New saying, "Give me Instructables.com and everything looks like an Ible."
I enjoy writing Instructables ("Ibles"). After I wrote my eigth one using the online Ible editor at Instructables.com, I decided I needed to organize my Ible projects on my laptop. Working offline would let me pop in and out with new ideas and new images. Writing offline is quicker and it lets me brainstorm Ible projects before I go online to publish them.
The IBLIT software was my solution. I wrote it for my own use but offer it here for you to try. Suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Here are the main features of IBLIT.
- Structured project management
- New-project creation tool
- Graphics file organization (original and resized copies)
- Text editing
- Easy step creation and rearrangement
- Graphics to be inserted into steps
- Preview of online step appearance
- List and view of all available graphics files
- Tool to assist with Ible upload to online Ible editor
- MSPaint tool
- Batch image file resizing tool
- Import text and image data from an existing online Ible
There are three components to IBLIT (Screen Grab #1).
1. The NotePad text editor that comes with Windows (Screen Grab #2).
2. A toolbar that sits above Notepad (Screen Grab #3).
3. A function-assist window that sits to the right of NotePad (Screen Grab #4).
Please Note that the IBLIT software only works on PCs because that is the only programming I know. The organization described next (Step 1) could be used on a PC, Mac or Linux machine.
Step 1: Organization
I created a folder in the root (C:\) of my laptop where all my Ible stuff would go (C:\-INSTRUCTABLES-). Then I created a subfolder for each project. Each project folder would have a place for the Ible script (a plain text file with an ".IBL" extension) and two subsubfolders for the images: original graphics and sized-for-publication graphics.
This organization alone was enough to save me looking all over my hard drive for the Ible parts I needed as I planned and wrote.
Here is how I arranged my Ible projects on my laptop. You can do this manually or, if you use IBLIT, it can all be handled by the software (see the next step).
(The line numbers are for reference only.)
Line 1: The default is as shown. If there is not such a root folder then IBLIT will ask you if you want to create one.
Lines 2 and 6 are project folders.
Lines 3 and 7 are subfolders for the source copies of your images.
Lines 4 and 8 are subfolders for the images that have been resized for publication. (I use a maximum dimension of 500 pixels and JPEG compression for all my images.)
Lines 5 and 9 are the Ible project text files created with IBLIT.