Using master pages
Xway b5 adds support for master pages. There is a chapter devoted to them in the updated version of the user guide (select Xway User Guide in Xway’s Help menu).
There are some differences between Xway master pages and Freeway master pages:
Xway distinguishes style properties (Use Master Style) from HTML attributes (Use Master Attributes). Freeway groups both together (Use Master Settings).
Changing the master page that is set on an instance page should not cause content to be duplicated or deleted.
Instance pages are not deleted when their master page is deleted.
It is possible for master pages to have their own master pages.
Adding master pages to an old document
There is a section in the Xway User Guide that describes how to do this, but the process is actually very simple.
If you created a document using template pages (as described in the previous version of the Xway tutorial), you can convert these into master pages by dragging them into the Master Pages folder. Xway will rename the template page as Master 1 (you can choose a different name if you wish) and will use it as the default master page whenever you add a new site page to your document.
Once you have converted a template page into a master page, you can set it as the master page for other site pages. Select each of the pages that were originally duplicated from the template page and set the Master Page popup in the Page section of the Page Inspector to Master 1.
The b4 sample documents that are on our website (Ambient and Ambient Light) can be converted in about a minute. You should find that setting a master page causes Use Master Content to be turned on for each box except main and navigation. The main box contains content that is specific to each page, while the navigation box has no link to the current page.
If you would like to practise converting template pages in a sample document, you can download the old (b4) versions from our website via the Legacy resources link on our website.