"The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lie down on some seaweed and roll around until he’s completely draped in it. Then he’ll stand up and go, 'Hey, I’m Vine Man'."

- Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
Ads Around Town

The first Bloo Business site is up - check out Ads Around Town.

Notice - it's not a blog. It's a business site. But it is built upon an unaltered version of Bloo. All that changed were the front-page overlays, and there is an extension package that contains a few SnapOns necessary for this site.

Welcome new alpha tester brandywinebooks.net

Phil Wade and Lars Walker of Brandywine Books have just ported their lit-blog over to Bloo.

Thanks guys! And welcome aboard!

Bloo version 1.00.a.008 released

Well, finally. . . To be honest, it's been done for a week (and deployed to all the alpha blogs I control) but I basically took a week off from developing and am just now getting around to upload it.

The release notes are at the bottom of this post. This release included a ton of work on the overlay and themes administration. Overlay admin was cleaned up and made sturdier, if not more understandable. You can now preview a theme where it will remain your theme for an hour, but no one else will be able to see it (useful when creating a theme).

Um, the theme docs are still coming . . . I'm so bad.

I also added some rudimentary spam control and a spellchecker, based on googiespell. Cool.

Release Notes:

version 1.00.a.008

In this release the focus is, again, on themes. Virtual themes can now be created by the blog administrator, cascaded from, etc.

Below is a list of the bugs fixed and features added:

Features Added
1493965 Create additive overlays
1493963 Add Spam Fighting fields
1493962 Enable Extension Initialization SnapOns
1493961 Create the SimpleHumanCheck SnapON
1493960 Rework Theme administration
1493958 Create a spell-checker SnapOn
1493956 Re-work table-based overlay editing
1493953 Cannot edit overlays with textareas in them
1495309 Add a color-coded legend to the Themes list
1500086 Create the CSS.link.extension

Bug Fixes
1493955 Problem with theme dropdown
1495318 Fix a bug in the CSS.extension overlay
1495319 Color coding of overlays is incorrect

If you have problems, email support@outofthebloo.com, and we'll see what we can do for you. Any feedback is very welcome.

You also might find it helpful to visit the Bloo development blog at devblog.outofthebloo.com.