NetOffice Light: Status Report

Set up an account at Sourceforge this week, so we now have a place to work: http://sourceforge.net/projects/netoffice-light/. If you have any specific requests, post them there.

As I have mentioned previously, our first step is to remove all the existing javascript. Yep, all of it. I’m a big fan of progressive enhancement and so we’ll be looking to have everything working without any javascript. Sure, it won’t be as fancy, but if you don’t have javascript enabled for any reason, you’ll at least be able to use it.

We’ll then add the fabulous jQuery library which should take care of pretty much any scripting we need. (With the exception of the editor toolbar of course.)

We’ll also get rid of all the layout tables and convert it over to a nice, tidy, CSS layout. There will still be plenty of tables, but we’ll get them all sorted with class names so it shouldn’t be too hard to write your own skins or themes.

So our first release will be very much the same (function-wise) as NetOffice 2.6 – but a ‘plainish’ version that we’ll make available, so any designers out there that feel the urge can start preparing skins.

The “Client Site” in NetOffice

Getting ready to release our first version of NetOffice Light, and I was initially planning on removing the Client Site functionality altogether. This brought about a few protests – so I’m asking anyone who does use that function:

  1. What parts do you use the most?
  2. What parts do you use the least?
  3. What’s missing?

Specifically relating to the Client Site part of NetOffice. Thoughts anyone?

NetOffice Revitalised

Some time ago, I had some plans for a revitalised version of NetOffice that got shelved due to staff shortages.

Well, we’re almost back to where we need to be and I’ve dusted off the folder ready to get back into it!

Will probably take a few weeks to get back up to speed. Will post again when we have something to show.

Some Priorities Have Changed

Been a couple of weeks since I posted here.

  1. Went on holdays to Perisher! Fortunately, I did not break any bones!
  2. Jamie (our programmer) packed his bags and moved to Brisbane. I knew that was coming – but was hoping it would be later rather than sooner.

So after being away for a bit over a week and then coming back to be a man down, things have been somewhat busy. And given the serious skills shortage we have here at the moment, it will probably stay that way for the short term at least.

So basically – my plans to work on NetOffice have to be shelved for the time being. Once things settle down I may be able to pick this up again, but I expect that will take some time.

Thanks to all who have commented and offered assistance, and especially to Kemie who emailed me a couple of designs. I hope to get back to this one day, but in the meantime it might be best if you check out the Dwins version which seems to be fairly active.

Things Are Getting Serious

Things must be getting serious – I have just set up a forum! 🙂

And you thought this was going to be a serious post…

It’s at http://forum.rockyshark.com – empty at the moment but if you want to have any say on the direction of “NetOffice Light” then post away. Not totally sold on than name yet mind you, but Kemie has been good enough to start working on the new look, and that’s the name used thus far.

[Edit 8 July: Forum has been taken offline for the time being…]

RSS Feeds for NetOffice, Client Site Idea

I’ve managed to get an RSS feed working for task updates! Just need to tidy up the code and implement some security and I’ll be able to add that in. With the hard work done we can also add feeds for other events/updates as well.

Thanks to all who commented on my previous post about what the future holds for this project. I’m starting to think about the ‘client site’. It’s not used by any of my clients in it’s current form, but I think it might be useful to have the following:

  1. Somewhere to upload comps or design ideas, and have the client log in and comment (or even vote) on design alternatives
  2. Somewhere to upload documentation that everyone needs to access, in a very similar way to Basecamp

I have received a few offers of help which is much appeciated. I’ll be contacting those people over the next week and we’ll see if we can get something under way.

Stay tuned!!!