Ranchero Software is a two-person company — Brent and Sheila Simmons — based in Seattle, in sunny, lovely Ballard.

Projects

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Evergreen
Evergreen is a free and open source feed reader for macOS. Not shipping yet — hopefully on March 26, 2018 (though of course it could slip).

Frontier
Frontier, a reboot of the classic Mac app UserLand Frontier, is a free and open source database, scripting system, and development environment with easy ties to the web. Also not shipping yet. (Hopefully in 2018, though that’s pretty optimistic.)

inessential.com
Brent writes about Mac and iOS development. Since 1999.

The Record
Brent and Chris Parrish’s podcast brings you the stories you should know about the Mac and iOS development community.

History

NetNewsWire
In 2002, Ranchero Software shipped the first Mac RSS reader written as a Cocoa app. (NetNewsWire is now at Black Pixel.)

MarsEdit
In 2004, Ranchero Software shipped a desktop blog editor that worked with Movable Type, Blogger, WordPress, and other systems. (MarsEdit is now at Red Sweater.)

Before the dawn of time
Ranchero Software was originally formed as World Wide Power & Light in 1995, and changed its name to Ranchero Software in 1996. None of the earliest apps survive, but we had fun making them.