our
prospects, both in terms of current revenue and new product development,
are insufficient to sustain the company as a viable entity going forward.

It is with great sadness that we have made this decision; Softpress has
been a part of our lives for over two decades. The challenges that we have
overcome, the friendships we have found, and the daily efforts we have
shared as a team, have defined much of our lives since 1993. Some of our
team have been “on duty” here at Softpress Towers since the beginning.

We will do our best to ensure that users can get community support in the
short term through FreewayTalk, though there are no plans to further
develop our products at this time. Customer downloads will continue to be
available.

We wish we could do more. Who knows what comes next?

Thank you for your support over these many years.

For the whole of the Softpress Team,

Richard Logan and Joe Billings

========

2016-08-04 20:15 GMT+02:00 Steve Ainsworth email@hidden:

I have just sold the ‘idea’ of Freeway Pro to another school I work at (I
am a IT Tech consultant for schools),

3 x Macbooks have been purchased ready for the new term, I was about to
purchase licensing and Boom!


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Well … public (financial) records show all employees have been layed off, Softpress still exists and management still holds it’s position. So we’ll see what’s next to come.

Richard


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Yeah, I was quite shocked when I happened to find out while searching for an action last month that Freeway is going away. Though I have been using Freeway Pro since GoLIve went away (damned Adobe!) I did not get an email notice about this.

Having to find out on my own was not cool. It was a total bummer to learn this.


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I got an e-mail on both addresses I have ever used to correspond with Softpress. I don’t know which of the many mailing lists they may have used, but I can assure you that there was an effort taken. I commiserate with you on the loss, which is profound and will ripple out in many directions for a long time.

Walter

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Having to find out on my own was not cool. It was a total bummer to learn this.


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Yeah, the affect that it will have on each of the users of the Softpress tools now that we will no longer have them will be something to go through. I remember finally starting to get the hang of using Adobe GoLive after using Page Mill. Then Adobe really screwed all that upgraded to the “new” GoLive 9 and I really did not want to use any Adobe tools for a while after that. (But I can not go without Photoshop and Acrobat).

There were so many Mac users trying to figure out what to do back then. I am a member of the CoMUG and it was discussed there as well. Some went to RapidWeaver, some to other tools like Joomla! and Drupal and shudder, WP. I have/had RW and just can not work from a template. I need a blank page to start with.

Now we all have to again find another good web editing tool after we have gotten quite comfortable to the tool/s we were using and continuing learning how to use better. I have the Adobe Creative Cloud and have had it for about two years now. But for a web editing tool, I don’t want to have to depend on a subscription tool. However there are tools and tricks via Adobe I want to incorporate into my web working.

My main gig/thing on the internet though is organic SEO and that does not really take any software or coding whatsoever. That takes a lot of learning of the client’s business and creative planning and plotting. It is far easier for me to make a website be in the first page of search results than it is to make the site itself.

On Aug 5, 2016, at 5:57 AM, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden wrote:

I got an e-mail on both addresses I have ever used to correspond with Softpress. I don’t know which of the many mailing lists they may have used, but I can assure you that there was an effort taken. I commiserate with you on the loss, which is profound and will ripple out in many directions for a long time.

Walter

On Aug 5, 2016, at 7:28 AM, Robert Mitton email@hidden wrote:

Having to find out on my own was not cool. It was a total bummer to learn this.


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Yeah, I got email as well. Or maybe it was a forum post. Also camera footage and sound from my hidden microphones and cams, but no advance warning.

I was curious if anyone had seen any mention of Softpress closing anywhere other than small blogs or discussion lists. Usually this kind of thing generates some media attention.


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Already took a look on Blocs Robert?

2016-08-05 14:26 GMT+02:00 Robert Mitton email@hidden:

Yeah, the affect that it will have on each of the users of the Softpress
tools now that we will no longer have them will be something to go through.
I remember finally starting to get the hang of using Adobe GoLive after
using Page Mill. Then Adobe really screwed all that upgraded to the “new”
GoLive 9 and I really did not want to use any Adobe tools for a while after
that. (But I can not go without Photoshop and Acrobat).

There were so many Mac users trying to figure out what to do back then. I
am a member of the CoMUG and it was discussed there as well. Some went to
RapidWeaver, some to other tools like Joomla! and Drupal and shudder, WP. I
have/had RW and just can not work from a template. I need a blank page to
start with.

Now we all have to again find another good web editing tool after we have
gotten quite comfortable to the tool/s we were using and continuing
learning how to use better. I have the Adobe Creative Cloud and have had it
for about two years now. But for a web editing tool, I don’t want to have
to depend on a subscription tool. However there are tools and tricks via
Adobe I want to incorporate into my web working.

My main gig/thing on the internet though is organic SEO and that does not
really take any software or coding whatsoever. That takes a lot of learning
of the client’s business and creative planning and plotting. It is far
easier for me to make a website be in the first page of search results than
it is to make the site itself.

On Aug 5, 2016, at 5:57 AM, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden wrote:

I got an e-mail on both addresses I have ever used to correspond with
Softpress. I don’t know which of the many mailing lists they may have used,
but I can assure you that there was an effort taken. I commiserate with you
on the loss, which is profound and will ripple out in many directions for a
long time.

