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February 5, 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.)

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

I wrote my very first input manager today. I'm actually using it right now too- here's a screen shot:

What that you are seeing is BBEdit in the foreground, editing the text in a NSTextView from within NetNewsWire. And whenever I do a save on the file in BBEdit, the text view gets updated. Then I just hit "Post" and up it goes to the weblog.

Nifty.

This handy little tool also works in Safari's text views, and in VoodooPad after I gave it a creator code. And TextEdit, but it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to use it there. It was super easy to write, and I'm loving it.

Anyway- this gives me a good reason to say "Hey, forget about the previous ODB editor classes I was talking about a couple of days ago. I've got some new ones for ya". Here you go: http://gusmueller.com/odb/. Open Source, Public Domain, have at it.

This of course gives me a couple of ideas. I think I can probably put some rudimentry HTML editing tools right inside Safari. Editing your blog inside a web browser wouldn't suck so much anymore! But would I charge for something like that (like 7 bucks or something) or just give it away for free? Comments?

Update: Now that I think about it, I'd probably give it away. It would probably be a serious pain in the butt to support.

-- posted 10:19 pm