Category Archives: SharpMT

Thanks, CodePlex – Hello, GitHub

Looks like CodePlex is beginning it’s long ride off into the sunset! As part of that, people that have their source code in the TFS instance we being encouraged to migrate their projects to GitHub. It’s a pretty straightforward process and so I’ve been spending some time getting my existing source up there:

SharpKeys, for keyboard remapping:

SharpMT, for blog writing:

Compile and enjoy!

SharpMT 3.5

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…

SharpMT 3.5: Install MSI | required .NET Framework 4.0 | FAQ and Product Info

SharpMT 3.3.1: Install MSI | requires .NET Framework 2.0
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Sharp MT 3.3.1

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.

SharpMT 3.3.1: Install MSI | FAQ and Product Info
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SharpMT 4.0 – Released To CodePlex GitHub

GitHub: 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.

It’s alive!

Home page: SharpMT’s GitHub home page

Binaries: SharpMT 4.0

Discussions: SharpMT forum
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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?

Text Filters Work Again

Just an FYI to all SharpMT users that use TypePad for hosting: getting Text Filters from the server works again!

Don’t know when it started working but it worked today – I first reported the problem in July and had seen it for months before that, thinking it was a Vista problem. True, I could be more forgiving, but a) I’m a paying customer, b) I help to drive business to Six Apart products and c) it still took over four months to get a fix in place for a server based product.

Ah well. At least it’s working again!

Sharp MT — Pocket Sharp MT — Phone SharpMT: 3.3

Talk about hitting a trifecta – this marks the official release of the following:

SharpMT 3.3 – Windows desktop edition (.NET Framework 2.0 required)

Pocket SharpMT 3.3 – Pocket PC edition (.NET Compact Framework 2.0 required)

Phone SharpMT 3.3 – SmartPhone edition (.NET Compact Framework 2.0 required)
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Phone SharpMT 3.2.1 – Beta 1

What’s Phone SharpMT? I guess some history needs to be rehashed.

SharpMT got started because I wanted a MT/TypePad specific offline blog writer for my notebook; when I started working on SharpMT over three years ago, there simply weren’t any tools that were tied tightly to MT. Pocket SharpMT got spun off during SharpMT 2 because people asked me to do it… Pocket PC’s were getting keyboards and WiFi so it started to make sense. Shortly after getting that out, the Phone-enabled Pocket PC devices hit and Pocket SharpMT went with them. Meanwhile, SharpMT went to version 3 with a new design and using the .NET 2.0 Framework… Pocket SharpMT eventually stepped up to the newer Framework as well.

And then Motorola finally got the Q out the door… a Smartphone based device with a thumb-sized keyboard… and, well, since I might have one someday, a new version of SharpMT simply had to be kicked off:

Phone SharpMT is for the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform.
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TypePad Is Sorta Busted

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working with SharpMT on Windows Vista (Beta 2). I noticed that I was getting an error when I refreshed Text Filters… I assumed it was something odd in Vista.

I was wrong – Text Filters via XML-RPC seem to be broken. Definitely is for TypePad; I have no idea if MT 3.3 has the same problem.

They work fine via the TypePad web pages; there’s no problem when posting drafts via SharpMT if you have the Text Filters already stored locally. There is a big problem if you are a new user of SharpMT and you are getting Text Filters for the first time: you can only select “None” since that’s the only default filter available.

I have an open service request with SixApart about this; someone else has reported a similar error so they’re already looking into it. The biggest down side to this is that the problem impacts all three two versions of SharpMT: desktop and Pocket PC.

SharpMT on Vista Beta 2

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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