Today I'm pleased to announce that RapidWeaver 7 for Mac is now available. This marks a huge milestone for RapidWeaver and the team, this is hands-down the biggest releases we've ever done in the history of Realmac.

RapidWeaver 7 has been in beta for the last few months with almost 300 dedicated users, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. As Tim Cook would say "Customer sat is off the charts!"

I'm also thrilled to be able to say the Realmac website is now built with RapidWeaver, including the online store (Powered by Paddle). I think it looks pretty swish and is testament to the power and flexibility of RapidWeaver!

So, you may be wondering what's New in RapidWeaver 7, a lot. Here's just the highlights:

Overhauled FTP Engine
Super fast, super reliable FTP Engine (No, really it is this time!)

FTP Path Browser
You can now visually browser your FTP server to pick a location to publish too!

Built-in Web Server
Allows you to preview your entire site locally in a browser without having to export it

SEO Health Check
RapidWeaver will analyse your site and highlight the steps you can take to improve it

Banner Images
In themes that support this new feature, you can now add a custom banner image to your site, and customise it on each page. Themes that support this feature also include optimal image dimensions to help you size images.

4 Responsive New Themes
Designed by Realmac, Elixir Graphics, MultiThemes, and Yuzool!

New, modern OS X sidebar
With translucency, that shows all your pages, resources and settings in one location.

Portable Documents
You can now choose to store resources inside your RapidWeaver document, enabling you to take the project between multiple Macs.

Multiple Publishing Locations
If you need to publish projects to multiple locations, you can set these up in your project, and choose the server when publishing. RapidWeaver’s smart publishing will also keep track of changes across multiple publishing locations.

Local Publishing
The “Export” feature is something we’ve always felt should be considered a way of publishing your site, and now it is!

Project Backup
RapidWeaver can optionally create a ZIP file of your project, and upload it to your server when publishing. This means that if something happens to your projects file you can easily download a backup from your server.

User-selectable Addons Folder
Need to save your addons in a custom location? RapidWeaver 7 allows you to do this, and will move your addons for you! Great if you’re working between machines.

Minified Javascript and CSS
RapidWeaver can now optimise your CSS and Javascript by minifying it. Previously, RapidWeaver would remove some whitespace, but this time we’re actually optimising it to be as quick to download and apply to your pages as possible.

Those are the major features, however this release is packed with so many other improvements and features. You can read the full release notes here.

New users can purchase RapidWeaver 7 for $99 (USD), whilst existing RapidWeaver users can upgrade for $59.99 directly on our store.

Thanks to everyone who worked on RapidWeaver, all the beta testers and all of our loyal users. You rock.

Happy Weaving!