Episode 266: Sayonara Sucker

Manton and Daniel react to Chris Lattner’s departure from Apple to Tesla. They ponder the consequences to Apple of having open-sourced Swift, and how important it was for Lattner to see it done before he left. They indulge in imagining what Apple might have offered to try to keep him, and how Elon Musk may have pitched him to leave. Finally, the two react to Medium’s layoff announcement, and hints of a new business model for the company.

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January 12, 2017 at 10:14 am.

Episode 265: Here’s A Step Forward

Daniel and Manton celebrate Manton’s successful Kickstarter debut, speculate as to whether he should have offered higher pledge levels, and consider the benefits and challenges of receiving feedback from potential customers who don’t understand your product yet. They close the show by discussing the value of taking time to promote your work and get to know people face to face in user groups and other social settings.

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Links:

  • Timetable – Manton’s short-format indie “microcast.”
  • Indie Microblogging – Manton’s successful Kickstarter campaign.
  • Micro.blog – The microblogging service Manton is launching soon.
  • I’ve Left Twitter – Lindy West’s article about leaving Twitter because of its low community standards.
  • The Crazy Ones – Jason Kottke pitches readers to support him at varying monetary ranges.
  • Typed.com Campaign – IndieGoGo pitch from Dan Counsell which yielded $120K.
  • 512 Pixels – Stephen Hackett blog on which Manton purchased a Micro.blog sponsorship.
  • Austin WordPress Meetup – Manton’s local opportunity to meet with other blogging nerds.
  • How I Built This – NPR podcast featuring an interview with children’s toy makers “Melissa & Doug.”
  • IndieWebCamp – People-powered campaign to promote individual-owned web content.
January 4, 2017 at 9:37 am.

Episode 264: I Don’t Believe In Yoko

Manton and Daniel talk more about the forthcoming Setapp Mac software subscription service, and compare notes on ambitions for major software software releases they plan to make in early 2017.

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  • Setapp – Forthcoming subscription software service for the Mac.
  • CodeRunner – Mac text editor with support for executing code directly.
  • Screens – Edovia’s screen sharing app for Mac.
  • RapidWeaver – Realmac’s Mac web design app.
  • Oleksandr Kosovan – Release Notes podcast interview with the CEO of MacPaw, the company behind Setapp.
  • Not Just A Normal Day – Our previous episode in which we discussed Setapp.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog editing app for the Mac, which may see a major update in early 2017.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s forthcoming microblogging service.
December 22, 2016 at 9:50 am.

Episode 263: The Writing-off-December Club

Daniel asks Manton for the latest on his Micro.blog Kickstarter plans, discuss the merits of waiting to ship until after the holidays, and the discipline that waiting requires. They go on to talk about macOS 10.12.2 and the challenges that even minor OS updates can bring when maintaining existing apps.

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Links:

  • Micro.blog – Manton’s forthcoming micro-blogging service.
  • Bare Bones Software – Makers of BBEdit and other Mac software.
  • Rich Siegel – Co-founder of Bare Bones and wise sage of postponed release dates.
  • macOS 10.12.2 – Release notes from Apple.
  • Custom Scheme – Daniel’s tweet about new limitations on bookmarklets in Safari.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog editing app for the Mac.
  • Safari App Extension – New technology in macOS 10.12 for native-app-delivered extensions.
  • Interesting Response – Michael Tsai of C-Command software reacts to an Apple News apology.
  • MacStories – Mac and iOS blog founded by Federico Viticci
December 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm.

Episode 262: Work Through And Finish

Daniel and Manton talk about coping with disappointment of failing to achieve goals in an expected length of time, recognize the differing demands of building software for different markets, and talk about tricks for managing lack of enthusiasm for finishing projects. Finally, they answer a listener question about how to get started with consulting, and planning for maintaining a suitable income when you “quit your day job.”

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  • FlexTime – Daniel’s productivity timer for macOS.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s nascent microblogging service.
December 8, 2016 at 11:57 am.

Episode 261: There’s Money To Be Made

Manton and Daniel discuss whether it’s really possible to make millions on Mac software, examine the pros and cons of package managers, and talk about Manton’s registration of Micro.blog and his renewed enthusiasm to “bet everything” on this pursuit.

