Category Archives: Tools

Tinderbox goes Universal

One of the tools I am using for years now is Tinderbox from Eastgate. I have used it for quite some time to write this weblog here (but swichted to WordPress + MarsEdit recently). Nevertheless I think Tinderbox is a helper in many ways – although there are always features that can be and will […]
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Thoughts on Google Wave

I am just collecting some thoughts about some observations and issues – while I am trying to understand Google Wave. (see a demo on their site) Google Wave is an integrated set of technologies (with protocols that allow semi-synchronous editing of outlines and their federation across several servers). With this approach Google Wave solves some […]
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Checking out AudioBoo…

Listen! See…
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Yahoo Pipes experiments

I played around with Yahoo Pipes a bit. I created a pipe that collects several RSS feeds of different blogs I write, comments I make on other blogs, new bookmarks and photos, etc. It’s basically a summary of (almost) everything I do in the blogsphere, and it was quite easy to do. This is the […]
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I always had a special interest in tools that help authors to think. Outliners were fine, but they very often lacked visual context. Some mind mapping tools were fine – but these often did not do a good job maintaining a coherent structure in the text or good typography. Scrivener just seems to be a […]
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CSSEdit appears to be one of the best CSS Editors for Macintosh around. Xyle Scope was a perfect tool to analyze CSS, but CSSEdit includes a very good editor.
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Pathways is a little mapping tool for Wikipedia. It represents visited Wikipedia pages with a graphical network of boxes. Once you have collected and arranged a map view of your Wikipedia session, you can save the result as a Pathway file. The files Pathway creates are XML. So it should be very easy to transform […]
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This must be one of Dave Winers favourites: Grazr is a DHTML based outline browser: You can link to OPML files (that again may link to OPML files). You can create virtual hierarchies of OPML files, RSS feeds and other Grazr outlines. Winer called that idea a World outline. People with a pre-WWW Internet experience […]
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WebnoteHappy is a nifty little application that makes life with bookmarks (both in browser and on much easier. It is a $25 dollar shareware with a 30 day free trial. More generally thinking I asked myself how many people actually do Paypal donations on “donationware”? Would these little applications make a better profit if […]
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Plone 2.5

There is a new version of Plone out for some weeks now as well as a roadmap for future releases. The homepage of has also been redesigner to emphasize the key selling arguments of the Plone CMS. I have seen in the “inner workings” of a number of content management systems. I think Plone […]
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Aptana IDE for Eclipse

The Aptana IDE is an add-on that turns the Eclipse IDE into a comfortable HTML Editor. The screencasts indeed look very promising. See yourself.
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‘Ladies and gentlemen, Flock is on fire!’

Paul Stamatiou wrote a long review of the first Beta release of the »social web browser« Flock. I have tested the prior releases (up to 0.5.X) and decided these versions are not ready for daily use yet. The 0.7.0 release (the first Beta) seems to be much better, but it still consumes a lot of […]
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Learning vocabulary? ProVoc!

If you are currently learning a foreign language and you own a Mac then you might want to look at ProVoc.
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AjaxOS is a concept that allows an OS to use remote AJAX-based applications to be treated as if they were local. Michael Robertson presents his view of AjaxOS. He claims that moving software into services is going to be successful and a way to compete with Microsoft. Besides he admits that they never will clone […]
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Anthracite Web Mining Desktop

This tool is used to enable some kind of visual programming with apple script components Metafy’s Anthracite Web Mining Desktop toolkit gives you the tools you need to build powerful data processing systems with an easy-to-use visual interface that makes complex manipulations quickly possible. Anthracite is built for people who need to transform internet sources […]
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Performancing Blog Editor for Firefox

There is a new Blog Editor called Performancing available as Firefox Extension. Performancing for Firefox is a full featured blog editor that sits right in your Firefox browse and lets you post to your blog easiy. You can drag and drop formatted text from the page you happen to be browsing, and take notes as […]
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Zope & Twisted

I was discussing to implement some web projects based on either Zope or the Twisted framework. The latest version of Zope 3 now replaces the internal ZServer with the Twisted framework. Maybe this distinction becomes more or less obsolete: The ZServer has been replaced with the Twisted server. The Twisted server supports all that the […]
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Flock screenshots

I am eager to test Flock. Someone posted some screenshots on As far as I know it is based on Firefox and it is going to work with for Bookmarks and for images. It will also a sepcial interface for bloggers where creating blog posts is a matter of drag & drop […]
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AJAX-based editing online

I had a chance to briefly check out these collaborative editors based on AJAX:, &, It is pretty amazing what developers are trying to achieve now. Backpackit is aimed to be some kind of simple groupware. and Jotspot Live are aimed at collaborative writing. I personally found the visual feedback […]
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