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Coding to keep the lights on

This has been a really busy year of coding for me so far – not that you’d be able to tell from looking at any of my own apps, which haven’t seen as much activity this year as I’d have liked. With ever declining App Store revenues, I’ve had to start spending a lot of my time doing contract work. The upside is…

iKanji touch’s mascot: Tsutsune

The idea of having a mascot character for an app may seem a little strange at first, especially in the West where mascots are more usually associated with things like sports teams and fast food. But in Japan mascots are ubiquitous; most companies have their own, each prefecture has one, and even buildings like the Tokyo Skytree use them. As an important part of…

The Mac App Store and the future of indie development

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Mac App Store over recent years, you will have noticed a couple of things; how little it has improved since its launch five years ago and secondly how a steady stream of big name developers from Barebones to Panic, have been forced to pull their apps due to its limitations. The most recent refugee being popular design…

Goodbye Steve Jobs

I’m sure you’ve all seen the sad news that Steve Jobs died yesterday at 56. I’ve always admired Steve and his work at Apple, NeXT and Pixar. I remember being really affected by the original Think Different ad back in the 90s. It helped get me interested in the Mac and that was a snowball that grew and grew until I quit…

Stuck in Review

If you follow ThinkMac on Twitter then you may have noticed about five weeks ago I tweeted “NewsLife 2 submitted to the App Store!”. Unfortunately as of the time of writing its still stuck in review. Now from what I hear from other developers the review time on the Mac App Store (MAS) is longer than on the iOS store. For that…

ThinkMac and the Mac App Store

As you may know the Mac App Store (MAS) is launching later today in 90 countries around the world. This is going to be a pretty major shake up for the Mac developer community. Some developers are going to be left out in the cold due to some of the restrictions Apple is laying down, but for most of us this is…

Back story : how iKana 2 was designed

The most obvious change in iKana 2 is the new visual appearance. After spending a lot of time working with iOS — and with all the media focus these days being on the iPhone and iPad — it’s hard to ignore its influence. Far from being a purely cosmetic change, I think this new UI significantly enhances the usability of iKana. What…

Shareware I can’t live without

There are a number of essential freeware and shareware apps I use all the time for both fun and business. I thought it would be a nice shout out to a lot of the other cool Mac devs out there to write a little about all of them. Adium As much as I like iChat I have a number of friends who…

Designing toolbar icons for Leopard

With its new dark window theme Leopard requires a shift in icon design for things to look right. In particular older icons designed in the 10.0 – 10.4 era often look blurry and indistinct. Why is this? Well often it’s due to drop shadows, vague outlines and colours not being strong enough to stand out well against the darker grey background. Luckily…

What are they smoking?

I was just checking my referrals (as you do) and I noticed a bunch of people visiting from the Disco blog. Curious I thought, so I clicked through to see where I’d been mentioned. Turns out it’s midway down a very narrow long blog post about the development of Disco and its humble beginnings. What I read next was something of a…