FT: FieldTrip News
curry at pair.com
Wed Oct 10 01:15:58 EDT 2012
Several of you have inquired lately about the status of FieldTrip and
I'm pleased to report that we're almost ready for the first beta release!
(It's been a while and I apologize for the delay. My health took a big
dive just when I was busiest, and I also was waiting for an item from
another team that will play an important role in this project.)
The tab bar isn't finished yet, but otherwise the FieldTrip toolbar is
ready to rock your field text. For anyone new to the topic, FieldTrip
provides a handy cross-platform toolbar for LiveCode 5.5's advanced text
features. In short, it's like an MS Word styling toolbar for your LC
fields, from bold and italic to borders and images. Coloring or styling
is a snap.
In the last few weeks I've developed a skin for the toolbar buttons so
that the product can be used attractively on the myriad desktop and
mobile platforms. The skin is flexible on coloring options and designed
to be CPU-friendly for snappy results on any hardware. Later I'll
probably make the skin available to use independently of FieldTrip.
Maarten is putting a subset of the toolbar to the test in his product
now, and I will be skinning the remaining controls and sewing everything
up for the beta, then I'll get it in your hands. Considerably more will
be added before the 1.0 release.
We actually had a FieldTrip preview planned to visually present an
overview of features at the LiveCode Conference earlier this year, but
due to the hotel internet issues the presenter was not able to receive
the stack by email in time for the presentation! That was a nifty demo,
so I'm bringing it back to serve as the hands-on test stack for the beta.
As promised, FieldTrip will be available to the preorder folks firstly,
and there will be other special bonuses coming as a way of saying thanks
for your confidence and support in making this library possible! I'll be
using an off-list method to make this beta available privately. First
look, first killer app. :)
I still haven't updated my PayPal button, so it's still possible to
preorder at the old price for a time and get full rights to the private
beta and any bonuses that will be reserved for those who preorder. But
the clock is ticking on that; I'll update the button as soon as I get
caught up on the beta work.
(There are also higher levels of support available in a drop-down with
the PayPal button, for those who want me to spend some time exclusively
on their most desired features.)
For anyone who misses the preorder, after the private beta release I'll
be posting either a video and/or a limited version of the demo stack to
see an overview of the features.
I'll post separately about news of my other addons! Thanks to all who
have written off-list to ask questions and provide encouragement and
feedback/requests/bug reports on these projects, and I look forward to
providing a big ole bunch of releases and updates for you mighty soon.
I've had to lurk a bit to get caught up with work, so I'm glad to be
posting here again! Regards to all.
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