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Instant Outiner bootstrap

Friday, February 06, 2009 by Dave Winer.

I've been quietly working with a small number of users on the next interation on the OPML Editor's instantOutline tool. I wrote about it in January, after Hutch Carpenter discovered its previous incarnations. I was getting a new version ready for a project I was working on in December, so it was pretty easy for me to get it ready for wider use, which I have now done.  Permalink to this paragraph

The new tool has several prerequesites: 1. You must have the OPML Editor installed on your desktop computer, it's available either for Windows or the Macintosh. 2. You must be a member of FriendFeed and 3. You must be a member of the instant-outline-beta group on FriendFeed. I've built most of the back-end on the excellent realtime updating API in FriendFeed, that's why you have to be a member to use the I/O tool. Permalink to this paragraph

Documentation is here: instantOutline.htmlPermalink to this paragraph

I'm monitoring the workgroup. Hopefully this is a next step in something fun and excellent. Look forward to seeing you there. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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