Boutell.Com publishes articles about the workings of the World Wide Web, open source tools, shareware products, iPhone apps and more. Our World Wide Web FAQ is written by Tom Boutell, author of the original 1994 WWW FAQ that gave many of today's web pros their start.
What follows is a short list of recent mobile apps, web apps and articles by Tom Boutell. You'll also find many, many new and updated entries in the WWW FAQ.
An organic SEO tool
SearchVision is handy for all of us who wonder what our websites really look like to search engines like Google and Bing. By stripping out everything that search engines usually ignore, I give you a dose of organic SEO reality. You can follow links to explore your site the way a search engine might... but only if you built it right!
I am immensely proud of my work on Apostrophe at P'unk Avenue. Apostrophe makes it spectacularly easy to build a website. And there's a great free plan to get started with. If learning the ins and outs of HTML and CSS is not your bag, or you'd just like your clients to be able to edit their sites without a lot of handholding, you should definitely check it out.
Tom Boutell's latest iPhone app. Post your GIF via Tumblr, send it via email or copy the link to your clipboard and do as you please. Hosting is included. Convert existing videos or create new ones. The GIF blogs will never know what hit 'em. Learn more on figgif.com.
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What movie should we see?Boutell's latest web application. Tired of playing cruise director? What Shall We... lets your friends suggest options and vote them up or down. Sharing questions via Facebook or Twitter makes it even easier (not required— you can use it with your office coworkers too). Seeing others respond in real time helps everyone reach consensus fast. Just send out a link and watch the results!
Our first iPhone application, Sync and Speak reads Twitter updates and RSS feeds out loud. Great for commuters and other travelers who have a need to keep their hands and eyes free.
5seven5.com is a social network for for haiku poets and their poetry. Share and give feedback on haiku in a twitter-like environment with dynamic voting, follow lists and RSS feeds. Built with Symfony, 5seven5 was the test site for sfApplyPlugin.
Salsadelphia is a regularly updated directory of salsa hotspots in the Philadelphia area. Built with Symfony, Salsadelphia provides a perpetual calendar of upcoming events, with convenient filters to display only the events of interest to you. Community-building features such as event photos are slated to arrive soon.
septime.org formats its output in a way that even the simplest of Internet-enabled cell phones and similar devices can handle.
The schedule data has also been made available in XML format for those who would like to build other useful SEPTA-related web sites. See the septime.org about page for more information.
Thomas Boutell has joined forces with P'unk Avenue, a Philadelphia-based web design agency with complementary skills and a similar commitment to the community. P'unk Avenue has built major interactive sites for Duke University and many other clients. P'unk Avenue makes extensive use of the cutting-edge Symfony framework for web development.
Naturally Boutell.Com will continue to grow as a source of information, and support for Boutell's existing products will continue to be offered.
I'm Free 4 makes it easy to let friends know when you're free for a meal or an evening out... then match your calendar to those of your friends to discover the best times to get together. I'm Free 4 employs AJAX, PHP, FBML, FBJS and SQL to create a unique Facebook experience.
Facebook's open API for the creation of third-party applications is fantastic and we're excited about it. Our Supergroup application allows users to create their own fantasy rock bands. Our Join My Band is for musicians and singers who want to start real bands where they live. And LOLlograms is good, silly fun for everyone. All three demonstrate our Facebook application development skills. Contact us with your Facebook development needs!
Our Accountify package makes it easy to add accounts to any website. Accountify is a practical, open-source solution for those who want to retain user information from one website visit to the next. Accountify extends PHP's built-in session mechanism to support long-term information storage. Recent updates have added support for invitation management and for customization of the account creation and preference editing process, allowing webmasters to gather their own site-specific information.
SupportMeLive is an easy way to invite your users to chat with you live on your web site. Provide technical and sales support or just shoot the breeze with your web site visitors. SupportMeLive began life as a demonstration piece for the WWW FAQ and grew into a simple but solid package for providing live support on small and medium-sized web sites.
Our Mapedit software, long the most user-friendly imagemap editor available, is now the most complete as well. Mapedit 4.0's new features include hotspot alignment, multiple documents, multiple-hotspot and multiple-point selections, an improved insert-point feature, "crisp-angle" polygon edge drawing and a great deal more. Visit the Mapedit news page for more information.
CAPTCHA systems allow websites to distinguish between human visitors and automated attacks. Our CAPTCHA system is a straightforward, developer-friendly, open-source solution easily plugged into any PHP-based web form. Our solution includes a high-quality audio CAPTCHA for vision-impaired users. See the WWW FAQ article how do I add a CAPTCHA to my web page? for complete details.
Tom Boutell is the co-author of Windows and Linux Integration: Hands-on Solutions for a Mixed Environment. A practical, hands-on guide to getting the most from Windows and Linux in the same enterprise. Covers authentication, printing, file sharing, email integration, desktop integration, web application development and more. Available now on amazon.com and at your local bookstore! Updates, tips, web-only exclusive extras and discussion forums are available at winlinanswers.com.