FreeBee Newsletter #1


FreeBee Newsletter #1

August/September 2002



Freebee - Popups in DHTML

Showcase now available on

Cursor Chasing Bees

For Hard-Core Native ToolBookers

Graphics Pre-Loader



Welcome to my first FreeBee Newsletter. Since I started up my site in July, I have had lots of visitors and positive feedback on what I am trying to accomplish with the site. Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement. As always, I have about ten plates spinning at once (lots of work, but I wouldn't want it any other way :-) which is why I knew it would be risky to commit to releasing these FreeBee Newsletters at regular intervals. So, while I had wanted to get the first Newsletter out sooner than this, I hope that you find that it was worth the wait.

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So, What Do You Have for Us Peter?  Popups in DHTML!

Lately in my consulting work, customers have been asking to be able to pop up different items from their DHTML exported ToolBook Projects. In addition, just this past week there have been a couple of questions on the ToolBook ListServe about popping up windows in DHTML. While in Native ToolBook this is easy to do with a viewer, it is a little more challenging in DHTML. Whether you want to pop-up a web page, a JavaScript calculator, or a PDF document, this FreeBee Quick Course will show you how to do it and maintain total control (placement, size, and modality) over the window you are popping up.  In addition, if you are a subscriber, you can get a bonus tool that will create your pop-up windows for you. All you need to do is click on the links below to get the course and the tool.

Access the FreeBee Quick Course Go through the course first to understand the why's and how's of the tool.

Download the FreeBee Quick Course and PopUp Maker Tool Do this after you have accessed the Quick Course above. Note that the download will include the exported files and when you run the Quick Course in Native mode the temporary popup pages do not close. Please note that the download is for subscribers only.

Subscribers please refer to the e-mail notification about the FreeBee for the username and password - If you are not a subscriber, subscribe today and you will get immediate access to the tool :-)

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Showcase Now Available on

Showcase - My hope is that this will become the place on the internet for fellow ToolBookers to share what they have done with others in the ToolBook Community.  So if you didn't know already, you are invited to submit samples of your work that you think may be of interest to others in the ToolBook Community.  To submit your work for review, please complete the appropriate section on the multi-purpose form and I will get in touch with you.

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Cursor-Chasing Bees

Someone asked me about how I made the cursor-chasing bees on the FreeBee page. I can't take credit for the code, but I can pass along how to do it. I have modified the JavaScript to make it into a freebees.js file. The file contains a freebees.htm file that shows what you need to add to you own page and there are very limited instructions in the freebees,js file. But wait there's more... For no extra charge and complete with our 100% money back guarantee you get the little freebee.gif free:-)

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And Finally, For All You Hard-Core Native ToolBookers

If you are a fan of the Format Painter in MS Word, perhaps you have wished that ToolBook had a similar function. Well, there is an easy way to apply the properties of one object to another object. This example is basic, but once you see it you will probably be able to think of all kinds of ways you can use this productivity tool.

  1. Select the object whose properties you wish to copy. In this case it is the "Body Text" field.  Now, open the property browser and mouse down on the property you wish to copy. In this example, I clicked on the "font face" under the "name" category. Now drag this over to the object you wish to have the properties copied to, in the case the target button. When we drop, a list of objects will appear, the list is the object that you drop on, it's parent, the parent's parent and so on up to the book. Select the appropriate object, in this case, the "Body Text2" field.

  1. As you can see from the dialogue box, you are asked if you wish to copy the properties to the object. If you select "Yes" the properties will be immediately applied.

  2. Maybe you are saying, "Hey Peter!  I can do this more quickly right in the object property editor." You certainly can, however, this process is extremely useful for applying user properties to other objects, because we don't have editors for our own userProperties like we have for standard ToolBook properties. Also, you can see what it is that you are applying. Hmm, what was the fontSize???:-) You can even drag and drop arrays - very cool:-)

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Well, that's it for now. I would appreciate your feedback on the FreeBee as it will help me improve future FreeBees. Until next time, whenever that will be :-), happy ToolBooking!


Peter Jackson


And now...a message from the marketing department...

Graphics Pre-Loader Now Available!

If your users are complaining that it takes too long to load the graphics for your program then you should think about pre-loading your graphics...and, if you are going to do that, then you definitely should check out the Graphics Pre-Loader.    If you think that it might be too difficult to use, not worth what you pay for it, or if you think that you can set up the preloading on your own, try the Pre-Loader demo on an actual project.  It will only pre-Load 25% of your graphics, but it will give you a good idea of how easy it is to use.  The Graphics Pre-Loader is only $149US and will pay for itself with your first project.  Check it out today!

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