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Something New In the Works

Macrobyte has something totally new in the works, and we're getting very excited about it.

If this pans out, we'll have a lot more info by the end of 2009.

Macrobyte Has Moved

Macrobyte's home office has moved from Mystic, CT to Westerly, RI. Details are on the Contact page.

Some Conversant News

Some interesting news has been posted on the Conversant site.

In short, "don't worry, we're still working on it." Includes some more-than-hints about what's coming.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody!

2006 was a great year for Macrobyte Resources, and all signs point to 2007 being even better.

To all of the current and former Macrobyte family, and to all of our customers and friends, we thank you for being a part of our last year and wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year.

Patterns Contest!

Want a top-of-the-line iPod, some free music, or a year of Conversant hosting?

There's a new contest, going on through May 31st, where you can win those prizes! Design a great Conversant site, submit your pattern, and you could win one of the prizes.

Note: “patterns” are XML files that contain the templates, pages, stylesheets, and preferences to configure a Conversant site. All Conversant sites include easy-to-use tools for creating patterns and/or installing patterns in your site.

Answering the Question, "What is Conversant?"

Over the years, many people have asked the question, "What is Conversant? What does it do?"

That's a big question, and a big question deserves a big answer.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

UserLand Aquires TLS secure web software for Manila and Radio UserLand

DANVILLE, CA -- October 19, 2004 -- UserLand Software is pleased to announce that it has acquired TLS, secure web client/server software originally implemented for UserLand's platform by Macrobyte Resources. TLS, which stands for "Transport Layer Security," is the industry standard for securing web communications. UserLand's TLS will provide companies and individuals deploying UserLand's products with a means of ensuring that their communications over the Internet will remain secure and private.

"Security has become a primary concern for many people using the Internet," said Scott Young, President and CEO of UserLand." We are pleased to now be able to offer our customers these tools for running a secure web server." UserLand's TLS offerings can be used with both of the company's products, Manila and Radio Userland, to create a secure communications channel for sharing mission critical information.

"I'm quite pleased that UserLand has taken over TLS," said Seth Dillingham, President of Macrobyte Resources. "This shows a commitment to enhancing the tools..."

Read the full press release on UserLand's site.

Programming Services Auction for PMC

Macrobyte Resources has donated a day and a half or programming services to the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge's online auction. All proceeds will go to the PMC in support of the Jimmy Fund, which is part of Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Full details of the auction and the PMC are available on Seth Dillingham's personal web site. (Seth is Macrobyte's president, and an active participant in the PMC.)

Just Released: TLS 0.3.1

Macrobyte has just released TLS 0.3.1, which fixes a few bugs found in 0.3 and is probably the last release before 1.0.

Macrobyte's TLS is software for UserLand Frontier and Radio UserLand that provides client side tools for making secure HTTPS requests, and server side tools for running a secure web server. It also includes tools for creating and managing "keys," self-signed certificates, and "certificate signing requests" (for sending to companies like Verisign, Thawte, or Komodo, to receive a valid server certificate).

WYSIWYG Editing in Conversant

Thanks to Clark Venable's sponsorship, Conversant now has a nearly-complete WYSIWYG editor! You can see it in action here or on Clark's site.

It supports Internet Explorer on Windows, and Mozilla 1.3b+ on any platform. Same features in both browsers.

The HTML editor is a modified version of HTMLArea from, built into a new Conversant plug-in.

At the moment it's only "nearly-complete" because it isn't configurable. Soon it will have a few options for which features to include in the toolbar. When this is done, it will be made available for download (for use with your own Conversant server). Also, it will be built-in to all paid hosting accounts on Free-Conversant.

Radio XML

Welcome to Macrobyte Resources!

Macrobyte Resources is a custom software development and consulting company specializing in groupware solutions that enable communication and content management on intranets and the Internet.

We produce some commercial software, primarily Conversant, on which much of our consulting and custom development services are based.

Language Modules for BBEdit

We also provide "language modules" for the Macintosh text editor BBEdit, from Bare Bones Software. Many of our language modules are now included as part of the application (Python, JavaScript, Java, SQL, Markdown, YAML, and others).

Software Development

  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) apps like the Ozmott app
  • MySQL database development (including database-driven Web applications… like the Ozmott web site!)
  • BBEdit language modules
  • Large projects like Conversant
  • Programming in Cocoa/Objective-C, C++, javascript, php, python and perl

For more details, see the Products and Services pages. Please feel free to look around and contact us with any questions.

Last update: 12/5/2012; 5:54 PM

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