Episode 284: It’s Gonna Be A Busy Week

Manton and Daniel chat about WWDC, what they expect Apple to announce, and what we think of it. They discuss Federico Viticci’s iOS 11 concept video, and limitations of prototypes vs. iterative design. Finally, they discuss Dash’s return to the App Store, and question whether Apple even knows it’s back.

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May 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm.

Episode 283: Reset All The Things

Daniel and Manton discuss the new JSON Feed format and initial public reaction to it. They talk about Panic’s source code being stolen, and Daniel celebrates/laments his new MacBook Pro.

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May 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm.

Episode 282: Try Crazy Stuff

Manton and Daniel react to new rumors of Apple’s “Siri Smart Speakers” standalone voice assistant. They follow up on the debate about Chromebooks vs. iPads in schools, Apple’s ongoing development of Workflow, and changes in App Store commissions. Finally, they catch up on respective indie work progress and how easy it is to get thrown off course.

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  • Echo Look – New hands-free video voice assistant from Amazon.
  • Echo Show – Another new Amazon product, designed to help evaluate your fashion style.
  • Siri Smart Speakers – New article from Mark Gurman including details about alleged testing of Apple’s new product.
  • Amazon and Whole Foods – Bloomberg story about Amazon’s consideration of a Whole Foods acquisition.
  • Uh Oh Chromebook – Brian Foutty writes confidently about the virtues of iPad over Chromebook in the classroom.
  • Workflow Update – MacStories reports on substantial changes to Apple’s Workflow app.
  • Commission Update – Apple clarifies that only in-app purchases will see a reduction in commission rate.
  • Refresh Austin – The event at which Manton recently spoke about Indie Microblogging.
  • CocoaConf Next Door – Mac and iOS conference at which Manton will speak next.
May 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm.

Episode 281: Just Use Twitter, Dad

Daniel talks to Manton about his challenges with Micro.blog server problems, and his successful fulfillment of accounts to Kickstarter backers. Manton talks about his strategy for shutting down social media in the wake of stress, and taking time to recuperate. The two also talk about Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S announcement and the apparent bleakness of Apple’s chances in the school laptop market. Finally, they check in on WWDC plans and consider the absurdity of $40 box lunches.

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May 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm.

Episode 280: You Have a User Base

Manton and Daniel talk about Manton’s launch of Micro.blog to Kickstarter backers, then check in on Swift and the state of Developer Tools. Finally they talk about Apple’s affiliate program cuts, and the merits of avoiding reliance on a single platform or marketplace for a living.

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  • Micro.blog – Manton’s new microblogging service.
  • Apple Cuts Commissions – John Voorhees of Macstories responds to Apple’s affiliate commission changes.
  • Killing the iTunes Affiliate – Brett Terpstra responds in no uncertain terms to the Apple affiliate changes.
  • touchArcade – A business Daniel assumed might be somewhat dependent on iTunes affiliate links.
April 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm.

Episode 279: No Planned Updates

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s impending rollout of Micro.blog to backers starting next week, and the merit of picking a specific launch date and sticking with it. They respond to a listener question about accounting practices, and discuss Apple’s apparent decision to stop updating the Workflow app, and what it means for the future of such functionality on iOS.

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  • Micro.blog – Manton’s forthcoming microblog publishing service.
  • The Gates of Chaos – Halle Winkler’s NSConference 2015 talk.
  • Study Accounting – iOS app for learning the fundamentals of double-entry accounting.
  • Baremetrics – Subscription sales analytics service.
  • MoneyWell – Mac bookkeeping app by Kevin LaCoste.
  • OmniFocus – Mac task management app from The Omni Group.
  • Less Accounting – Online accounting software.
  • Xero – Another online accounting app.
  • No Updates Planned – Story from 9to5mac about Apple’s apparent cessation of Workflow updates.
  • The Future of Workflow – Federico Viticci’s reaction to Apple’s acquisition.
  • Automator – Documentation for Apple’s Workflow-esque Mac-based automation tool.
  • AppleScript – Apple’s documentation about the canonical scripting language for Mac.
  • Frontier – UserLand’s web-based outliner and scripting language.
April 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm.

Episode 278: A Little More Urgency

Manton and Daniel react to Apple allegedly using private API from Clips, and what it means for their App Store apps to enjoy special privileges. They talk about Daniel’s consideration of a freemium approach for the next major release of MarsEdit. Finally they examine Apple’s new TestFlight features, speculate about the cause for a looming iTunes Connect shutdown, and follow up about the efficacy of responding to App Store reviews.

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  • Fancy Screwdrivers – Stephen Hackett and Federico Viticci talk about Clips’s private API usage.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog editing app.
  • What’s New in TestFlight – Apple’s announcement about changes including support for multiple builds.
April 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm.

Episode 277: Appealing To The High End

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s surprisingly transparent “roundtable” meeting with several members of the press, and celebrate the many positive signals coming out of the event. They engage in a friendly debate about the likelihood that Mac users will defect to Windows. Finally, they talk about the merits of professional software, and the negative impacts that a poor market for such software may be having on iOS as a platform.

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  • The Mac Pro Lives – John Gruber writes about Apple’s special press event outlining the Mac Pro’s future.
  • The Reset Button – Matthew Panzarino writes about the Mac Pro announcements.
  • Osborne Effect – Age-old adage about the risks of premature product announcements.
  • Workflow Acquisition – TechCrunch story on Apple’s acquisition of the popular iOS automation app.
  • This Might Be Our Fault – The Connected podcast discussion of Workflow’s acquisition.
  • Panic 2016 Report – https://panic.com/blog/the-2016-panic-report/
  • Coda for iOS – Prime example of Panic’s professional-grade app development for iOS.
April 7, 2017 at 11:14 am.

Episode 276: I’m Going To Say Yes

Manton and Daniel discuss the opening of the WWDC ticket lottery, the correlated announcements about details of the WWDC Bash location, and Apple’s promotion of 3rd party events happening in the orbit of the conference. Manton reflects on his new decision to say yes to public speaking, and Daniel takes stock of recent reading around a “Going Pro” mentality. Finally, they react to the new ability for developers to reply to App Store reviews, and whether and how developers should choose to do so.

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  • Zendesk: Bring native, in-app support to your app.

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  • San Jose Drainage Ditch – Image from Wikipedia of the Guadalupe River, near WWDC’s San Jose venue.
  • Discovery Meadow – Location of the WWDC Bash.
  • San Antonio River Walk – Texan example of a riverside parkway.
  • Beyond WWDC – Apple’s guide to conferences and events happening outside of WWDC.
  • Relay FM Meetup – WWDC-peripheral meet-up hosted by the Relay.fm podcasting network.
  • CocoaConf Next Door – Conference near WWDC 2017 at which Manton will be speaking.
  • The Power of Habit – A book about the effects of habits and how to establish or modify them.
  • The War of Art – Steven Pressfield’s motivational book about pursuing your dreams with vigor.
  • Turning Pro – Follow-up to The War of Art.
  • Responding to Reviews – Apple’s advice to developers about how to respond to customers on the App Store.
  • Customer Support – 2007 post from Manton about his rules for customer support.
  • Sunlit.io – Photo-based storytelling app by Manton Reece and Jon Hays.
  • Appfigures – Web-based service for tracking app sales and reviews.
March 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm.

Episode 275: A Completely New Thing

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s decision to hire Jean MacDonald as Micro.blog’s Community Manager, and the psychological effects of transitioning from a single to multi-person company. They also react to this week’s Apple announcements, focusing mainly on Apple’s new Clips app and how it relates to Apple’s historic focus on facilitating user creativity.

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March 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm.