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QTM v0.5 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sun, 2007-03-25 23:55

I've finally released version 0.5 of QTM. The biggest new feature, if you have used version 0.4 but not the beta or the release candidate, is Quickpost templates, which allow you to lay out a "form" post to use again and again, copying the relevant details (at the moment, the title and URL) automatically as and when you find material to post. I've also cleared up a lot of the bugs which were stopping the Quit action working (actually, I suspect that they are Qt bugs, as the situation was different on each platform). Now, if you select Quit from the system-tray icon menu, the Mac application menu or the File menu, it really does quit (as long as you've not got unsaved changes, of course). I've also removed references to the application's old name, Catkin QTM. While "catkin" remains the Sourceforge project ID, which cannot change, the app itself is now plain QTM.Read more »

Version 0.5: release candidate

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Tue, 2007-03-20 00:15

I've put out a release candidate. Mac users will notice that the Quit action now actually works, whether selected from the system-tray icon or from the main QTM menu. I've added a few keyboard shortcuts (for the New, Open, Save and Preferences items in the File menu), removed the last references to Catkin QTM, and made sure that the console debug output (noticeable on Unix) is suppressed. I'm not sure if anything much will change before the final release; I intend to do quite a bit of testing over the next week or so just to check that the new features, especially, work as they are meant to.Read more »

Version 0.5: first beta released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sat, 2007-03-10 23:11

A first beta of version 0.5 has been released. This contains two new features:

(a) the ability to do QuickPosts based on custom templates. At present, this offers two place-holders, for the URL of the blogged article and for its title; more may be added in the future. So a post will be prepared with these two items where you want them (or not there, if you so specify) which you can edit as you wish, and then post (b) the ability to specify trackback pings, via a new page on the left sidebar. This, of course, only works if your blogging engine supports it, as MT does.

And there are two bug fixes:Read more »

Progress report

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Thu, 2007-03-01 19:31

I have not put out a fresh QTM release in quite a few weeks now, but the good news is that I hope to put one out fairly shortly. The new feature this time round is Quickpost templates which, as far as I know, no other desktop blogging application and no blogware web interface has. So, it'll be a first for QTM I hope, unless someone beats me to it in the time it takes me to get it out. The reason for the lack of progress in January was that I had a full-time job, which ended in early February. So I've been able to work - on and off - this past month, and the code to actually process the new-style quickposts is almost complete. The only bit to do after that is the bit allowing the user to manage the templates and save them to disk.Read more »

Version 0.4.0 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sun, 2007-01-14 22:16

Version 0.4 of QTM has been released - earlier than I'd expected and with a different new feature to the one I'd planned: namely, QuickPost.

QuickPost enables you to post a new entry based on material copied from the clipboard or the X11 mouse selection. To copy from the clipboard, you need to select the material, which may be a web location or a block of text, and then activate the system-tray icon by either double-clicking it (if you are using text transferred to the clipboard using Cut or Copy) or clicking it once with the middle mouse button (often the mouse wheel) if you are simply using the X11 mouse selection. If the item is text, it will simply make a new entry out of it, to which you can add or change what you like. If it's an URL, QTM will fetch the web page and extract its title. There is also a new icon, which I designed for one of the binary releases of the last version to get round a transparency issue; it's now standard on all X11 platforms.Read more »

Version 0.3.10 released

Submitted by Matthew Smith on Sat, 2006-12-09 21:40

I have just released the source for version 0.3.10 of QTM - downloadable at KDE Apps and SourceForge as usual; binaries can also be had at SourceForge (see links right). For changes since version 0.3.9.1, see the changelog.

I consider this to be a stable release; focus for development is now shifting onto version 0.4, which I intend will have multiple user accounts besides the one which is accessible now. When this will come out, I don't know.Read more »