Subscriptions and status quo thinking

Just by writing this post, I’m going to make some people mad and other people roll their eyes and stick their fingers in their ears, I already know it. As far as a lot of people in the Apple community are concerned, the discussion about the subscription model for apps is done, it’s been decided, Read More …

Twenty Five for real?!

Whoa. Pcalc turned 25 years old on December 23rd. I’ll admit, even though I’ve listened to Pcalc creator James Thomson talk about the history of his Mac and iOS calculator app on podcasts and have used the app myself on iOS almost since (I think) its inception on that platform, I had no idea that Read More …

Free of Grumpiness

Yesterday I wrote about grumpy old Apple users, and about how Apple angered a lot of them by taking iOS apps out of iTunes on the Mac. Rob Griffiths pointed out a solution to this problem on Twitter. It’s called Apple Configurator 2, and it’s available for FREE in the Mac App Store. Configurator 2 Read More …

Subscription rage

We all choose stupid hills to die on, and I’m no exception. Last week I was really perturbed at the Apple community for always endorsing the public opinion de jour, this time with respect to app subscriptions. Ulysses, you see, announced they were moving their well-regarded writing app for Mac and iOS from one-time pay Read More …

Affinity Photo for Mac

For the past three years or so, I’ve paid for an annual subscription to Adobe’s Photography Creative Cloud bundle, which is basically Photoshop and Lightroom. I know there’s been a lot of outrage over Creative Cloud and the Adobe subscription model, but the Creative Cloud Photography Plan at $99 per year is not a bad Read More …

Oh, the writings you’ll write. Maybe.

This was first published on Medium on April 7th, 2016. I’ve always been a big advocate of paying for iOS apps from independent developers, as anyone who remembers the long-defunct Pocket Sized Podcast will know. Nothing burns me more than people choking at the thought of doling out $1.99 for the product of someone’s many Read More …

Takos Japanese video review

I’m always willing to try new Japanese language apps, and recently I stumbled across Takos Japanese. I love this app. It has a clever and fun UI and really helps drill new material in through several different types of practice. I did a screencast walkthrough of it tonight, presented in all its glory below. Enjoy. Read More …

A simple update

Unless I’m severely mistaken, it is now late 2015, which means that self-updating software has been around a really long time. Sadly, Apple doesn’t seem to realize this is a problem that humanity has solved and should therefore be trouble-free, much like Chevrolet engineers still haven’t figured out how to make a transmission that doesn’t Read More …

The day Marco didn’t actually destroy the universe

Twitter’s a terrible place for lengthy reasoned arguments, so instead of trying to convince people there that Marco Arment’s app pricing strategies aren’t destroying the universe, I’ll lay it all out right here.1 As you know, Marco Arment, creator of the Overcast podcast app for iOS, recently changed his pricing strategy for the app. The Read More …

Tough Crowd

By now it’s a crazy, familiar pattern: a developer has an app accepted into the iOS App Store, the developer updates and submits the app again, and it gets rejected for some feature that was already in there before when the app was accepted. Also part of the pattern is that people complain about Apple Read More …