Realmac Software has released RapidWeaver 5, an upgrade to the company’s web site creation application. The upgrade includes a number of new features, user interface enhancements and a number of other smaller additions, says Daniel Counsell, founder and director of Realmac Software.

RapidWeaver 5 now allows users to manage all the resources in their projects (PDFs, images, ZIP files etc) instead of on a per-page basis. The new feature allows users to add, link and publish all the resources they need in their site.

The all-new sitemap features allow users to add an HTML sitemap to their project, as well as the auto-generation of an XML sitemap complete with search engine submission when it’s updated. As RapidWeaver users tend to work with more than one project at any time, the new Projects window and FTP Bookmarks allow users to easily switch between projects and enter frequently-used publishing credentials when settings up projects to publish, says Counsell. RapidWeaver 5 contains a further half-dozen themes; it now offers over 45 great designs.

RapidWeaver 5 is priced at US$79; users of RapidWeaver 4 or earlier can upgrade for $39. RapidWeaver 5 is available to download and buy from today in English with French, German, Italian, and Japanese localizations available soon.

Users who purchased RapidWeaver on or after Nov. 1 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 5 by contacting Realmac Software. RapidWeaver 5 is a Universal Binary, requiring Mac OS X 10.5 or later A free trial copy of RapidWeaver can can be download from: .