Walter

On Aug 5, 2016, at 7:28 AM, Robert Mitton email@hidden wrote:

Having to find out on my own was not cool. It was a total bummer to
learn this.


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I am assuming Softpress would have used the email address which they send serial numbers and Sales emails to ?

Anyway what is done is done.


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No, not yet. I am going to wait a bit before looking at anything too seriously at the moment because I am working on a couple projects that I have to get done soon with Freeway and then I will be trying to figure out what to do. I also have a full free one-month trail of the newest version of Hype to try out too.

With Hype though, I think that might be more of a tool to make cool things and then bring into another more Mac-like web editor. IDK, trying to learn and figure it all out somehow.

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Already took a look on Blocs Robert?

2016-08-05 14:26 GMT+02:00 Robert Mitton email@hidden:

Yeah, the affect that it will have on each of the users of the Softpress
tools now that we will no longer have them will be something to go through.
I remember finally starting to get the hang of using Adobe GoLive after
using Page Mill. Then Adobe really screwed all that upgraded to the “new”
GoLive 9 and I really did not want to use any Adobe tools for a while after
that. (But I can not go without Photoshop and Acrobat).

There were so many Mac users trying to figure out what to do back then. I
am a member of the CoMUG and it was discussed there as well. Some went to
RapidWeaver, some to other tools like Joomla! and Drupal and shudder, WP. I
have/had RW and just can not work from a template. I need a blank page to
start with.

Now we all have to again find another good web editing tool after we have
gotten quite comfortable to the tool/s we were using and continuing
learning how to use better. I have the Adobe Creative Cloud and have had it
for about two years now. But for a web editing tool, I don’t want to have
to depend on a subscription tool. However there are tools and tricks via
Adobe I want to incorporate into my web working.

My main gig/thing on the internet though is organic SEO and that does not
really take any software or coding whatsoever. That takes a lot of learning
of the client’s business and creative planning and plotting. It is far
easier for me to make a website be in the first page of search results than
it is to make the site itself.

On Aug 5, 2016, at 5:57 AM, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden wrote:

I got an e-mail on both addresses I have ever used to correspond with
Softpress. I don’t know which of the many mailing lists they may have used,
but I can assure you that there was an effort taken. I commiserate with you
on the loss, which is profound and will ripple out in many directions for a
long time.

Walter

On Aug 5, 2016, at 7:28 AM, Robert Mitton email@hidden wrote:

Having to find out on my own was not cool. It was a total bummer to
learn this.


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In other media there were some notices of Softpress’ ending, but in my
opinion outside the Freeway community and its users there was not a lot of
knowlegde about Freeway…

2016-08-05 14:35 GMT+02:00 email@hidden:

Already took a look on Blocs Robert?

2016-08-05 14:26 GMT+02:00 Robert Mitton email@hidden:

Yeah, the affect that it will have on each of the users of the Softpress
tools now that we will no longer have them will be something to go through.
I remember finally starting to get the hang of using Adobe GoLive after
using Page Mill. Then Adobe really screwed all that upgraded to the “new”
GoLive 9 and I really did not want to use any Adobe tools for a while after
that. (But I can not go without Photoshop and Acrobat).

There were so many Mac users trying to figure out what to do back then. I
am a member of the CoMUG and it was discussed there as well. Some went to
RapidWeaver, some to other tools like Joomla! and Drupal and shudder, WP. I
have/had RW and just can not work from a template. I need a blank page to
start with.

Now we all have to again find another good web editing tool after we have
gotten quite comfortable to the tool/s we were using and continuing
learning how to use better. I have the Adobe Creative Cloud and have had it
for about two years now. But for a web editing tool, I don’t want to have
to depend on a subscription tool. However there are tools and tricks via
Adobe I want to incorporate into my web working.

My main gig/thing on the internet though is organic SEO and that does not
really take any software or coding whatsoever. That takes a lot of learning
of the client’s business and creative planning and plotting. It is far
easier for me to make a website be in the first page of search results than
it is to make the site itself.

On Aug 5, 2016, at 5:57 AM, Walter Lee Davis email@hidden
wrote:

I got an e-mail on both addresses I have ever used to correspond with
Softpress. I don’t know which of the many mailing lists they may have used,
but I can assure you that there was an effort taken. I commiserate with you
on the loss, which is profound and will ripple out in many directions for a
long time.

Walter

On Aug 5, 2016, at 7:28 AM, Robert Mitton email@hidden wrote:

Having to find out on my own was not cool. It was a total bummer to
learn this.


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I can’t believe - without a warning - suddenly - dead? No?


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Without a warning? Yes. Unexpected? No. A clean sheet to start afresh :wink:


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On 8 Aug 2016, 12:40 pm, Richard van Heukelum wrote:

Without a warning? Yes. Unexpected? No. A clean sheet to start afresh :wink:

Unexpected for me. Made a simple webpage and everything is fine but not on an iPhone. So I wanted to get help … softpress.com … boom. Shock.


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