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Links:

  • Still Make Millions – Denys Zhadanov of Readdle talks about his company’s success on the Mac App Store.
  • PDF Expert – Mac based PDF management app from Readdle
  • Spark – Mac and iOS Mail app from Readdle.
  • CocoaPods – Popular Mac-based package manager.
  • Carthage – Another popular Mac-based package manager.
  • AFNetworking – Open source networking library for Mac and iOS.
  • Sparkle – Open source software update framework for Mac.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s delightfully focused new domain name.
  • Today’s Social Networks are Broken – Current redirect from Micro.blog to Manton’s blog.
  • How I Built This – NPR podcast featuring interviews with successful entrepreneurs.
December 1, 2016 at 11:32 am.

Episode 260: Invitation To Failure

Daniel and Manton discuss Sal Soghoian’s sudden departure from Apple, and what it may mean for Apple’s future ambitions with automation. Then they react to Apple’s alleged decision to abandon their line of AirPort branded routers, and bemoan the loss of yet another “just buy the Apple one” peripheral option.

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Links:

  • Terrible News from Sal Soghoian – Andy Ihnatko breaks the news from MacTech about Sal Soghoian’s departure from Apple.
  • Mac OS X Automation – Sal Soghoian’s long-time automation reference site for the Mac.
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Straight from Soghoian: answers to questions about his departure.
  • AppleScript, the Perfect Adjunct to iTunes – An open letter from Kirk McElhearn to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
  • FastScripts – Daniel’s Mac-based AppleScript launcher and menu utility.
  • MacScripter.net – Long-time resource for AppleScript and other Mac automation technologies.
  • Hypercard – Ancient Apple technology featuring the AppleScript-ish HyperTalk programming language.
  • Workflow – iOS-based automation app.
  • Automator – Higher-level scripting technology introduced by Apple with Mac OS X 10.4.
  • JavaScript for Automation – JavaScript-based interface to the Open Scripting Architecture, introduced in Mac OS X 10.10.
  • Open Scripting Architecture – Underlying technology providing infrastructure for both AppleScript and JavaScript for Automation.
  • Cocoa Scripting – Cocoa infrastructure for app-makers to support AppleScript and other OSA languages.
  • SwiftAutomation – Swift-based automation solution from Hamish Sanderson.
  • Abandoning Airport – Bloomberg report on Apple’s reported departure from the WiFi router market.
  • Eero – A popular mesh-networking WiFi router provider.
  • Success Hides Problems – Stanford Business School article about Ed Catmull’s business philosophy.
November 23, 2016 at 6:26 am.

Episode 259: Take A Stand On Something

Daniel releases Touché for Mac, and he and Manton discuss the value of making your own stuff to combat feelings of hopelessness with the world. They revisit Dash in light of its recent open-sourcing, and consider the timing and apparent quality of Apple’s self-appreciating, coffee-table art book.

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Links:

  • Touché – Daniel’s standalone Touch Bar utility for Mac.
  • Dash-iOS – GitHub repository for iOS version of popular API reference browser.
  • Kapeli – Developers of Dash.
  • GPL FAQ – Answers to questions about GPL, the license Kapeli used for Dash-iOS.
  • Designed by Apple… – Apple’s book, chronicling 20 years of design.
  • Something Was Missing – Manton reacts to Apple’s design book announcement on his Timetable podcast.
  • Forward Together – Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees in wake of Election 2016.
November 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm.

Episode 258: Not Just A Normal Day

Daniel and Manton react to US election news, coping with questions of the significance of our work, and how to motivate ourselves to move forward. They discuss a new subscription service, Setapp, which offers a subscription priced suite of 40+ apps. Finally, Daniel catches up with his progress on Touché, an app for simulating and taking screenshots of the Touch Bar.

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  • Netflix of Mac Apps – Article from TheNextWeb about Setapp subscription service.
  • Setapp – Invitation request page for the new subscription service.
  • MacPaw – Developers behind the Setapp service.
  • Blogo – Competing app to Daniel’s MarsEdit, and part of the Setapp suite.
  • Bodega – Twitter app of a defunct Mac software store.
  • TouchBarDemoApp – Open source project providing a Touch Bar experience on Mac and iOS.
  • Big Red Button – Daniel’s blog post about specifying custom sandbox entitlements.
November 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm.

Episode 257: No Pressure At All

Manton and Daniel check in with outrage over the MacBook Pro, dongle mania, and the viability of the Touch Bar as a Pro or ubiquitous UI interface. They catch up on their struggles to balance time commitments and to make progress on indie projects. Finally, they weigh the pros and cons of using consulting income to sustain indie pursuits, and talk about the diverse definitions of success for indie developers.

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November 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm.