Summary: A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.
Daniel ships MarsEdit 4.4, and talks with Mantonb about taking stock of bugs and examining the anxiety around shipping updates. They look forward to MarsEdit 5, Black Ink for iOS, and the potential business models Daniel might adopt. They talk about learning to disregard unhelpful criticism, and prioritizing survival as an indie over trying to please everybody.
Manton and Daniel talk about Twitter's massive security breach, and scrutinize CEO Jack Dorsey’s public image in the wake of it. Daniel wonders whether Twitter’s idealistic employees could be more empowered by another leader, while Manton points out that in any case they are not. Finally, they catch each other up with progress reports on MarsEdit and Micro.blog feature enhancements.
Daniel and Manton talk about Apple's Developer Transition Kit ... without really talking about it. They weigh the possibility of apps breaking on ARM based Macs even if frameworks aren't technically removed. Manton shares his renewed enthusiasm about developing for Big Sur, and Daniel tries to get back on track with releasing MarsEdit 4.4.
Manton and Daniel review some of their biggest takeaways from WWDC. They balance the excitement of all the attention on the Mac while coping with some of the old-timer concern about how things are changing. They discuss the ARM transition and how some developers will have an easier or harder time with the move. Finally they assess the quality of WWDC 2020's online format, and what it might mean for WWDC going forward.
On the brink of WWDC, Daniel and Manton take stock of various issues shining a light on Apple's App Store review and in-app purchase policies. They talk about Basecamp's new Hey email service and the high-profile rejection of its iOS app. They imagine the internal strife that must exist between departments at Apple, and speculate about a unifying core value for the company that could clarify their position on these and similar issues in the future.
Manton and Daniel start to anticipate WWDC announcements, imagine the rumored ARM Macs, and think about opportunities to gain a competitive advantage by embracing whatever is new. They talk about the possible challenges of migrating to ARM as a developer, and what Apple might do to accommodate us. They also chat about other expectations for WWDC including updated developer tools, revisions to SwiftUI and Catalyst, and how Apple's changes to those frameworks should project their priorities moving forward with the Mac.
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s statement against racism, and also talk a bit about the Accidental Tech Podcast's statements. They talk about trying to figure out what we can all do as individuals in the wake of this. Daniel talks about getting a Black Ink update out the door while continuing to struggle with finishing up MarsEdit 4.4. Manton shares an update on Micro.blog progress, and shares his new “stop keeping track of things” methodology for getting things done.
Manton checks in with Daniel about progress with MarsEdit 4.4, and Daniel explains his lack of focus has led him down a new crossword obsession. Manton talks about Shutting down Micro.blog's Slack, and they discuss whether a comparable decision for Core Intuition would make sense. Finally, they talk more generally about the value of cutting out distractions and less important projects, in order to focus on the most important goals.
Daniel and Manton talk about Automattic's investment in Vector.im, makes of an open approximation of Slack. Are there implications for Micro.blog? Daniel asks Manton to consider what he would do if a company like Automattic offered to acquire Micro.blog. Finally, Daniel pushes Manton to consider whether he should have an aggressive mission like "putting closed social networks out of business."
Manton and Daniel talk about iA Writer's new support for publishing directly to Micro.blog, and segue in to a conversation about the pragmatism of trying to improve SEO for pertinent terms such as "Micropub" and "WordPress." They talk about the forthcoming support for Micro.blog in MarsEdit, and the effects of the pandemic on focus and motivation. Finally, they celebrate the value of the written word in business collaboration, and the many ways that meetings, virtual or otherwise, fall short.
Daniel and Manton review Apple's updated details about WWDC, speculating about whether it will truly be "free for all developers," and how Apple can manage demand for scarce resources. Manton announces the launch of Micro.blog for teams. The two react to Apple’s new MacBook Pro, and Daniel casts light aspersions about Apple's trustworthiness in the wake of the butterfly keyboard fiasco.
Manton and Daniel react to news of an online "Accessibility Event", which seems to hint at how Apple might conduct online WWDC sessions in June. They wonder about the possible benefits Apple might offer to paying attendees, and what the price might be. Finally, they reflect on how Apple and others will adapt to the "new normal" of life after the pandemic.
Daniel and Manton compare notes on leaving the house for take-out and curbside pickup during the pandemic. They express their fascination with the ways companies are adapting to the changing world, and consider the ways they might focus their own business on ambitions on pertinent goals that will both help the world and lead to financial success.
Manton and Daniel talk about their collaboration on updates to the XML-RPC based API that MarsEdit uses to communicate with Micro.blog. They talk about the long history of blogging APIs, about the merit of focusing on adding one new supported system at a time to MarsEdit for maximal PR benefit, and how much MarsEdit should adapt to some of the more unique features of Micro.blog.
Daniel and Manton check in about the state of the Covid-19 crisis, celebrate Powell's bookstore rehiring many employees, and take stock of the massive changes going on all over the world. Daniel talks about his efforts to add support for the Ghost publishing system to MarsEdit. They react to Apple's acquisition of Dark Sky, and wonder about the prospects of a future "WeatherKit" framework.