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A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.

A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.
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A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.






Episode 393: Make Up Random Deadlines

Daniel returns from Amsterdam with cookies and Dutch Pokemon magazines, and talks a bit about the work-sponsored trip. Manton helps Daniel take stock of his challenges with Red Sweater, and prioritizing the right work to do given his limited time. Finally, Daniel shares his plans for a strategy to be a more effective self-manager.


Episode 392: A Very Strange Rollout

Daniel and Manton talk about the public release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, question the wisdom of Apple doing it without any warning, and wonder about why they might have done so. They talk about Manton's experience notarizing for Mac, and the importance of notarizing for all Mac developers. Finally, they react to the first crop of Catalyst apps on the Mac, and guess at whether the future of the Mac will be more like iOS, or something of a compromise.


Episode 391: Stuff Just Looming Over You

Daniel and Manton talk about Microsoft's special hardware event, and the new Surface tablets they announced. They compare Microsoft and Apple’s modern approach to multi-platform support. Manton considers adding Search ads for in the App Store, in an attempt to overcome shortcomings of App Store search results. Finally, they talk about Daniel's efforts to fix very long-standing bugs in FastScripts, and strategize a plan for getting Manton out of customer-support debt.


Episode 390: There’s A Communication Problem

Manton finds a workaround to his Sign in with Apple email problems! Daniel argues first that DTS should support pre-release software, and they discuss possible compromise approaches. Finally, they remark on Apple's vigorous marketing push, and the thrill of promoting products we are proud of.


Episode 389: It Feels Like A Big Release

Daniel orders an iPhone 11, while Manton decides to wait for the dust to settle. They touch on strategies for handing down, recycling or selling old phones. Manton prepares to ship an update for iOS 13 to support Dark Mode and Sign in With Apple. Finally, they talk about Apple Arcade’s apparently successful launch, and the subsequent risk to our personal productivity.


Episode 388: This One Dealbreaker Shortcoming

Manton and Daniel talk about Apple's September event, and weigh the allure of new iPhones and Watches. They examine the impact of Apple Arcade on game developers, and whether it foretells a future where Apple creates subscription bundles for other types of apps. Manton shares his experience of adding Dark Mode and Sign in With Apple support to, while Daniel prepares for macOS 10.15 Catalina.


Episode 387: Write The Code And Ship It

Daniel talks to Manton about his decision to open source some Mac software, and making a conscious choice to publish it under the Red Sweater name. They talk about the balance of promoting onself vs. promoting one's company brand. Manton talks about two new features he's added to, and they discuss the fact that the size and impact of features are often unrelated to the amount of time and effort that goes into them.


Episode 386: Just Say The Word Privacy

Manton and Daniel review Apple's updated policies on Siri "grading", how they reflect Apple's values, and the extent to which Tim Cook's personal reputation is on the line. They compare the policies to other companies including Amazon and Faceboo. Daniel catches us up on his further impressions of Amazon's Echo and laments the absence in Apple's product lineup of a "just throw it in your bag" sized HomePod-style speaker.


Episode 385: Have Some Faith In Myself

Danel talks to Manton about his reflections on the merit of seeking to "revolutionize" something with a software product, vs. simply trying to "make a nice thing." They discuss the relatively revolutionary ambition of, and the sometimes non-revolutionary game of catch-up that Daniel plays with MarsEdit. Manton catches us up on his analysis of Tumblr in the wake of the Automattic acquisition, talks about some new features he's building in the wake of that, and takes Daniel mildly...


Episode 384: A Much Bigger Megaphone

Manton and Daniel react to news that Automattic is acquiring Tumblr. They talk about the potential pros and cons for Tumblr and Automattic, as well as for and MarsEdit. They talk about Matt Mullenweg's optimism about the future of the open web, and the turning tide back towards blogging. Finally, they wonder whether Tumblr will have as much of an impact on Automattic as Automattic has on it.


Episode 383: Working For The Weekend

Daniel catches Manton up on his ongoing VoiceOver challenges with Black Ink 2. Manton encourages him to balance perfectionism with the virtue of getting the update out and “showing his work.” They respond to more follow-up about Manton’s changes to's onboarding process, and Manton reports on the impact of the chagnes on his business. Finally, they look forward to growing their businesses enough to meet financial goals, and perhaps more importantly, earning their ability to...


Episode 382: Unlock The Secret

Manton and Daniel react to listener feedback about Manton's new emphasis on asking for credit card information. They assess the challenge of pursuing philosophical ambitions such ass supporting the open web, while also ensuring that sufficient profits are made to sustain those efforts. Daniel recounts his appearance on John Gruber's "The Talk Show", and the two talk more about the implications of Apple's new notarization requirements.


Episode 381: Get Invested In This

Daniel and Manton review Manton's decision to rename his cross-posting Twitter account in order to emphasize its purpose of promoting his blog. They talk about Manton's decision to be more proactive in asking for the customer's credit card at sign-up, Daniel reflects on his time as a telephone customer service rep, and shares his impressions of the onboarding experience.


Episode 380: A Poetic Gesture

Manton follows up on his efforts to establish regular email newsletters with his customer base, sparking a discussion about finding other ways to reach customers aside from social media. Daniel tries to convince Manton to revive his original Twitter account, Manton leans more toward cutting ties completely, and finally settles on a compromise.


Episode 379: Sifting Down To The Masses

Daniel and Manton react to Jony Ive's departure from Apple. They remember his achievements, and wonder where it leaves Apple moving forward. Daniel talks about making his Mac crossword app accessible via VoiceOver, and Manton marks the occasion of officially shutting down Tweet Marker.


Episode 378: Hi, I make Macintosh Software

Manton and Daniel talk about Apple releasing the Catalina public beta, and the relatively high risk/reward ratio to beta testers. They consider the $100/year developer fee required by Apple to ship App Store or Developer ID releases, and whether that imposes an undue burden on amateur developers. Daniel talks about staging a multi-update release day for several apps in order to be give Catalina beta-testers early compatible versions.


Episode 377: Just A Tiny Company

Daniel and Manton talk a bit more about WWDC announcements, and about having the discipline to put off playing with shiny new technologies while focusing on making progress with current projects. They talk about the practicality of adopting Catalyst in the short term, while SwiftUI may still be best to put off. They react to the Mac Pro and debate the merit of Apple selling to such a high end segment of the market. Finally, Manton admits that he's trying again to embrace direct email...


Episode 376: I Had A Vegan Quesadilla

Manton and Daniel catch up after WWDC. Daniel's talks about coming to terms with Apple’s size and power, after visiting Apple Park. They revisit their opinions about San Jose as a city for conferences, and agree the electric scooters are a nice touch. Finally, they get into reactions keynote announcements, mostly focusing on SwiftUI and Catalyst.


Episode 375: This Podcast Goes To 11

Daniel and Manton celebrate 11 years of publishing Core Intuition. They recall the earliest years, and answer listener questions pertaining to the anniversary. The discussion includes wondering how they've lasted this long, examining the ways they've influenced each other over the years, and what it would take for them to abandon Apple's platforms. Finally, they look forward to traveling to San Jose next week for WWDC!


Episode 374: Good Thing I Have A Calculator

Manton talks with Daniel about's mention in The New Yorker, which leads into a discussion about being on the lookout for PR opportunities, and "answering every call" even if you don't particularly feel like talking to the press. Daniel reviews his experiences with Setapp, one week into listing MarsEdit on the subscription service, and the two reflect on the virtue of investing in multiple sales channels as a way of diversifying the opportunity for lucky breaks.