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Decaf Upgrade Strategy
Looking ahead to TBCon 2005
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are all eagerly awaiting the release of Decaf, I thought that I
should get a FreeBee Newsletter out now before everyone is deep
into upgrading their ToolBook projects.
it would be worthwhile taking some time now, before Decaf comes
out, to plan your upgrade strategy. That's right - I said
strategy. While a good deal of alpha and beta testing has
gone into Decaf, no doubt there will still be some bugs that we
all have to deal with. After all, Decaf represents a
substantial change to the way that ToolBook generates and
delivers DHTML. For general upgrade guidelines that
everyone should follow, please click
ToolBookDeveloper Knowledge Base
have a Knowledge Base on ToolBookDeveloper.com. It is
actually a PHP discussion/webboard, but I am not using it for
two-way communications at this point. I don't want to
duplicate efforts of the ToolBook listserve or the ToolBook
Discussion group. I am using this webboard format because
it is easy to organize and easy to search. I plan to
include pre-sales information as well as technical support
assistance for my products. However, I will also use the
webboard to archive code snip-its and other items that will be
of interest to ToolBook Developers. Check it out and let
me know what you think
Book Builder Featured in SumTotal Systems Webinar
McDermott shared the presentation stage with Lee Karns for the
January SumTotal Systems ToolBook Webinar. Robin discussed
how Power Book Builder can be used to speed up the ToolBook
development process. If you missed the Webinar - never
fear. You can view a recording of the Webinar by clicking
here. Here you will learn about key features of Power
Book Builder and you will also get to see it in action.
Systems has invited Robin back to do another Webinar later in
March. This Webinar will focus on Best Practices for Rapid
Development. Here is a brief description of the Webinar:
Are you looking
for ways develop learning content in days instead of months?
Robin McDermott, Director of Training for Resource Engineering,
will share the rapid development techniques her organization
employs using the ToolBook solution. Learn how these methods can
speed your own development efforts so that you can work smarter,
The Webinar is FREE and will be
offered on March 22 at 2:00pm EST (click
here to register) and March 29 at 9:00am EST (click
here to register).
NEW Knowledge Base Tip!
Overcoming Pop-Up Blocker issues with IE version 6.0.29 and higher
As more and more people are upgrading to
Windows XP Service Pack 2 you will have more and more issues with the
newly built-in pop-up blocker as well as the new pop-up window resizing
feature. Check out my knowledge base article on how to overcome
these problems. Please feel free to copy this article to add to
your knowledge base (hey, why reinvent the wheel? ;-) Click
for the article.
Looking Ahead to TBCon 2005
After sitting out TBCon last year
(hey, it is a long journey from Australia!), I will be attending
this years conference in Colorado Springs in early August.
I will be making four different presentations. Topics will
include: Rapid Development, Turbocharging the Actions
dhtml. I will also be presenting a Product showcase where
you can see Power Book Builder in action as well as see how my
other add-ons can make your development job much easier.
For more information on my TBCon presentations click
Action Trigger Widgets
The FreeBee is for everyone!
Native or DHTML, Beginner or expert...you can use this FreeBee.
With this FreeBee you can add some simple interactivity to your
projects that pop-up and close (trigger :-) other objects on the
page. With this FreeBee which installs to your ToolBook
program as a catalog object, you can easily add a neat little
paperclip graphic to your ToolBook page that indicates, "click
me for more information." When your users clicks on the
paperclip it will pop-up anything you want it to pop up - like a
graphic, a field with text in it...the possibilities are
to access the ToolBookDeveloper FreeBee.
Featured Product: Question
You would think that there would be an
easy way to visually indicate correct and incorrect answers in
multiple choice and true-false questions, but there is not.
Typically people will add check mark graphics to the question
object that indicate the correct answers. These graphics
are displayed once the question is scored. Then, you need
to have code on the page that assures the checks get hidden on
leaving the page. Basically it can be a big hassle.
Not so anymore! With the Question Feedback Wrapper you can
visually show your learners the right and wrong answers - and it
is easy to implement. Click
here for more information on this new product.
NEW Knowledge Base Tip!
Get rid of that pesky
image toolbar in your dhtml projects
If you have your have Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6), you may have
noticed that whenever your mouse pointer (or mouse cursor) moves
over an image, an image toolbar automatically pops up, giving
you the option to save that image, resize it, print it, send the
picture to someone in an email, etc. Much as this may
please some of your users, it annoys a number of fellow
ToolBookers who are not thrilled that IE encourages copyright
infringement by suggesting that it is acceptable to pilfer
pictures from our programs. If you feel the same way, you may be
comforted that it is an easy matter to prevent the toolbar from
showing over images on your site. This Knowledge
Base article will show you how. Click
here to access it.
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