Posts tagged ‘software’

Documentation

Since Marco Arment tweeted a link to my post on Overcast, I’ve gotten about twice as much traffic as usual and an undeserved reputation as an expert on Overcast’s features. Because of the latter, I’ve been fielding questions about Overcast that should be going to Marco himself, the wily bastard. Much as I enjoy acting…


Sherlocked and unSherlocked

In the current episode of The Prompt, the boys delve into the history of Sherlocking, both real Sherlocking, as with Sherlock/Watson and Dashboard/Konfabulator, and imagined or predicted Sherlocking, as with Reading List/Instapaper and Camera/Camera+. It’s a fun episode, but it’s missing two things: A photo in the show notes of Myke in a deerstalker. A…


The wrong-sided arrow in 1Password

Because of the OpenSSL bug, I’ve been doing a lot of password changing recently. 1Password has generally been a big help in this, but my continual interaction with it has revealed one annoying aspect of its design. As we all know, 1Password is exceptionally good at recognizing which web site you’re browsing and filling in…


Options

In my post about Tweetbot for the Mac, I complained about how its options for changing the fonts were more limited than I would have liked. Since then, I’ve been thinking about the personalization options available in the various software packages I’ve run across. There’s been a tendency in recent years for reviewers of Mac…


Not dead yet

This is a followup to my Mavericks Mail post of a couple of days ago. I think I have a better understanding of one of the problems I was having and a workaround for the other. I can hear many of you saying “Just drop Mail already. It isn’t worth the effort.” You’re probably right,…


ReadKit article sorting

This is one of those posts that’s really a reminder for the future me. If it helps you too, that’s great, but my motives are purely selfish. I upgraded to Version 2.4 of ReadKit the other day and found my new feeds—the ones in the RSS News smart folder—in reverse chronological order. I could’ve sworn…


xScope

I just finished listening to the most recent episode of The Prompt and was surprised by a couple of things: first, that the boys were doing a round-robin Pick of the Week segment; and second, that Stephen’s pick was the Iconfactory’s xScope. Turns out™ I was using xScope myself earlier today—it’s a great app that…


App quality

Marco Arment ended his polemic against the poor quality of the software in the App Stores “top” lists with this: Developers will optimize for whatever factor is being rewarded. The “top” list simply rewards developers for getting as many people as possible to buy or download the app once. There’s no reason to optimize for…


Form and function

If I did my best to summarize everything that makes me uneasy about the incestuous world of Apple indie developers and Apple-focused writers, I couldn’t do as well as my RSS feeds and Twitter stream did today in reacting to the launch of Vesper. Given the development team, it was easy to predict how the…


MacHeist nano

So I went ahead and bought the latest MacHeist “nanoBundle.” Ten bucks for nine apps, at least four of which I’m sure I’ll use. I have no doubt PathFinder will be unlocked. As I write this, they’re about 80% of the way to the unlocking level with three days left. I assume a tenth app…