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BackLight 2.0

When Freshly Squeezed Software introduces its new site (coming in less than a week), it will do so with updated versions of the following software: BackLight (2.0) Terminal Pal (2.0) MailDrop (1.3) FTPeel (1.1 beta) iChem (1.3) Booklet 1.2 Missing from this list is Recent Tunes (2.0), for which I'll have to beat Jason. BackLight […]

Objective-C

Let's get into it quickly: Do you really believe: [[[MyClass alloc] init:[foo bar]] autorelease] is easier to read or write than: MyClass.alloc().init(foo.bar() ).autorelease() Yes, I do. Some others from the list on which I have comments follow.

Xcode Build Sounds

Great tip! defaults write com.apple.Xcode PBXBuildSuccessSound FILE.wav defaults write com.apple.Xcode PBXBuildFailureSound FILE.wav If you're using Project Builder, then substitute "ProjectBuilder" where you find "Xcode".

Redesign: FSS

I've completed (in Photoshop CS, now that I have it) a new mockup for Freshly Squeezed Software's Web site. If you're curious, click the picture to the right. This is most easily compared with the current MailDrop page. The FSS site has received a lot of compliments over the years. Yes, it's quite true that […]

More on Zinio

I've previously mentioned Zinio on this blog, and its shortcomings, but as I read through my free copy of Mac Developer Journal, I'm appalled by a few other issues. The magazine opens to a glowing review of Zinio in the form of an editorial. Derrick Story says that Zinio is the best way to distribute […]

Mac Developer Journal

I'm not sure if I should subscribe to Mac Developer Journal, but there's a discussion here that'd dissuaded me at least a little bit. Hell, I didn't even know there was a new development magazine available until I read that entry. Am I out of it? Eek! Anyone seen the first edition? I'm not going […]

Declining a Job

I declined a job offer yesterday. A job offer made by a friend at my insistence. Early on in the proceedings, I was very eager to join up, but as details became evident - including the state of their offices, their pay structure, the hours they wished me to work, and so on, it became […]

XCode Scripts

Some useful scripts for XCoders can be found by following this method courtesy of my friend Brad: Copy the contents of /Library/Application Support/Apple/Developer Tools/ExampleScripts/ to ~/Library/Application Support/Apple/Developer Tools/. The startup item builds the User Scripts menu and then the scripts in the scripts folder get added. If you want more info on scripting and the […]

Cease and Desist

Developing software has its ups and downs. Today, Freshly Squeezed Software got a call from a woman regarding a trademark on which we'd supposedly infringed. I reworded the language on a page or two, and all should be well in the world. The wording wasn't particularly important, and the product was our cheapest, so I […]

Developing

Sam Caughron lost a lot of my respect recently. He didn't invent app switching. Application switching has been in previous and various OSes by various companies. Sam didn't invent "the look" that he used for his app switcher, instead borrowing the "layered-on" look of things like volume and eject graphics from the OS. I didn't […]

Adam continues to work on our PulpFiction icons, this time taking the two sketches we liked and throwing in some color. Here's the first, and here's the second. At right, you see the colored versions. My concerns: we've lost the little newspaper from sketch two. The carton, though a better concept, looks muddy at smaller […]

After yesterday's icon comes this revision. We like this a lot more. We were slightly concerned with the cultural significance of a carton of orange juice, as Andy tells me it's used for whey in Austria, but whey isn't offensive, is it? Most of our target audience will be in the US anyway, let's not […]

PulpFiction Icons

Work began on our next product's icons today. The result you see to the right. Very, very, very few people know what this app does (or will do), and my guess is that you won't guess it from the picture over there either. We know now that PulpFiction won't be ready next Friday (for Panther), […]

FTPeel 1.0.1

FTPeel 1.0.1 is out. The changelog is quite extensive, with fixes, improvements, and new features. No SFTP support - that's coming in a free 1.1 update - but some very nice touches, some nagging things gone, and overall, a very solid update. Everyone is encouraged to update (or buy for the first time of course!). […]

Perhaps I could eat cheesburger fries (use the user/pass "macnn") while looking over these free Cocoa frameworks from the author of Path Finder (an app I've never really liked much).

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