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October 31, 2004
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

VoodooPad 2 beta 2 is ready to go. Release notes are up as well.

I've decided to create a little page on the Flying Meat website for the beta downloads, going against what I said earlier about waiting till the final release to put something up. I didn't want to promote VP there because I was afraid the Mac news sites would pick up on it, and I don't want that much exposure to it just yet. Why I didn't just put up a little note saying so, I don't know. But that is what I've done and hopefully they will respect that.

I've also created a page for plugins, where I've put up a couple that I think might be useful. I've got one or two more in the works as well.

Plugins are turning out to be one of my favorite features of 2.0, or at least the one that gets me the most excited. It's a perfect opportunity to fill in functionality holes, without bloating what VoodooPad should be. Take this post in the forums as an example. You drag and drop a Photoshop file into VoodooPad, now how do you get it out? Er.. uh... you don't. So how about an "Extract Images and other Attachments" plugin? So that's another one I'm going to write.

But at the same time I also get a little worried about exposing too much of VoodooPad's internals to plugin authors. What happens if I need to fix a bug and to do that I have to change the interface slightly which will break existing plugins? Well, I'll have alot of pissed off people on my hands, that's what will happen :) . I'm not really going anywhere with this, I'm just thinking outloud.

Another interesting change in VoodooPad Lite is that I've added a little button in the lower right corner of the window that looks like this:

[VP] Upgrade

When clicked it'll take you to a page which will tell you about some of the differences between the Lite and full versions. And in the menus for VoodooPad Lite, instead of just taking out the menu items that are worthless (like "Backlinks" and "Sketch") I've grayed them out like so:

Yes, I stole this idea from somewhere else. I think it's a great idea, but I'm also wondering if people are going to complain about it (not that I'll change it if they do, I'll just say upgrade! :) )

-- posted 11:16 am