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May 24, 2006

Introducing Web Directions 06 - the conference

For the last two years, I've been involved with the WE conference series - WE04 and WE05. In the tradition of those conferences we bring you Web Directions 06. The name signifies a slight change in focus, but with the same emphasis on inspiring, informative, entertaining speakers. In 2004 we focussed on standards based web design and accessibility. In 2005 this broadened to include user centered design, and now the focus broadens again to include Javascript/DOM/AJAX development, Information Architecture, WebApp design and accessibility, RSS (not just for blogs), developing communities and user generated content, as well as what you've come to expect from our conferences - user centered design, standards based design and development, user centered design, web site accessibility and more.

WD06 features a broad range of local an international speakers, including such luminaries as Kelly Goto, Derek Featherstone, Jeremy Keith, Thomas Vander Wal, Andy Clarke and Molly Holzschlag. Locals include "the man in blue" himself Cam Adams, Donna Maurer, Laurel Papworth, Gian Sampson-Wild, Campaign monitor's Dave Greiner and Ben Richardson.

As always, you'll come away with practical, useful information and techniques, inspiration, meet wonderful new people in your industry, renew friendships, get to go to great parties, and maybe even get a new job (it's happened before at our conferences).
We've included the option of two full days of workshops from Molly Holzschlag and Andy Clark, Derek Featherstone, Kelly Goto and Jeremy Keith.

We'll have more announcements soon, so keep an eye on the web directions blog, and remember our last conference sold out with over a month to go, so start planning now.

Web Directions is on in Sydney Australia, September 28 and 29 2006 (workshops September 26 and 27).

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May 24, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

May 13, 2006

Podcasts - Ideas3 in Perth, WSG in Melbourne

The podCast from my recent appearance at Ideas3 in Perth, alongside Mark Boulton is now available, as is the podCast of my webpatterns presentation in Melbourne (along with slides, for you to follow along! Interactive or what?).

Now, I've got a few emails to finish off, some loose ends to tidy up, then off to Fiji for 10 days. For the second time in over a decade, no emails or nothing for me in all that time. W00T.

While I am away, the succesor to WE04 and WE05, WebDirections will launch. So get along and subscribe to the RSS, or send us an email to be updated.
By the middle of the week you'll know about the amazing lineup of speakers from Australia and around the world we have lined up, the events we have planned, the two days of full day workshops by world leaders in accessiiblity, design, AJAX and more.
This is going to be much more than just another conference, think of it as "Australian Web Design Week".

If I don't see you on a beach in Fiji in the next two weeks, I'll see you right here in a fortnight or so.

john

May 13, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 09, 2006

A little ray of sunshine

The last few weeks, I've been working very hard, had a few narky little things annoying me, been let down a bit by a couple of people, slept far too little, even by the standards of a recent parent. I am so looking forward to a holiday. We are taking he little one somewhere nice and warm, and do lots of swimming and relaxing.

But, I just saw a really positive review of Style Master ("the best CSS Editor"), and it's nice to get recognized for the work you do. That ought to get me through the next few ludicrously hectic days.

John

May 9, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

May 08, 2006

Style Master 4.5 released

We just got 4.5 off Style Master out the door, and after a day or so, it looks like things are going really well with it. Hugely enthusiastic response from many of our existing users, and new users as well. Over the last decade, I've released dozens of versions of software for several different paltforms, and it is always stressful, indeed, terrifying, no mater how much testing you've done and how many testers you have.

I had hoped to write a bit about the development and testing phase for this release, as it was the smoothest yet (aided by an online bug racking system we set up to help testers let us know about bugs and other issues they found, and to keep us honest - no hiding from publicly tracked bugs)

But with a short vacation (we call them holidays down here) coming up (my daughter ZK is nearly 6 months old now, and her mum needs a break) and a pile of work to do before we go (as well as the launch of our new conference, Web Directions, on in Sydney at the end of September, and a speaking engagement in Canberra on Thursday (all welcome)) there is too little time.

So for now, please take a look at Style Master which to put it bluntly and biasedly, is a very fine piece of software if I do say so myself.

John

May 8, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 03, 2006

Style Master 4.5 for Windows public beta

As promised, here is the Windows version of the public beta. We've tested this internally, with several hundred testers for over two months now. I feel its the best test programme I've run, and I might get round to writing about it some time soonish.

In the meantime, if you'd like to take it for a spin, please grab a copy and let us know what you think.

We have a bug tracker at our site, for you to report any bugs (hopefully there won't be too many).

If all goes well, this is essentially a final candidate, and the relase of Style Master 4.5 is very close indeed.

john

May 3, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 02, 2006

Style Master 4.5 for the Mac public beta

For too long now, wev been slaving away over Style Master 4.5 for the Mac.

I've just uploaded the public beta, after quite a long beta programme, so this version should be in really good shape.

So, if you'd like to take it for a spin, please grab a copy and let us know what you think.

We have a bug tracker at our site, for you to report any bugs (hopefully there won't be too many).

Windows version due tomorrow

john

May 2, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack