The Archive – Mac App Beta

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Early development preview of The Archive

My latest project is about to be ready: it’s a strictly plain text note-taking application. If you know our writing over at the Zettelkasten Method blog, you will know the method I’m incorporating in this app. Everything revolves about flexibility and your ownership of the notes. Plus the amazingly productive method itself is baked right into the app to guide your workflow.

Sign up here for a beta invitation in early May:

http://zettelkasten.de/beta/

Website Changes Imminent

The past couple of weeks have been unusually quiet around here. There are a couple of reasons: Then there’s a lot of preparation happening for side-projects and my stuff at the Zettelkasten Method blog where we will run a live video stream today, by the way. So the delay here is due to managerial problems and some re-structuring. I hope to clean up everything, soon, and then move forward with higher velocity. There’s a ton of unedited posts in my backlog waiting to be published.

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Register for My Webinar About Ditching the Mac App Store

I will be hosting a webinar about distributing your app outside the Mac App Store next week. It’s free, and you’re very welcome to attend!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 @ 10:00 AM PST (will run 1 hour)

→ Register Now

Topics include:

  • Ditching the Mac App Store – Why, and what it means.
  • Is There Life After the Mac App Store? – Choosing an e-commerce provider.
  • Getting Back to Development – How you change your code to work outside the Mac App Store.

Plus you’ll see me live. That alone should be motivation for you to visit, no matter the topic :)

Disclaimer, aka Code of Honesty and Transparency

Maybe you just arrived on my blog and don’t know how I do things around here, yet, and how much I value morality over profit anytime. So let me erase your doubts about this webinar cooperation.

I use FastSpring to sell my stuff. I really like their service, so I wrote a guide in 2015. FastSpring in turn was impressed by my initiative and helped me spread the word a bit and provide background info whenever I needed anything. I am not getting paid by FastSpring for the book. It’s my own creative work. I maintain it because I think it helps you, fellow developer, to set up your own indie business.

Then late 2016, FastSpring approached me as their go-to expert for Mac app development. They plan to show how easy it is to use FastSpring to distribute Mac apps. In other words, they want to own part of the good news for obvious marketing reasons.

With the recent Out-of-App-Store Success Stories by Rogue Amoeba and Kapeli, it may even be a growing market.

I was skeptical at first. I will not violate my strong ethics; teaching people the One True Way™ is more important than easy money. But I came to find FastSpring values delivering useful content over running a 60-minute ad show. From the get go, FastSpring wanted me to create the content. Not even once did they suggest I add something to my slides. They totally risk I go live on Wednesday and tell people to use a competing service. But I won’t, because I know no better service provider. I liked the concept, so I agreed. I am getting paid by FastSpring for this webinar gig. But it’s 100% my webinar.

To stay true to myself, I will give genuinely helpful advice to empower the attendees to become independent. Of course I’ll show FastSpring’s features, just like the screenshots I put in my book. All because I believe in their service, not because they bought my loyalty with the speaker fee.

In short, this is not an advertisement for FastSpring. I haven’t sold my soul. It’s a cooperation out of mutual respect.

Hope to be seeing you around on Wednesday!

"Exploring Mac App Development Strategies" 4th Extended Edition Now Available

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I’ve just finished updating the book “Exploring Mac App Development Strategies” for Swift 3. Looking at my Word Counter, this 4th edition sports about 15000 new words in the book and code combined: I re-wrote a lot of chapters and source files. I also expanded a few sections to add more context and incorporate things I learned in the past 2 years.

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TableFlip Will Be Released in October!

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It is time to go public: I’ll release TableFlip in October. Sign up for the release notification: http://tableflipapp.com/ Much love goes out to my beta testers! ❤️ You are great! I didn’t anticipate that we’d have so many discussions. Thanks for all your amazing feedback so far. The past 12 weeks were wild; now it’s time to calm down a bit and make things right.

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Revamped Blog Archive

I just changed the blog archive to show all past articles reduced to the titles on one page. There still are annual collections of the old-style excerpts. I hope it helps to browse the stuff I published over the years. Still I find the sheer mass of topics unwieldly. That’s why I started to work on a curated and commented list of articles, like a table of contents. Will let you know when it’s ready.

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TableFlip Closed Beta Invitations

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TableFlip’s current beta interface

I’ll send out a beta invitation to everybody on the TableFlip Newsletter this week. If you want to help me find quirks in the app and overall make it more usable, this is your chance!

