Episode 361: This Is An Opportunity

Daniel and Manton talk about this weekend’s Austin IndieWebCamp, and new rumors about Apple’s plans to support a single binary format for apps to run on Mac, iPad, and iPhone. They explore the possible impact such plans would have on Micro.blog for Mac, and on Daniel’s iOS aspirations. Meanwhile, Daniel bemoans the ongoing challenge of figuring out what to focus on when nobody’s forcing him to focus on one thing.

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February 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm.

Episode 360: That’s Not Really The Business

Manton and Daniel react to MacRumors’s discovery that WWDC will likely be held on June 3. They talk about the increasing price of hotels in San Jose, some options for more affordable accommodations, and the impact of high cost on the diversity of attendance. Manton prepares for IndieWebCamp Austin, while Daniel comes to term with the possibility of dropping support for Blogger, and thinking about ways to expand the appeal of MarsEdit.

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Links:

  • WWDC 2019 Dates – MacRumors reports on the likely schedule for WWDC.
  • Affordable Lodging Fund – Jessie Char muses about a potential fund to offset housing costs for some attendees.
  • IndieWebCamp Austin – A gathering for independent web creators of all kinds.
  • The Future of Blogger and MarsEdit – Daniel’s post about the likelihood that Blogger will be dropped as a supported platform.
  • WordPress.com – A blogging service you might have heard about once or twice.
  • Wix – A blogging/publishing service that Daniel is considering supporting.
  • Hugo – Static web site generation tool that Micro.blog uses.
  • Jekyll – Static website generator behind GitHub Pages.
February 16, 2019 at 6:17 pm.

Episode 359: Quote-unquote Free

Daniel returns from Paris and Manton shares his plans for WWDC 2019 accommodations. They talk about Spotify’s acquisition of Gimlet and Anchor, and the possible implications for the diversity of podcasting ecosystem. Finally, they react to Angela Ahrendt’s departure from Apple, and what it means for the future of Apple Stores.

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February 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm.

Episode 358: Accidental Dark Mode

Manton finishes Dark Mode support for the Mac Micro.blog app. He and Daniel discuss the merits of supporting bleeding edge features, and the difficulty in gauging demand for features that people want but are not complaining about. They speculate about when Dark Mode will come to iOS, talk about the Release Notes conference coming to Mexico, and Daniel’s last-minute preparation for dotSwift in Paris.

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January 25, 2019 at 10:17 pm.

Episode 357: It Was Actually Kinda Fun

Manton’s premature release of Micro.blog for Mac with Dark Mode enabled release spurs him to work on an official update that supports it. DuckDuckGo announces they are now using MapKit JS for their maps, reminding us that Apple offers a web-based mapping service. Finally, Daniel and Manton start to look forward to WWDC 2019 and the greatness that may await.

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  • Micro.blog for Mac – Desktop version of Manton’s microblogging app.
  • Supporting Dark Mode – Daniel’s blog series about supporting Dark Mode in Mac apps.
  • Eye Friendly Pro – Mac utility from Jörg Jacobsen for easily switching between display resolutions.
  • DuckDuckGo Taps Apple Maps – Announcement that the search engine will use Apple’s MapKit JS.
  • MapKit JS – Information about Apple’s JavaScript API to Apple Maps.
  • MapsConnect – Apple’s system for managing places that appear in Apple Maps.
January 20, 2019 at 10:51 am.

Episode 356: Reach For The Stars

Manton and Daniel talk briefly about Apple’s revenue shortfall, and then more extensively about Apple’s announced deals with Samsung and other television makers to bundle iTunes and AirPlay 2 functionality. They talk about the company’s shift towards being a media conglomerate and how their so-called core values will be reflected in that area. Finally, Daniel catches Manton up with his progress on the iOS version of Black Ink, and reacts to a listener tweet criticizing his allegedly misplaced confidence.

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  • Letter from Tim Cook – Apple announces revised estimates on revenue expectations.
  • Apple’s Indirect CES News – CNET article about TV manufacturers including Samsung and LG who will integrate iTunes and/or AirPlay 2 functionality.
  • Apple Music on Amazon Echo – Blog post from Amazon announcing the forthcoming functionality in November, which has now gone live.
  • Myke Hurley tweet – Letting go of our notion of what Apple is.
  • Walkman – Wikipedia page about the legendary portable cassette player from Sony.
  • Into the Spider-verse – Web site for the latest Spiderman movie.
  • Netflix Pulls iTunes Billing – Venture Beat story about Netflix’s decision to stop enlisting new customers through iOS and Apple TV.
  • Swish for iOS – Daniel’s white noise audio and visual static app for iOS.
  • TestFlight – Apple’s beta-testing platform for iOS.
January 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm.

