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The Hacks We Write

Sometimes we write stand-in code: code that does basically the same thing as what we want, but in a cheap, easy fashion. Have a look at this example from MailDrop 2. Instead of putting up a dialog box we'd have to create in Interface Builder, wire up, properly handle and dispose of, etc., we took […]

MeMail

Cabel's gotten a lot of virtual ink over The True Story of Audion, and it reminded me of the stories behind some of our software, in particular the names behind our applications. FTPeel, PulpFiction, iChem, Rock Star, and iWipe all have their original names. We never seriously consider anything but the above. FTPeel fit far […]

MailDrop Icon Contest

The MailDrop 2 Icon Contest is still going on but ends in just one week. So far we've received a few submissions, but there is still plenty of room - and plenty of opportunity. Let me reiterate our top two ideas. The first is far more difficult but, if pulled off, far cooler. The second […]

Get 'em while they're hot here. Though another feed aggregator or two are listed, you will naturally want to subscribe to these feeds in PulpFiction. It's fun that mailing lists are now available as RSS feeds, and PulpFiction aims to make your RSS feeds more like a mailing list. P.S. It sure would be nice […]

Gideon Icon Theft

And with this, Gideon softworks goes on my shit list. Why's that? Well, they've pretty much ripped off Transmit (an FTP client like our own FTPeel), not only in application layout, functionality, and design, but in their toolbar icons as well! Gideon softworks' front page includes the line "For with God nothing shall be impossible" […]

Want to do an icon? We're looking for an icon for MailDrop 2.0, which should be available in public beta tomorrow. We've been through some ups and downs with our icon designer (no comments nor questions about this), and we're simply going to have a contest instead. The rules are simple. Design one application icon […]

Tell Us, Not Them

This is a tad lame: We're eagerly awaiting these developers to follow the leading example of ecto that already supports TextMate in their beta version. So if you're impatient, do write the developers of your favorite FTP program and ask them for TextMate support. We'll be cheering for you. The authors of TextMate, while writing […]

FSS Theme Updated

Dan has updated the FSS Theme he submitted back in October. The file has been uploaded to the Resources page (under "Themes") but, as of this writing, the updated snapshot has not. Two big changes include: The thin black outline surrounding the content will change color to match the label that has been applied to […]

Obj-C String Concat

Chris is looking for a better way to concatenate strings in Objective-C than the fairly cumbersome stringByAppendingString:. PHP uses the . (dot) operator. Of course, there's also [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@", someObj];. We've used that a few times in some of our apps.

Software Gnomes

We've never gotten an email like this: Hello, today I discoverd your crappy software on my machine. I just wanted you to know that you have a f----d up piece of s--t for a product. I plan to forward your company information to the proper authorities since you think it is OK to install it […]

Spam Burning in Hell

A comment left on the RSS Roundtable discussion says this (edited slightly for appearance only): "MailDrop - Advanced Personal Mass Email - Send personal email to thousands! Manage your holiday cards, clients, or friends in mailings. HTML or plain text. Attachments." I hope Erik J. Barzeski burns in hell. The only thing worse than a […]

We're working with a designer (more details [credit] on who and whatnot after we're done) on icons for MailDrop 2.0, and we're having a bit of trouble finding "import" and "export" icons that we like. The body of the arrow is easily hidden by the front recipient on export, and that bothers me. I posit […]

RSS Roundtable

Everyone's favorite drunk has published a roundtable discussion with myself and a few other syndicated content aggregator developers (or feed aggregators, or whatever - I'm still not comfortable just saying "RSS"). You can read it here. What do you think of what was said? Leave a comment here as well as at the roundtable if […]

Dan Lynn submitted a PulpFiction theme today, saying: I liberally borrowed the look of this theme from a really spiffy website that you may have ran across. … I've tested this theme out on the feeds from all my subscriptions and resolved all issues. The title links to the story and the site name links […]

PulpFiction 1.1.1

Well, PulpFiction 1.1 had a pretty nasty bug in it. It'd crash on startup if an article did not have a title. We were releasing an auto-released object. Silly us. The fix - version 1.1.1 - is available now at http://freshlysqueezedsoftware.com/downloads/PulpFiction.dmg. Sorry 'bout that, folks. We goofed. P.S. Please note that by downloading directly, you […]

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