Updates galore
Blog / Friday, February 6, 2009

So, if you’re reading this on anything other than the rss feed, you’ve noticed the new site design. I explained a bit of it in another post, but to run through it again but I’ll go into a bit more detail here.

Updating the site
Blog / Thursday, January 29, 2009

I’m about to go live with the overhaul of the site, but I need to test this so that Blog posts don’t end up on the FRONT page, but only on the Blog page. Hopefully it’ll work! If you’re reading this on the old blue site, the hack has been in place for years. I’m hacking the NEW template and I need to test it.

Keynoteuser.com Now for iPhone!
Blog / Friday, August 15, 2008

Late last night I installed a new module that will check for an iphone and load up an iphone friendly news page. Right now it’s fairly limited, mostly because I had to then install a script on the front page that checks for an iphone and sends you over to the new format. The problem with this is there’s is now no way for iphone users to view the full site. I’ll likely just mess with this a bit and turn it off until the developer makes a switch so that you can flip back over to the full site. For now though, I’m going to leave it on. If you’re reading this site with an iphone, feel free to comment on this blog post and give me feedback.

More tweaks
Blog / Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tonight I made more tweaks to the site, and enabled the new Reviews and the new Tips sections. They’re not really NEW, but they’re links to the searchable news engine for any tag that is marked Reviews or Tips. Eventually I’ll get fancy headers for those sections instead of just the text, but for now it’ll be the text. Also, because of the way the OLD site is made, every old page has a header on it. Instead of going through and editing every header, I simply added links to the new page from each Old main section, so if you land on an old section, you can easily get to the new section. Eventually ALL the sections will be WordPress pages except the front page of the site, so it will all be searchable and dynamic.

Long overdue updates
Blog / Thursday, August 14, 2008

Yes folks, it’s me, the long lost creator of this site. I haven’t bloged in a LONG time, but I’m finally back in the swing of things on the site. Besides a few news stories here and there (which Ken has mostly been taking care of) the site really hasn’t been updated. Today I upgraded the news engine to WordPress 2.6 and fixed some glitches in the look of the news pages. I also fixed the blog link so that it now simply links to a category listing (yeah!). You’ll see other new things over the next month or so. I want to add a wordpress downloads page, so that the downloads are tracked. Right now that portion of the site is simply a hacked together HTML page. I also plan on dumping the old reviews into the wordpress system (and maybe removing the really old ones) and making that a category listing also. I had originally planned to move the site to Joomla, and I may still do that, but for now, it’s staying as a WordPress/HTML site. Eventually I’ll update the front page to a more modern look and get some of the side bar boxes automated with…

End of the year thoughts…
Blog / Friday, December 14, 2007

Well, here I am again, posting after not posting for months. My blog has always been something I’ve mean to do more often (say, once a week or so) and then just never get around to. Anyway, on to the topic…

New site coming soon
Blog / Friday, August 24, 2007

Finally. It’s been a few years since the current site went live, and it’s starting to get pretty stale. It’s half old HTML stuff and half WordPress hacked so it runs inside a shell on the front page. It was a decent attempt at a real news site, but it needs work badly. Enter Joomla. I’m currently redesigning the entire site in Joomla and it’s going to make this current site look well, as bad as it always has been. No more wacked out margins, no more pasted in html pages. It will be one unified, dynamic, searchable site. The old site won’t go away completely though, the news portion of it (the wordpress part) will be stripped down and placed inside what Joomla calls a wrapper. This means, if someone follows an old link, or if you want to look for an old story, you’ll simply hit the link for the old news and it will load inside a frame in the new site. Nice and tidy. Anyway, I’ve been chugging away at the Galleria theme and working on the new site along side it. The site is far from done, but I have posted a small screen shot…

Galleria is done!
Blog / Friday, August 24, 2007

Our newest theme is finally done, and at the moment it’s Keynote 4 (’08) only. The official release will be on Monday, but if you’re a fan of our work, you can find it here: Galleria There’s a movie linked there, but it only really works if you let it completely load before attempting to watch it (it gets stuck reloading until it fully loads). Look for a real page on our site and a real press release on Monday.

Keynote ’08 thoughts
Blog / Friday, August 10, 2007

I’ve been tinkering with Keynote ’08 (by the way, the app itself is tagged as Keynote 4 in the about box) and it’s a love hate thing all over again (mostly love).

