Cacoo is cool!

Honestly, I used to hate to write documentation. Because I’m not an especially good writer (particularly in English!), I always needed lots of pictures to help supplement my descriptions — and drawing is yet another pain.

Launching PhotoShop and drawing bad pictures with great effort, exporting the drawing to a PNG file, launching an FTP tool, uploading the file to my server, then checking its appearance with a browser, and quickly finding flaws on it — and then having to start the process all over again — that is awful and boring.

Recently, however, this issue has been fixed. I’ve started using a new web application called “Cacoo.” Cacoo is an online drawing tool that I think is greatly suited to creating illustrations for online documentations.

Actually, I have totally switched to Cacoo. I’m doing a great number of illustrations on Cacoo and putting them into my documentation for Contact Form 7. You can see these illustrations on ContactForm7.com.

illustration created with Cacoo illustration created with Cacoo

The image files are served directly from Cacoo, so FTP is no longer required! And it also means that when you update the image on Cacoo, the update is reflected on your site at the same time. If you manage online documentations like I do, I think you will really like this tool.

I heard that the Cacoo team attended the recent WordCampNYC and demoed there, so some of you might have seen them.

New plugin: Support Tickets

Support Tickets is a new WordPress plugin I’ve created which allows you to create and manage a simple support ticket system or helpdesk system on your WordPress. If you are offering a support service and are looking for a simple tool to help you with that, Support Tickets is an excellent choice. I’m using this for my customization service for Contact Form 7, as well.

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Contact Form 7 2.0.6

I have released Contact Form 7 2.0.6.

Changelog

  • Italian translation updated by Gianni Diurno
  • German translation updated by Ivan Graf
  • Traditional Chinese translation updated by James Wu
  • Hebrew translation updated by Yaron Ofer
  • Demo mode for demonstrating the plugin (simulating sending mails; you can use this by inserting ‘demo_mode: on‘ into the Additional Settings section)
  • Added wpcf7_form_elements filter
  • Added wpcf7_mail_components filter
  • Changed effect for response box to slideDown form fadeIn
  • Changed to allow name-less tag to be validated
  • onSubmit JavaScript action (like onSentOk)
  • Czech translation updated by Radovan Fiser

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(Description in Japanese | 日本語)

Contact Form 7 2.0.6 をリリースしました。

変更点

  • Gianni Diurno さんによるイタリア語翻訳
  • Ivan Graf さんによるドイツ語翻訳
  • James Wu さんによる中国語(繁体字)翻訳
  • Yaron Ofer さんによるヘブライ語翻訳
  • プラグインのデモを行うための「デモモード」(メール送信を偽装する。追加設定の項目で ‘demo_mode: on‘ を指定することで使用可能)
  • wpcf7_form_elements フィルタを追加
  • wpcf7_mail_components フィルタを追加
  • レスポンス表示のエフェクトを fadeIn から slideDown に変更
  • 名前を持たないタグもバリデーション可能に
  • onSubmit JavaScript アクション (onSentOk に近い)
  • Radovan Fiser さんによるチェコ語翻訳

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WordCamp Kyoto

来週は WordCamp Kyoto 2009 参加のため京都に行ってきます。

1日目の「ビジネス Day」でプレゼンをします。WordPress をブログツールとか CMS とか狭いくくりでとらえないで、もっと自由な「コミュニケーション・プラットフォーム」として考えたら、もっと可能性が広がるよ、というような話を、ビジネスっぽく語る予定です。それに関連していま関わっているいくつかのプロジェクトについても紹介します。

Contact Form 7 Official Site Open!

Some of you may already be aware that I have opened the official site for the Contact Form 7 plugin. Currently, it has just a few things entered, but I am working to input more information on the site as we speak.

The site has English and Japanese pages which are linked to each other. I am utilizing the WPML plugin to make this multilingual site possible.

An additional service that I am offering on this site is a paid customization service for Contact Form 7. If you need a unique customization for Contact Form 7, and don’t know of any professional developers to ask for help or to handle this for you, this may be useful service for you to consider.


(Japanese | 日本語で)

もうまえから気づいてたひともいたかもしれませんが、Contact Form 7 の特設サイトができました! いまのところ大した内容はありませんがこれから少しずつ増やしていきます。

このサイトは英語ページと日本語ページがあるんですが、これは WPML というプラグインで実現しています。

もうひとつニュースは、そのサイト上で有料のカスタマイズサービスを始めたことです。何か特殊なカスタマイズが必要で、でもまわりに頼めるひとがいないような場合には、けっこう便利なサービスになるんじゃないかと思います。