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






Episode 297: They Probably Have A Plan

Daniel and Manton talk more about Apple’s new product lineup, and the difficulty of choosing which products to buy, if any. They speculate more about the merits of cellular usefulness on Apple Watch, and compare the iPhone X with the also-great iPhone 8. They also talk about new macOS and staying up to date with latest developer tools. Finally, they touch on the difficulty of making product decisions that even a small percentage of customers will be upset by.

Duration: 01:00:03

Episode 296: I’m Almost Never Surfing

Manton and Daniel react to the announcement at Apple's annual iPhone event, comparing notes on the allure of the iPhone X, Apple Watch 3, and new Apple TV. They talk about the impressiveness of all the significant product updates being made in parallel, and lament the slightly confusing state it leaves the high end iPhone market in.

Duration: 00:58:20

Episode 295: Turns Out I Have To Write The Code

Daniel and Manton follow up briefly on Manton’s backup strategy, and catch up with Daniel's progress with MarsEdit. They talk about the merits of using cryptopgraphic signing for software licenses, and balance the risks and rewards of combatting piracy. Daniel talks about the recurring lure of taking a salaried job, and how the privileges of staying indie continue to win out. Finally, they look forward to next week's iPhone event and the expected hardware announcements from Apple.

Duration: 01:05:42

Episode 294: I Remain Unconvinced

Manton and Daniel react to Chris Lattner's move to Google Brain, and whether it affects his continued involvement with the Swift project. They also talk about news divulging Apple’s focus on self-driving technology research for project Titan. Finally, they followup on the subscription software conversation, and discuss Crashplan's announcemed shutdown of their consumer backup service.

Duration: 00:46:18

Episode 293: This Might Make Sense To You

Daniel and Manton react to the Ulyssess text editor's switch to subscription pricing, and debate whether users expect subscription software to require obvious ongoing developer investment. They also compare notes as they look toward finishing up on summer goals, and tacking all the “little things” that get in the way of completing a project.

Duration: 00:53:39

Episode 292: People Arriving Slamming Doors

Daniel and Manton are finally both at home again. Well, sort of. They compare notes about time spent working on JavaScript-based text editors, and the challenge of supporting two high level modes in an app. They talk about the new "Freelance" channel on the Core Intuition Slack, and reflect on the allure of and challenges of balancing freelance work with full-time indie ambitions.

Duration: 00:33:15

Episode 291: Driving Home In One Day

Daniel catches up with Manton in Santa Fe, NM, on his way home from buying a used Volvo in Seattle. They chat about's slowly expanding user base, the difficulty of working on the road, and options for crossposting from various services to and from

Duration: 00:38:09

Episode 290: The Best Software That Doesn’t Sell

Manton catches up with Daniel, who is traveling in Santa Cruz. They talk about Daniel's determination to push through on MarsEdit release plans in the face of enviable releases from other developers. They discuss Apple’s new Machine Learning blog, and fantasize about other technical “journals” emerging from other groups. Finally, they acknowledge the imminent shutdown of the Core Intuition job board, and relate it to the more general difficulty of killing off apps and other projects.

Duration: 00:54:29

Episode 289: A Little More On The Drastic Side

Daniel and Manton reflect on the MarsEdit 4 beta, the bugs it's revealed, and the impact on Daniel's schedule urgency. They also react to Apple’s purported “sense of panic” about the iPhone 8: is it a true indicator of problems, or just the status quo for the company? Finally they respond to a listener question about the long-term viability of the Mac and other desktop platforms as the iPad continues to mature.

Duration: 01:01:58

Episode 288: Blogging Is Quote-unquote Dead

Manton talks to Daniel about his just-released MarsEdit 4 beta. They discuss the anxiety caused by sitting on unreleased features, and other rationale in favor of a public beta. Daniel talks about the anticipated income boost from the new version, and how it might confirm or deny viability of indie Mac development. Finally, they remember 10 years of iPhone, and laugh about the phones they used previously.

Duration: 00:51:12

Episode 287: All The Money In The World

Daniel and Manton react to Chris Lattner's early departure from Tesla, and segue into speculation about his job prospects, and the challenges of effective technical interviews. They talk about the new frameworks announced at WWDC, and overcoming fear of incompetence when learning new things. Finally, they react to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation, and think about what’s next for the company.

Duration: 00:47:44

Episode 286: Run To The Apple Store

Manton and Daniel compare notes on recent MacBook Pro repairs and the relative merit of purchasing AppleCare. They react to Tim Cook's admissions that an Apple "car" project exists and is still underway. Manton looks on the bright side of "Planet of the Apps," and Daniel looks on the dark side. Finally, they talk briefly about the controversy around an excerpt from "One Device," by Brian Merchant.

Duration: 00:51:29

Episode 285: I Got To See The Drainage Ditch

Daniel and Manton catch upon WWDC, and Manton's ailing MacBook Pro. They talk about new hardware announcements and react to highlights from the Keynote. Manton laments Apple's continued, slow progress with SiriKit, and Daniel is frustrated that HomePod is not a Wifi hub. Finally, they talk about iOS Drag and Drop and compare it with Apple's traditional tendency to move slowly but surely into the future.

Duration: 00:56:59

Episode 284: It’s Gonna Be A Busy Week

Manton and Daniel chat about WWDC, what they expect Apple to announce, and what we think of it. They discuss Federico Viticci’s iOS 11 concept video, and limitations of prototypes vs. iterative design. Finally, they discuss Dash's return to the App Store, and question whether Apple even knows it's back.

Duration: 00:37:10

Episode 283: Reset All The Things

Daniel and Manton discuss the new JSON Feed format and initial public reaction to it. They talk about Panic's source code being stolen, and Daniel celebrates/laments his new MacBook Pro.

Duration: 00:58:22

Episode 282: Try Crazy Stuff

Manton and Daniel react to new rumors of Apple's "Siri Smart Speakers" standalone voice assistant. They follow up on the debate about Chromebooks vs. iPads in schools, Apple's ongoing development of Workflow, and changes in App Store commissions. Finally, they catch up on respective indie work progress and how easy it is to get thrown off course.

Duration: 00:47:03

Episode 281: Just Use Twitter, Dad

Daniel talks to Manton about his challenges with server problems, and his successful fulfillment of accounts to Kickstarter backers. Manton talks about his strategy for shutting down social media in the wake of stress, and taking time to recuperate. The two also talk about Microsoft's new Windows 10 S announcement and the apparent bleakness of Apple's chances in the school laptop market. Finally, they check in on WWDC plans and consider the absurdity of $40 box lunches.

Duration: 00:44:57

Episode 280: You Have a User Base

Manton and Daniel talk about Manton's launch of to Kickstarter backers, then check in on Swift and the state of Developer Tools. Finally they talk about Apple's affiliate program cuts, and the merits of avoiding reliance on a single platform or marketplace for a living.

Duration: 00:52:25

Episode 279: No Planned Updates

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton's impending rollout of to backers starting next week, and the merit of picking a specific launch date and sticking with it. They respond to a listener question about accounting practices, and discuss Apple's apparent decision to stop updating the Workflow app, and what it means for the future of such functionality on iOS.

Duration: 00:52:43

Episode 278: A Little More Urgency

Manton and Daniel react to Apple allegedly using private API from Clips, and what it means for their App Store Apps to enjoy special privileges. They talk about Daniel’s consideration of a freemium approach for the next major release of MarsEdit. Finally they examine Apple's new TestFlight features, speculate about the cause for a looming iTunes Connect shutdown, and follow up about the efficacy of responding to App Store reviews.

Duration: 00:53:44

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