Greetings from Karelia Software!
Sandvox 2.1 is Available
Just in time for the release of Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” (perhaps as soon as tomorrow), we’ve updated Sandvox to a new 2.1 version that functions well under the new operating system. If you are going to upgrade to Lion, be sure to grab this new version.
Even if you are holding off for a while on Lion, the 2.1 update to Sandvox has some great improvements. We’ve implemented some optimizations to publishing and to saving that make the application feel much more zippy. We’ve also introduced a new “block quote” object which makes it easy to insert quotations as snippets.
Finally, check out the return of the “Clear Style” menu command, greatly improved since its days in the 1.x versions of Sandvox. This is a great way to reset the font, size, and color of text you have pasted in from other sources to match the look of the rest of your website. But what’s really cool, we think, is that it preserves runs of bold and italic text, since that’s something you probably want to keep.
Download Sandvox 2.1 now.
Welcoming iWeb Users
People have been “graduating” from iWeb to Sandvox for years, but due to the recent announcement that Apple’s MobileMe service will be shutting down next year, many iWeb users are ready to look for another app that will help them build their website.
To help iWeb users graduate to Sandvox, we have created an online resource that helps explain the differences between iWeb and Sandvox, with helpful suggestions on how to make the switch.
If you have friends who have been using iWeb and need a new way to build their website or maybe you have been sitting on the fence yourself, please read and share our iWeb transition guide.
SEO for Sandvox from Rage Software
Our friends at Rage Software have just created a dynamite set of video tutorials explaining SEO — Search Engine Optimization — for Sandvox.
This series of 25 YouTube videos is free for watching over the web. It explains SEO terminology from the ground up, and shows you how to make effective use of Sandvox’s built-in SEO features to make your website extremely friendly to search engines and likely to be clicked on in search engine results pages.
If you want your Sandvox-built website to be found easily (who doesn’t?) and you need some help understanding the best practices for doing so, be sure to set aside some time to watch your way through these videos.
Shopping Cart Software Made for Sandvox
If you are building your website with Sandvox, and you need it to integrate with some shopping-cart software to run on your server, you may want to check out Datalogica’s CGI shopping cart software.
The software has a free version (with limitations) for you to try it out, and a customizable paid version as well. The software appears to be very well-supported, with helpful tutorial videos to help people get the software up and running.
Looking for example of websites that use the Datalogica shopping cart? Try ClinicalPosters.com and Green Star Homeopathics. You can also try out the administrative functionality via a demo website.
If you are interested in running your own shopping cart, take a good look at Datalogica.