[Pro] Expanding Pages, pushing footer, Master Page Items

I have been working with Freeway Pro for more than a year now, and Freeway Pro has been my first and ever program for designing web pages.

Several things I take issue with. All pages on most websites are not the same length. From top to bottom, the footer needs to be able to expand based on the amount of copy on that particular page.

I have long struggled with Freeway and this issue. Let me explain.

I set up a Master page with a color or graphic background. I then draw and html “container” to hold the body and footer. I drop this low enough from the top to have a header and possibly a CSS menu. Then, click the cursor and insert two html boxes inside the html box of the container. The bottom one for a footer, which I go to the 2nd tab of the inspector and choose the pre-designed footer to fill the box (tile center and top). The html box above it is the body section. Above that section is where I have left enough space, room for a header and CSS menu. These are just drawn in, not insert boxes.

I find that if I try to insert certain items inside the html boxes on the Master pages, the child pages do not follow suite. I have to have placed them only inside the main html container and not embedded too far into any items on the Master page or they will not show up as items on the child pages.

Can’t there be a simpler way to make sure that a footer will push down and a body section will expand to hold content based on each individual page ??

Also, I will make a change to the Master page, and the child pages will not follow suite either. Then, I have to re-apply the Master and go thru each page to delete the duplicate items.

I am very frustrated with these issues…are there solutions
to my problems here ???

Any opinions will be appreciated.

Rich


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Rich, you’ve just echoed my feelings. Too many times the master pages
will ‘break’ from the child pages, and the same with boxes within
boxes - sometimes they behave as expected and other times they will
overlap, even if they’ve been drawn and the arrow changes to a + and
the outer box outline changes. And don’t get me started on ‘Float
left’, float right’, 'align baseline etc. I haven’t a clue what half
of them turn out to be when you put something inline.

I’ve read the book, followed the instructions and only intermittently
do these things work as expected.

So unless I’m being completely barking (which wouldn’t surprise me),
it’s a little moan from me about these 2 issues in an otherwise
excellent and easy to use application.

Trev

On 15 Feb 2011, at 16:45, sampolfonz wrote:

I have been working with Freeway Pro for more than a year now, and
Freeway Pro has been my first and ever program for designing web
pages.

Several things I take issue with. All pages on most websites are
not the same length. From top to bottom, the footer needs to be
able to expand based on the amount of copy on that particular page.

I have long struggled with Freeway and this issue. Let me explain.

I set up a Master page with a color or graphic background. I then
draw and html “container” to hold the body and footer. I drop this
low enough from the top to have a header and possibly a CSS menu.
Then, click the cursor and insert two html boxes inside the html
box of the container. The bottom one for a footer, which I go to
the 2nd tab of the inspector and choose the pre-designed footer to
fill the box (tile center and top). The html box above it is the
body section. Above that section is where I have left enough space,
room for a header and CSS menu. These are just drawn in, not insert
boxes.

I find that if I try to insert certain items inside the html boxes
on the Master pages, the child pages do not follow suite. I have to
have placed them only inside the main html container and not
embedded too far into any items on the Master page or they will not
show up as items on the child pages.

Can’t there be a simpler way to make sure that a footer will push
down and a body section will expand to hold content based on each
individual page ??

Also, I will make a change to the Master page, and the child pages
will not follow suite either. Then, I have to re-apply the Master
and go thru each page to delete the duplicate items.

I am very frustrated with these issues…are there solutions
to my problems here ???

Any opinions will be appreciated.

Rich


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Trev,

Good to know that I am not the only one with the Freeway Pro Woe.

I also have had items that I change on a Master page, and the index page will not change, yet all the other pages do.

I do not understand why they do not design this in reverse…let me explain.

“Pages” should NEVER split from the Master pages. Only, “items” should have a click box that allows them to break from the master. Once broken from the master, then if that particular item is not to be on that certain page, it can be removed. PAGES SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO BREAK FROM THE MASTER THEY ARE ATTACHED TO.

Also, I have a site up now, that in Firefox browser on a pc looks fine, but when viewed in Internet Explorer 8 has an overlapping item. It looks fine in Freeway pro preview, fine in my MAMP local server, fine in the Macintosh browsers, but in IE 8, an item overlaps the footer.

Sometimes, I wonder how much more frustration I can bear…

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Just heading on from the above, take the following page, for example:

The top and right hand columns are fine, but below the main pic is where I would run into trouble with the Float Left, Float Right, baseline etc.
Whenever I try to place something in a run of copy (in this instance the Flash ad) my copy will either start below it, start level with the base, or maybe the first line will start level with the top of the inserted item and then have a big gap and the second line starts below the insert.

I can’t seem to make head nor tail of the instructions when I try and get this right. I’ve been manually drawing a child into the box and hoping for the best - with mixed results, so if anyone could explain to me how to do this seemingly simple thing I’d be most grateful.

And yes, I am a Newcastle United fan for all of my sins…
Trev


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