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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Links:

  • 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 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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Links:

  • 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.

Episode 351: Here’s The Downside

Daniel and Manton talk about Panic’s release of Transmit for the Mac App Store, and the gradual evolution of Apple’s stance on sandboxing. Daniel talks about his dubious prioritization of quieting deprecation warnings. They both take stock of progress on MarsEdit 4 and Micro.blog around one year after their release. Finally, they muse about the relative profitability of certain software products and whether some apps are inherently bad ideas from a business point of view.

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Links:

  • Transmit – Panic product page for the venerable FTp app.
  • FTP Made Easy – App Store feature of Panic’s Transmit.
  • BBEdit – Bare Bones’s text editor for Mac.
  • Privileged File Operations – Daniel’s blog post about Transmit’s new sandbox entitlements.
  • NSWorkspaceAuthorization – Documentation for a new method of asking users for additional sandbox privileges.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog editor.
  • Omni Group Free Trials – Omni’s approach to Mac App Store trials and upgrades.
  • Black Ink – Daniel’s Mac-based crossword puzzle app.
  • Gutenberg – WordPress’s new block-based editing environment.
  • DaisyDisk – An example of a seemingly mass-appeal Mac app.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service.
November 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm.

Episode 350: Inspired To Look At This

Manton reports back to Daniel about the first week after adding Mastodon integration to Micro.blog. They talk about the merit and necessity of spending time marketing after all the coding work we do. Daniel talks about his recent struggle implementing support for Google’s OAuth2, and finally they talk about Apple’s new Hardened Runtime and the associated app notarization service Mac apps that are distributed outside the Mac App Store.

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Links:

  • Micro.blog + Mastodon – Manton’s post announcing new Mastodon features for his microblogging service.
  • Mastodon – Central project homepage for the federated social networking service.
  • Timetable – Manton’s micro-podcast, now hosted on Micro.blog.
  • AppAuth-iOS – Open-source OAuth2 library project from the OpenID Foundation.
  • IndieAuth – Domain-name based authentication protocol.
  • Notarizing Your App – High-level overview of the App Notarization service.
  • New Docs on Notarization – Rosyna Keller shares links to several new documents for developers.
November 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm.

Episode 349: Too Ambitious And Crazy

Daniel catches Manton up on his experience at Swift by Northwest, and about his positive outlook on public speaking after participating in the show. They talk about accepting their role as the increasingly “old guard” in a community that is always gaining new developers. Manton announces Mastodon integration for Micro.blog and describes his unique approach to integrating Micro.blog without literally being a Mastodon instance. Finally, they react to the October 2018 Apple Special Event, and think out loud some more about the viability of an ARM transition for macOS.

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November 9, 2018 at 8:20 am.

Episode 348: A Surprising Amount Of Success

Manton and Daniel check in on the eve of Daniel’s Swift by Northwest speaking engagement. They talk about the challenge of biting off topics for speaking, articles, books, etc., that sound good but turn out to be harder to pull off than expected. Manton catches us up on the challenges of finding time to finish his newest features for Micro.blog, and the two talk each other down from stressing out too much about the relatively low-severity things they’re worrying about.

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October 19, 2018 at 11:48 am.

Episode 347: One Of Those Time Warps

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s recent blogging series on Dark Mode. They encourage each other not to get too bogged down worrying about the impact of doing the work we want, whether that’s blogging, developing software, or whatever. Daniel frets lightly about his upcoming talk, and they compare notes about coming up with a better strategy for both being prepared to give talks and ensuring you’re giving them to the right audience. Finally, Manton announces his decision to help organize IndieWebCamp Austin in early 2019.

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October 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm.

Episode 346: Doing The Best I Can

Manton and Daniel talk about coming to terms with the challenge of juggling too many things, making our indie businesses more efficient, and the tough question of how to cut projects and commitments that are stealing time from the main focus. They also touch on the challenge of taking criticism for focusing on what you do well, while others wish you did something else. Finally, they talk about Apple’s new requirement that all App Store submissions link to a Privacy Policy, and how that has affected Daniel’s priorities submitting apps this week.

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October 5, 2018 at 9:16 pm.