Fargo 0.80

With this release Fargo is coupled with a new content management system called Trex, which was also developed at Small Picture. This means that you can publish documents and presentations from Fargo. And it's easy!

How to publish

1. Open a named outline.

2. Create a new headline in that outline, something like My first story.

3. Write a paragraph or two indented beneath the headline.

4. Put the bar cursor on the top headline, and click the suitcase icon in the left margin to edit attributes.

5. Add a type attribute, with the value outline. Click OK.

6. Click the eye icon in the left margin.

You should see a simple lovely page with your words on it!

Viewing an outline

If you enter paragraphs under a headline you get something that looks like a story, but if you enter indented headlines, you get something that looks like an outline.

Here's an example that looks like an outline.

And here's one that looks like an essay.

Make a presentation

1. Open a named outline.

2. Enter a main headline, something like My first presentation.

3. Enter a series of slide titles underneath, Slide 1, Slide 2, etc. (Or be creative!)

4. Under each slide title, add a few bullet points.

5. Put the cursor on the main headline, and click the suitcase icon to edit attributes.

6. Add a type attribute, with the value presentation. Click OK.

7. Click the eye icon in the left margin.

Here's an example presentation. This is what it looks like as it's being edited in Fargo, and the OPML for the presentation.

Profile change

The special headline with the text profile is still displayed when we display the top level of your website, but instead of using Reader to display the outline, we use the content management system.

For example, here's my profile outline.

Because the headline must be exactly profile in order for it to be recognized, you'll need a way to specify the text that's displayed in place of the headline text when the page is rendered. You can do this with a #text directive just below the headline.

Here's a screen shot that illustrates.

Where we go from here

We want to make a great environment where writers, designers and programmers work together.

There's a lot more that Trex can do. We plan to provide simple Fargo-based interfaces for much of it. But we're going to show the features slowly, one step at a time.

Lifting the hood

If you're a web developer or designer, you may want to dive right into Trex, if so here are the docs. But we want to emphasize that if you're a writer and non-technical, you don't need to understand what's in the engine. It's our job to make this simple for you, a job that we take very seriously!


When you write something new feel free to post a link in a comment here.

We want to see how you're using the new stuff.

Questions and comments are most welcome.

Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:10:49 GMT