QBlocker

QBlocker

A few months ago I switched from Chrome to Safari as my main browser. I enjoy using Safari to Chrome in almost every way but there was one feature of Chrome that I missed. There's an option you can enable in Chrome that will force you to hold CMD + Q to quite the app. As some who uses CMD + W to quit windows or tabs frequently, I often found myself accidentally quitting Safari. Solutions There are of course a number of solutions to the problem. Stop being such a sausage-fingered idiot and learn the difference between the Q and W…

Fetch 2

Fetch 2

Last year I started working on my first iOS app as a way to learn Swift. What I built turned out to be a fairly popular client for Put.io. With the release of the Apple TV, porting the app was a no brainer and with it came additional features — chiefly the matching of posters and metadata. After a couple of updates my attention moved back to the iPhone and iPad in November, and for the last 5 months I've been working on a huge update… What's new? There's a lot of new stuff in Fetch 2 — from minor tweaks…

Mixing TVML and UIKit without a server

Mixing TVML and UIKit without a server

When building for tvOS Apple gave us two approaches. A fully native app could be built using UIKit, storyboards and everything developers have been familiar with when building apps for iOS. However, Apple also opened up their TVML and TVJS platform that has been used on Apple TV 2 and 3 by the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Now TV. This approach allows for apps to be created using a simple XML markup and JavaScript. That sounds great but when using TVML you're required to use a separate server to handle the logic of populating data and navigating between views.…

Decoding Dreamweaver STE files with Swift

Decoding Dreamweaver STE files with Swift

We have a few clients that use Dreamweaver as their editor/FTP client of choice. This unfortunately doesn't fit in with our toolchain and as we often receive STE files it's a manual process to extract the data from the file. Since we use the amazing Transmit from Panic I wondered if there was a way we could parse the file from Dreamweaver and open a new connection in Transmit. Decoding The Password First of all I wanted to see if it was actually possible to decode the password before I bothered building anything. Thankfully, the heavy lifting of figuring…

Peach.cool — API, PeachKit & Peach for Mac

Peach.cool — API, PeachKit & Peach for Mac

So Peach stumbled onto the scene Friday. If you haven't heard of it, it's this cool new social network that lets you post cool stuff using "magic" words. Currently it's only available on iOS which, while great means that I can't really check it while I'm in work. I did some sniffing by routing my iPhone through Charles to see if I could find out how the thing interacts and if there's an API I could latch onto to build a Mac app. It turns out there totally is. Peach's API The API is completely there and totally, publicly accessible…