After another three years, I’ve decided that I should a change to SharpMT… I could have made the changes to the version at Codeplex but I decided to do it on my own local code base (and share the bits) because 3.x includes spell checking and the 4.x on Codeplex does not due to licensing issuess. There’s really only one change here: SharpMT now uses the .NET Framework 4.0 instead of aging 2.0. Why? Take a look at the Windows Development Preview for the hint of a clue…
After three years, I’ve finally had to make a change to SharpMT… I could have made the changes to the version at Codeplex but I decided to do it on my own local code base (and share the bits) because 3.x includes spell checking and the 4.x on Codeplex does not due to licensing issuess. Click-through to see the changes, but there are only a few.
CodePlex: SharpMT is an offline Blog writer that is designed for MovableType based systems. There are three versions of the application: desktop, PocketPC, and SmartPhone, all of which share the same file format for offline drafts. The project files included have three different versions – one for each platform – as well as installation and help system project files.
Home page: SharpMT’s CodePlex home page
Binaries: SharpMT 4.0
I’m not sure if I’m going to do it or not, but I’m thinking about it… and I may actually have some free time this weekend (as I’m stuck in my house, waiting for repairs to get done and stuff) but… well. It’s been over a year since I’ve had an update to the products in question…. maybe it’s time.
I’m thinking of putting the source code for SharpMT, Pocket SharpMT, and Phone SharpMT on CodePlex.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
With SharpMT 3.x I tried to use “best practices” when it came to things like network access and security related tasks. It puts the “write-able” files in the right places, asks proper permisisons, etc. I thought I had done a good job. It was OK on XP and on early versions of Vista. Beta 2 however proves to be a stricter arena: SharpMT can’t run because it doesn’t request permissions to register the Spell Checker OCX on start up.
There is a workaround: go into Windows Explorer, right click on the SharpMT.exe file and select “Run as administrator”. This only has to be done once; after this one time registering step, the application will run via the Start Menu or any other SharpMT icon.
Please feel free to report any Vista-specific SharpMT bugs here!
I guess the “free ride” of blogging tools couldn’t last forever… I was checking out Windows Live Search this morning and said “oO, lets see how it does with SharpMT.” It did well: found all the sites I expected it to. Even has a Feeds search which is kinda neat… then I noticed an ad on the right and went “errr?”. Oh, not because there are ads there, but what the ad said: “Smarter than SharpMT”.
Obviously I had to click through that!
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