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.

Episode 345: I Can Haz Blog?

macOS Mojave is out! Daniel and Manton talk about the ephemeral nature of App Store features, and the wisdom of not investing too much stock in being featured, or any other external recognition. They catch up on the state of the Mac App Store and wonder about the expected App Store versions of BBEdit and Transmit. Finally, they talk about their own continuing plans for supporting Mojave, particular with respect to Dark Mode.

Links:

  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog editing app.
  • Sunlit – Manton’s iOS photo-blogging app.
  • Transmit supports Dark Mode – Tweet from Panic.
  • BBEdit – Mac-based text editor from Bare Bones.
  • macOS Mojave – Feature page that includes a screenshot of a premature Transmit and BBEdit feature.
  • FlexTime – Daniel’s productivity timer for the Mac.
  • Micro.blog for Mac – Manton’s Mac app for reading and posting to Micro.blog.
September 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm.

Episode 344: No Time For Betas

Manton and Daniel follow-up on their scrutiny of Apple’s new Watch-based EKG feature, and try to evaluate whether the hype surrounding it is warranted or not. Manton reports back after finally installing iOS 12, and Daniel talks about putting the finishing touches on MarsEdit 4.2 in time for macOS Mojave’s public release.

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Links:

  • De Novo Request – The FDA’s response to Apple’s request for approval of the software EKG app.
  • Sunlit for iOS – Manton’s photo-blogging app for iOS.
  • Icro – A third-party iOS app for Micro.blog.
  • RapidWeaver – Mac-based web design software.
  • Wavelength – Manton’s audio podcasting app for Micro.blog.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog editing app for the Mac.
  • Swift by Northwest – Portland, OR based conference for Mac and iOS developers.
  • Jean MacDonald – One of Manton’s Micro.blog colleagues.
  • Jon Hays – Another of Manton’s colleagues.
September 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm.

Episode 343: I Am Now An Expert

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s September 2018 event, announcing the Apple Watch Series 4 and new iPhones. They compare notes about appreciating the new products but feeling relatively unpressured to upgrade. Finally, they talk about the incentives for developers to adopt new OS features and aim to release updates to coincide with OS updates.

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September 13, 2018 at 11:06 am.

Episode 342: Complaining For Ten Years

Manton and Daniel catch up after a couple weeks off. They talk about Manton’s release of Sunlit 2.2, and return to inevitable complaints about App Store Review uncertainties. They compare notes on their mutual lack of interest in developing for Android, and the extent to which an unliked programming language can affect interest in platforms. Finally, they talk about the leaked details of the forthcoming iPhone and Apple Watch. Does it hurt Apple, and should we care if it does?

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Links:

  • Timetable – Manton’s microcast.
  • Sunlit 2.2 – Manton’s blog post announcing the new version of his photo-blogging app.
  • FastScripts – Daniel’s Mac-based scripting utility.
  • Pico – Open source Micro.blog app for Android.
  • Belle Cooper – Micro.blog account for developer of Pico.
  • Micro Monday #25 – Jean MacDonald interviews Belle Cooper.
  • Android Studio — Development environment for Android on macOS.
  • Swing – Once-famous Java cross-platform framework.
  • AWT – Another cross-platform Java framework.
  • This is iPhone XS – Exclusive disclosure of pre-release marketing materials by 9to5Mac.
  • The Talk Show #229 – Rene Ritchie and John Gruber discuss the “iPhone XS” revelation, and more.
September 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm.

Episode 341: This Went Pretty Viral

Daniel and Manton follow up on RapidWeaver 8 shipping without Mac App Store support. Daniel talks about his recent work on FastScripts, and they talk about the sometimes surprising value of “less successful” apps. They react to Marco Arment’s announcement that Overcast will support podcasts embedding a “payment” tag in show notes, and indulge in a little analysis of Twitter’s handling of the fiasco around Alex Jones.

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  • RapidWeaver 8 – Blog post from Realmac software, announcing the new version of their Mac web authoring software.
  • FastScripts – Daniel’s script management tool for macOS.
  • Micro.blog – iOS app for Manton’s micro-blogging service.
  • appfigures – Activity reporting service for app sales, reviews, etc.
  • Next Version of Overcast – Marco Arment tweets about the forthcoming rel=”payment” support in Overcast.
  • Podcaster Information – Informational page about how Overcast manages podcast feeds and presents information to users.
  • Core Intuition Membership – Our optional, but very appreciated, listener donation page.
  • rel-payment – Microformat documentation about the rel-payment pseudo-standard.
  • Good Morning! – Shannon Coulter presents her novel option to block some of Twitter’s most important advertisers.
  • #DeactiDay – Mashable story about the movement to deactivate Twitter accounts starting Friday, August 17, 2018.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service.
August 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm.

Episode 340: Going Back To Blogging

Manton and Daniel react to sandboxes woes for RapidWeaver 8 on the Mac, and speculate about changes coming in Mojave that might have enticed Panic and Bare Bones to return to the Mac App Store. They talk about Twitter’s continued support for Alex Jones, and the resulting backlash that is driving some users to Micro.blog and to MarsEdit. Finally, they make a philosophical analysis of the state of social networks, and evaluate their feelings about Twitter’s struggle to maintain community standards.

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  • RapidWeaver 8 vs. Mac App Store – Dan Counsell laments the app review rejection of RapidWeaver 8’s sandboxing entitlements.
  • Clipstart – Manton’s Mac-based video organization app.
  • Transmit 5 in the Mac App Store – Tweet from Panic celebrating the return of Transmit to the App Store.
  • Don’t Have any Details – Panic responds to a request for public documentation about the changes that enticed them back to the App Store.
  • Big Red Button – Daniel’s 2012 blog post about the Sandbox Policy Language (SBPL) that supports low-level, specialized entitlements.
  • Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off – BuzzFeed reports on Apple’s decision to remove Alex Jones from Apple Podcasts, and the subsequent decision by other companies to do the same.
  • He Hasn’t Violated Our Rules – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends his decision to sustain Alex Jones.
  • Back to Blogging – Matt Haughie’s shell of a Twitter account has an inspiring bio.
  • Whole Lotta Nothing – Matt Haughie’s long-standing personal blog.
August 11, 2018 at 9:44 pm.

Episode 339: Now’s The Time To Do It

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s latest earnings announcement, on the eve of the company reaching a $1 trillion valuation. They assess the company’s rising services revenues, and how it relates to Apple’s 30% App Store cut, and stingy pricing for consumer-facing cloud services. Daniel reports on his resumption of iOS development and the feelings of being a relative newbie on the platform. Finally, they talk about the importance of focusing on a smaller number of features that you know you can follow through on well.

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August 3, 2018 at 9:45 am.