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New Features and iPhoto Exporter Tutorial September 12, 2006

Posted by jesse in osx, slide.

Yes, it’s that time again folks … time for you to check out new Slide features and time for us to catch up on sleep! 🙂

First, we’ve have put together a tutorial for the Slide iPhoto Exporter plugin. If you use iPhoto, this is a great way to get your photos uploaded to Slide! Check it out and let us know what you think.

Now on to New Features. We packed a bunch of cool things into this release:

  • New Text Mode Engine – Previously, enabling and disabling text mode mean you had to wait until Slide processed the images again to render an image representation of text. Now we treat text as it was meant to be treated: like text. So switch back and forth to your hearts content, the text mode changes instantly. Our new text engine also looks better. We threw some wordwrap technology in there for good measure.
  • Mini Browser Preview Window – Want a quick preview instead of switching to Safari to read your news? Clicking on feed items now brings up a new and nifty mini web browser that Dave cooked up. Check it out! AppKit Framework scaling rocks ….
  • Address Book Auto-completion – Don’t you just love the way Mail completes email addresses. It watches as you type and when you complete a recipients it get’s packaged up into a nice little rounded rectangle. Now Slide has that too! In the “Send To:” field of the Share Window, Slide will auto-complete names from your Mac OS X Address Book as well as your Slide Friends List.
  • Recommended Slide Shows – Want something to watch? Click the “Play” button the ticker and check out our new Recommended Slide Shows feature. This smart playlist is full of good stuff and needs watchin’, so get to it!
  • Edit Your Slide Shows – Now it’s even easier to edit your Slide Shows. Click “Edit..” from the context menu and you can modify your Slide Show right inside Slide.
  • Add RSS Feed – RSS is back! Drop a feed:// URL onto Slide so you can watch all of your favorite Blogs and RSS feeds right in Slide.
  • Upload Directly From Pasteboard – Who says we’re not helpful? Select an image in any application and hit Command-C to copy it … switch to Slide and hit Command-P. Yup, now you can upload your image to the Slide Show of your choice, no intermediate image file is required.
  • Upload Progess in the Dock Icon – Keep an eye on how your uploads are going. Start an upload session and the Slide Dock Tile will display the number of images remaining to upload.
  • Open Item in Frontmost Safari Window – Do you want your items to open in Safari but tired of a gazillion Safari Windows covering your screen? We added a new preference for you under “Controls.” You now have the option of Single click or Double click opening the item in the topmost Safari window. Let’s hear it for AppleScript!

So there you have it. Check out the new features and drop us a line.


Announcing … the Slide Dashboard Widget! August 4, 2006

Posted by jesse in slide.

The Slide Dashboard Widget brings you the coolest Web content in the sleek and beautiful style of the Mac OS X Dashboard. I loved working on the widget because it is a sleek and succinct expression of what Slide is all about: get the stuff you want delivered right to your desktop. You can stay up to date with the latest from Gizmodo, Boing Boing, iTunes New Releases, Cute Overload, Astronomy Picture of the Day, and many other popular web destinations! (Would you like to see some other content? Leave a comment below and I will hook it up for you). You can also watch Slide’s unique “House of Feeds” Slide Show, a collection of hundreds of RSS photo feeds updated in real time. Check it out and Let us know what you think!

Link to download the Slide Dashboard Widget.