Sunlit 1.3 is a little delayed because it was rejected by Apple for opening Safari to let the user sign in. We’ve appealed the rejection. See also: Craig Hockenberry’s post on why it’s a security risk to use embedded web views.
Today I fixed some URL-related issues with this blog since moving to WordPress. Clicking through multiple pages of posts in a category now works again. I tweaked the category links slightly, dropping the .html extension, but all the old URLs are preserved through redirects.
Also a reminder if you’re subscribed to the RSS feed: my shorter, microblog-style posts go into the Snippets category, which is not included in the main feed. If you’d like to subscribe to those as well, just add the Snippets RSS feed to your news reader. I also still cross-post them to App.net.
Last night we published episode 169 of Core Intuition. As we’ve done on a couple recent episodes, we let this one run for an hour with a discussion of App Store revenue, sales charts, and progress on our own projects. Sunlit 1.3, the update I mention in the podcast, is complete now and submitted to Apple for review.
“They really are trying to invent the future here. And they’re a lot further along than we gave them credit for.” — The Verge on Microsoft’s HoloLens
We’re hoping the rain lets up a little tonight for NSDrinking, but if not we’ll grab a table inside. Come have a beer (or soda! or food!) and chat about iOS and Mac development, 8pm at The Ginger Man. Everyone’s welcome.
Last year I wrote that I would be removing Tweet Library from the App Store at the end of December, and later said on Core Int and in a tweet that there would be one last update before the app is gone. It’s well into January and the old version is still for sale. I’m over a month behind schedule but still plan to release the updated version and stop selling the app.
On the latest Release Notes podcast there was a great discussion about when to give up on an app that isn’t making money, including a mention of my plan with Tweet Library. Joe and Charles talked about why it’s usually such a bad idea to promise features before you ship, and whether there’s an obligation to give customers any updates at all.
I pretty much agree with everything they said, but the upcoming Tweet Library 2.7 “features” are different. My goal with this release is for the app to be functional and stable for as long possible. I think the app needs better syncing of tweet collections to help future-proof it, to make it easier for customers to move between iOS devices when they upgrade their iPhone or iPad a year from now. For an app that is going away, I should do everything I can to make sure that a customer’s data is accessible and that import and export are as robust as possible.
It’s a reasonable question to ask why I would spend so much time working on something that will essentially bring in no additional revenue. But while it won’t directly make any money, it probably helped convince some new customers to buy the app over the last month, and it will very likely reduce the support burden for the app over the following year.
I also view it as a sort of parting “thank you” to my customers. It’s just the right thing to do to wrap up the app. Panic did the same thing when they stopped selling Unison, releasing a major free update at the same time.
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Tweet Library before it’s too late, you can buy it on the App Store for $4.99. The new version should ship in early February.
Great to see Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack 3 released today. It’s a huge update and complete UI redesign. They’ve been working on this for a long time and it shows.
After a long holiday break, we posted episode 168 of Core Intuition over the weekend — a full hour on starting 2015, Apple software quality, and the unexpected state of the Mac App Store.
On the latest episode of Core Intuition we talk about Daniel’s Swift code, discuss Git vs. Mercurial and the significance of GitHub, and answer a listener question.
I updated the Tweet Marker Safari extension to version 1.2 today. This version fixes the extension to accommodate recent design changes on twitter.com. Existing Tweet Marker paid subscribers can grab the new extension here.
Here’s a screenshot of the “Set Marker” link that the extension adds to twitter.com. Then when you launch a compatible iOS or Mac Twitter app, it will scroll the timeline to that position.
If you’d like to support Tweet Marker or use the Safari extension, you can subscribe for $1/month.