Not working on Windows most of the time lately, I haven’t had a chance to try TopStyle yet. I wish they’d port it to OS X!
Anyway, I went from some blog to the Eatonweb portal and then through the TopStyle text ad where, after reading press-release type information about using TopStyle with Dreamweaver MX, I followed a link for TopStyle blog and learned that they’ve built a blog into TopStyle to send out news and updates.
So, another business-oriented use of a blog, and one or more implied professional (if not dedicated*) bloggers. You can also read the TopStyle blog in your browser:
Did you know that a blog is built into TopStyle Pro 3.0?
A blog (short for “web log”) is simply a frequently-updated web site which “logs” other sites of interest. The TopStyle Blog is updated every weekday with links of interest to web authors.
To access this blog from within TopStyle Pro 3.0, just click the “TopStyle News” button in the View Bar (shown below). You can also view the TopStyle Blog in your web browser.
Nick Denton takes Traction to task for the buzzword bingo in their press release:
Oh no, the corporate wordmanglers have got hold of blogging. “Traction is a leader in next generation Enterprise Weblog software, delivering interoperable, inexpensive, rapidly deployable, open and easy to use tools for groups and teams to communicate, share, organize and link business information in context.”
Someone from Traction contacted me after I mentioned them in this blog a week or so ago and offered to explain to me their product offering. I plan to take him up on it and haven’t had time yet, but I will report back on what I learn when I do.
Scott Kessler writes in Business Week that Macromedia has suffered from its acquisition of Allaire and continues to see soft demand for its products:
Macromedia’s wager was poorly timed. Some 17 months after the company bought Allaire, demand for its products is still weak and there’s no recovery in sight. In effect, the company doubled down and lost.
I suppose I’ll be able to judge this myself, indirectly, when I start to see sales data for my Dreamweaver/Fireworks book.
Chapter 21 of Dreamweaver Savvy described how to build an e-commerce site. Here’s some useful advice from Macromedia for adding PayPal services to such as site:
The PayPal eCommerce Toolkit extension for Dreamweaver MX allows web designers and developers to quickly and easily add e-commerce functionality to a website.
[Macromedia Designer & Developer Center]
Thanks to Ken Dow for the link. In this article John Foley looks at blogging as a professional tool, especially from the journalist’s perspective:
As a journalist with more than 15 years’ experience myself, I’m more excited by the prospect of blogging than threatened by it. So, my business is in the midst of transformation brought on by this new technology. Isn’t yours?
Per Scriptingnews, here’s a discussion of the integration of Blogger with Trellix, a step toward folding the blog model into more full-fledged content management system solutions.