New computer?

November 30, 2008

Well what’s a new computer without the right apps? In this post I’ll tell you exactly what you’ll need to get the most out of your PC.

Word Processor

Microsoft is kind enough NOT to include a full featured word processor in their Windows computers. The closest they get is WordPad, a small application which can be found from the ‘Accesories’ menu. Their word processor (Word) is ridiculously overpriced. OpenOffice.org 3.0 is free, rich in features, and just as if not more easier to use than Word. You can download this app from http://www.OpenOffice.org

Music management

Now we have all heard of itunes. The problem is that on a Windows computer, iTunes eats up way to much memory. Let’s get something a bit lighter. I recommend SongBird, a Mozilla based iTunes like music manager. Download it free from http://getsongbird.com/.

Web browser

I hate Internet Explorer. It takes way to load a page, and even worse it takes forever to even open and load a new tab! As an alternative, I would recommend either Mozilla’s famous FireFox, or Google’s new Chrome. Both a very fast and easy to use, and unlike IE, it’s actually about the web, not the toolbars. Windows users – STAYAWAY FROM SAFARI. Safari and iTunes run great on a mac, but Windows is a whole different story.

Image Manipulation

Windows gave their very simple application a very simple name, Paint. This program offers little functianality in even resizing images. As an alternative, I recommend Paint.NET, the photoshop for noobs. Paint.NET is very easy to use yet it adds amazing functianality.

Ok, I’m sure I havn’t covered everything, but that should get you started. Have fun with your new PC,

Dylan

Yup! I decided to give Everyday ’09 one last thing before it’s launch on Dec. 3, a full pledged full time (had to put that in there:) ) search bar! Although it’s default search engine is Google, you can search using Yahoo!, and Windows Live. You can also search for articles on Wikipedia or something to buy on Amazon. Cool, huh? Also whenever you open the ED09 panel, then search bar is already active, so all you have to do is simply start typing and press the ‘enter’ button on your keyboard to see your results. Here are some screen shots for y’all.

http://screencast.com/t/v8SCoZ90ZAa

http://screencast.com/t/v8SCoZ90ZAa

Tell me what you think,

Dylan

Wake 2 released!

October 16, 2008

Hey guys I have just now released Wake 2. Features like Library are soon to come, along with a complete online tutorial. Anyways in Wake 2 I finally finished the file extensions. This means that you can simply double click any Wake document to open it in Wake, like you would a .DOC file to open it in MS Word. wow that code was so hard to figure out, but in the end it seemed kind of simple and it was like “Duh!!!!!!!!!”.

Excerpts and Edit is implemented in Wake 2, and Library is soon to come.

Incase you don’t know what Wake is, check it out at my website. http://www.CodePackage.com/software/wake.html.

There are also some videos at the ED09 Project site. http://www.CodePackage.com/everyday

Ok ya’ll have a good weekend,

Dylan

Developing Wake2

October 7, 2008

I’ve spent 4 hours working on the release of Wake2 today after I finished the majority of my school. It looks like it’ll be ready in a few weeks instead of, as I had originally anticipated, in December. I have finished 2 of the 3 main features for Wake2. The first one, Excerpts lets you export a region of text you select as an image, and Edit lets you create and edit (yup-even after you’ve published them!) Wake documents. Now it’s time to tackle the big one – Library. Library is an online database where you can upload and download Wake documents from within Wake (not your web browser).  I’ve never done something this big before, and I’m excited to see how thing roll out. Below are links to 2 vids I took for Excerpts and Edit. Enjoy!

Excerpts: http://codepackage.com/everyday/Excerpt.html

Edit: http://codepackage.com/everyday/edit.html

If you have NO CLUE what Wake is, it’s an app for reading and publishing your stories, work, and any other document you can think of. How it differs from a word processor, like Microsoft Word, is that you can publish your stuff without worrying about other people “pirating” it. It’s explained better at my website and the CNET download.com page.

UPDATE: Wake2 BETA is available for download. http://www.codepackage.com/Wake2Beta.zip