Archive for July, 2006

MetaSync 1.5.3

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

It turns out that I messed up the code in MetaSync that checks whether you’re running MediaPro 2.X or MediaPro 3.x (as the Applescript dictionary is different in 3.X). If you’re running a newer 3.1.X version of MediaPro, it’s likely that you’ll find that the Ratings field over the MetaSync panel is greyed out (as MetaSync thinks you’re really running MediaPro 2.X).

I’ve just tweaked the code that does the version check and released MetaSync 1.5.3 to fix this problem. You can download it from the usual Software page.

And, yes, I’m still planning to release MetaSync 2.X at some point. Unfortunately, I’ve got a few other coding projects ahead of it on the list that need to be completed first. 🙂


Footprint Project

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Postings and personal software development has been a little thin on the ground recently as I’ve been working a lot on The Footprint Project on the St Catherine’s Estate in Cumbria. This is a sustainable building project for the National Trust and will be used as an education base for school groups when it’s completed. The goal is to construct the building using environmentally conscious materials and techniques (e.g. a car tyre foundation, straw bales and cob for walls and oak shingles for roofing).

This will be the first straw bale building in Cumbria and should be completed in late Summer of 2006!

I’ve been working on documenting each phase of the project with either still photos or the long-term time-lapse. We just recently created a new website to show some of the archive photography that we already have of the project. If you’re interested, you can check it out at There are also some pages about the project on the National Trust website.