Monday, February 26, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.12.1 released

Fixed bug where new wiki locations were not being persisted on Desktop version

bLADE Wiki - 1.12.0 released

Added a plugin to export books from NoteStudio

A NoteStudio plugin is included which allows you to export existing NoteStudio books to text files in their original wiki markup.

Copy this file to your NoteStudio plugin directory, restart NoteStudio, then choose Export all books from the Tools -> Plugins menu.

Your books will be exported to the path identified in the comment at the top of the plugin file.

The plugin has had virtually no testing... it isn't impossible that you will find some errors. The two most likely sources of errors are:

  • you have some characters in your page names that confuse it
    (I use page names as file names, NoteStudio doesn't - so I have more problems with characters normally used in URL codes)

  • you come across differences in syntax between this and NoteStudio
    (Although they started quite similar, this wiki has changed slightly over time. Setting bold / italic / underline to use smart syntax and disable strikeout should get you fairly similar behaviour... although you may still come across sections of page which don't look as they used to in NoteStudio)

At this point, it's perhaps better to think of the plugin as a way of doing 90% of the work of moving from NoteStudio to this wiki. It's still better than having to do it all yourself, but theres still some stuff left to do.

One last point - the home page for a NoteStudio book is called "Home Page". The home page for this wiki is called "homepage". Sorry about that.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.11.2 released

Improved behaviour on deleting a page

Monday, February 19, 2007

From Freeware to Shareware?

No, not really.

However, I do want to make a plea of sorts. Over the last few months, I've put what has (scarily) become a lot of time into this wiki app. That's fine - it's been interesting, and I am probably it's biggest user (my wiki books have thousands of pages, and I use it to organise everything from work to what needs doing around the house!)

It's still fair to say, though, that I've spent time developing this that I could have spent doing other things that I am responsible for - particularly where I've added features that people have emailed me to ask for.

With that in mind, I'd like to ask this:

If you are using my wiki app, and find it useful, please consider donating money to my local youth charity, Solent Youth Action. Donate as much or as little as you like.

Visit to make a donation

Even a small donation would make a difference. From my web server logs, I can see that the app has been downloaded from a couple of thousand unique IP addresses. If even a fraction of these people can donate a few quid each, it would make a big difference to the work that we can do.

Solent Youth Action is a charity that I help to run (I am on the board of trustees), but I will not personally receive any money that you donate. As a registered charity, there is scrutiny of how our money is spent.

And as donations are collected for us by a trusted third party (, you don't need to worry about us having your credit/debit card details.

That said, this is all of course voluntary. If you don't want to donate, for any reason, then don't - you are still very welcome to use the wiki app.

But if I have helped to save you a little time or effort, I would appreciate you donating a little money to a good cause as a way of saying thanks.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.11.1 released

Added support for Zoom Levels set by user to be persisted

Thursday, February 15, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.11.0 released

Added new syntax to disable wiki markup for sections of a page

This is particularly useful when copying and pasting large amounts of text into a wiki page, and you don't want to have to go through it escaping all of the wiki markup characters.

bLADE Wiki - 1.10.2 released

Minor wiki parser bug fix

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.10.1 released

Added new preferences allowing individual syntax types to be disabled, and the behaviour for when they are applied to be customised

Don't like the 'strike' syntax I added in 1.9.6? Now you can disable it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.10.0 released

Changed way that preferences are persisted to improve performance

Note: This means you will lose all your settings!

I have not had the time to write any migration code which would port your settings from the old files to the new single ini file. Sorry.

You will not lose any of your wiki pages - what you lose are your bookmarks, and list of recently-opened locations.

When you first open the wiki (on Windows), you will need to point the app at the folder where your pages are stored.


There was a good reason for doing this - as the wiki grew organically over the last couple of months, I (somewhat lazily) added a new config file for each new feature. So bookmarks were stored in bookmarks.txt, folder locations were stored in locations.txt, whether the symbols bar should be enabled was stored in symbolsbar.txt, and so on. It meant that (particularly at startup), the wiki had to run around opening and closing several files - never a very fast thing to do.

So, partly to improve performance, and partly to make it easier to add some new preferences, I've consolidated all preferences into a single ini file.

I (probably!) wont do this again, so you wont lose your settings again after this!

Friday, February 02, 2007

bLADE Wiki - 1.9.9 released

Minor wiki parser optimisations