Episode 332: We Should Be Slapping Our Foreheads

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s latest MarsEdit updates and the speed record of one’s App Store review. Daniel talks about a quick fix he made to a crashing bug, and whether using Swift would have prevented it. They reflect on Dominik Wagner’s criticism of Swift, but carefully avoid a full-on Swift debate. They follow up about the shortcuts of Siri Shortcuts and hope for similar, but slightly different long-term improvements. Finally, they talk about a new open source IAPKit from Black Pixel, supporting developers who want to provide App Store Trials, and talk about the improvements coming to the Mac App Store in Mojave.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Udacity: Become an iOS Developer
  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.

Links:

  • MarsEdit 4.1 – Daniel ships a significant update for image metadata location data protection.
  • Soroush Khanlou – The thoughtful blog of an iOS developer and Swift aficionado.
  • My Misalignment With Apple… – Dominik Wagner’s thoughts about Swift and how they fall short of his hopes for a language.
  • Custom Intents with SiriKit – Ben Dodson explains the shortcomings of Siri’s new Shortcuts.
  • A New Vision for Siri – Federico Viticci offers a comprehensive exposition of the new Siri Shortcuts and automation on iOS 12.
  • IAPKit – New open-source framework from Black Pixel supporting App Store Trials.
  • Ersatz Free Trials – Daniel’s blog post about the shortcomings of IAP-based free trials.
June 15, 2018 at 11:45 am.

Episode 331: No Complaints Really

Daniel and Manton catch up on WWDC announcements. They weigh the likely impact of UIKit on macOS, try to get a handle on the extent of SiriKit improvements, and appreciate Apple’s renewed emphasis on iOS automation. Next they talk about Apple’s purportedly new support for App Store trials. Finally, they wrap up with reflections on WWDC week so far, and Manton appreciates the enthusiastic attendance at his Micro.blog meet-up.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

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  • San Jose Drainage Ditch – David Sinclair of Dejal Systems snaps a picture of the famous landmark.
  • Steve Troughton Smith – Twitter account of an engineer who often tweets about binary analysis of Apple software.
  • UXKitDemo – Example project taking advantage of Apple’s private UXKit framework.
  • Transmit 5 – Panic’s file transfer app which was cited in the WWDC Keynote.
  • BBEdit 12 – Bare Bones’s text editing app, also cited in the WWDC Keynote.
  • Ersatz Free Trials – Daniel’s blog post breaking down the shortcomings of Apple’s free trial support.
June 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm.

Episode 330: It’s A Big Fun Surprise

Manton and Daniel check in just before WWDC to talk about expectations from the conference, and strategies for saving money on the trip. They indulge in a bit more Siri criticism, hope that Apple will announce new MacBook Pros, and question whether Apple will dare to poke fun at Google’s Duplex technology during the keynote.

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June 1, 2018 at 8:48 am.

Episode 329: Have All The Things Be Better

Daniel and Manton talk about Twitter’s latest API updates and the impact on 3rd party developers. They follow-up on Ghost’s lack of an API, and Samuel Goodwin’s offer to build one for them. Daniel shares news of MarsEdit 4.1’s support for direct drags from Photos.app and why that is such a hassle. Finally, they talk about the newly formed Developer’s Union for organizing Apple developers around common causes.

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  • Twitter API update – Twitter announces changes to its API that will deeply affect 3rd party apps’ ability to manage direct messages.
  • Apps of a Feather – Response site from developers of several popular Twitter clients.
  • Some Security Expert – Samuel Goodwin suggests that an API for the Ghost blogging system may be stuck on internal security review.
  • Item Based Drag Promises – From the 10.12 AppKit release notes, details on the easiest API for dealing with Photos.app dragged images.
  • The Primary Motivation – Brian Webster speculates about the real reason for the asynchronous promised based drags in Photos.
  • PowerPhotos – Brian Webster’s Mac-based Photos library management software.
  • Dear Apple – The fledgling “Developers Union” representing Apple platform 3rd-party developers.
May 24, 2018 at 1:20 pm.

Episode 328: It Wasn’t My Job

Manton and Daniel talk about the upcoming GDPR regulations from the EU and what the implications may be for indie software companies. They react to the Pocket Casts acquisition by NPR and partners, assess the financial incentives that may be involved, and appreciate how it contrasts with Marco Arment’s open prioritization of privacy and openness with Overcast. Finally, they talk about Ghost’s 5 year review, evaluate their success, and maybe gripe a teensy bit about their lack of an API.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Hover: Find a Domain Name for Your Passion

Links:

  • GDPR – The official “Informational Portal” for the European rule changes.
  • We Only Collect Enough Information – Micro.blog Privacy Policy
  • Overcast 4.2 – Marco Arment announces the latest version of his podcasting app: “The Privacy Update.”
  • Pocket Casts Acquired – NPR announcement about their acquisition, with partners, of the popular mobile podcast player.
  • The Next Chapter – Shifty Jelly, makers of Pocket Casts, make their own announcement.
  • Addressing Your Concerns – Shifty Jelly’s follow-up post responding to criticisms and fears among its users.
  • Castro – iOS podcast player from Supertop.
  • Supertop Podcast – Indie development podcast from the developers of Castro.
  • Everything We’ve Learned – Retrospective blog post from the folks who make the Ghost blogging system.
May 17, 2018 at 6:48 am.

