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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Just a quickie for a few readers wondering about different aspects of the blog production process. These come from other entries but to make them easier to find, here is a full list of the software technologies I'm using to produce the blog.

Please click 'Next Entry' if it doesn't float your boat ;-)

Diary Software

I haven't done one of these in a while, but the Diary software I'm using deserves high praise for the way it is handling my ever-growing collection of entries (just passed 100 now - thanks for the congratulations Ant man).

iDailyDiary by Splinterware Software Solutions (see www.splinterware.com) is a great little free trial product which is easy to use and has some handy advanced features. It's a WYSIWYG editor that you can insert text, pictures and hyperlinks into, much like a word document, with a great calendar interface that makes hopping through the days and months a breeze. If you purchase you can also insert video and a range of other file formats directly into it. Multiple entries per day is nice touch and if maintaining your own website, exporting pages in html and various other formats is pretty straightforward.

If you're looking for journal software, iDailyDiary comes highly recommended!



Graphics Software

It may be about 10 years old, but Paint Shop Pro v4.12 by Jasc, Inc. is all I need to churn through the 2,000 or so photos I take each month. Maybe 200 of these make it on to my blog so I need to view, rotate, resize and add borders fast!

There are newer versions but like other graphics packages (Adobe's in particular), they are too feature rich and complicated for the dumb or uninterested like me. PSP 4 works and it doesn't hog memory so if you're looking for something simple but effective, google psp412.exe and pick up a no-time-limit copy for free. It's still available out there somewhere...

And seeing as though I've used it for most of the time it's been available, I should probably actually pay for a licence. But then they'll upgrade me to the new version - nooooo!

HTML editing

Building travel blogs with images weaved in requires a little basic HTML, the basic language that allows web pages to be displayed on the Internet.

Many software tools can generate HTML for you these days, but they create messy, bloated HTML that takes longer for people to download and hence read (or worse - that can't be read in some web browsers!). So I just do it by hand, using a few HTML 'tags' to display images, hyperlinks and formatted (bold, italics and underlined) text. Then you copy and paste the results into Travelpod's add entry page and viola - a new entry with lots of pretty pictures to ooh and ahh at.

You can use Microsoft's Notepad app to do this, which is available on any Windows PC (there's probably and equivalent on Macs too), but coders around the world use a great little application called Textpad by Helios Software. In general it just makes managing all text-based files easier with colour coding of the code (to show errors), better Indenting and Word Wrapping and nice Search/Replace features.

It may or may not be of use to you, but I use it almost every day, so should be included in my Travel Technology bag.

Technotrekker Travel Technologies - Dictionary Software

Probably the handiest app I downloaded before heading off was this great little dictionary called Wordweb by Antony Lewis (the database is by Princeton University). Nothing came close in terms of ease of use and broadness of language.



I haven't found a word not included in it yet (except ones of my own invention ;-) and it provides every contextual definition you could imagine for the words you look up. Surfable synonyms come standard and you can select/copy/paste definitions if needs be.

A small download (less than 1Mb I think) and free for personal use too.

Brilliant! Get it if you like words (preferably English ones)...

OS Software

Finally Microsoft has developed an Operating System that is stable, reasonably secure and hence reliable - Windows XP Professional Edition.

The power goes out in the hostel you're staying at? XP comes back without a hiccup or a 'Blue Screen of Death'. Applications rarely hang or not respond. Plug in a new piece of hardware and most of the time it works automatically. It remembers Folder Settings, is pretty customisable, and Automatically Updates itself if connected to the internet to make the machine as secure as possible with as little hassle as possible. At the risk of mortifying good friends in the IT trade, Technotrekker actually likes it.

Whilst I will still consider options from Apple and Unix in the future, Microsoft has finally come to the party with a competitive OS that is a good benchmark and that will make switching to other options much harder. About time MS!
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sundborg
sundborg on

Useful stuff
...we're considering taking a small laptop with us on our travels. Sounds like that's what you've done as well. Very useful for backing up pics and planning your blogs before uploading.

Really enjoying reading some of your entries!

technotrekker
technotrekker on

Re: Useful stuff
Hi,

Thanks for getting in touch and glad you are enjoying the blog.

I did carry a small Sony laptop (see link below for details) and couldn't have lived without it. Great for photo, music and video storage as well as producing the blog itself.

Take care if you carry one though. After surviving 10 months of rugged travel it died in an unfortunate fall. Is very hard and expensive to get spare parts so suggest maybe looking at a small Dell instead.

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/technotrekker/overland05/1136143080/tpod.html

Good luck,
tt

lindrop
lindrop on

Sundborg
I saw your msg. and just want to say I might be a relative. My Dad came from Manchester with his family of 11 sibs in 1912 to Montreal, Canada. Think we are related?

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