Thank god the Gaggia coffee machine is finally back from servicing. It’s like a new age of civilisation and optimism has dawned in the Made Media office. Gone are the dark ages of the Â£15 Tesco-special filter machine. The treacly, black liquid kept the new-media super-powers going but at the cost of frayed synapses and thousand-yard stares come home-time. A bit of European finesse is what we require of our morning cuppa. Normality is returning.
How long before the grinder packs in again?
This is one of those fugly but totally-indispensable free web-services that you’re reluctant to blog about in case the secret gets out and the poor sods are forced to start charging for their processor cycles…
Media Convert will convert anything to anything from Flash Video to Nokia Ring Tones to Lotus 1-2-3. (Maybe you can’t convert a Flash Video to Lotus 1-2-3 format but you get the idea…)
Best of all? I don’t have to Remote Desktop into a Windows Machine to open up my clients’ dodgy Access databases anymore because this tool will convert them to Excel files in a jiffy.
Don’t all rush at once.
We are delighted to announce that Diarised is now available in Dutch, our third language. The translation was provided by Roel Van Gils of anysurfer.be.
Weâ€™re also on the lookout for more translators. Want Diarised in your own language? Then why not step up and help us out. Just get in touch. The application itself is fully internationalised now so adding languages is, in the main, a question of just 'plugging them in'.
You may have noticed that Diarised is now available in Spanish as well as English. More languages are on the way and this is now pretty easy thanks to the 'internationalisation' of your little meeting application.
Steve, our lead developer, has just had his first article published on Think Vitamin where he talks about the work involved.
Give your web app international appeal is the first in a two-part series offering fairly technical guidance on how to internationalise web apps generally. It's a good read if you're into that kind of thing. Watch out for part two coming soon.
Oh, and if you would like to see Diarised in your language then let us know. If you (or someone you know) can do the translation then we'll add the code and make it happen. It's a simple process - we just send you a text file which you can translate and send us back.
UPDATE: Part two is now online.