Welcome Guest.   Make a donation to an author on the site October 24, 2014, 02:51:07 AM  *

Please login or register.
Or did you miss your validation email?


Login with username and password (forgot your password?)
Why not become a lifetime supporting member of the site with a one-time donation of any amount? Your donation entitles you to a ton of additional benefits, including access to exclusive discounts and downloads, the ability to enter monthly free software drawings, and a single non-expiring license key for all of our programs.


You must sign up here before you can post and access some areas of the site. Registration is totally free and confidential.
 
The N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2010! Download 24 custom programs!
   
   Forum Home   Thread Marks Chat! Downloads Search Login Register  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Reply  |  New Topic  |  Print  
Author Topic: Welcome to the tfdocs.com (Tree Form Documents) discussion section  (Read 8941 times)
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« on: November 04, 2009, 11:02:26 AM »

Welcome to the discussion section for the Tree Form Documents website (http://www.tfdocs.com).

This is a website that was built to be an online version of my windows desktop application known as "The Form Letter Machine" (discuss the desktop app here).



As a brief introduction:  The tfdocs.com web service provides a way for people to create documents by mixing and matching different terms and sections.

Screenshot:


Visite website:

Good sample TF doc that:

Site changelog:
« Last Edit: November 17, 2009, 09:53:07 AM by mouser » Logged
Paul Keith
Member
**
Posts: 1,982


see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 11:47:01 AM »

How do you import your TFLM files?
Logged

<reserve space for the day DC can auto-generate your signature from your personal PopUp Wisdom quotes>
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 11:59:26 AM »

you know i didn't even think about that, but it's a great idea.. what i will do is add an XML Export feature to a new release of the form letter machine desktop app; then you can use those.
Logged
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009, 01:16:57 PM »

Let me talk a little bit about the differences between the desktop application and web version.

  • Both share the same basic idea: You design a hierarchical tree-like structure of options, which are used to assemble an output document by mixing and matching sections.
  • The web version is much more focused on letting people create tree-form document definitions that are meant to be shared and used by others; it therefor supports wiki-like shared editing of group treeform documents, a discussion thread for each document, document tag cloud, etc.
  • Unlike the desktop application, the web version has no graphical nice user interface for creating the tree-form definitions; the web version uses a plain text xml definition that the author provides.
  • The web version supports more flexible formatting of output, including things like bolding, italics, section headers, web links, and glossary/mouseover notes.
  • The web version supports multiple output containers -- useful if you want to divide up your output document into things like a main body, an appendix, an area for private notes, etc.
  • The web version has more robust support for free-form input variables; it knows which input variables are needed and when, and let's the user see clearly when a variable is needed.
  • The web version has some nice effects to help you see when text blocks are being added/removed/changed.
  • The desktop version support quick customization of the text of any section without editing the tree definition; not so with the web version.
  • The web version will soon support PDF export and emailing.
  • The web version can be easily expanded to support more powerful conditional blocks and expressions.
  • The web version supports hover-over tips on tree items and selected document text.

The easiest way to get a feel for the web version is to check out a sample form and click the "View XML Source" button -- that will show you the xml definition of the sample tree-form document, so you can get an idea of the kinds of things you can do.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2009, 01:19:34 PM by mouser » Logged
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009, 01:28:39 PM »

My next step will be to create some documentation on the tree form xml syntax.
Logged
JavaJones
Review 2.0 Designer
Charter Member
***
Posts: 2,537



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009, 01:45:01 PM »

Looking great. I really like how responsive and clear the UI is, with color-coding, nifty AJAX effects, etc. This bodes well my friend. Wink

- Oshyan
Logged

The New Adventures of Oshyan Greene - A life in pictures...
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2009, 05:33:33 PM »

Just a heads up: I'm working on documentation now and I've changed the tree syntax slightly since my initial post, in order to make it easier to define a formal xml dtd definition of the syntax.
Logged
icekin
Supporting Member
**
Posts: 263

see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2009, 08:40:25 AM »

Since this was made in Drupal, can I know which modules you used?
Logged
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2009, 09:14:16 AM »

Quote
Since this was made in Drupal, can I know which modules you used?

absolutely -- in fact let me put together a longer write up of all the modules, javascript libraries, etc. that i used in the entire site.  credit where credit is due:

http://www.tfdocs.com/con...tree-form-machine-website
« Last Edit: November 07, 2009, 10:57:08 AM by mouser » Logged
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2009, 04:52:38 AM »

Quote
How do you import your TFLM files?

I have finished adding an XML export function to the desktop TFLM; the exported xml files can be pasted as-is right into tfdocs.com online.  This has the added benefit of providing a safe format for exporting your TFLM trees should you want to work with the content in another program.  Importing is not yet available.

The latest version of TFLM which supports xml exporting is now available for download: http://www.donationcoder....mLetterMachine/index.html

« Last Edit: November 09, 2009, 08:28:30 PM by mouser » Logged
psionics
Participant
*
Posts: 116


see users location on a map View Profile WWW Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2011, 02:39:39 PM »

exactly what i am coding(unfinished) and looking for! cheesy
Logged
mouser
First Author
Administrator
*****
Posts: 33,581



see users location on a map View Profile WWW Read user's biography. Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2011, 10:58:24 AM »

tfdocs is currently offline; it will be coming back this month and be much easier to use to make simple document templates.
Logged
Contro
Participant
*
Posts: 2,171

View Profile Give some DonationCredits to this forum member
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2012, 08:46:24 AM »

I will be awaiting for the answers in the cloud.

 tongue
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Reply  |  New Topic  |  Print  
 
Jump to:  
   Forum Home   Thread Marks Chat! Downloads Search Login Register  

DonationCoder.com | About Us
DonationCoder.com Forum | Powered by SMF
[ Page time: 0.036s | Server load: 0.52 ]