Episode 355: Stupidly Confident

Daniel and Manton greet the New Year with a vague sense of optimism, as Daniel moves closer to serious iOS development, and Manton remains confident and focused on Micro.blog. They talk about finding a balance between optimistic enthusiasm and realism about chance of failure. Finally, Daniel talks about his shifting plans for Black Ink 2 and the possibility of co-launching it with an iOS version.

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  • CVS – American drug store that stubbornly refused to support Apple Pay.
  • DotSwift – Paris-based conference that Daniel will speak at later this month.
  • Unread’s First year – Jared Sinclair’s 2014 blog post about the success of Unread during its first year.
  • Core Int #148 – We discuss Jared Sinclair’s blog post on an earlier episode of the show.
  • Only a Game – Daniel’s 2009 comparing the indie software business to game playing.
  • Micro.blog Holiday Giveaway – Manton’s promotion encouraging users to invite others to Micro.blog.
  • FlexTime for Mac – Daniel’s Mac app which one customer estimated the price as too expensive “by the megabyte.”
January 5, 2019 at 10:26 am.

Episode 354: Undeveloped Piece Of Land

Manton and Daniel discuss the expansion plans of Amazon, Apple, and Google, as they add office space in cities around the United States. Following up on last week’s rundown of Riverfold Software’s product lineup, Manton takes Daniel on a talk-through of his current lineup of apps.

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December 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm.

Episode 353: It Had A Lot Of Potential

Daniel regales Manton with tales of his latest “waste of time,” as he spends days trying to put the finishing touches on a FastScripts feature 12 years in the making. They talk about the balance of time invested in actual development vs. fighting to get code working in the context of a closed system. Manton explains his decision to shut down his Tweet Marker service, and Daniel asks Manton to reflect on the many indie software products that Manton has developed in the past.

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  • FastScripts – Daniel’s Mac-based scripting utility.
  • Tweetmarker.net – Home page for Manton’s soon to be dismantled Twitter timeline-syncing service.
  • 27th Annual Eddy Awards – Manton won a Macworld Editor’s Choice award for Tweet Marker in 2011.
  • Riverfold – Home page for Manton’s indie software business prior to Micro.blog.
  • The Best Archive Search Tool – AppStorm reviews Manton’s Watermark.io in 2013.
  • Clipstart – Manton’s one-time video management app for Mac.
  • Flip Cameras – Handheld video cameras that were briefly popular in the era before smartphone video cameras.
  • Wii Transfer – Manton’s one-time Nintendo Wii companion app for Mac.
December 14, 2018 at 3:26 pm.

Episode 352: It Could Be Useful For People

Manton and Daniel respond to listener feedback about focusing more on marketing and self-promotion of our apps rather than ourselves, and compare the virtues of the two types of promotion. Daniel talks about his decision to do more public speaking, and promotional benefits of that. They talk about whether the lack of journalistic coverage of Mac software is contributing to marketing challenges. Finally, they talk about WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg, and their hope that the dramatic changes might send some customers to Micro.blog and MarsEdit.

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Links:

  • Pieter Omvlee – Founder of Bohemian B.V., makers of Sketch.
  • Sketch – Popular Mac illustration app.
  • The Great Pretender – Pieter Omvlee’s talk at Release Notes 2015.
  • Release Notes – A conference about the business of software.
  • Twelve Days of Microblogging – Manton’s first post in a series about Microblogging.
  • Supporting Dark Mode – Daniel’s series of posts about Dark Mode support in Mac apps.
  • Micro Monday – Jean MacDonald’s podcast featuring short interviews with Micro.blog users.
  • DotSwift – Paris-based conference that Daniel will be speaking at in January.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog editing app for the Mac.
  • So Awesome, It’s Nuts – Help pages for Gus Mueller’s Acorn for Mac.
  • Create the Batman Logo – Example of the diverse help content available in the Acorn docs.
  • MacStories – iOS and Mac oriented blog by Federico Viticci and crew.
  • SixColors – Apple-oriented blog by Jason Snell and Dan Moren.
  • Sparkle – Duncan Wilcox’s web design app for Mac.
  • Micro.blog 1.4 – Major new version of the iOS app for Manton’s microblogging service.
December 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm.