August 2011
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Greetings from Karelia Software!

Many, Many Improvements to Sandvox 2

Sandvox 2 icon

Since we announced Sandvox 2.1 in our July newsletter, we have been hard at work making a number of refinements. Here are some highlights since our July 2.1 release:

  • Improvements to text editing
  • Better importing of websites created with Sandvox 1.x
  • A new menu item to reduce the file size of a Sandvox docuemnt by removing all unused media
  • New keyboard shortcuts for several menu items
  • All images are now published in the Web-friendly sRGB color space for maximum browser compatibility
  • Lion-specific fixes for visual and stability issues
  • Performance enhancements

Ready to update? Download 2.1.8, or to update from within Sandvox choose Check for Updates… from the Sandvox menu.

Also, for those of you who are still using Sandvox 1.x, you may be interested in bumping up to version 1.6.10. This update works around an incompatibility with Safari 5.0.6 (Leopard and Snow Leopard) and Safari 5.1 (Lion). Download 1.6.10, a compatibility update for Sandvox 1.x users.

If you’re thinking of upgrading to Sandvox 2, there’s no time like the present. It's so easy to do! Upgrade Today

Third Party Designers Refresh for Sandvox 2

We’ve been working with companies who create and sell their own add-on designs for Sandvox so that their designs are not only compatible with Sandvox 2, but even take advantage of some of the new features only available in Sandvox 2.

Over the last couple of months, many of our third-party designers have come through and updated their offerings.

From Blueball Designs, check out new versions of:

  • Blueball Gravitas
  • Blueball Shadow
  • Blueball White

Kuler Solutions (formerly Sandvox Web Designs) has made available these three designs for Sandvox 2:

  • My Life
  • Big Time
  • 4 Corners

BehindTheRabbit updated most of their designs shortly after Sandvox 2 was first announced.

  • Blue Raymond
  • Lake
  • Grafite
  • Sugar
  • Carbone

Be sure to check with the designer or look at our Sandvox Designs listings to check if the designs you are interested in can take advantage of Sandvox 2-only features such as pop-up menus and block quotes.

In This Issue

  • Sandvox 2 Improvements
  • Third Party Designs
  • Websites of the Month

Application Downloads

Download iconSandvox 2.1

MacAppStore iconiMedia Browser 2.0.1

Other Downloads

(Only for our newsletter subscribers)

Download bonus book “77 Ways to Get Traffic” eBook

Sandvox Sites Directory

Examples of Sandvox-Built Websites contributed by people like you

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Sandvox Websites of the Month

This is our monthly feature that spotlights a few websites created with Sandvox 2 that we think show off the application’s features well. If you are hoping your site will be featured in our newsletter, make sure that your website is built with the latest version of Sandvox, and that you have submitted it to!

If you would like to have your website considered for our Websites of the Month spotlight, just choose “Submit to Site Directory…” from the Publish menu in Sandvox, and fill out the details about your site (or sites). Doing so will get your website listed on, and we may choose to feature your site in a future mailing of our newsletter.

We see a lot of photography websites, but Mike Dowsett from Essex in the UK has raised the bar with his work. View his incredible images at Wildlife Gallery. Mr. Dowsett commented that Sandvox 2 works well for him as he likes how quickly he can get his images onto the web without jumping through the usual hoops with other platforms.

He has kept his site simple, yet complete. The teaser images on his home page compel you to navigate to the interior pages. Interestingly, contact information is part of the home page; there isn’t a separate landing page devoted to contact. We would be curious to see how well that works. Mike, let us know!

If you would like to see an example of how to effectively market your brick and mortar store to your geographically-related clientele, check out Scrapbookers Anonymous of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Often we run into local websites that are incomplete in some glaring way. Marilyn Whatman has thought of everything from providing her store hours, map and class schedules to upcoming conventions. Her enthusiasm is quite evident! And, she recognizes the importance of keeping her site current.

Ms. Whatman has decided she may have a knack for website building after her initial effort with Sandvox 2. She comments, “I loved how easy creating links was; dragging and dropping pictures to create a photo album was also a breeze. I never thought that I would be able to create my own website to look so professional, and I did it!” Agreed.

Clearly, Simone Lipscomb is passionate about the environment and the after effects of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil “spill” of 2010. Specifically, she felt compelled to find a way to teach children about the importance of maintaining a healthy planet by writing a book that captures the essence of the tragedy in a language that kids could easily grasp.

At Turtle Island Adventures, utilizing Sandvox 2’s features, she provides her site visitors with YouTube videos, a photo gallery, resource links and more. She has set up a simple eCommerce mechanism with PayPal to sell her books directly from her website. Ms. Lipscomb notes that Sandvox gave her, “…a very clean site that is super-easy to update.”

If this website looks familiar, it might be because this website is also featured as an example in the “welcome” window in Sandvox 2!

Congratulations to this month’s featured websites!

See you in the Sandvox!