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 …

Home screen report

I’m a huge fan of the MacStories website and the Club MacStories subscription newsletter. The newsletter has all kinds of fun information each week, including app highlights/mini reviews and workflow tips and tricks. They also have a Home Screens section featuring a reader’s home screen and descriptions of the apps on the home screen. I Read More …

Some Thoughts About Pixelmator Pro

Photoshop may rule the photo and image editing world, but Mac owners have long wanted other options. Pixelmator has been a candidate for PS replacement for many people for some time now. It is a native Mac app with many of the features found in Photoshop. However, anyone who has used both apps for any 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 …

Kill Your Apps

Kill your apps. Go ahead. Double-click your iPhone home button and fling all your apps up. DO IT!! I don’t care. It’s true that you don’t need to do this to make your iPhone perform better. It’s true that you’ll actually make the CPU work harder and burn more battery if you do. But I 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 …

Apple News

David Sparks wrote a post about Apple News today, basically saying what I’ve been thinking myself for a few weeks now. Apple News has come a long way. One huge thing for me is that the sources of news represented in the app are much better than they were when News launched in September of Read More …

Pinch to Zooming your way out of privacy

I’ve always felt like Instagram is very clearly not about photos and photography. Even before they were owned by Facebook, getting users to sign up and share things was much more important to Instagram than presenting photos in a compelling manner. As I pointed out in February, not providing support for a feature like pinch-to-zoom 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 …