OK - The easiest work is now finished.
I’ve gone through just about every page on the site, and I’ve removed all of the
broken links, and have updated many of the ones that were not working. The site should
now look good as well as function well (for a low-tech site).
The rest of the work now will simply seem to be regular site updates and maintenance.
Unfortunately, from here on out the site will improve slowly. I’m looking forward
to adding my own content as well as writing more blog posts about TW functionality
as well as writing more premium module reviews (I have a ton of that to do).
I’m also hopeful that I’ll be able to add the DDT official modules to TW’s third
party module repository now that the site is back up and functioning. I’ll keep you
posted when that happens.
Thanks for being patient while the site went through this recent upgrade.
I know that blue widget at the top right of the site said that “Sermon Pamphlets
Coming Soon” was up there for a loooong time; but now I’m close. Really close. In
fact, I have a working mock up right now that is in the testing stage.
I have a small booklet on the Song of Solomon that will be available, and 7 sermon
pamphlets that will be available. At first they will only be available as softcover
books/pamphlets; I hope to make them available as premium modules at some point in
near future (Costas has told me September). I’d also like to make them available
in the Kindle format, but I’m not sure how soon that might (or might not) happen.
Over the years, some of you have asked how you could help with the site. I don’t
ask for donations (never have, never will). I have let it be known that if you’ll
start your amazon.com shopping here, a small percentage will get back to me. Many
of you have done that, and I give you my thanks.
Also, if you buy a TW premium module by starting here, a small portion of that comes
back to me. Many of you have done that as well. Thank you so much.
Now there will be one more way to help me out with this site: by purchasing some
of my own softcover works. These should be available by Labor Day (2016, really!).
Site maintenance had been so little and so slow recently, that I’m sure many of you
are wondering if any work is going on here at all at DDT.
“Believe me. All kinds of stuff is going on here. It’s true. All kinds of stuff.
Believe me.” (Sorry you can’t hear my Donald Trump impersonation as I write those
First, the DDT Store is tested and ready. All I’m waiting for now is my last bit
of stock to arrive, and then it will go live - well before my Labor Day estimate.
Second, TW users will enjoy this: I’m adding most of my DDT modules and the OMLB
modules to theWord’s software repository. This is just so cool! Costas has coded
theWord to allow third party module builders (like me) to make our modules accessible
within the program itself. So, just like you can download official modules without
going to the website, soon every TW user* will be able to download DDT modules from
within the program, without coming to the DDT website.
Downloading from the repository is so easy. Select which repository you want to browse.
Click the box of the modules you want. When you’re finished browsing and selecting,
click the “Download and Install” button; and voila! TheWord does the rest of the
work for you. Simply close theWord and reopen it; and all those modules are loaded.
You’ll still need to put them in their proper module sets, but theWord makes that
so easy you’ll be done in moments.
For the DDT user like you, the real benefit will be when I beautify an already existing
module. If you’ll visit the repository once in a while, you’ll find that some of
the modules you’ve already loaded have been updated. Simply click the box again,
and then “download and install,” and the next time you start theWord, that module
will be automagically** updated - no further set maintenance required.
I am doing quite a bit of manual editing of these modules to make them ready for
the repository. And many of the modules are being beautified at the same time. Thus
the work is a little slow. But once finished, dozens and dozens and dozens (not sure
if it will be 200 or 300 or 400...) of DDT modules will be easily available inside
the excellent TW Software.
By the way - I’m not the only one working at this. Josh Bond’s excellent “WordModules.com”
is already up and running inside the TW repository system.
AAAAAND - Mr. Bond has graciously and sacrificially helped me tremendously with my
repository. There is no way I would have been able to do this without his help. So,
Josh, if you’re reading this, thank you so very much for your service to the Savior
for helping to get all of these modules out for access by the body of Christ. I so
appreciate your kindness to me personally. “Believe me. I’m so thankful. It’s true.
So thankful. Believe me!”
*one caveat: internet service is required.
**Brent Hildebrand’s original word
Our testing period is now finished. Purchases have been made. Shipments have been
delivered. Kinks have been removed. Stock has arrived. The DDT Store is now open
I have one book available - on The Song of Solomon, no less! - and eight sermon pamphlets
available. Over time I hope to add many more titles to the DDT Store.
Shipping is available everywhere in the United States.
Even if you can’t make a purchase at this time, do me a favor and window shop. Check
out the store page. Let me know what you think.