Tipping the Scales

If you’re an app developer, you’re already aware of how difficult it is to build a sustainable business. Yesterday, we tried something new.

The root of the problem is that frequent updates makes a better product and happy customers, but it also takes time and effort:


The code behind all those updates doesn’t come for free. And increasingly, our customers are realizing that the long-term viability of their favorite apps is at stake. The new tip jar in Twitterrific is the result of people asking how they can support our work.

The idea of patronage isn’t new. The success of this model depends on having a well established customer base who loves what you do. You also need to be careful about how you ask for people’s support: anything that’s annoying will do more harm than good.

If these prerequisites sound like they fit your app, I’d encourage you to give patronage a try. Don’t be afraid to ask for money from the people who value your work the most.

The New iPod

Something tells me that there were a lot of Apple Watches under the tree this year:

Clicker Downloads for December 2015

That graph shows the last month of downloads for my free Clicker app for watchOS. Since this app does nothing on an iPhone or iPad, the only reason to get it is if you have a new watch.

Many of us, myself included, originally thought of the Apple Watch as a device in and of itself. But the more I use the computer on my wrist, the more it feels like a satellite to the computer that’s sitting in my pocket.

Accessories have always made great gifts for folks who love their computers. Giving the watch as a gift is a perfect option for someone who’s always playing around with the apps on their iPhone. Just like the iPod was an ideal match for someone who loved playing music on their desktop computer.

Flare on Sale

Flare 2, our Mac app for photographers that was awarded Best of 2014, is currently half price as a part of the Mac App Store’s Amazing Photo + Video promotion.

In addition, the app was recently updated with German and Japanese localizations. The app continues to be a showcase for good design on Yosemite.

We also continue to add new effects using iCloud. I love using Flare Effects on iOS when I post photos to my Instagram account.

For all the latest info about this award-winning app, be sure to check out the Flare Tumblr.

For hire

We’ve been making award-winning apps since the App Store opened. Now we’re doing it for clients.