Updated to .Text pre .96

Site news, .Text Comments

Scott has published the pre .96 sources of .Text. It includes lots of exciting new features including the long-awaited search.

I'm always a little bit nervous when updating my site, especially when the database has changed. But the new features persuaded me. However, I took the chance to tweak my .Text installation a little bit. You may notice the search panel to the left. Scott hasn't implemented the UI to get to the search page from the site except going to the URL directly. So I've written my own little panel. I don't know what Scott's plans are, so if anybody is interested, I'd be glad to support you.

BTW, there's a little bug in pre .96, so you cannot post comments. In fact, it's a typo in the web.config. I've already posted the details in the .Text forum.

The Third Place

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Finally I know what The Third Place means. Several month ago Sony started it advertising compaign for its Playstation 2 here in Germany. Everytime the TV ads finishes with a child shouting Playstation Two - The Third Place. My girlfriend and I always wondered what this Third Place means. Now we know. Thanks to Rory and ChrisAn.

Feature Request for RSS Bandit

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Earlier today I mentioned the new Eyefinder control by Tim Dawson. I said I would like to see it in RSS Bandit. Here's a screenshot of what I have in mind:

RSS Bandit with EyeFinder

Ok, I admit this screenshot is faked. First I tried to implement it in RSS Bandit myself, but unfortunately, the sources are messed up (though it's good to have them) . At least for me I didn't see a chance to install my desired changes. Dare and Torsten, how about some refactoring? IMHO the aggregation code and the GUI are too merged (Currently the main window's source file is about 8100 lines).

Anyway, no offense. This should just give an impetus.

PS: How could Tim conceive to call his new control EyeFinder???

New control by Tim Dawson: Eye Finder

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Eye Finder

Tim Dawson has released a new control: Eye Finder

Eyefinder is a powerful presentation-layer component that is designed to aid navigation through different types of data. Collapsible buttons represent different navigation modes, and when selected, child controls are exposed to facilitate the navigation mode chosen. Alternatively, the control can be used to simply switch between visible child controls, in much the same way as a tabcontrol does only with a different style of tabs.

Full design-time support is included of course, and working with the control at design time is much the same as working with it at runtime. As the navigation panes are selected, the client area of the control is updated to show their contents. This client area is a standard container control and can be used to host any type of child controls.

Features

  • Microsoft Office 2003 style rendering for a cutting-edge look and feel
  • Pluggable renderer support means complete customisation is easy
  • Buttons can be collapsed in to a tray increasing real estate in the client area
  • Chevron menu provides access to hidden buttons and customisation features
  • Header and button fonts can be fully customised
  • Support for all common image sizes on buttons and in the tray
  • Full and rich designer support means in-place editing with no collection editor

I'm looking forward to see it in RSS Bandit (Torsten Rendelmann is quite fast in adopting Tim's controls ;-)). How about one pane per category? I'd love to see that.