Archive for January, 2008

Downtime

January 29, 2008

Due to some unfortunately timed hardware failures, Dapper is currently experiencing intermittent hardware failures. We’re doing everything we can to minimize the downtime and expect things to stabilize soon. Thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

Update (1/30/08): after a little bit of calm, we suffered a power outage at our data center.  The machines should be up momentarily and we’re working hard to clear the dust.  We greatly appreciate your patience and are sorry for the inconvenience.

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NDF (New Dapper Features)

January 15, 2008

We’ve recently introduced a couple of cool features we’d like to let you know about. Both have been highly coveted by users and as part of the “Dapper Listens” program, we’ve finally got to them 🙂

First, we’ve introduced an updated Dapp search, that allows you to preview live content retrieved from the Dapp, and get an immediate intuition whether this Dapp is good for you or not. It also notifies you if the site this Dapp is based on has changed, allowing you to immediately go and edit the Dapp, so it will be adapted to the current site features. We believe this feature will make searching for Dapps a much more useful and enjoyable experience. Enjoy!

Secondly, we’ve finally introduced a forum system for all things Dapper: forum.dapper.net. In these forums you can share your latest Dapper based hacks, seek support and suggest the next Dapper feature you crave for. Go ahead and let your voice be heard.

These small updates lead the way to an upcoming release to take place within the month dubbed the “Virtual Navigator”. This release will be a major breakthrough and a huge technological milestone for Dapper, where we’ll introduce the ability to work on pretty much any site on the web (flash based sites excluded). We are extremely excited about this release and are looking forward to share it with you. At the moment, this release is being tested in private beta by a group of devoted Dapper users. If you’re interested in testing it, drop us a note, and we’ll add you to group of testers as it grows.

Cheers,

Eran

Deki Wiki Incorporates Support for Dapper

January 7, 2008

Deki Wiki, pretty much the coolest wiki out there just released version 1.8.3 which incorporates support for Dapper. Effectively, this now means you can bring any content from the web into your wiki! The best way to understand its power is probably to check out Aaron’s screencast demonstrating the new Dapper extension.

The new release is getting lots of great attention all over the web: RWW, Social Glass, Computer World, Mashable, and more.

Thanks to Aaron, Steve, and the Deki Wiki team for bringing such excellent functionality to the open source wiki world.

If you build something cool using Deki Wiki and Dapper, please let us know (and if you’re in the Bay Area, come present it at DapperCamp).

Great Start to a Great Year

January 1, 2008

So today we’ve started 2008, which we believe will be a great year for Dapper, with bangs and whistles. First Wired Magazine ran a big story on the art and science of scraping, that also mentioned Dapper. Though the reporter tried to show both sides of the penny, it clearly drove home the point that opening up the web’s content can cultivate a great boom of creativity and new apps, something we’ve been advocating from day 1.

Then, good old Marshall Kirkpatrick from ReadWriteWeb picked up on the story writing a great review on Dapper as the proponent of the web unlocking paradigm. He even went as far as recording a magnificent screencast on how he uses Dapper to create an RSS feed for del.icio.us RRW mentions. Marshall, thanks for the warm words and the great screencast, this kind of feedback is the greatest fuel in our engines.

BTW, Marshall also encourages you to join us at DapperCamp – Dapper’s first users/developers conference. I’ll join him in the invite – this is going to be two great days in February.

We had a great 2007 and we’re planning an even greater 2008 – brace yourself 🙂