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Let's suppose you've got an application. The application has a search box that you use to search several collections of things below. The search is more of a filter that narrows down the results below from "all" to "whatever matches." In addition to showing you recent searches in the search menu, the application also allows […]

The way I see it, Mac application icons fit into roughly four categories. 1. Object + Tool These icons are the simplest and, I believe, the most commonly used. An icon in this category is often represented as the object on which work is done and the tool with which the work is accomplished. For […]

Agree or Disagree: If you contribute significantly to a beta test, you should be rewarded with a free or steeply discounted license to the application? Agree Disagree View Results Share your thoughts, explanations, and/or examples in the comments below.

We've chosen a developer. We've chosen an icon artist. The process is full steam ahead at this point. It feels somewhat odd not writing code or doing mockups in Interface Builder for the application (I've still done plenty of mocking up, but it's been in Photoshop). Normally I'm involved at that level, but for this […]

Rouse

Jesper wrote this in 2008 regarding OmniWeb. Things haven't changed much since then, and OmniWeb 6 is vaporware, so Jesper's taking things into his own hands with "Rouse." Rouse is an attempt to create a new Mac OS X web browser that steals the best bits from OmniWeb for its user interface, adds some well-needed […]

So imagine a drawing application which maintains a library of your drawings on the left (kinda like iTunes) with a standard NSToolbar at the top which contains items for things like "Print" or "New Drawing" or "Import" or whatever... but which also ideally contains drawing tools - a rectangle, oval, and line tool, for example […]

Holy crap, when did eSellerate get so freakin' expensive? What is up with that? I'm going to be launching an application in a few months and now is the time to start looking around for licensing schemes and account managers. Back in the day I remember thinking the 5% eSellerate took was reasonable. Maybe even […]

I have a small-ish project - an application icon, a document icon, and 10 or so toolbar icons (many of which are quite simple, like "line" or "oval"). Project would need to be done in about four to six weeks. I've previously used Fernando Lins, but - good for him - he's graduated and has […]

I'm building an app that's got a library component. Frankly, it seems like a great use for a drawer, but drawers seem to have gone the way of the dodo on the Mac. Yet there's still a drawer in Pages, so… where does that leave us? Are drawers a complete no-no, generally? What other (somewhat […]

So, for various reasons, I'm looking at developing some basic video software. Or, more likely, hiring someone to do it. Basically, the software should: Play video at regular speed, slow speed, and allow for frame-by-frame stepping through. Play two separate videos side-by-side within the same window. Allow the video to be repositioned, grown, etc. in […]

Monday I'm going to be a part of roughly two product launches. One - DSLRU - will launch in the form of a semi-public beta. The other is one I've worked on with golf instructor Dave Wedzik here in Erie. It's a product I'd wanted to build several years ago, and which had always sort […]

Cyndicate Style

I had ten minutes to kill so I put together a Cyndicate style that resembles the look of The Sand Trap. You can download it here. Work on Cyndicate 2.0 continues. We've shipped a few alphas that speed things up and remove some memory leaks.

Yeah, yeah, so I wasn't exactly forthcoming in my previous post, but that's the point: I was trying to hint at something, not come right out and tell everyone. Rivet - Cynical Peak's software for streaming movies, music, and photos from your Mac to your Xbox 360 and/or PS3 - has been sold and transferred […]

WebObjects

Where dey go? The last release is now something like 15 or 16 months old? I know that WO's demise was somewhat expected, but surely some people are sad and/or pissed off about it, right?

… 2010? If you're like a lot of families on Christmas day, you picked up a new Xbox 360 or PS3. And yeah, I know you'll play it a lot more than you've led your wife to believe. But did you also know you can stream movies, music, and photos to your Xbox 360 or […]

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