Playwrites Unite…

…the dyslexic playwrites among us can go ahead and untie.

I never envisioned myself ever attempting to write a play of any significance. But now I must say that the urge is now there and in no small part due to a cool tool. Check out Celtx.

Celtx is the first end to end solution for the pre-production of media. It has all of the tools you need in one modern, Internet friendly software application. Celtx operates offline or online, providing the best of both worlds.

Celtx reminds me of a programming IDE. It performs many of the rudimentary task and formatting automagically. I could try and describe the tool further but the flash tutorials are likely more helpful.

Some AJAX Learnin’

Perhaps you’ve seen some of the AJAX coolness on various sites you visit on the web and you’ve thought to yourself, “now that would be cool to be able to do that.” Or maybe just saying outloud, “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML” makes you giggle. Whatever the case maybe, you might find this source of AJAX fetchin-up worth your while. This evening I spent some time setting up NetBeans on my machine at home and I’m ready to go. Of course I head out of town for vacation in a couple of weeks, but hey, it’s free…

Bloggin’ In The Loo

Cool, not only am I able to post to my blog via my PDA, I can now read RSS feeds by way of the device as well. The doubly cool part is that I can listen to downloaded podcasts too.

I would much prefer to use a piece of open source software where possible, but for both of these functions it looks like I will end up using commercial packages. For making blog posts I will likely use HBlogger. It just seems to be more intuitive to set up and use than the others. A close second though was mo:Blog. The open source option I tried was Plogit, but it was clumsy to set up and froze my PDA twice.

The RSS feed reader I will likely settle on is QuickNews. I have not come across any open source package that can even come close to QuickNews as far as ease of use and functionality are concerned. In fact QuickNews also downloads podcast directly to the memory card. The option to date had been to use iPodder Lemon to download the podcasts and then transfer them to my PDA.

I mention all this mobility to ask a favor of you. When you consider what you will be posting to your blogs, please take into account those of us who may be reading your material in the loo. It can be misunderstood to let out a hearty giggle in such facilities with close neighbors about [img]http://smilies.sofrayt.com/%5E/_950/wink.gif[/img]

Opera Freebie

The web browser Opera is ten years old. To celebrate they are giving away free registration keys. Opera was the first tabbed browser I ever used. It is a very nice browser and has some very intuitive functionality and there’s a version for most operating systems. The free version of Opera displays advertizing across the top and does not support the kiosk functionality to the degree the paid version does, nor the email support. I don’t see myself leaving Firefox as my main browser anytime soon, but it never hurts to have additional browsers to test webpages, LwC templates and so forth 😉 Anyway, if you’re interested you’ll find the free registration here while supplies last until 12 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT). UPDATE: All done! From the Opera website:

Cheers guys, it was a blast! Millions of people (literally) got their free registration code at our party, but the offer is now over.

Google Cool

OK, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard/read about Google Maps and the cool “Satellite” button that takes you to a satellite shot of the map location. And of course you heard about Google Earth which is a standalone application you can download and then

Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

Well, in honor of the anniversary of the first lunar landing there is now Google Moon. Yep, no kidding, you can surf the moon. For something really cool, zoom all the way in [img]http://smilies.sofrayt.com/%5E/_950/wink.gif[/img]

Software Survey

I know many of you use various Bible software products in your studies. You may want to consider taking time to complete this survey. As noted on the website for The SWORD Project:

Bible Software vendors from around the globe are jointly sponsoring a cooperative User Survey to glean from Bible Software Users worldwide their needs, requests, and dreams. Help us enhance our offerings to the community in a meaningful way that specifically addresses your areas of interest, and seed the discussions for features in the next generation of Bible Software.