Software Archives

  1. On Paper

    Paper for iPad

    Quite simply, Paper is the best app I’ve seen in a long time.1 It just turned my iPad from a device I leave at home for email, browsing and playing games to a business tool I want to have with me all the time. Over the last six months I’ve been using paper sketches more…

  2. Sparrow for iPhone: Simple Failure

    I’ve been excited to try Sparrow on my iPhone since I saw it announced last year. I haven’t been a fan of the desktop app as I’m so hopelessly dependent on MsgFiler with Mail.app to support my email workflow, but I was hoping that Sparrow on the iPhone would be an improvement over the included…

  3. Turns out if you don’t have Pages installed, a .pages file will open up pretty nicely in Preview. Handy!

  4. iPhone Location Services “Stuck On”

    For the last few months just about every time I do anything on my iPhone that uses Location Services, I’ve had that icon come on and stay on. I couldn’t get it to go away unless I turned off Location Services entirely; and even then it would come right back as soon as I re-enabled…

  5. Apple Using Webkit in Mac App Store

    Mac App Store with CSS missing

    I saw this the other day when I loaded up the store – looks like a classic “CSS not loaded” view to me. Quitting and re-launching returned things to normal. I found this interesting because I remembered that iTunes didn’t use Webkit; however that seems to have changed.

  6. Open in PathFinder from the Terminal

    If you’re a PathFinder user, this small bash function may be useful to you: pf () { open -a “Path Finder.app” $1; } It’s the equivalent to the open command that will open a Finder window to the current location in the terminal, but this will open that location in PathFinder instead. Enjoy.

  7. iMessages + FaceTime vs. iChat

    Apple’s culture is one of making choices before products get to consumers. You get X or Y, not a choice between X and Y. That’s what makes the existence of iChat (text and video chat) at the same time as iMessages (text chat) and FaceTime (video chat) so… odd. When Apple launched iChat, it was…

  8. iMessages on the Desktop

    One of the things I love about Google Voice is the way I can receive and send text messages from my phone, iPad and laptop. To borrow from “the best camera is the one that’s with you”, the best device for messaging is the one you’re currently using. It’s blindingly obvious that this sort of…

  9. Interaction Consistency

    iOS Shortcut Form

    Many people, myself included, blast Android for UI inconsistency; but it’s a problem in iOS too. Here we have two screenshots from the built-in iOS settings screens. In this one, you see a Back button and a Save button in the toolbar. Clicking Save will apply changes, while clicking Back will act as a Cancel…

  10. How to Reset Sync Data after Migrating to iCloud

    After migrating from MobileMe to iCloud, I ran into a nasty situation where iSync/MobileMe sync thought I had data conflicts but I couldn’t resolve them. The way the Conflict Resolver dialog appears and acts is a nightmare. When it appears, it hangs for a good 30 seconds, spiking the CPU and not allowing itself to…

  11. Keyboard Command to Sleep in Lion

    If you used to choose the Sleep option with TAB key after hitting the POWER button on your Mac, Lion may have your muscle memory befuddled. Never fear, there is a better way: just hit the “s” key after the POWER button, and that Sleep button will get selected without the TAB key two-step. Additional…

  12. Safari’s Naked Tabs

    I’ve been using Safari as my primary browser as a trial on my Lion machine. The number one thing I can’t get over is the lack of favicons in tabs. When I get 5+ tabs open, picking the right tab is a total crapshoot. Especially since Safari introduced opening tabs adjacent to the current tab…

  13. Sketches 2 = Skitch for iPhone

    If you’re looking for an iPhone app that gives you the ability to annotate and draw circles and arrows on screenshots the way the excellent Skitch app for the Mac does, I recommend trying Sketches 2. It’s not quite as good as Skitch, but definitely the best of the ones I’ve tried for iOS. Thanks…