I'm writing this post completely in markdown. It's sort of an interesting way to post, even though RW has some nice graphical tools there is a certain freedom in using a strait ascii input. I'm sure many folks won't agree and will only dip into markdown when they want easy bulleted lists but I think I may do all of my text entry this way.
So while I'm not ready to announce it publically (e.g. RW forums) I'm getting closer. This build improves error handling and adds several new features.
You now have 3 elements you can put inside of the tags to control things
- warning. Defaults to yes but you can set it to 'no' or 'false' to turn off warnings for that block
- outputdir. This is the name of a directory on your filesystem that get's copied with the page (e.g. if you run a bash script and want to include some files as a result use outputdir)
- files. This is the name of the files to reference from the page
I now include some docs written by Greg Schueler, I'll probably generate some focused ones for RW folks but he did a nice job (and provided a liberal license so I can include them). To get them go to the StylePlus window (cmd-l or format->StylePlus) and copy to clipboard (as Markdown text no less!). Then past into a styled text window and preview them (this is also a nice way to see a before and after document)
As an example of how to use the new formating here is how you might create a local file in a bash shell and then have it uploaded and referenced in your web page
< bash outputdir=/tmp/myOut> echo "some file" > /tmp/myOut/file.txt < /bash> <a href='http://www.loghound.com/about/blog2/files/file.txt'>click here to get my bash output</a>
You can download the newest version here
If you are brave there is a new toy to play with. It still needs a fair bit of work but I'm willing to let it out of my clutches if you are brave.
What does it do you may ask? Well it adds a bunch of new features to styled text. Here a few.
- It allows markdown syntax. Use the tags <markdown> and </markdown> and put markdown text in between.
It allows you to execute arbitrary commands and have the contents replace it. For instance <bash> date </bash> gives you the following: Tue Feb 27 23:22:37 PST 2007
It allows importing of another page. Use the syntax (where other page is the title of another page to import)
- It uses Growl for notifications (turn that off with cmd-l or format->Style Plus)
To use it simply install it... No need to add a special page. What's neat is it works in blogs, sidebars, blocks, etc. Everywhere you have styled text.
While the basic bits & pieces are in place it's still not tested very much so I can guarantee there are bugs.
You can download it here. I'll probably but a broader announcement up in the rapidweaver forums but I thought I'd push it out here a few days early for anyone who happens to read this.
You see there were some very odd things posted to the Xcode 3.0 site right after the keynote, I guess apple agreed because it's now slightly less goofy. For your pleasure I present 'Xcode 3.0 -- Morning and Night'. I'm sorry for the 'wide' format but I wanted to show a few of these side by side.
You can download the web archive from this morning here and compare it to this one that's live.
There are a few odd thing that appear in both versions of the web page
"Because it's 2006" Is that even a sentence?
"You'll make mistakes just to see it in action"? Seriously?
"So Compelling," What does that even mean? Who's writing this copy?
Ok, enough grousing..... I do like the cut of it's jib, just wished they had not let the 14 year old high school girl down the street write the web page for it.
New Mac Pros, no ipod update, intel our best upgade ever, upgrade to core apps. Timeframe jan/feb ('spring'), garbage collection, API updates, virtualization, XCode 3.0 & Dashcode
Not bad for my first round of WWDC predictions.
So it seems that everyone and their mother is giving out predictions for Leopard and WWDC in general. For what it's worth here are my thoughts.
- New Mac Pros (that's a gimme), upgrade MBP+MB+IMacs+mac mini to core 2. New Displays with eyesight.
- Ipod: No significant announcements (although I'd love the rumored ipod+ebook reader!) -- Maybe a '8Gb' Nano
- Intel: "our most successful transition ever"
- All of the usual goodies (safari 3.0, upgrades to core apps such as mail, addresss book, etc.)
- Timeframe: no way will it be released this year. Figure Jan/Feb 07 at earliest (I may live to eat these words!)
- Garbage collection in Obj-c!
- Improvements to Core Video/Audio/Graphics/Data. Quartz 2D extreme (whatever its called) officially turned on
- Virtualization: no big news here. Parallels type solution (perhaps) or boot camp but nothing radically new
- XCode 3.0 -- A nice incremental upgrade.
- Dashcode is finally announced (even though it ships with macbooks!)
I'm down in
I decided to slog away on my recent project which has this feeling of 'near infinite' amounts of work to do and it was as if the gods of Plugin development were smiling on me. About a dozen things all of a sudden 'snapped' into place and this thing is almost beginning to work in a, you know, useful way.
- I've added a handy google search bar to let you search the content of the web site. Go forth and Google!
- Thirdly, I've released a plug in for iMediaBrowser that adds your delicious bookmarks to the browser. It's not complete and this version will time out in early August (I just want to make sure everyone gets the final version) but give it a spin if you like. One caution: Due to the way the RealMac guys implemented the browser it doesn't work in RapidWeaver but it does work fine in Sandvox and in anything else that uses this fine media browser
- Finally, I've been playing with Sandvox API. It's really nicely done and you can do quite a bit fairly easily. My first effort is a plugin that adds a new pagelet type "Google Related"
What I like about it best is how it sort of 'just does the right thing' (from my point of view). The input text is how *I* would write it and the output is about what I would expect.
Of course it's not very Maccish. Sort of more unixy in feel but I wonder how many people think it's a interesting way to write web pages.
If you are intrigued let me know!
Here is your chance
I've had a lot of email in the past days and while I've tried to keep up it's been tough. If you sent me a note and I haven't responded feel free to ping me again.
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