Archive | August, 2009

You've Got Great Taste, Steve

28 Aug
Look familiar?

Look familiar?

You may not know this, but I’m a huge fan of the Fake Steve Jobs.  The real one ain’t half bad either.

I remember hearing Steve talk at a dinner honoring him, and some poor schlub was foolish enough to ask Steve, “Now that Dell makes MP3 players, how is the iPod going to compete?”

(This was a number of years ago, when Dell was considered the titan of the PC industry, and Apple was a niche player.)

Steve delivered a withering look of utter contempt and said, “It’s called good taste. People will pay for you to tell them what’s cool.” (here’s a more extended version of this story)

The point is, Steve knows good taste.  Steve knows what looks good.  And so it is with considerable pride that our engineering team pointed out to me today just how much Apple’s wiki server resembles PBworks.

It’s a dead ringer, down to the interface for starring pages.

As Picasso once said, “Good artists copy.  Great artists steal.”

We stole the inspiration for PBworks 2.0 from Apple’s clean interface style.  It is an honor to have the favor returned.

As Fake Steve himself might put it, “Namaste, Apple.  I honor where our sense of aesthetics become one.”

Farewell to the BubbleShare Plugin

18 Aug

As the users of BubbleShare already know, will no longer provide free photo hosting after November 15, 2009. The site will be taken down and all links to albums and photos will cease to exist. (Read the official announcement here)

In light of this news, PBworks will no longer offer the BubbleShare plugin. On November 15, all BubbleShare slideshow photos embeded on PBworks will no longer display the associated images.

This only applies to photos that were embedded with the BubbleShare slideshow — all other images that have been uploaded or embedded on your workspace will not be affected.

We’re sad to see BubbleShare close their virtual doors and wish them the best of luck.

For those of you who want a slideshow on your workspace, check out or one of the dozens of plugins listed on our plugin resource page.

Not sure where to begin? Check out this short video on how to make a slideshow using

Get unlimited wikis and users for your school district with District EditionN

4 Aug

In the beginning, individual teachers bought our Classroom Edition.  Then as word spread, entire schools bought our Campus Edition.  Now, just in time for the 2009-2010 school year, we’ve taken the next logical step and launched our District Edition.

PBworks District Edition gives each K-12 school district that signs up an *unlimited* number of wiki workspaces and users.  Now you can share PBworks with every single student, teacher, administrator, parent, and yes, janitor in your school district.

Already, districts like Baltimore County Public Schools and the Wake County Public School System have signed up…maybe you can convince your district to be next!  Here is our announcement.

Each time, we’ve been surprised by the enthusiasm for our larger Academic packages, but we think District Edition is probably the upper limit for size.  Unless….

Country Edition anyone?