Episode 535: A Modest Hellscape

Daniel and Manton talk about everything Twitter. Elon Musk officially taking over the company, Manton’s 10-year anniversary of not posting to twitter.com/manton, Twitter’s open source Bluesky initiate and the AT Protocol, social media network effects, and how Twitter may or may not change in the coming months.

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October 28, 2022 at 1:50 pm.

Episode 534: A Really Good Mac App

Manton and Daniel talk about recent layoffs at Sketch, and what it means for the app’s future. They consider the difficulty for native apps when it comes to competing specifically in the realm of collaboration features. Finally, they take an optimistic view of Sketch’s future as an underdog in the design industry.

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  • Sketch – Popular Mac app for graphic design.
  • With Heavy Hearts – Sketch’s announcement on LinkedIn that they are laying off a substantial number of employees.
  • Figma – Web-based design software that has become a big competitor to Sketch.
  • Adobe to Acquire Figma – Press release from Adobe about it’s plans.
  • Pieter Omvlee – Co-founder and original developer of Sketch.
  • Apple Design Awards 2009 – Macworld article including a mention of Pieter Omvlee’s Fontcase app.
  • Moving Goalposts – Pieter Omvlee’s 2015 talk about the development of Sketch.
  • Nova – Panic’s Mac-based code editor.
  • BBEdit – Bare Bones’s Mac-based code editor.
  • Adobe XD – Adobe’s answer to Figma, prior to the acquisition.

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October 21, 2022 at 1:59 pm.

Episode 533: A Moment Of Insight

Daniel and Manton review Manton’s latest progress with the Indie Microblogging book. They talk about the need to get into a groove when working on a long-running project, and not to promise too much when setting goals for yourself or others. Finally, Daniel shares plans for a new “micro posting” UI for MarsEdit.

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October 13, 2022 at 9:40 pm.

Extra Intuition 13: Make All The Mistakes

Daniel and Manton talk about road trips. Daniel re-visits a beloved pizza place and Manton plans for fall travel.

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October 10, 2022 at 7:26 pm.

Episode 532: Swing for the Fences

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s progress on MarsEdit 5. They weigh the pros and cons of releasing major upgrades vs. a steady stream of “regular updates.” They talk about the changing landscape of PR and marketing for Mac software, and icky feelings associated with trying to “reach influencers.” Finally, they talk about the value of sticking to one’s own ideals an indie developer, and powering through feelings of hopelessness when you run into challenges.

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  • The Winter Slowdown – Manton’s post about his “most productive time” of the year.
  • Nova – Panic’s native Mac code editing app.
  • Chime – Matt Massicotte’s native Mac code editor, primarily for Go developers.
  • Neon – Open source framework for syntax highlighting.
  • TreeSitter – Open source framework for parsing text from programming languages.
  • Gutenberg – WordPress’s block-based editor.
  • Ulysses – Popular Mac app for writers.
  • Visual Studio Code – Microsoft’s Electron-based code editor.
  • Code Mirror – Javascript/HTML code editing framework.

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October 7, 2022 at 9:01 pm.