Removing the White Bars in Safari on iPhone X

Removing the White Bars in Safari on iPhone X

The new iPhone X features a beautiful edge-to-edge display. Well, almost. There is the small issue of a notch at the top of the browser which doesn't cause an issue when viewing websites in portrait but by default does cause some issues in landscape. To accommodate the notch iOS 11 constrains websites within a "safe area" on the screen. On most websites this results in letterboxing on the left and the right. Thankfully there are two simple fixes that can be made to solve this letterboxing. background-color If your website uses a single solid colour for its background…

Setapp: Game Changing App Distribution

Setapp: Game Changing App Distribution

Distribution for indie developers on the Mac has been a sore point for a number of years now. The Mac App Store is just completely broken and discovery of apps outside of a centralised store is difficult and it takes a lot of effort to shine in the rough. Setapp aims to change the game by offering dozens of Mac apps, instantly available for a single monthly subscription of $9.99. It's the brainchild of MacPaw, the software house responsible for fantastic apps like CleanMyMac and Gemini. MacPaw also operate DevMate — a development and distribution platform so Setapp seems like…

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…

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…