Tuesday, February 27, 2007

MacJournal 4.1.2b2

Get it here.

This release adds some new localizations and fixes some problems with syncing. There is also new toolbar and menu items for sharing an entry with iWeb.

Palm Conduit

This release includes the MacJournal Palm Conduit for the Missing Sync application. To use this you need Missing Sync For Palm installed. To install the Conduit, you should be able to double-click on the "MacJournal Palm Conduit.plugin" file included with MacJournal 4.1.2. If this does not work, you can drag this file into "/Library/Application Support/Palm HotSync/Conduits". When you open the MissincSync application, double-click on the MacJournal conduit and select a journal to sync. You will probably want to do a "Replace" sync on either the computer or handheld to start with before switching to "Synchronize."

Changes in 4.1.2b2
        ⁃        Added updated Italian and German localizations.
        ⁃        Fixed problems recognizing new entries created on Palms.
        ⁃        Added an iWeb toolbar item.
        ⁃        Fixed a problem with .Mac data syncing that would prevent new entries in locked journals.
        ⁃        Some other fixes.

New Features in 4.1
        ⁃        Improved Recording:
        •        Record more audio to append onto existing recordings.
        •        Panther compatibility.
        •        New Preferences panel for configuration of recording devices and levels.
        •        Record audio from an iSight
        ⁃        Improved Blogging:
        •        New Blogger+Google support
        •        Transactions with blogs can be cancelled in the Activity window.
        •        Improved compatibility with other blog types.
        ⁃        .Mac Data Syncing (see special note below)
        ⁃        Growl support
        ⁃        Improved Services functionality

There are a lot more changes since 4.0.5. You can check out the included Version History for the full details.

Special note about .Mac Syncing: While MacJournal 4.1 provides data syncing over .Mac, the current implementation in OS X for syncing seems more optimized for small data sets, like bookmarks or contacts. Trying to push tens or even hundreds of megabytes of data through syncing may not work as well as you might want due to limitations in Mac OS X at this time.

Features from 4.0

- New Inspector for manipulating attributes of entries and journals
- All-new blogging architecture
- New per-item attributes
        • background color
        • label
        • sorting
        • entry template
        • editable
        • blog server
- Browser-like tabs for quickly switching between entries
- Audio recording
- Links, smileys, and words are recognized as you type now (not just when you save), including a live word count field.
- AppleScript support
- Improved Full Screen mode
- Improved searching
- Improved keywords configuration

This is just the list of big features. If you want to see the full list of all the changes in the included Version History.

MacJournal requires Mac OS X 10.3.5 (Panther).

Reporting Bugs

If you see any problems in this release please let me know about it by using the "Report a Bug" menu item in the "Help" menu to send me an email.

4.1.2b2 almost ready

The build is (probably) done, but I want to get a night's sleep and do a little more testing in the morning just to make sure. Check back here tomorrow for the release.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Palm Conduit 1.0b2

If you download MacJournal 4.1.2b1 again you will get 1.0b2 of the Palm Conduit. This build should fix the configuration problems people were seeing with b1. Let me know of any troubles though.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Problem with the Palm Conduit

I inadvertently left some debug code in the Palm conduit included with 4.1.2b1, which is causing a crash. I will post a new beta of the conduit here tonight or tomorrow.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Some Status Updates

There are a lot of things in the works right now; how are all of them going?

4.1.2 is the localization release and I have two localizations back so far. I'm going to release a beta of it this weekend that contains those localizations and several bug fixes, including better Typepad support.

Palm Syncing is just about done. I'm putting the final touches on it and will release a beta of that along with 4.1.2. The final version will requirer 4.1.2.

The Quicksilver plug-in got a bit of a back seat to the Palm conduit, but is essentially done. It just needs to find its way into the Quicksilver plug-in system, about which I know nothing.

I'm also planning and prototyping things for the future, so let me know if there's anything you'd like to see in the next big version!