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gregmc commented on 13 Feb 2008
Bygga is easy to use, allows Markdown, and uploading site updates can be done straight from the app.

This isn't iWeb, or another drag & drop style app. Bygga creates static pages from a HTML template that you make yourself, or download a template from the developer's site.

I'm not a web designer, and my knowledge of code is limited. But, still I found Bygga easy to use. If you enjoy tinkering with web design, you'll love Bygga.
[Version 1.1]

gregmc commented on 07 Dec 2007
Hana is actually very useful. I have all my Web 2.0 apps running in it because it keeps Web 2.0 stuff from cluttering up my main browser, but more importantly my main browser and all its clutter is kept clear from my workflow using Web 2.0.

I have Backpack, Highrise, Tumblr, and Script Buddy accounts all in Hana. I also have a Buzzword account, however, because it's flashed based Buzzword doesn't play well with Hana. Perhaps that's something for All Out Software to look at in future.
[Version 1.0.4]

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gregmc replied on 07 Dec 2007
Correction. Hana's spoofing feature gets it working with Buzzword. Spoofing gives Hana the function of "tricking" websites into thinking Hana is Safari or Firefox or another browser. All Out Software say to use spoofing with caution, however, it seems stable enough.
gregmc commented on 01 Oct 2007
Check out the link to the developers site before trying this. There's a warning that says your Mac might only start up in safe mode after installing, and a warning to back up all your important files ... Hmmm, think I'll pass on this one.
[Version 1.1b1]

gregmc commented on 16 Jul 2007
Before app bashing this simple little tool, please remember us mortal Mac users. SpeedMail is written for people like me and I am very grateful that there are developers out there who understand that there are Mac users who never open Terminal, let alone type in it.
[Version 0.9b]

gregmc commented on 25 May 2007
Meant to add: keep View > Fit Page Width on and it resizes perfectly with Mega Zoom.

With live word count, different font and bg colours for screen and print, Bean could just be the simple text editing app I've been craving.

It does get slow with long documents though. I opened a file that was about 25,000 words and typing became very slow.

I'll start using it in the hopes that the developer will iron out the kinks :-)
[Version 0.9.3b]

gregmc commented on 25 May 2007
Man ... check out Bean with Mega Zoom. You can get a very good full screen appearance :-)
[Version 0.9.3b]

gregmc commented on 22 May 2007
This does exactly what it the developer says it does: switches off all distractions, gives you a text window, and effectively disables your delete key (you can only strike-through mistakes). Your Mac becomes a typewriter (with sounds if you so choose).

You can allow more regular style text editing via the preferences, so, if a disabled delete key freaks you out then you can enable it again.

I love the idea of this app and am eager to see how it will be developed. What stops me from using it as a writing environment full-time is the fact that it cannot open files (even files saved in its own format). I type a page, save it as a file, then try to open it again, and all I get is a blank page. The same is true of an RTF file. can export as an RTF, but cannot open the file properly so I can continue where I left off in my last writing session. The strange thing is, if I open the file format in TextMate what I've written is there.

As a professional writer, my biggest fear is loosing my work because an app hasn't saved it properly. Until can save and recover work properly, I cannot use it.

I sincerely like the simplicity this app offers. I've spent money on "novel writing apps" with lots of functions that tell you how to organise your work (like I can't do that anyway). The only thing that helps the writing process is simplicity, which is exactly what (or at least the idea behind it) offers.

Solve the issues with saving files (perhaps even adding an auto-save and backing up function) and I'd be happy to start using for my work.
[Version 1.2.4]

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