Future projects and other thoughts…
Blog / Sunday, July 1, 2007

I thought I’d post a blog entry tonight, mostly since I haven’t posted anything in a long while and the site appears dead (Doh! I hadn’t noticed Ken posted a few blog entries regarding his new toy). I’m currently working on an ipod/dvd version of PowerBlue. The reason this would be a different theme than the standard is that it will be tailored for TV (and to a lesser extent, the iPod). Many tv’s have overscan (unless you’ve gone HD) and people have quickly realized that with a normal theme, they lose a lot of info around the edges of their slides when viewing a DVD presentation on a regular TV set. This version of PowerBlue will take care of that. It will also be tweaked for TV colors with things like 10% black added to the white text to tone it down for tv viewing with less flicker (white is especially bad on a regular TV set). I’m also working on a complete redesign of the “portfolio” themes from Keynote Gallery. I basically started with the original theme as an inspiration, but the final will be a vastly different. It will also be more of a niche theme, made…

iPhone questions: Some answered
Blog , Opinions & Thoughts / Sunday, July 1, 2007

We’ve been using our iPhone over the weekend with EDGE, WiFi, and voice and are, on the whole, pleased with the experience. The iPhone is one of those devices that you get and then, since it’s so easy to use, you spend most of your time thinking about how cool the future can be with this as a starting point. Just yesterday, I came up with three business ideas that center on the idea of a fast, WiFi enabled device in the hands and pockets of a fairly well-heeled populace.

iPhone questions: Not Yet Answered
Blog , Opinions & Thoughts / Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Each day is bringing us closer to the release of the iPhone. And with each day, there’s a little more info coming out including today’s release of the rate plans. There’s no doubt that the decision to purchase has already been made by many and there are those that are still waiting for more details. However, there are a few specifics that I think are so far under the radar, that they’re not going to get the QuickTime introduction treatment or even a bullet point on the website. Here’s a list of a few things, some supposedly a given with no specific information and some that haven’t been mentioned anywhere. Even after we pick up an iPhone on Friday, some may still remain unclear, but these are what we’re looking for.

New machines in my life…
Blog / Monday, April 30, 2007

Finally, after 5 years with the same G4 tower, and over 3 years with the same G4 PowerBook, I’m finally upgrading. I’ve already got my new 17″ MacBook Pro, and tomorrow I’ll be ordering a new 8-Core Mac pro tower. No, these aren’t just for messing with Keynote on. I do Mac consulting as my day job, and I also do various web and video editing projects on the side. My new tower has to last me another 5 years, so I figured, why not go for the top dog. I’ll most likely post some speed tests once I get it. The best test I know currently is exporting the QuickTime timers I sell. They’re built in Keynote, and it usually takes hours to export the longer ones. It will be interesting to see just how long they take on the new tower.

I’m a slacker
Blog / Monday, March 26, 2007

yes, I’m a slacker. I let my blog go for weeks with no entries. To be honest, I actually have been busy enough that I forgot I even had a blog. In the last few months I have managed to make it to Nashville, TN twice, Las Vegas once (for Final Cut Pro level 1 certification) and Colorado Springs (to work for a client for a week at the Broadmoor, awwwwyeeaaahhh!). And I’ll be heading BACK to Vegas in a few weeks for the Apple NAB event (weee!). In other news well…there’s be NO news on the Keynote front short of a few theme and extra announcements over the last few months. I have finally ordered a 17″ MacBook Pro so I can finally test out Keynote on a decent piece of hardware (and possibly take a look at Office 2007 to see what we’re in for when the Mac version ships later this year). I ended up getting the refurb of the current model, so no pretty box for me. Still, I saved a bundle and it’ll be a nice replacement for my 15″ 1.25 ghz PowerBook G4. Anyway, look for more blog postings soon. I’m toying with some…

Time slips by
Blog / Saturday, March 3, 2007

I keep meaning to post to the blog, and then I proptly forget to. And so it goes I guess when you don’t have a “real” commercial blog. Anyway, on to more interesting things. It looks like I’ll possibly be attending NAB this year (first time ever). I’m not only a fan of Keynote, I’m a fan of Final Cut Pro (I just got certified for FCP Level 1 a few days ago). I’m really hoping (along with most Mac fans) that Apple announces something BIG at the show. My guess (only a guess) is they’ll announce the release date of new 8 core towers, Leopard, and Final Cut Pro 6 (plus updates of all the included apps). I say announce because it would make sense to show them off at NAB, but wait until Leopard is done to ship them. Same with FCP. My guess is version 6 will require the goodies in 10.5. So what the heck does this have to do with Keynote!? Nothing, though I suspect we’ll see iWork 07 and iLife 07 come out at the same time. And I suspect Keynote will also require the goodies in 10.5. I’m really hoping too that Apple…

WordPress Update
Blog / Sunday, January 28, 2007

I finally moved the news system to WordPress 2.0 (our server won’t support 2.1 yet). This opened up access to a bunch of new plug-ins, one of which lets us not have to moderate comments any longer (though if your comment has certain key words in it, it’ll get tagged for moderation). I also installed a Digg plug-in, but for the moment, it only supports manually adding it to a story, so if we write a story that we think has a chance on Digg, we’ll add the button…if YOU feel like a story should be dugg, post the Digg story url in the comments and we’ll add the button right away. Other than that, look for the official product launch of PowerBlue tomorrow morning (and pray the new plug-ins don’t break anything!).