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Free-Conversant

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

4/27/2002

Announcement: SID for Conversant

Mac OS X users should check out Sid, client software for Conversant written by Steve Ivy. Steve's weblog is Conversant-powered, and SID looks to be an excellent way to connect to a Conversant-powered site. Features include:
  • Post messages to your conversant site;
  • Optionally add the message to a weblog on your site;
  • Sid can save your connection document as a .conv file, and you can have multiple documents open at once. Each one will post to the conversation identified in the settings;
  • Automated e-mail bug reporting, should you have a problem with Sid;
  • Add italic, bold, underline, and links to selected text in your post via the keyboard and menus;
  • A history of posts that lets you pick a previous post, edit it, and repost the edited version.
Sid works through Conversant's XML-RPC interface. Go try Sid out.

Posted @ 10:26 AM



3/30/2002

Problem Logging

Samuel Reynolds is logging his new experiences with Conversant. Those first attempts at any new software are precious. Most people--especially developers--can't ever go back to that point to see the software as a new user does.

Posted @ 10:53 PM



2/22/2002

Announcement: Formz

We are pleased to announce the release of Formz, a tool for UserLand Frontier and Radio UserLand developers.

Formz is a set of UserTalk scripts for creating, managing, and rendering HTML forms. Formz is designed to separate the "look and feel" of a form from its underlying data: manipulate the data with one set of scripts, and then render the form to HTML separately. Formz includes sample renderers, or you can easily write your own. By using different renderers you can update the appearance of your HTML without modifying the underlying code -- you can also easily pass the form to a different renderer when serving pages to, for example, offer different views for different browsers.

Formz is available for download now at:
http://formz.macrobyte.net/

This release is the first in a series of releases from Macrobyte that will lead up to the full availability of Conversant to developers. Like many pieces of Conversant, Formz is fully-functional on its own, but is used extensively in many parts of Conversant.

Posted @ 12:40 PM