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December 02, 2007

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DJA

Well, one solution does come immediately to mind...

A.C. Douglas

From what you describe, I'm not at all certain that either IE7 (you ARE using IE7, and NOT IE6, right?) or Vista is at fault in this particular instance. I suspect rather an incompatibility between Vista and TypePad caused by TypePad not having implemented fully all the code alterations necessary to operate flawlessly with Vista. This seems to be a problem across the Web with many websites if the few Microsoft techie sites I monitor are to be believed. The immediate solution for you would be to NOT create your posts directly in TP, but to create them either in Word (which is what I use, making certain to save your text in TEXT-ONLY format rather than Word format) or WordPad (also making certain to save them in TEXT-ONLY format rather than RTF), and then PASTE them into the TP text box. That way you can never lose your text no matter what happens with Vista, IE7, or TP.

ACD

A.C. Douglas

Oh, and I should have added that you should make certain that you're NOT using TypePad's WYSIWYG editor, but their plain-vanilla text editor. The TP WYSIWYG editor can cause you all sorts of problems when pasting between Word or WordPad and the TP editor.

ACD

A.C. Douglas

Oops. Just noticed some bad wording in my above,

"I suspect rather an incompatibility between Vista and TypePad caused by TypePad not having implemented fully all the code alterations necessary to operate flawlessly with Vista."

That should have read,

"I suspect rather an incompatibility between Vista-IE7 and TypePad caused by TypePad not having implemented fully all the code alterations necessary to operate flawlessly with Vista-IE7."

Sorry 'bout that.

ACD

JF

If it's Internet Explorer (the web browser) that crashes, not Windows Explorer (which does many other things), the most direct solution is just try another browser.

Firefox
The leading alternative. I've used it for years, though not with Vista. Stable, safe, fast, and customizable. Typically provides features like tabbed browsing that are eventually added to Internet Explorer.

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Opera
Also well thought of, and recently made freeware. Also safer and faster than IE. Offered tabbed browsing and other features even before Firefox.

http://www.opera.com/products/desktop/

If you want to write in a separate application and paste into the Typepad editor, using a text editor as A.C. Douglas suggests, Windows has one called Notepad. (Wordpad is a word processor.) Write the text in the text editor, paste it into the Typepad editor, then apply typographical formatting.

Lisa Hirsch

Oh, man, sympathies. Have you considered Firefox?

Lisa Hirsch

(My redundant comment would have been the first except that the spam-prevention didn't take last night...)

Alex Ross

Steve, I often set up a Typepad post as a "draft" and work on it from there, saving periodically -- though, I have to say, as a Mac user, ahem, my browsers almost never crash. Or, maybe we could start a fund drive to buy Steve a Mac?

Steve

Thanks, everyone. Alex, which category of Typepad do you use? Mine doesn't offer the option of saving drafts, nor does it have the ability to break the page for a long post, which is another feature I've noticed you use on occasion. Maybe that's an area I could address while I take in washing to pay for a Mac.

DJA

Mine doesn't offer the option of saving drafts

Wha? I thought that option was available to all Typepad subscribers. It would be kind of crazy if they made you pay extra for it. Maybe send a note to tech support asking them what's what?

Alex Ross

Yes, Steve, check with Typepad! Sounds like you're missing some basic features....

Alex Ross

BTW I have Typepad Pro, $13/month. When I use the Firefox browser -- a touch slower than Camino or Safari -- I get lots of extra features.

A.C. Douglas

*Every* TypePad account has a save as draft function in the application (the editor).

ACD

A.C. Douglas

*Every* TypePad account has a save as draft function in the application (the editor) as well as the ability to break the page for a long post.

ACD

Steve

Egg, meet face. Two years and some small change I've been running this blog, and I never looked into the little "Posting Status" dropdown menu at the bottom left. Sheesh.

But I do think I'll download Firefox and see if any extra Easter eggs pop up...

A.C. Douglas

"But I do think I'll download Firefox and see if any extra Easter eggs pop up..."
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Nope. You get the whole enchilada with IE (like all Web applications, TypePad is tested first with IE as if it doesn't work fully with IE it doesn't work).

ACD

sogalitno

Echoing the comments above - FIREFOX FIREFOX

and you can add an extension - PERFORMANCING which gives you a blog posting app right there in Firefox - its quite handy.

Also check out BLOGJET - a really great app that allows you to save a draft and its a separate app so IE or FFox wont crash it...and you can see ALL your posts and edit
them - also has lots of extras - tags and technorati tags, keywords - posting at a later date, redating a post...etc.

a wonderful little app (not free but very cheap) and worth it to someone who posts frequently.

Also you can post in HTML (if you want) and adding photos and links is easypeasy.

good luck!

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