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.
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.
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