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Sep 5, 2012

Updates, get your updates

Today sees the most significant set of changes to Scriptogr.am since launch. Take a look at our press release, which has the lowdown on all the changes:

Scriptogr.am overhauled with powerful new features, official API and first partnered app

Weblog publishing platform Scriptogr.am is implausibly excited to announce new features and upgrades designed to further simplify the act of blogging. We think weblog tools and platforms should stay out of the way to let writers write, and our new features were built with precisely this in mind.

For the uninitiated, Scriptogr.am is a tool for generating simple, elegant, static weblogs by reading Markdown files stored in the user's Dropbox folder. Writers are free to write with their preferred editor app, and publishing is as easy as hitting the "Synchronize" button in the Scriptogr.am dashboard. Alternatively, there's a dead-simple online editor that can also be used to compose and publish posts. Scriptogr.am uses the gloriously-simple Markdown file format, which means text formatting, post titles, dates and tags are handled right inside the user's editor of choice. No endless text fields to fill in. No HTML to mistype. No hassle.

Today, we're unveiling the brand new Scriptogr.am website with an entirely redesigned public site, and an overhauled Dashboard for our users. An improved online editor makes it even easier to create and manage posts from within the site—especially on the go. We moved all the tools and settings out of the way so that once you're up and running you can forget about the details (though they're easy to get at should you need to make changes, such as setting up a custom domain.)

We're positively tickled to announce that Mou is our first partnered app which supports direct publishing to Scriptogr.am weblogs, while still storing files in your Dropbox Scriptogr.am folder. Mou is a simple, elegant Markdown editor with live preview panel so you can see how your posts will be formatted as you write them. We think it's an excellent way to update your Scriptogr.am weblog without even having to launch a browser window, and takes us a giant step closer to our aim of making Scriptogr.am invisible to the user.

Mou is the first app to make use of our API, officially launched today. This coincides with a dedicated Developers area of the redesigned Scriptogr.am website, where devs can add their apps and find complete API documentation. We'll be rapidly expanding the range of supported API calls in the coming days and weeks, so that developers will be able to add publishing support to their editors, or create their very own dedicated Scriptogr.am clients.

We've added a beautiful new default weblog theme to our range, with support for a personalized cover and profile images and accent color. As with all our themes, the new default is elegant, readable, and, we think, among the most beautiful on the web. And we've added Twitter and Facebook integration so that new weblog posts can be shared automatically through users' off-site social streams.

And though our focus is on ease and simplicity, this is not at the expense of power for those that want it. HTML and CSS templates remain fully customizable, and we've now added support for custom post variables so that users can, for example, create and style a variety of types of post for their weblogs.

Though Scriptogr.am remains in Beta, our expanded team is working hard to create the simplest publishing tool out there for writers and storytellers. And to give users as much choice as possible we're working on alternatives to Dropbox file storage, so users aren't tied to any one backup service.

With this latest update, by far the most extensive to date, we think there's never been a better time to try Scriptogr.am.

Aug 27, 2012

Upcoming Scriptogram feature Custom variables

Scriptogram will soon support custom variables. This will probably not be used by the majority of you, while I think this will open up endless possibilities for designers & developers when creating blogs on Scriptogram. For example, let’s say you want to use a thumbnail for each post in the archive instead of the post links, or you want custom CSS for each post, or you want some sort of text to appear dynamically on each page but not in posts etc etc.

We’re planning on implementing this feature in the next big Scriptogram update that will be released in the beginning of September.

Aug 15, 2012

Mou and Scriptogr.am

Happy to announce that the first ever approved application that is using our API is here. It’s the wonderful text/Markdown editor Mou. From here you can publish and update posts. The editor will automatically save the file on your Dropbox as well as push it to Scriptogr.am.

Mou is designed and developed by the amazing Chen Luo who’s also behind the apps Smaller, Resize and Toau. Mou is great. It’s described as “When current available Markdown editors are almost all for general writers, Mou is different: It's for web developers. Syntax highlighting, live preview, sync scroll, fullscreen mode, auto save, powerful actions, auto pair, custom themes and CSS, HTML and PDF export, enhanced CJK support. I know, it's exactly the app you want.”

