I just discovered something useful about Freeway and pass-through
images. It seems you can fool Freeway into linking to images without
copying them into the usual Resources folder. This has great potential
if you need to lay out your folder structure in a certain manner, say
to satisfy a sadistic IT department or similar.
The down-side is that you can’t use Freeway to upload the finished
site – you’ll need to use Transmit in Synchronize mode or another FTP
application to manage the server copy if you want to use this trick.
Freeway will publish everything, start to upload, then fall over and
die when it gets to the first resource you have tricked it into using
in this manner, saying “Resource not found”.
To begin, set up your Freeway document, set the publish folder, and
publish at least once into it.
Now, add each folder you need using the Site pane. In this case, we’ll
add the movies folder. Don’t add any pages to this folder (now or
ever). Publish again.
In the Finder, open up your site folder (I know, bad thing, crossing
the streams, end of the world as we know it, etc.) and move copies of
your server’s files into this local folder. This is needed in order to
make the trick work.
Now back in Freeway, draw an HTML box, and use File / Import to add a
pass-through reference to one of the images/movies/flash in that
folder in your site folder.
Publish, and have a look at the code. Your reference to the file will
be relative, and it will be to the resource in the movies folder, not
a newly-copied instance of the original in the Resources folder.
I have tested this with Flash and regular pass-through JPEG images,
but I’m sure it would work with other types of files as well.
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