Monday, September 24, 2007 – "a new way to express yourself"

This via TechCrunch., a tool that allows users to make "sketchcasts", just went live. A sketch cast is like a digital whiteboard presentation with optional audio commentary. Aside from the obvious limitations of using a mouse for sketching, the tool worked very well. Its actually a lot of fun. I'm pretty sure I'll find some practical use for it in the future.

I've embedded the sketchcast of the founder explaining what is and how it can help.

UPDATE: [Removed embedded sketchcast. It was causing flash to run slowly.]

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yeah, I'm still here

I've been so busy with school and my latest web application that I've found it hard to justify blogging time. I hope to post more once I'm able to speak more freely about my latest web application.

What I've been working on is for a very specific market. As the teaser below makes pretty clear, the market is parents who homeschool. My family happens to know quite a bit about that market because we happen to be a homeschooling family. We've had a lot of ups and downs. A lot of success and some failure. But we've recognized a need and we are working on meeting the need in a way that will help homeschooling families in general as well as provide a nice family business for us. The cost to us is mainly time as we are designing and developing the app completely in house... Literally. The main cost to us will be hosting and that is relatively cheap.

Progress? We are getting fairly close to being able to show what we've been working on. I expect to launch something publically before the year is out (no promises).

Below is a little teaser. It is a snapshot of one of the later mockups I've been working on.