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First off: Very nice! I like! I used to have to boot up Windows to use the LJ client there whenever I wanted to see a concise list of where I stood with all my friends (if there was anyone who added me recently, for example, so I could add them back). It's really nice to have this feature on Mac OS X now, and in an app that looks so nice!

A couple comments on things I noticed:

- The 'busy' animated picture should be the same grey spinner you see when checking mail, or when booting up / shutting down, instead of the 'flowing colors' square in the bottom left corner of the iJournal window.

- iJournal opens its main window whenever I click its icon in the Dock. It should only open its main window if it doesn't have any other windows open. If I have the 'Friends' window open and I click on the iJournal icon in the Dock, then it should only bring the Friends window forwards; it shouldn't open a new main window.

- The iTunes button to read in the name of the current track is very cool!!

- Having a list of my friends groups on the 'Sec' menu is also very cool! :) Great job!

- It might be neat if, instead of having to choose a userpic by name, I could slide a tray containing all my userpics out from the side of the iJournal window, and then click on an actual pic to select it. :) Or maybe not... at least, could you make 'Pic' a link to my userpic page, so I can refresh my memory as to what pics I gave what keywords?

- Is there any possibility that you might add the option to download the entire contents of a journal (including comments) so that I can archive it on my own computer, just in case anything ever happens to the LiveJournal site itself?

Great work! iJournal is a really good program!

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punctilious
Aug. 29th, 2002 03:07 pm (UTC)
Some more opinions.
  • Re: User Pictures in a drawer.
    Drawers are over-used, and extremely processor intensive from what I've observed. Usually they do things that could be accomplished with other methods. Sure, they look nice, but on an iBook things really crawl when you've got every other application using them. An alternative would be to have the current picture displayed somewhere in the interface. So when you start up the default is there, when you select a different one, it is shown. -- upper left corner or something.
  • Re: Downloading a Backup
    YaxJournal, another OS X client can do this. Personally, I don't use it because it backs up your journal to its own database format, kind of useless if you don't use it on a regular basis. I think the developer of that plans on adding RTF/Text/HTML output eventuallly. I think somebody was planning to write a Perl script that would just download everything to text files, but I haven't seen a single thing about this.
  • Preview Mode. It would be nice to be able to hit a preview button and see what the entry will look like rendered. I currently write the entries in a text editor, and just hit refresh on a web brower with the file open every once in a while. Integrated would be nice though. Maybe even grab page color settings and such.
  • History? I see where it will be, but I guess it isn't implemented yet.
  • And yes, using the new Spinner would be better than the tiny BarberShopPole.
koliver
Aug. 29th, 2002 04:11 pm (UTC)
# Preview Mode. It would be nice to be able to hit a preview button and see what the entry will look like rendered. I currently write the entries in a text editor, and just hit refresh on a web brower with the file open every once in a while. Integrated would be nice though. Maybe even grab page color settings and such.

This is something I'd like to add (never thought of it tho!) I think it might be feasible to rig it to open a localfile in a browser window or something... When I get some free time I'll have to add this.
peacheasy
Aug. 29th, 2002 05:38 pm (UTC)
- The animated grey spinner is part of a GUI set that is specific to 10.2 .. Current release of iJournal was released prior to 10.2 .. And who is to say that apple won't change it again? iJournal isn't an apple product, why conform? Maybe there should be a livejournal propietary GUI set..

- Tabbing to the program, rather than clicking on the icon will prevent this. Learn the keyboard shortcuts!

- Yes, and if the song changes after you first capture the song, you can hit the icon again to update to the current song.

- Yes, thats a "security" option which is built into livejournal, just complying with their standards.

- Being able to choose the picture visually means that each time you log in, it would have to download all your pictures since those are stored on the livejournal server. Given that takes bandwidth, this would first cause a problem with modem users who don't want to wait for the downloading, and second cause additional server load for livejournal (thus, making it a paid user only option if they even allow it). Solution : Be a bit more accurate with your keywords.

- Comments aren't actually part of your journal - they are contained in a seperate table of a relational database.
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