Everyone who reports an issue will get a free license when the beta ends. Also, I’ll invite interested folks in batches, so you may not get your hands on the app this time but maybe in 2 weeks.

Join the Beta List

Tell your friends and in general everybody who’s using Markdown and/or deals with lots of tabular data in their work.

objc.io Books 30% Off

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All 3 amazingly useful objc.io books are 30% off this week. Grab all three of them in a bundle and save even more.

If you use my link, I’ll even get a small kickback thanks to their affiliate program. I wholeheartedly recommend you take at least the time to read the samples. The team updates their ebooks regularly, and you’ll get a Swift 3.0 edition later this year, too.

A Vacation Week – 20% Discount While I'm Away!

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vaycay by Philipp Richter. License: CC-BY-NC 2.0

I’ll be on vacation for the next week. Maybe I cannot hold my breath and publish a post nonetheless, but I’ll try not to. Either way, for the next week everything from my store is 20% off so you can have fun while I’m away.

Apps

  • The Word Counter to increase writing productivity,
  • Move! to not die from sitting in front of your computer.

Books

Enjoy the new and shiny Indie Mac Developer book bundle, including:

– both of which you can buy on their own, too, of course, if you don’t need both.

Not related to programming but rather writing: Minimal Writing on the Mac, too, is on discount.

Make Money Outside the Mac App Store now Available on Amazon

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My e-book about creating and selling apps for Mac without the Mac App Store is now available on amazon.com if you prefer a print edition!

Why does print cost less?
The digital edition will be updated regularly with the latest Swift syntax. Further editions and major revisions are free for customers, too. I can’t do that with a print edition on your bookshelf, obviously. That’s why.

It feels weird, I know, because paper costs money and print book feel more precious. I’m making about 50% less with each sale, so there’s quite some cost involved printing the book. The feeling of physical good in your hand is part of the perceived value, and everyone would tell me I should factor that in, but I’m a bad businessman. It’s the right thing to do. Why should you pay more for something with less long-term value only because my costs are higher?

Make Money Outside the Mac App Store

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Today I’m proud to announce the release of my e-book Make Money Outside the Mac App Store!

Get it for $25 $19 until Dec 24th from my store!

Shaving off VAT and then again 30% for Apple for every purchase of your app in the Mac App Store can be madness: the only real benefit is that people know how to operate the store. But if you’re just starting to run your business, discoverability is hardly a feature.

Instead of drowning in the warehouse that the app store is, put your software in your own store. You have to build an audience anyway to get started. So stay in touch with them. Know your customers. And stop giving away 30% for a promise that doesn’t hold.

  • Save days of research and implement the techniques today
  • Copy & paste Swift 2.0 code to integrate into your app in <1 hour
  • Utilize in-app purchase of licenses for a higher conversion instantly
  • 2 fully functional sample applications, including a time-based trial app
  • Secure license code generation and verification included

Take a look at the details page for more info.

This book will save you hours of research and days of fiddling with SDKs. It shows you how to set up products for sale on FastSpring including automatic license code generation and then guides you through the process of adding license verification to your app.

Don’t need all the explanations? Just follow the setup steps and copy the code into your project and you’re ready to roll in half an hour!

I’m not affiliated with FastSpring. I just think their service is awesome.

Here’s what FastSpring’s CTO Mike Smith has to say about the book:

We appreciate Christian’s efforts in creating a guide that enables Mac developers to sell applications through FastSpring’s award-winning e-commerce platform. He has provided detailed instructions to help developers configure key elements of their online sales process. The spirit of community captured in his book reflects FastSpring’s mission to connect people globally in the digital economy.

I truly believe in the spirit of community and I believe you can make it as a developer without the App Store. This book is here to empower you so you don’t have to figure out all the scary details.

So many other indies rely on FastSpring, too, including:

  • Smile Software (TextExpander, PDFpen)
  • Realmac Software (Clear, RapidWeaver)
  • Tyler Hall (VirtualHostX)
  • Ironic Software (Yep, Leap)
  • Bohemian Coding (Sketch)
  • toketaWare (iThoughtsX)
  • well, and me, obviously :)

Get to know their stories from this book. Be inspired and take the leap.

Because I think it’s so worth your time as a Mac developer, get it for 25% off until Christmas when you buy from my store.

