Software Archives

  1. How to Annoy Your Users

    Wondering what you can add to your iOS app to really annoy your users? Here’s a good way. Push out an update to your paid app that forces your customers to click through a splash screen advertising some new version of your app that won’t be available for 5 months! Force your users to click…

  2. A Stellar use of Favorites

    I’ve been wanting to do more with the favorites feature on Twitter for a long time. I’m not a big fan of retweets, and have always preferred to favorite things I like rather than rebroadcast them indiscriminately. Stellar.io has taken on the job of exposing this great content and making it follow-able, and it is…

  3. MsgFiler Available in Mac AppStore

    MsgFiler, Adam’s essential app for Mail.app users is now available in the app store. Do yourself a favor, go buy it now, then come back to read the rest of this. I’m a huge fan of MsgFiler and have been using it since 2006. I honestly can’t imagine using Mail without it. It allows you…

  4. iTunes Stats on GitHub

    I received a note from someone interesting in doing more with my iTunes Stats script. As a response, I committed the latest code to GitHub – forks are welcome. This post is part of the project: iTunes Stats. View the project timeline for more context on this post.

  5. Twitter for iPad Icon Confusion

    The primary purpose of an icon is to visually represent data to a user. Typically, this data will have a meaning such as “this needs attention” or “click here when you want to save”. Since the icon is supposed to represent a single thing, it’s rare to see something like this in a shipping product.…

  6. SimpleMath

    I have to do basic arithmetic on a fairly regular basis. My tool of choice for the last few years has been LeanCalc. It does the job well for the most part, but it doesn’t ignore non 0-9 characters, I would commonly use it to calculate a percentage of a dollar value. I’d paste in…

  7. Just Use the Empty Tab

    I guess this is a pet peeve of mine, but why don’t any of the major browsers open a requested URL in the frontmost tab if that tab is empty (about:blank)? Camino got this right years ago, but Firefox, Safari and Chrome still open up a new tab next to the empty one. I can’t…

  8. New vs. Unread

    Corey mentioned it on Twitter a few weeks back: @alexkingorg it’s the whole concept of new vs unread. I knew to open mail for new mail. Unread is a meaningless number. BlackBerry, Android and Palm all have a notification system that allows the user to know when new email has arrived. The notification remains present…

  9. Best of Breed Android Apps

    My foray into the Android world has sent me searching for the best available apps for my various needs. Here is the set I’m currently using along with some general thoughts: Email: K-9 mail. The built-in IMAP client on the Droid 2 is fundamentally broken. It fails to move and delete messages on the server.…

  10. Twitter Tools OAuth Update

    I’ve finished researching the changes needed to integrate OAuth into Twitter Tools. The code changes are pretty straightforward and there is plenty of prior art and examples out there to reference. The technical implementation isn’t a problem. My concern is with the user experience of the initial install and set-up of the plugin. This would…

  11. Shaped by Our Tools

    One of the things I’ve enjoyed as the team has grown at Crowd Favorite is seeing how different developers utilize different tools to accomplish similar things. I’m an old-school BBEdit user but just about everyone else on the team is a TextMate enthusiast. I have favorable impressions of TextMate and own a license for it,…

  12. Killer App for iPad?

    The criticism of the iPad before its release was basically: what do I need it for? Having used it for a little while, I’m honestly not sure… Don’t get me wrong, I like my iPad, but I haven’t seen the (or even a) killer app for the iPad yet. I’m generally using my iPad for…

  13. Fool Me Once Browser Extension/App

    Wow, I need to remember never to come back here again. I know I’ve had this reaction more than once when landing on a site. Some web sites behave badly, it’s annoying. Eric‘s recent tweet reminded me of a conversation Shawn and I had a few months back. The idea is to create a browser…