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A documentary

For the past few months, I’ve been helping a couple of talented filmmakers with a new project. I’ve been making introductions, reminding busy people to find some time for an interview, and that kind of thing. Today, the result was made public and it’s better than I ever imagined. I think this project that looks […]

Un-fucking-believable

An anonymous individual is spreading accusations that I’m a patent troll. Hard to believe, huh? It makes me furious that I have to respond to these claims without knowing my accuser, but here goes: Yes, we have a patent. Yes, we got a license fee for it. No, it wasn’t unreasonable. We originally got the […]

Confidence

We witnessed something amazing yesterday: a WWDC keynote that will be remembered for a long time. And not for the reason you might expect. As developers, it’s easy to focus on the fantastic software that was announced: a UI refresh that’s getting a thumbs up from designers and developers alike, great new user-facing features in […]

Upheaval

In just under 12 days, Apple is going to introduce a new look and feel for Mac OS X. This is going to be much more disruptive than it was for iOS 7. On iOS, an app takes up the entire screen and becomes an extension of the device. It’s also something you’re “in and […]

Counting Beans with AppViz 3

In my last post about AppViz, I mentioned that I spent about six months creating an internal accounting tool called BeanCounter. Why the hell did I do that? Because I don’t want to run my business on financial guesses based on iTunes Connect sales reports. The Need For Financial Accuracy For many app developers and […]

AppViz, WTF?

AppViz 3 is a major rewrite of a product loved by many developers. Most parts of the app are completely new, but we know that two new features will be particularly contentious: cloud storage and a subscription model. We’re developers selling a tool used by other developers. We know we can’t bullshit you with marketing […]

It’s the Production Line, Stupid

“Apple Absolutely Has To Make An iPhone With A Bigger Screen” (Warning: Business Insider link) While that may be true, take a look at what happened at the end of last year: 47.8 Million iPhones Sold. That’s a shitload of iPhones. But how many is a shitload? 47.8M iPhones / 90 days = 530K per […]

App Updates for iOS 7

Like many of my fellow developers, I am in the middle of an update of an app for iOS 7. As you’d expect, it’s a lot more work than previous versions of iOS. But results are stunning: both David Lanham and I have commented that our shipping version was “feeling old and clunky.” While cranking […]

The Rise and Fall of the Independent Developer

I’m old enough to remember a time before the Internet. I know what it’s like to develop software both with and without a worldwide network. Little has changed with the process of software development since the 1980′s. Of course there have been improvements in our tools and techniques, but the basic act of creating software […]

Predators

Dear Steve, I’m one of the developers that is affected by the Lodsys patent infringement claim. I’m writing not to beg for your support, but rather to give you a better idea of how this legal action affects the average iOS developer. We’re a small company. We have 12 employees that have created 14 products […]