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April 9, 2005
(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.)

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Here's a little roadmap of what I've currently got in my mind for product updates- and just to give the FlySketch owners a little piece of mind.

Right now I'm working VoodooPad 2.1 & Milton. Milton doesn't have to be finished at the same time as VP 2.1, but it is my intention to do so. I get the feeling that most people aren't using the remote editing in VP, so it won't be a huge loss to wait a little bit for it.

After I'm done with that I'll start work on FlySketch 1.1 (I haven't forgotten about it!). FlySketch has been really stable- only a couple of little bugs have shown up so I haven't had the need for a 1.0.1 release. Hurray! I've got a bunch of ideas for 1.1, but if you have any to share, please let me know.

Then I'll probably start on another VP 2.x release after that.

-- posted 8:34 pm

So I need some help here.

As part of the VoodooPad 2.1 upgrade I'm working on I have been pulling out the "Remote Wiki Editing" stuff and putting it into it's own app. It has been working out pretty good so far and I'm happy with the progress, with the exception of one thing. I can't come up with a name for this new app.

Right now I'm just calling it "Milton" since it's the first thing I could think of. But that needs to change. So I'm reaching out to you, dear reader, for a new name. Whomever comes up with the best name, or at least a name that pushes me in the right direction gets... something. I don't know what yet- but I'll think of it. It probably won't be much :) How about an iTunes gift certificate or something? Or a free license of one of my apps? I know, it's not amazing, but it's what I can afford right now.

Anyway, here is a bit more info about Milton. You give it the url to an install of FlyStash (formerly known as VPStash) and it authenticates and pulls down the names of the "spaces" on the server. You pick a space and it pulls down the pages for local editing. You then edit and click and save, and then you hit the synchronize button and your changes go back to FlyStash, and Milton pulls down any changes that were made since the last time you sync'd.

Internally I refer to the pages as "items", since in theory they could be other bit's of data than just text. That won't happen for the first release, but it is something to note. An item also has representations- right now all the pages have been plain text, but for the first release it'll support RTFD and maybe something else.

Anyway- it's pretty simple, very plane jane. But that's ok, since the idea behind the first release of Milton is to just get it working and make it not suck like it currently does in VoodooPad. And Milton will be available to VoodooPad 2.0 owners for free.

Ok, so with that information in mind... what do I call it?

-- posted 8:20 pm