Episode 327: Only The Rich Can Have Robots

Daniel and Manton talk about Google’s recently announced Duplex AI for telephone conversations, and Microsoft’s announcement that it will share a larger percentage of revenues with its app store developers. They consider the merits of each announcement and whether they might spark a competitive response in Apple. Daniel talks about how a small bug request turned into a major overhaul of image handling in MarsEdit, and how the investment may pay off if he ever ports to iOS.

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May 10, 2018 at 10:38 am.

Episode 326: Ready To Drop Some Nerd Wisdom

Manton and Daniel catch up after Manton’s speaking experience at Peers Conference. They talk about preparation techniques for public speaking, and how to adapt your talk to the audience at hand. Next they discuss the latest rumors about Apple’s forthcoming declarative UI framework, and ponder how Apple would put such a framework through its paces internally without revealing it in shipping apps. They talk about whether Apple’s leadership can be trusted to drive the company to the next major frameworks transition, and finally they react to Apple’s latest eye-popping earnings report.

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May 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm.

Episode 325: If I Acquired Tumblr

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s surprise speaking gig at Peers Conf in Austin. They discuss the challenge and allure of finding niche markets for indie software, and wrap up with reflections on SmugMug’s acquisition of Flickr and what it might mean for the future of Tumblr.

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  • PeersConf Austin – The conference at which Manton will surprisingly be speaking!
  • @DazeEnd – Twitter account of Charles Perry, another speaker at Peers Conf.
  • RelaNet – Web hosting and online service provider for accountants, founded by Charles Perry.
  • Release Notes – Indie business podcast by Charles Perry and Joe Cieplinski.
  • C4[0] Presenters – Link to the lineup of speakers at C4[0]
  • @AaronHillegass – Founder of Big Nerd Ranch and speaker at C4[0]
  • Big Nerd Ranch – Atlanta-based iOS, Mac, etc., consulting firm founded by Aaron Hillegass.
  • Marco Arment – He’s just this guy we talk about a lot.
  • Overcast – Marco’s iOS podcast client.
  • Micro Monday – Micro.blog based podcast featuring members of the social network.
  • SmugMug – The company that has acquired Flickr.
  • The Future – Daniel’s blog post about Tumblr, Flickr, and the future.
  • Pinboard Acquires Delicious – Deliciously acerbic announcement from Maciej Cegłowski of Pinboard.
  • Upcoming – Another service once acquired by Yahoo!
  • Waxy.org – Home page of Andy Baio, founder of Upcoming.org.
April 26, 2018 at 9:33 pm.

Episode 324: Definitely A Business Mistake

Manton and Daniel talk about the public reaction to the Wavelength launch, and about Micro.blog’s new user onboarding experience, and the challenge in general of making product pages more inviting. They react to reports that HomePod sales have been disappointing, and about the ways in which it fails to exceed user expectations. Finally, they revisit their aesthetic preferences with semantic versioning, and talk about using the limited number of bug-fix version numbers as motivation to develop more features.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Hover: Find a Domain Name for Your Passion

Links:

  • Wavelength for Micro.blog – Manton’s announcement of the new micro-podcasting iOS app for Micro.blog.
  • Stumbling HomePod – Mark Gurman on the allegedly disappointing sales of Apple’s HomePod.
  • Airpods – An Apple product that exceeds most users’ expectations.
  • FastScripts 4.0.12 – Daniel’s unfortunately versioned bug fix update to his Mac script management utility.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac blog editor, which is due for a 4.1 feature update.
  • Dialog – An Android Micro.blog app currently under development.
April 18, 2018 at 10:52 am.

Episode 323: That’s What The Web Is About

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s somewhat-impulsive Black Ink beta release, and the merits of maintaining a diverse lineup of apps to provide varying technical challenges. They talk about the increasing challenge of attracting attention to indie software and other pursuits. Manton introduces Wavelength, a new Micro.blog app for creating micro-podcasts on iOS. Finally, Daniel talks about his recent rant about not being featured in the blogging section of the Mac App Store, and where that went.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Udacity: Become an iOS Developer
  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.

Links:

  • Black Ink 2 Public Beta – Daniel announces a new beta release of his Mac-based crossword app.
  • Clarion – Daniel’s music-interval quiz app, which has been around for 20+ years!
  • Swift Integration Traps – Daniel’s blog post about issues with adopting Swift and supporting macOS system plugins.
  • Rogue Amoeba – Canonical example of a company that iterates on one area of expertise over multiple apps.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service.
  • Stay Social – Cult of Mac post about leaving Facebook and Twitter, including a mention of Micro.blog.
  • Sunlit – Micro.blog’s photo-blogging app.
  • Micro Monday – Podcast about the Micro Monday effort to promote new microbloggers.
  • Wavelength – New app from Micro.blog for creating short-form podcasts on iOS.
  • #JustPlay – 30-day music playing challenge from Samuel Goodwin.
  • Overcast – Popular iOS podcasting app.
  • Castro – Popular iOS podcasting app.
  • Apple Should Be Helping – Daniel rants about wanting more support from Apple in the Mac App Store.
  • Brad Ellis – Designer of the MarsEdit 4 icon.
April 13, 2018 at 10:19 am.