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So I notice in the vision.rtf file in the repository that working offline is one of the goals of the project; after taking a trip with a powerbook but no easy net access, this seems more and more like a pretty useful feature.

What I want to know, before I start trying to implement it, is if anyone else is working on this at the moment, so I can avoid duplicating large amounts of work.

What I'm considering starting out with is a simple system to create entries offline and store them, with syncing to the livejournal (or other service) server. It would be useful in the future to have support for downloading the user's entire journal and keeping the local entries synced with the server, so for the purposes of editing old entries (and maybe, if possible, even replying to comments) it would be completely irrelevant whether or not you were connected to the net until you wanted to sync. Support for editing entries from multiple services and syncing them all at once would also be a neat feature, but probably not something that's necessary to do immediately.

Related to this would be a Palm conduit that works in OS X, but if the AvantGo people can't figure out how to do it (and even Palm took a really long time to do the basic necessities for X), I don't think I'll be able to either.

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wibbble
Aug. 12th, 2002 09:14 am (UTC)
I didn't realise that there wasn't a Mac OS X version of the Avantgo conduit until now. :o(

I'm gutted. Bleh!

I think I'd pay for 10.2 if iSync included Avantgo support.
wooble
Aug. 12th, 2002 09:39 am (UTC)
They don't even support Palm Desktop 4.0 for OS9; they suggest uninstalling it and replacing it with 2.whatever. I don't know that they've actually also recommended that all mac users downgrade to OS 9.1 as well, but their attitude seems to be that if they don't support it yet, it's not good enough for anyone to use.

I really wouldn't expect iSync to support AvantGo, but it would be really nice if iSync is easy to add conduits to, and if Apple released a conduit development kit that didn't require CodeWarrior, that'd be nice too.

Maybe Apple will realize that turning the iPod into a PDA with no input is kind of pointless, and they'll just buy out Palm.
wibbble
Aug. 12th, 2002 09:46 am (UTC)
Well, if they release SDKs, I'd imagine Apple would use their own development environment.

As for buying out Palm... I think that would be a really bad move, and would generate a lot of bad feeling or result in Apple having to have its fingers in stuff they might not want to.

Now, just making a Palm OS handheld, that could make sense. They don't have to buy Palm to do it (Sony didn't, IBM didn't, and Handspring certainly didn't).

Of course, any Apple PDA is going to arrive too late for me. If I'm going to replace my currently unused Palm V, I'm probably going to do it this month. :o)
cocoamoe
Aug. 17th, 2002 01:13 am (UTC)
Syncing With LiveJournal
I just started using LiveJournal and I recently finished Aaron's Cocoa Programming Book (Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X). I would like to work on downloading my entire journal to iJournal and syncing it up with LJ. I am not sure how to do this, and I probably am the worst person for doing this, but If I am the only person who is willing to do it, then I am probably the best person for the job. Anyone else taking on this challenge?
aodl
Aug. 19th, 2002 08:21 am (UTC)
There is another Mac OS X LJ client, YaxJournal, whose primary focus is to be an offline client. I like the speed and simplicity of iJournal for most cases, but YaxJournal has proven invaluable when traveling (which, sadly, I seldom get to do anymore).
wooble
Aug. 19th, 2002 09:28 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm aware of Yaxjournal, but I don't like it very much and it would be nice to have one client that does everything instead of relying on one nice one for everyday use and switching to another one for offline use.

Unfortunately, this is a pretty big project since the iJournal code as it's written is a bit of a mess; it good for what it does now, but for handling more than one entry at a time it looks like it will need a pretty substantial redesign.

It almost is starting to look to me like it would be better to write a new client from scratch that takes the best of iJournal's design and Yax's functionality, but I'm not quite masochistic enough to try that
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