Feb 2005

Custom feed refreshing in NetNewsWire

43 Folders: What if you want “to further minimize distractions from time sink ‘fun’ sites? Easy.”

NetNewsWire Aqua Package

Bartelme Design: “Because of the fact that the graphit package for the famous RSS reader NetNewsWire was quite popular, I decided to extend the package with some nice aqua stylsheets. Don’t hesitate to download the whole package and skin the whole app either in aqua or graphit style.”

Appcasting

Fraser Speirs: “Appcasting is the practice of using the ‘enclosure’ feature of RSS 2.0 feeds to deliver updates and release notes for new software applications.”

CMH Graphite Style for NetNewsWire

Christopher Harrington created a new style for NetNewsWire.

NetNewsWire 2.0b25: bug fixes for Bloglines

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NetNewsWire 2.0b25 fixes a few bugs—most importantly, it fixes a crashing bug that some people using the Bloglines subscriptions feature were running into.

See the change notes for more details.

NetNewsWire 2.0b25 can be downloaded from the NetNewsWire Betas page.

How to Create an ‘App of the Year’

Daring Fireball: “Making an app scriptable isn’t just a check-off feature—it’s about allowing users to check-off their own individual customized features.”

Transmit 3 released

MacCentral: “Transmit 3 adds new features, including a column view, tabs for multiple connections, a ‘sidebar’ reminiscent of the Finder, a redesigned Favorites feature, new preview drawer and much more, including full iDisk and WebDAV support that Panic claims is faster than the Finder.”

WWDC 2005

Apple: “Dig deep into the innovative technologies that power Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, the next major release of Mac OS X. At WWDC 2005, you’ll work directly with Apple engineers to explore and exploit Tiger development opportunities such as Spotlight, Dashboard, Core Data, Core Image, Core Video, and more.”

FlySketch 1.0 Ships

Flying Meat’s FlySketch works like this: “When called upon, FlySketch will show its main drawing window above all other windows in the system. Change the transparency of the canvas, and you can trace, draw over, highlight, and capture just about anything that shows up behind FlySketch.”

Cocoa and the Emerging Software Market

James Duncan Davidson: “The story of Cocoa isn’t, at least not yet, about IT development where you can get a job in a big company. And it’s not yet about getting a job at a software house where the big applications are developed... Instead, the story of Cocoa is about the small software shop where people are busting out incredible software with small teams.”

Graphit Style for NetNewsWire

Bartelme Design’s graphite style includes not just a style sheet but alternative application icons.

Interview with Aaron Hillegass of Big Nerd Ranch

OSNews.com interviews Aaron Hillegass: “The ranch is not as rustic as it sounds. The rooms are large with jacuzzi tubs and balconies. Yes, there are some horses, but we also have a swimming pool and miniature golf.”

The first edition of Aaron’s book Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X was our introduction to Cocoa.

New Learn C on the Mac book

MacCentral: Mark’s ‘Learn C on the Mac’ updated for OS X: “SpiderWorks LLC on Wednesday announced the publication of an e-book version of Dave Mark’s seminal ‘Learn C on the Macintosh,’ now updated for Mac OS X.”

We at Ranchero learned C from an earlier version of Learn C on the Macintosh. (In fact, we have a small collection of well-thumbed Dave Mark books.)

Cocoalicious 1.0b31

Buzz: “Superbowl Sunday probably wasn’t the best day to do it, since most people were clearly preoccupied, but on Sunday I finally released Cocoalicious 1.0b31. This release took what seemed like forever, mainly because we were trying to get a very involved feature ready for prime time: full text indexing and search of bookmarked pages.”

Reinvented Software - Feeder

Feeder “is an application for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds. With Feeder you don't need to understand the ins and outs of the RSS format to create great looking feeds and publish them to the web.”

Working with Xcode 2.0

Apple: “Xcode 2.0 introduces a set of powerful new visualization tools, introduces new workspace layouts, comes with a new version of GCC, and software development kits for every major new technology on the system. This article shows you these new features in Xcode 2.0.”

NetNewsWire Lite 2.0b23: description update bug fix

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NetNewsWire Lite 2.0b23 has one small but important bug fix—a bug was fixed where the description pane could stop updating in certain circumstances.

Otherwise it’s the same as 2.0b22. If you’re already using 2.0b22, we recommend updating, since this is an important bug fix.

NetNewsWire Lite can be downloaded from the NetNewsWire Betas page.

The Lite version is free. (The full version of NetNewsWire 2.0 costs $24.95.)

Tangelo 1.0 released

Brad Rhine: “Tangelo streamlines organization of weblog text and images, and publishes the weblog to both an Internet web server and to the user’s own computer for better control and backup. In addition, Tangelo features integration with NetNewsWire 2.0 for posting RSS news items.”

Playing with MarsEdit

O’Reilly: Giles Turnbull: Playing with MarsEdit: “I’ve been involved in the launch of a new web project during the last couple of weeks. Since it relied on heavy use of the Movable Type online publishing system, I thought it would be worth trying out one of the desktop weblogging applications that are floating around these days.”

NetNewsWire (full and Lite) 2.0b22 released

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NetNewsWire 2.0b22 includes performance enhancements, many bug fixes, and some new features: subscriptions sorting, Bloglines subscriptions, templated styles, and a new search engine feed provider (Findory). See the change notes for more details.

NetNewsWire Lite 2.0b22 is the first release of the Lite version since 2.0b6. It gets the user interface makeover that was available in earlier betas of the full version, and it gets some new features, including per-feed refresh schedules and subscriptions sorting. See the Lite version change notes for the full scoop. (The Lite version remains free and we have absolutely no plans to change that.)

Both are available from the NetNewsWire Betas page.

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