Apr 2007

NetNewsWire style: ollicle reflex updated

A cool update to a NetNewsWire style: ollicle reflex now “displays a del.icio.us Tagometer Badge for each viewed news item. This shows you how many del.icio.us users have tagged the news item you are viewing and the top ten tags they used.”

Google Lucky Search Scripts

Daring Fireball: “Let’s say you’re writing an email, and you want to insert a link to, say, the IMDB page for Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Last Day for WWDC 2007 Early Registration

Theocacao: “Friday, April 27 is the last day for the early registration discount for WWDC 2007. This a big year for Mac developers.”

On hybrid apps

inessential.com: “In my career I’ve heard lots of predictions—Apple will go out of business; soon there will be only six or seven websites; the browser is dead; we’ll all be running ‘thin clients’; Java will replace C/C++ everywhere—that I haven’t believed.”

Adobe open sources Flex

Ted Leung: “This is a good first step for Adobe, but it’s just the first step. The Flash player is not being open sourced at this time, but when I talked with David he told me that that Adobe had been telegraphing the fact that they were going to open source Flex for about 20 months, since the opening of Adobe Labs.”

On large Cocoa projects

inessential.com: “I call it the Research Barrier, when an app is big enough that the developer sometimes has to do research to figure things out... Most of this is about making research easier—making it so that when you go back to _____ six months from now, you can quickly figure out what’s going on.”

New Planet Could Harbor Water and Life

SPACE.com: “An Earth-like planet spotted outside our solar system is the first found that could support liquid water and harbor life, scientists announced today.”

Cats Can Has Grammar

Anil Dash: “The rise of these new subspecies of lolcats are particularly interesting to me because ‘I can has cheezeburger?’ has a fairly consistent grammar. I wasn’t sure this was true until I realized that it’s possible to get cat-speak wrong.”

CSSEdit 2.5

MacRabbit’s CSSEdit 2.5 adds tabs, X-ray Inspector, a Selector Builder, and a bunch of other improvements.

Fission 1.5

Rogue Amoeba: “We’re happy to announce that our easy to use audio editor Fission has just reached version 1.5 with several major new features!”

Apple: A Romance

Buzz Andersen: “As with any whirlwind romance, though, the honeymoon couldn’t last forever.” Good luck to Buzz on whatever comes next!

(I’m just back from vacation, so I’m a little behind on links. You may have seen this already. ;)

Coda

Panic: “So, we code web sites by hand. And one day, it hit us: our web workflow was wonky. We’d have our text editor open, with Transmit open to save files to the server. We’d be previewing in Safari, running queries in Terminal, using a CSS editor, and reading references on the web. ‘This could be easier,’ we realized. ‘And much cooler.’”

Cocoa framework for Google data APIs

Official Google Mac Blog: “To make it simpler for us to write Mac software that interacts with Google services, I created a framework to use Google data APIs directly in Objective-C programs. We are using the framework for our application development, and today we are making the framework available to all developers.”

Return of C4

Wolf: “The venue contract is inked. The pizza place has been put on notice. The bartenders are bracing. C4[1] is on.”

Everything is dead, except Apple and the Web

Ted Leung: “But open source is a means of production not only a means of distribution and routing around lock in. And of course, his argument applies to all distributed software, not just open source software. Which would make Microsoft dead as well.”

Leopard delayed till October

Apple Statement: “While Leopard's features will be complete by then [WWDC], we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October.”

This is the sound of Gus hyperventilating. ;)

Microsoft Celebrates Sale of 100th Zune

CARS: “According to a press release issued by the company today, its 100th Zune was sold to 13-year-old Dieter Ebersbacher in Shreveport, Illinois, and is a sign of its success in the marketplace.”

übercaster

Infinite Loop: “He’s big, burly, German, and his name is Übercaster. And he’s, well, pretty über, actually. Released by Pleasant Software, Übercaster is designed to be a one-stop shop for all of your podcast creation, editing, and distribution needs.”

Macintosh Tips and Tricks

Ted Leung: “This is a list of hardware, software and information that has been useful to me as I’ve moved over to Mac OS X. I hope that you find it useful as well. This version is now up to date for Mac OS 10.4 Tiger and Intel Macs.”

The State of Bliss: 491 Days In

Clickable Bliss, Mike Zornek: “So it’s been 491 days (or 1 year, 4 months, 5 days) since I left ‘the job’ and starting living ‘the life’—how’s it going?”

What WebKit Is

Surfin’ Safari, Back to Basics: “A common misconception is that WebKit is another web browser, but it’s not a browser. WebKit is a browser engine.”

Apple TV Perl Plug-in

O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog, Erica Sadun: “You can do date & time, calendars, stock quotes, weather, and so forth. Scrape web pages, subscribe to RSS feeds, whatever.”

ConnectionKit

Dan Wood: “Yesterday, I ran across a glowing review of ConnectionKit, the Cocoa open-source framework used for transfer that handles FTP, FTP over SSL, SFTP, .mac, WebDAV, secure WebDAV, the file system, S3, and NNTP. This is a framework that Greg Hulands started quite a while ago, initially for FTP only, but it has grown into an extremely useful and powerful kit!”

Twitterrific 2.0

Iconfactory: “Twitterrific is a fun little application that lets you both read and publish posts or ‘tweets’ to the Twitter community website. The application’s user interface is clean, concise and designed to take up a minimum of real estate on your Mac’s desktop.”

This new version displays tweets inline, which is cool. (I’d bet that it was the most commonly requested feature.) We here in the lab use Twitter because of Twitterrific.

Google Desktop Installer Details

Daring Fireball: A Quick, Possibly Incomplete Guide to What Gets Installed by the Google Desktop Installer: “Google Desktop is delivered using another new Google app, called Google Updater. This app is a meta installer for various Google Mac apps, including, as of today, Google Desktop, Earth, Notifier, and Picasa Uploader.”

Google Desktop for the Mac 1.0

The Unofficial Apple Weblog: “What’s Google Desktop, you ask? It is an application from Google, which indexes the contents of your hard drive (including applications, most files, PDFs, as well as web histories from Safari, Firefox, and Camino) and makes it searchable a la Spotlight.”

Late Night Subversion

Announcing Skim

Michael McCracken: “Skim is a PDF reading and note-taking app for Mac OS X that is designed to make reading research papers and manuals better. Just like in Preview, you can search, scan, and zoom through PDFs, but you also get some custom features for your workflow.”

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