Thursday, February 4, 2010

New: WizardWiki Wizards In Progress

Up until recently, once you started a wizard in WizardWiki, you had to work through to the end, because if you closed the browser, the wizard was deleted. As of today, you now have the option to save you place and come back later. You can do this by signing in to WizardWiki before you run any wizards.

Once you are signed in, if you close the browser at any time, WizardWiki automatically saves the wizard in your Wizards In Progress tray, the last item in the Actions menu:

 Next time you login, click on Wizards In Progress. WizardWiki displays your Wizards In progress tray:

Simply click on the wizard you wish to resume. WizardWiki will take you directly to the point where you left the wizard previously.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

This month’s winning wizard

After much discussion and review, has pleasure in announcing that Liesel Fynn, a Payroll Officer based in Melbourne Australia has won this month’s WizardWiki wizard of the month with her wizard: How to Create a Custom Ringtone for Your iPhone From an MP3 File. 

This was Liesel’s first wizard, created using the gStepOne Google Wizard writer, netting her a cool $1,000.

Liesel decided on the wizard after struggling to create a custom ringtone for her iPhone using instructions on the net.  “They were vague and frustrating, and left out a key step.  All I wanted was a new ringtone!  I thought if I was having trouble, then so were other people.  Then I saw some of the wizards on WizardWiki and decided to write my own.”

Leisel's wizard steps you through the process, with clear, simple instructions, including screen shots, multiple pathways that ensure you get the job done no matter how you are approaching the task. Check it out by clicking on the map.

While you're there check out some of the other technology wizards, including how to tether your iPhone or how to Setup and configure your Google Apps for Small Business.

The standard of entries was very high and the decision was quite difficult. However, the judges’ decision was unanimous: Liesel’s wizard scored highest on four of the seven criteria:
1. Popularity of the Wizard
2. Topicality of the Wizard
3. Usefulness and applicability of the Wizard
4. Quality of the Wizard design and writing.

Said chief judge Lino Rizio: “Liesel’s wizard is a good example of what a wizard should do: it enables you to do something you couldn’t do previously without expert help: in this case, once you have completed the wizard, you have updated your ring tone. It is with pleasure that we credit US$1,000 to Leisel’s PayPal account.

Liesel did it, now it’s your turn! The December/January competition has started and closes on 9 January. Start mapping out your wizard today: who knows? It could win you US$1,000!


Your gStepOne Team

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The best laid plans…

We’ve had an interesting week!  It began last Thursday, when for an unknown reason our hosting company shut down our gStepOne registration server.  As a consequence, everyone who registered for a gStepOne account on Thursday until early Monday had zip response.  We review account creations on Mondays, and as soon as we discovered the problem we had it fixed.  Sorry for the delay and the hassles (yes, we now review account creations daily). 

Also on Monday, we discovered that some the links to our training videos had been reset to point to the gStepOne home page.  Again this has been fixed and the training is now back online. 

Again, sorry for the hassles.  Please let us know if you have ANY problems with any of our sites. 

Regards and thanks for your patience,

The gStepOne Team

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 named a finalist in the 2009 Anthill Cool Company Awards has been named a finalist in the ‘Commercial Creativity’ Award at Anthill’s 4th Annual Cool Company Awards, held in Southbank, Victoria, on Thursday 26th November. is a free Google wizard writer that enables users to harness the power of Google’s online applications and tools to create simple, publicly available tutorials. It is ‘lite’, free version of its flagship WorkScript system, developed in response to the growing trend towards web-based resources and designed for rapid business process activation and change in small to medium-sized businesses.

“Wordware should be very pleased with its success,” said James Tuckerman, Editor-In-Chief, Anthill Magazine. “Though not a winner this year, making the final three in their category is an outstanding achievement; the Cool Company Awards attracted over 350 nominations from some very cool companies from all across Australia.”

The Anthill Cool Company Awards were launched in 2006, as a way to acknowledge and celebrate Australian companies that are doing things differently to bring about positive change.

The Commercial Creativity Award recognises a project rather than a company per se. It celebrates creative, “outside-the-square” solutions that deliver on a project brief.

The national awards were held at a Cocktail Ceremony at the spectacular Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 26th November 2009, where category winners and the ‘Coolest Company Award’ were announced.

Monday, November 23, 2009

With Version 2.4 of gStepOne you can make your wizard a world-wide resource!

With Version 2.4 of gStepOne, you can simply right-click on a wizard (a green circle) to publish it to

Once on, it becomes available for use world-wide, and is eligible for the US$1,000 prize for the best wizard for the month. 

So don’t delay: create and publish your wizard today!

We have also updated the online help on the mapping screen and the User Guides at the gStepOne website.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Launched: WizardWiki and US$1000 for the best wizards!

Hot on the heels of being named in the Top 10 Google Apps for business, come two big news items for wizard writers!

1. We have launched, a collaborative project that is building a worldwide repository of computer-based wizards.

2. To mark the launch we are announcing an exciting new contest, where gStepOne Wizard Writers can win US$1000 for best wizard uploaded each month.

What is WizardWiki? It’s like Wizard Central. Anyone who has developed any kind of wizard can upload or link it to WizardWiki. And anyone who needs a wizard to do a task can find it on WizardWiki. The site also acts as a matching service for people wishing to commission Wizards from the gStepOne Wizard writing community.

Why the contest? The contest is designed to enable Wizard Writers like you to showcase your skills and win cash. It’s easy to enter: create a wizard using gStepOne, release it to WizardWiki and you are automatically eligible to win!

There’s no limit to the number or kind of wizard you can create: for business, for clubs, for community organisations, or just for fun.

The $1000 prize is guaranteed every month and it’s only available to gStepOne account holders. Winners are chosen based on:
• Popularity
• Number and quality of inbound links to the Wizard
• Topicality of the Wizard
• Usefulness and applicability of the Wizard
• Quality of the Wizard design and writing
• User response to your Wizard, including positive reviews and comments
• Degree of specialization of the Wizard.

WizardWiki is located at

So, don’t delay! The first contest closes November 30. Start creating your wizards today!

We look forward to your entries, and good luck!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just what IS a computer wizard?

One of the difficulties with new technology is getting your story across. We've been trying to explain to friends and potential gStepOne users outside the computing environment for a while now what a computer wizard is.

So, for our friends, relatives, new users and everyone else who may be wondering what they are all about, we have created a one minute video to help explain computer wizards.