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.