Having been an avid Freeway user when websites were still static, I was forced to leave that software behind, because they didn’t manage to make their app ready for RWD. That was in 2013/14.
Version 7 is out now for some time and of course they advertize it as responsive. So, for me the question was to go back to that app because I know it in and out already. But - how wrong could one be. I tried it out today and I must say - this thing sucks.
Its not that it wouldn‘t work or had bugs, but it has quirks. Like when you want to center an image on a page you have to do it like this:
- create an empty div (thats ok)
- position it to the left (thats ok)
- double click inside that div but only at the very left edge of it (not ok)
- drag an image inside of it (…well)
- center the image using the text aligment buttons for centered text (ridiculous)
If you insert an image element on a page the regular way that Freeway provides, you can not center it in a responsive way. Its position: absolut to the left. And you can’t group it into a 100% wide div.
Then I tried the breakpoint behaviour.
I have to divs with a 100% width. One has an h1 inside, the other has an image, that I centered with the trick, I described above.
The pink area of the apps interface indicates that on 480px the layout is too wide:
But if you view it in the browser at 480 px everything is - fine! No broken Layout:
I still can’t believe that.
Then I took a look at the code (yes, me, looking at code). The page presents itself as ”HTML 4.01 Transitional”. All styles were written into the head section (although you can change that for external stylesheets). And then there are these very strange class names, that I didn‘t give.
Positiv thing was, that I could easily put google font code into the head section and adress the h1.
The strong side of Freeway always was that it acted like a layout software. So you could wonderfully play around with eye candy. You could even do simple animations. But using Freeway now is like a road block. RWD killed its concept. I have the very strong impression that they still want to fulfill the promise to keep code away from their users, but it just doesn’t work that way they still try to do it. I think therefor they would have to rebuild their app completely. Like write a new one.
Also, if you visit their site, you have the feeling that they gave up on it. Their site looks and feels tired, uncared-for and dull. It looks like they know their time is over.