Introducing FaqMaker

Hi All,

I'm happy to finally be able to talk openly about my newest plugin FaqMaker.

This plugin is a case of me 'scratching my own itch'. While I love my customers the third time you answer the same question you start wondering "How can I make this better". I started by doing FAQ's in styled text but somehow that didn't work for me -- For instance I wanted a way to show which items were new or modified and I thought it would be neat to provide a RSS feed so people could monitor as I added new items (Apple does this and it's quite effective)

Finally I wanted linkability -- I wanted every entry to have a link that I could send to people to answer questions and I wanted ever entry to be directly linkable from within RW. Initially built for internal use I've been enhancing and adding to it over the last months and It's ready for a broader audience.

Key Features:

  • A variety of output styles
  • A variety of built in 'themes' or build your own (by the way, I left out the zune theme but if you really want it let me know and I'll send it to you!)
  • Automatically generates RSS Feeds and a PDF version to go on your site
  • Built in integration with the fantastic js-kit for entry ratings & comments

If you have to put information on the web (well, I guess that's all of us) it's a great way to generate FAQ's to help people find information (and to help minimize the number of times you answer the same question!)

Ok, enough talk. To get FaqMaker cruise to my
FaqMaker site.

The 'free' version allows 4 faq entries. Of course since it's still in 'beta' (after a verrrrry long alpha) I'm offering a special RW Forum 25% off coupon
EASYFAQLABOR But wait, theres more, until Tuesday september 4 if you buy FaqMaker and use the coupon EASYFAQLABOR you can add any of my other plugins and get that same 25% discount -- Just make sure your cart includes FaqMaker and the whole order is 25% off with the coupon code.

Finally I wanted to share that I'm not done with it yet. There are some things that I still need to be added such as greater control over the content & size of the 'tooltips' option as well as a at least one more output 'type' so now is a great time to let me know what you think.

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iDay - random musings

One of the advantages of living near an Apple store is that sometimes they get products the day they are announced. This, to me, is amazing and while it doesn't always happen I was pleasently suprised when I called today and they confirmed that yes, they do have iLife '08 and iWork '08 in stock. So I now have them in my hot little hands -- I won't be able to play with them for a few hours but I'm excited to see whats new (and I'm really excited at the new iWork suite -- I've been needing some more office type apps for various reasons and while I really had admired Pages and keynote I didn't want to spend the money on such long in the tooth applications. Anyway I rushed down and I'm not the proud owner of iLife 08, iWork 08 and .Mac (I've never really used .mac so thought I would give it a try) I'll report later what my thoughts are once I've played with them. On the way to pick up the iLife suite I saw this, a truck (or Lorry for those of you across the pond) trying to go into a parking garage. Of course I had my iPhone so I snapped this photo and mailed it to my flickr account. Bad  day Finally a few thoughts on the iPhone. I'll start by saying I love, love, love it. It really exceeded my expectations and I'm oh-so-glad I picked it up. Having said that it's not perfect -- One of the things people keep on saying is "It's the best iPod ever" which is patently untrue. As a audio iPod is only middling good (it is a great video ipod). The biggest thing I hate is no scroll wheel -- I loved being able to fast forward and navigate through the scroll wheel and on the iPhone you really can't do it without concentrating on the phone. Finally if you are still reading I wanted to share that I'm working on a new plugin, FaqMaker, for doing Faqs. It's getting closer to being released so keep an eye out for it.
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