Dec 2006

Last Days of $10 off Sale Price

Just a reminder: NewsGator products (including NetNewsWire) are $10 off through the month of December. December is almost over, and I don’t want anyone thinking of buying to miss out on the sale—hence this reminder. ;)

Macintendo Family Values

Red Sweater Blog: “Development of Podfondo, a combination mobile telephone, music player, and portable game system, was completed only 9 months after an exploratory meeting between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata took place on April 1, 2006.”

Storing Per-Machine Preferences

Dan Wood: “So instead we came up with a new, simple approach...”


Marko Karppinen & Co.: “BaseTen is a new, open source Cocoa database framework for working with PostgreSQL databases. BaseTen has been designed with familiar, Core-Data-like semantics and APIs.”

ollicle: Reflex for NetNewsWire

Oliver Boermans: “This style is designed to maximise legibility rather than add distracting ‘style’ to your feed reading. Those who like a bit of colour and visual impact in their feed reading will appreciate it’s smart handling of full size photographs and comics.”

Spotlight+wrap NetNewsWire Style “Since I’ve been happy with the Spotlight style for so long, and it looks like this relationship is a long-term one, I decided to put some time into enhancing it a mite: Spotlight+wrap.nnwstyle.”

PreFab UI Browser 2.0 released

PreFab Software: “PreFab UI Browser is the ultimate assistant for Apple’s AppleScript GUI Scripting and Accessibility technologies. It helps you to explore, manipulate and monitor the User Interface elements of most Mac OS X applications running on your computer.”

NetNewsWire Style: Samurai Coder

Samurai Coder “is quite simple a style with no graphics. Every meta content (such as source, poster’s name, tags/categories/subject and a link to comments) is located on top, packed in a compact yet readable space.”

Macworld Expo Events List

Scripts for Yojimbo, and NetNewsWire integration

Hawk Wings: “On the Yojimbo mailing list, Dylan Damian shared two applescripts that help to integrate the new tagging feature of Yojimbo 1.3 with and NetNewsWire.”

Time’s Person of the Year

Dan Wood: “Time Magazine’s cover is so ... twentieth century. This is what it really should look like.”

Nick on Simplicity

My co-worker Nick Bradbury (FeedDemon developer) posted an interesting series about app design and development called “Simplicity Ain’t So Simple.” (He can say “ain’t” because he lives in Tennessee. ;)

It’s in several parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

(Nick’s a Windows developer, but he often thinks like a Mac developer.)

AppleScript Shell

Red Sweater Blog: “But I just discovered something about ash that’s truly magical. Think ‘Remote Script Editor’!”


MacSanta: “You don’t know MacSanta? He brings big savings during the holiday season!” Lots of cool apps.

A Holiday Cocoa Duel

Jason Harris: “The duel is a charity event in which Mac OS X developers battle it out for supremacy (and beer). The developers write small holiday-themed applications, and you pick which one you like most by donating to that developer’s charity of choice!”


IndieHIG Blog: “The IndieHIG Wiki is a place where developers and UI designers can come together to create a new set of Human Interface Guidelines to supplement Apple’s guidelines.”

Here’s the wiki.

TrenchMice Beta

TrenchMice: “Insight from the trenches - Get the inside opinion on managers and companies.”

It’s a new site by a couple Seattle folks—including Joe Heck, who runs the Seattle Xcoders group.

It’s Django-powered, by the way. I don’t know much about Django, though I imagine it’s somewhat like Ruby on Rails, only in Python. Joe’s a fan, so I keep meaning to check it out.

The Real Week Of Independent Mac Developers

carpeaqua: “To start the ball rolling for The Real Week Of Independent Mac Developers, I will purchase five licenses...”

Holiday discount: $10 off NewsGator products

NewsGator Daily: “To take advantage, all you have to do is enter the promo code NGHoliday in the shopping cart, and you’ll get $10 off any NewsGator product, including the new version of FeedDemon and NewsGator Go for Windows Mobile, throughout the month of December. Buy two and you get $20 off.”

The sale includes NetNewsWire too, of course: at $10 off it’s just $19.95.

1Passwd 2.1 Brings Support For NetNewsWire Browser

David Teare: “1Passwd version 2.1 was released today sporting a new logo, NetNewsWire support and a tonne of new features and improvements.”

Child’s Play Day

ironcoder: “This year a group of independent Mac Developers are teaming up and donating all of the proceeds from sales of their various software titles on Thursday, December 7th to the Child’s Play charity.”

In other words—buy software today! See the list on the page linked to above for products whose sales go to charity today.


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