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Site template improvements

As you may notice, the site design has been improved. Specifically the template for the Drupal-powered pages such as the blog, forums, and FAQ. They now fairly closely match the design for the product pages.

There are still more tweaks to be done, but this is a great improvement.

New site now live

I've now switched the dejal.com domain over to the new web server - so the site is now live, and the old server is ready to be retired.

If you've visited dejal.com before, you'll notice a number of changes - for one thing, the blog is currently appearing on the home page, instead of the brief "Recent News" list and the feature graphic. I do want to bring the feature graphic back in due course, and perhaps reduce the news on the home page to just headlines (the full blog entries can be read on the Blog page)... but for now having the blog on the home page works for me.

I hope you like the new page styles. As of this writing there are two distinct page styles, for Drupal-managed pages (like the blog and forums) and custom PHP-driven pages (like product pages), but that will be corrected soon. The Drupal-managed pages will be changed to appear more like the custom ones.

Please let me know what you think of the changes in the comments. Please also tell me if you notice any broken links; always a risk with site migrations.

Older News

This blog is now the cool place to be for Dejal news. In previous years, the news entries were just very brief single paragraphs. The past five years of them are preserved for posterity here:

Simon 2.2c7 released

I've just released Simon version 2.2c7, which hopefully will be the last general candidate release, and the last release of 2006.

I currently plan to do the general release next week, after finishing migrating my custom PHP-driven web pages to the new host, launching my new logo, and releasing beta versions of Caboodle 1.1, BlogAssist 2.1, and Macfilink 1.4. I'll also continue work on Time Out 2. It'll be a busy week.

Merchandise, getcha merchandise!

I've just updated the Dejal Merchandise Store with the new logo, and several new products:

BagMugShirtSweat

What better way to help support a small Mac developer, and get the word out to your friends! Well, other than buying the software itself, of course. :)

(See if you can spot the new Time Out 2 icon in the store, too.)

Introducing the new Dejal logo

The new Dejal logo has now been completed... and here it is:

I will be rolling out this logo on the main Dejal site and within the various applications in January. (I also hope to merge that site and this one then.)

Many thanks to graphic designer Emily Pfeifer for all her help in creating the logo.

What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Simon 2.2c6 and the switch to forums

I just released another general candidate version of Simon: 2.2c6.

It updates Simon to use the new Dejal Forums instead of the contact feedback form in the Help menu and toolbar icons. The reason for this is I want to encourage everyone to use the forums as the avenue of support, so others can benefit from the questions and answers.

I pride myself on being very responsive to customer support queries. I am the developer, but currently also provide all customer support - so you know you're getting answers from the guy who knows the software best.

Using the forums won't change that philosophy: I monitor them frequently, and will answer queries there just as quickly as via the feedback form or email. But it is my hope that others will join in to provide other perspectives, perhaps tips on things they've discovered from their own use, that may not have occurred to me yet. And even if I still answer every question myself, others reading through the forums can probably solve their issue more quickly if they see someone else's question on the topic.

Forums have lots of potential... but can be a bit slow to get off the ground. Give it a try!

Well, that didn't take long

I created the forums on Saturday, and today the first spam forum posting appeared.

At present I'm allowing anonymous posting and comments, though I expect to have to tighten that once more spambots find the site.

What's that strange shape?

So what's with the green curvy symbol in the page header?

That is a draft rendition of the new Dejal logo. I am in the process of redesigning my logo, working with graphic designer Emily Pfeifer.

I designed my old logo myself back around the year 2000, with an update in 2002. It has served me well, but I've come to feel that it is too complicated, and doesn't scale well.

So we're now working on replacing it. We went through many iterations of design concepts, starting with my old logo, and removing the extraneous dots, adding more curvature, etc. For a while I was favoring a design somewhat like an italic D, but then I saw the circular one, and it just clicked. It still has the "D-ness", the simplicity, and the variation in thickness that I liked with earlier designs, but seemed better balanced and elegant.

The color and texture of the new logo hasn't been determined yet; I just applied that quickly as an example, to help visualize it. It's an ongoing process.

What do you think of the new logo? Let me know in the comments!

Welcome!

Welcome to the Dejal blog!

I've wanted to add a blog and forums for a while, so it's time to get started. I'm using the excellent Drupal content management system (CMS), which supports blogs, forums, comments, polls, a unified login system, and much more.

This blog will cover a range of topics: Dejal product announcements, discussion of development work, general Mac topics, Cocoa programming, links to interesting blog posts etc, and more. Please let me know what you want to read about.

As of this writing, the Dejal blog and forums are hosted at dejal.net on a different server than my main dejal.com website. Ultimately, the plan is to migrate all of the Dejal content to the new server, and integrate it all. If it works out as planned, that'll mean you'll be able to add comments on User Guide pages, among other improvements.

Check out the Dejal forums. This will hopefully become the primary support avenue, building up a community of customers helping each other. I will of course continue to assist in the forums and via email.

As always, feedback is most welcome!

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