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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).

Fuckwad Customers

Sometimes you wish people wouldn't buy your software, because then you wouldn't have to put up with bullshit like this: I need this thing sent out today without question. If you cant pick up the phone and call me at an 800 number, I'm going to dispute the charges on the credit card and go […]

Long…inthetooth

It's amazing, but some UIs keep getting better and better (and faster and faster) and some keep getting worse and worse. Look at some of those screenshots! What the hell is going on? It's tough to tell what you can click on, what does what, anything. It's horrible! I'm not exactly objective, but can someone […]

PGP and iWipe

Sometimes life is cool. Sometimes Philip Zimmermann emails you about one of your products. Sometimes that day is today.

FTPeel 1.0

FTPeel 1.0 is out. You can buy it, try it, or learn more about it. I would like to give a big thumbs up to Nick Zitzmann, who's worked tirelessly on FTPeel the past few months. After I handed over a code base - and a long list of things yet to be done - […]

Someone suggested on cocoa-dev the other day that OS developers should include licensing kits in their OSes so that developers don't have to "roll their own," often relying on "bad" things like the MAC address of the ethernet port or the hardware's serial number.

FTPeel PB 3 Out

FTPeel Public Beta 3 can be downloaded by clicking the picture. This one's got a lot of improvements and bug fixes, some of which I'll list here. Bug fixes: Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred after closing a document when some other activity was occurring (like a download was going or a directory was being […]

James Duncan Davidson didn't get a chance to mention BackLight on TechTV's "The Screensavers," but it's on their site anyway. Of course, we're grateful to JDD for giving us a little mention. I could point out, too, that this is not the first time BackLight has been mentioned on TechTV. In fact, it's at least […]

Andy and I had a good discussion re: PulpFiction today. We both shared our opinions, we both agreed on what we feel are the best approaches, and in the end, PulpFiction is a simpler, more elegant, and also more cohesive, powerful piece of software. PulpFiction will only run on Panther, and as we sit around […]

Safe to say, I won't be visiting torellasoft.com for software any time soon. From: Luca Torella <(removed)@torellasoft.com> Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 20:03:44 +0200 To: cocoa-dev Subject: toolbars in Cocoa Could somebody help me with Toolbars? Thanks, Luca. I'm reminded of some phrase with "helps those who help themselves"…

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