If you’re planning on using Mou, please support Chen by donating a few bucks. It’s well worth it.

Jun 15, 2012

Split your long posts

You can truncate your blog entries so that only the first part of certain posts is displayed on the home page. When you do this, a link will be added to the post body, pointing the reader to the full post.

To do this, simply use the variable: {{more}}

May 13, 2012

Downtime

Truly sorry for the hours of downtime. Just a couple of minutes after we left work yesterday, one of our disks stopped working. This forced us to replace the disk with a new one. We seriously really hope this will not happen again and we appologize for the downtime.

The good part of all this would be that we’re now more prepared with better and stronger equipment if something like this is about to happen again.

I guess this is part of being in beta (alpha even) stage.

Apr 22, 2012

Front block updates

While we’re working hard on the new scriptogr.am site and iOS app, we try to stay up to date on fixing current bugs you guys are helping us find.

To start with, we’ve added the ability to remove the "---" from the front block of each post and page body.

So, instead of using the old way:

---
Title: My post title
Date: 2012-01-12
---

This is my lovely post...

you simply use

Title: My post title
Date: 2012-01-12

This is my lovely post...

This reads a lot nicer while previewing your posts and pages in Markdown as the MOU app does.

We’ve also fixed so that unwanted whitespace aren’t read while synchronizing your posts.

Apr 17, 2012

Some tiny updates

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of updates lately.

Just wanted to let you all know that a new version of the scriptogr.am site is on it’s way and the iOS scriptogr.am text editor is in the final stage.

We’re working hard, really.

Feb 5, 2012

Sunday batch no. 2

Funny that Sundays seems to be the day to broadcast fixes and additions. Here is the list of last week of fun:

Bugs & tweaks

  • Pagination bug on custom domains fixed
  • Facebook ’like’ button now points to correct URL in the default theme
  • Posts sorting by date & time finally corrected
  • Blank page bug when loading posts and pages in the online text editor now fixed

New & addons

  • The scriptogr.am bookmarklet (v1). Automatically quotes selected text, or auto generate img link from URLs that ends with either .png, .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif, auto generate embed codes from Youtube, Vimeo, and Flickr.
  • ~3 times faster post synching to scriptogr.am
  • Filenames now works with foreign characters
  • HTML converted safe URLs based on foreign titles and slugs now available
  • Finally modified the custom domain information text and added info about CNAME as well.
  • Archive group by Year+Month

Coming

  • iOS app
  • UI/UX/Design changes
  • API calls for 3rd party development
Jan 29, 2012

Sunday batch

Sunday batch of updates and addons:

Bugs & tweaks

  • Loads and loads of bugs has been corrected and fixed.

New & addons

  • Pagination
  • Theme: Code
  • Theme: Readnik
  • Theme: Basil & Tomato (by CJ Melegrito)
  • Text editor: Added "Publish" button for publishing your posts and pages without leaving the editor.
  • Text editor: Added "New" button to reset the editor with a new text template
  • Time zone picker
  • Support forum (support.scriptogr.am)
  • Overall better documentation

Coming

  • iOS app
  • UI/UX/Design changes
  • API calls for 3rd party development

Also, made a post about the scriptogr.am project for you to read if interested: This is scriptogr.am

Jan 20, 2012

More lovely things

Today's batch of updates and addons:

Bugs & tweaks

  • RSS feeds now works with custom domains
  • Admin panel CSS tweaks
  • CSS editor tweaks

New & addons

  • RSS feeds now works with custom domains
  • Themes
  • HTML editor
  • Syntax highlighting of code snippets (Google Prettify)
  • Post variable: Slug

Custom permalink (replaces the auto generated URL based on the "Title:" variable), especially useful if titles tend to be long or they change frequently.

Slug: my-custom-permalink-url
  • Post variable: Link

Links the "post" or "page" title to an external source. (Overrides the 'Slug' variable)

Link: http://google.com

Coming

  • Overall better documentation
  • Surprises