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Weblogs, Web Sites, and Lots More

What is Conversant?

Conversant is designed to help groups of all sizes work together by making it easy for them to share ideas, questions, files, and knowledge. It also has lots of features that make it very easy for a small group - or an individual - to publish dynamic web sites.

Conversant is software for your Internet (or Intranet) server. Standard features include tools for managing news pages and journals (weblogs), feature-rich event calendars, online discussion forums (with file enclosure capabilities), tools for publishing entire web sites, email and mailing-list integration, and many other services that are great for all kinds of business, project, and personal web sites and communication-centers.

Free-Conversant is Macrobyte's web site hosting service, based on Conversant. We offer everything from free sites, to inexpensive domain hosting, to dedicated Conversant (and traditional) servers.

What people are saying about Conversant...

This is the part I love about your software/company -- every time I ask a question, you reply with options, options and more options.
-- Brian Carnell

I'm beginning to use it and conversant is great. Congratulations Seth and Macrobyters.
-- David Harrod

The more I dig the more I'm impressed at just how well thought out Conversant is. This is really powerful stuff.
-- Duncan Smeed

Wow, This is what I called Super Charged Manila. Thanks for showing what is possible and great team work.
-- Paul Chow

Thanks, as always, for such a rapid response from the Macrobyte 'team'. You guys are great!
-- Duncan Smeed

I have fallen in love with your stylesheet tool. My intentions, however, are strictly honorable. I just did some things with h1, h2, and h3 even though I *still* don't really know how to code a stylesheet. Fantastic.
-- Mark Morgan

Conversant's Weblog II is incredible -- it's not done yet, but is already one of the most powerful online journaling tools around.
-- Greg Pierce

Power and flexibility! Five years, and I still can't get enough of this system.
-- Seth Dillingham


Meet Sid

Today Steve Ivy announced Sid, a MacOS X client for Conversant. It's only at version 0.2, but it already allows you to post messages to your Conversant site from your desktop (without the browser). The messages can also be added to a weblog.

The announcement includes a link for downloading the free software.

Posted @ 6:36 PM


Conversant in Education

Duncan Smeed posted answers to survey questions about the Use of Weblogs in Education. They're worth reading.

Mr. Smeed is a professor at a university in Scotland. He used Conversant this year to manage a large "end of year project" for 120 students.

His comments about Conversant in this setting are quite positive, and show what is possible with a little creativity and an understanding of what Conversant can do - even with a busy professor's limited schedule.

Thanks, Duncan!

Posted @ 10:09 AM


XML-RPC Documentation

A few weeks ago we announced RadioConversant, a tool that allows you to use RadioUserland with your Conversant sites. Along with that, we released full XML-RPC support in Conversant.

What is XML-RPC? It's basically an interface that allows you to control your Conversant site with software running on your computer, or another server. It's really a tool for programmers, it allows them to build software to work with Conversant. We didn't create XML-RPC, we just added support for it to Conversant.

If you're interested in Conversant's extensive support for XML-RPC, read the documentation.

Special thanks to Greg Pierce, who did almost all of the work on our XML-RPC support and the documenation.

Posted @ 9:58 AM