Thanks for your support in 2015

Posted by Richard Denton on December 6, 2015

It’s already that time of year again, Christmas!

Evasive Software Pty Ltd would like to thank each and every one of our loyal customers for their support throughout 2015. We’ve been lucky enough to have some awesome projects from awesome clients that make everything we do possible.

At this stage, we will not be taking on any more projects until after the New Year, and will be winding up any existing projects between now and Christmas.

We look forward to working with you in 2016!

Change of domain name registrar

Posted by Richard Denton on March 17, 2015

Emarketeer Australia is officially changing it’s domain name registrar over the next couple of weeks, effective immediately.

We’re moving away from TPP Wholesale for a few listed reasons:

  • TPP Wholesale / Netregistry is now owned by MelbourneIT, which is not a small business, but a corporate monster.
  • Various service issues – We’ve experienced a number of difficulties related to domains and DNS hosting, mostly due to software bugs within TPP Wholesale’s internal systems
  • Irresponsible handling of support requests (and technicians that don’t seem to know what they’re doing)

If you’re a customer with a domain name registered with us, you should not notice any change in service or billing.

Web development trends of 2015

Posted by Richard Denton on December 1, 2014

Each and every year the web development industry is consumed by a bunch of “buzzwords” and new technology crazes. The web is a dynamic place, and it requires people who work in the industry to be constantly switched on, or risk falling behind.

NodeJS

NodeJS has exploded since 2012, with this year definitely being the most widespread for growth so far.

And it’s showing no sign of slowing down. NodeJS is being utilized in all sorts of environments, from full stack web software like Ghost, to developer friendly tools like Grunt.

As the web undoubtedly grows and takes a larger market share on desktop and mobile software, NodeJS, and Javascript in general is bound to follow.

Shadow DOM

The Shadow DOM is becoming a growing influence on many technology leading developers and software. Essentially a subset of web components, the Shadow DOM will definitely grow in popularity over 2015, and will probably work it’s way to being a standard component of developing for the web.

Page speed and encryption

2014 has been labelled by many in the community as the year for “mobile-first” web development, due to the vast increases of mobile device usage and traffic on the web.

As more and more developers get familiar with mobile-first development techniques, the next obvious place to improve is page loading speed and security.

Big mobile web traffic means a whole bunch of data, of which, a lot is private information.

Google has already started encouraging webmasters to utilize SSL encryption on their websites, or face penalization on search rankings.

Javascript in general

Hate developing javascript? Sorry… too bad.

Javascript is here to stay. With the combination of NodeJS and other popular frameworks suchs as AngularJS and EmberJS, javascript and it’s influence on the web industry will be fighting as hard as ever.

To top it off, javascript ECMAScript version 6 is due to be released in June 2015.

SVG and vector graphics on the web

As browser support grows, inevitably, the use of more modern features like SVG / vector graphics on the web will take off.

Images will slowly be phased out for logos, advertisements, and other media that doesn’t require bloated image files and formats.

PrettyPress 1.1.1 released

Posted by Richard Denton on November 12, 2014

After a successful release of PrettyPress 1.1.0 earlier in the year, which featured a complete ground-up rewrite of its javascript core and removal of jQuery dependency, we’ve just released version 1.1.1.

The new update tackles an abundance of bugs. Here’s some of the major ones.

  • Fixed bug where quick edit wouldn’t escape HTML characters on title (Thanks Jake Jackson).
  • Modified markd.js to prevent automatic URL additions, which breaks shortcode previews.
  • Fixed TinyMCE auto resizing bug. (Triggered by WordPress 4.0)
  • Fixed composition / preview window resizing bug.
  • Fixed various TinyMCE css bugs

What’s new?

Due to popular demand on the WordPress.org support forum, we’ve restored the “Disable markdown” option. When the markdown editor is disabled, the default editor will now be TinyMCE (Visual). This is particulary useful for pages that require detailed HTML that markdown does not support.

We’ve also added automatic update checking for PrettyPress Pro users. Simply visit Settings -> PrettyPress to check your version.

What’s to come in the future?

I’d like to add oembed support for live previews, as well as a theming engine to allow users to customise their composer to suit their mood.

Get the update

Download PrettyPress Free

Download PrettyPress Pro

PrettyPress Pro

PrettyPress Pro extends the usual functionality, by enabling live shortcode previews as you type. This is great for any serious bloggers or web masters.