SoftPress Systems has shipped the $299 Freeway 1.0, software that uses a page and pasteboard metaphor to create Web sites. Items on pages come from master pages or are inserted into special boxes, such as GIF boxes or HTML boxes. Freeway has tremendous appeal for desktop publishers who want to use existing skills and who require a great deal of layout flexibility and control; however, those who like to putter in their HTML will shy away from Freeway's table-based HTML. Freeway competes primarily with NetObjects Fusion, which also renders layouts in HTML via extensive table tagging. We spent hours working with Fusion for a review in TidBITS 391 earlier this year; having spent only a preliminary half-hour with Freeway, we already feel more comfortable with it than we ever felt with Fusion. Freeway requires at least a 68040-based Mac and 5 to 9 MB RAM, depending on your processor. A 30-day demo is available as a 5 MB download.
Keyboard Shortcuts in Stacks
You aren't limited to using the mouse or trackpad to select items within a stack. Once you've clicked a stack to open it, you can type a letter to jump to the first file starting with that letter, or press either the Tab or arrow keys to move among the stack's contents. Press Return to open the selected item.
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Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and