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502,174 Documents Can't Be Wrong. Next Up ajaxSketch

Last week I announced ajaxWrite, a novel Internet-loaded application that looks and operates like a traditional desktop application and allows you to open and edit Microsoft Word documents. Little did I know it would trigger a massive wave of users drowning our servers making them sluggish or non-responsive. What was billed as a 6-second loading time became a minute or longer the first day and half until we could quadruple our initial capacity. These new servers allowed us to raise the file size we could import from 300KB to 3MB. During the launch, we also tracked down some bugs primarily with "Save As" feature. The good news is we fixed them and subsequent users received the benefit immediately since the software is download as it is used, which illustrates the benefit of ajax-delivered programs.

Introducing ajaxSketch

Over the last 6 days, more than 500,000 documents have been created with ajaxWrite, including a report on William Shakespeare written by my son for a grade school assignment. I'm confident that the launch of ajaxWrite was the biggest in history for a new word processor. If you haven't tried it yet or didn't have a satisfying experience last week, I encourage you to try it now. Visit and click the ajaxWrite icon.

As promised we're announcing a new product on Wednesday of each week at (You can sign up for the mailing list there to get priority notification.) This week we're unveiling ajaxSketch. It's an object-oriented drawing program suitable for creating flow charts, org charts, simple diagrams, maps, etc. ajaxSketch can open, edit and save files in SVG, an open standard graphic format, making it compatible with Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Visio, Open Office Draw, Corel Draw, Inkscape, and many others, all of which support SVG. Additionally, there are growing archives of SVG documents with liberal-use licenses, such as ajaxSketch today doesn't compare with the more mature drawing programs, but it does provide basic object design and text tools and serves as a quick way to examine and edit existing SVG documents.

Similar to ajaxWrite, ajaxSketch doesn't require a download or installation process thanks to ajax technology. A single click will load a drawing program with custom menus, tools and dialog boxes. It's not even required to register. (Note: ajaxSketch requires a Firefox browser.)

To handle the anticipated traffic on the site, we've launched both European and US servers. Although ajaxSketch is a mere 400K, you'll want to select the server closest to you for quickest loading. We hope we have the server capacity to serve all interested parties in a prompt fashion this time.

Once you've given ajaxSketch a try, please visit our forum at Your input on features you would like to see in future releases or bugs you've experienced will help shape this young drawing program.

Together ajaxWrite and ajaxSketch show the world what is possible. Software can be a low cost or free service available to everyone on any computer platform, loaded instantly when you want it with no hassles. Exciting, ain't it?

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