Productive Writer's Bundle Sale

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The Productive Writer’s Bundle 2015

This year, the team of Texts, Brett and I teamed up to bring you the best minimal writing product bundle for the Mac. It’s designed to get you through NaNoWriMo: the accompanying guide tells you how to make the habit of writing stick and how to get most out of the apps.

The lineup of apps:

  • Texts for focused writing (even on Windows PCs!)
  • Marked for previewing and reviewing
  • Word Counter to increase your productivity
  • BONUS: iThoughts X (coupon for 30% off) to plan the plot with Mind Maps
  • BONUS: Minimal Writing on the Mac guide

I use these apps myself to write, so creating this bundle was a no-brainer and a very exciting experience – oh was I busy! – but more on that later.

The Productive Writer’s Bundle is a sexy deal at more than 50% off, for $25 instead of $60 – for every author, be it novelist or non-fiction technical writer.

Grab it now. And tell your friends.

Leave a Rating for Move! app on MacUpdate

Move!, my personal favorite productivity and health enhancement app (and, apparently, my own creation), is now available on MacUpdate. Check it out for free if you haven’t already.

Please leave a quick rating on MacUpdate so other people know how good you feel, now that you take regular breaks from work.

If you feel super-awesome today, feel free to leave a short review, too.

Your support helps me continue my work. Every star counts! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you!

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Now look who’s caught me looking at reviews.

Move! – Work Break Timer Now Ready for El Capitan

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The Apple Watch is all the hype since it gently reminds you to stand up and move regularly. That’s a very good thing. A gentle reminder won’t cut it for me. That’s why I created a solution which jumps right into my face.

Look at the project page of Move!.

It features responsive timers: when you don’t touch your input devices, the clock will not start to tick. Only when you sit down and work will the timer start and make you stand up soon.

Move! is now ready for El Capitan. The upcoming OS X update can come!

Move! – Work Break Timer Release

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During summer, I have created a work break timer called Move! which really works. It gets in your way, it cannot be postponed. I created it to make me get up and stretch and do something else for a couple of minutes every half hour.

Sascha and I plan to add exercise instructions later. Right now, we’re happy to have a tool which forces us to get up every now and then and get healthy. (Backed by research, mind you!)

Try it.

It will get on your nerves. Continue to take breaks when it tells you to.

You’ll hate it.

You’ll yell at it.

But it will make you feel better in the afternoon.

Do yourself a favor and try to do some diagonal stretches or a healthy 1-minute routine.

Download Move! on its dedicated page now and experience it for yourself.

“Exploring Mac App Development” Updated for Swift 2.0 + Coupon to Save 50%

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It’s a good time to update my book for Swift 2: guard clauses improve readability, and do-try-catch error handling shows problem points. Protocol extensions are huge, but I had no use for them in the sample code, yet. The update is live now. If you haven’t bought the book in the past, grab it until August 1st to save more than 50%: use the coupon Swift2Yay. The coupon is good for 10 copies, so be quick.

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Book Updates for Swift 1.2

I have just updates the book Exploring Mac App Development Strategies to Swift 1.2. A few sections were expanded, a few paragraphs rewritten – but the big update is still underway. It’s due this summer, and then I’ll consider the book feature-complete. Until then, check out the current deal for Creating Multi-Process Mac Applications, which is available at a discount right now since it’s an early release version.

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How John Sonmez Helped Me Streamline This Blog

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I’m going to change things here a little bit in the upcoming weeks. Recently, I found out what I want to do with this blog. John Sonmez of Simple Programmer is offering a free three-week e-mail course for starting to blog as a software developer. I subscribed to check out what other developers on the web do, and I have read his 6 e-mails and followed some of his advice. One particular e-mails made me think about my projects, what they mean to me, and how they relate to each other.

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Subscribe to My New Mailing List

I have a Zettelkasten project newsletter for a few years already, and it was featured on this site as I wrote about the topic.

Since my endeavors on this worklog/blog have shifted, I think it’s the right moment to offer a non-Zettelkasten newsletter for the folks interested in my projects, the programming books, and the software I develop.

The new project newsletter will be my premier place for project announcements and software beta invitations. A lot of you have helped already make the Word Counter better. There’ll be lots of opportunities to test software for free in the future. There’s a bunch of stuff in the making.

Apart from project updates, I’ll provide a convenient list of posts I have published on all my project websites since the previous issue so you don’t have to collect these, too.

Thanks for your support and for reading this blog! If you want to stay up to date and benefit from a much closer contact, sign up now.