To Affinity and Beyond

To Affinity and Beyond

For the majority of the past twenty years I have used Adobe apps every day. I am intimately familiar with them. I have also been using the Affinity suite for the last few years. I wanted to discuss the rising popularity of Adobe alternatives and what Serif specifically brings to the table. To start, people…

What is wrong with iTunes Connect?

What is wrong with iTunes Connect?

Before I begin a tirade, I want to make a few things clear. Being an Apple developer is great. I love the platforms and Apple’s dedication to continually improving them. They build awesome new features for us to implement in creative ways. I adore the user base who is willing to pay for quality software…

Why a Siri API is Inevitable

Why a Siri API is Inevitable

With WWDC approaching, rumors are beginning to swirl about what what Apple will unveil. One of the most persistent rumors I’ve seen over and over again is that Siri will finally make her debut on the Mac. And while Siri for Mac is very likely coming at some point, I think the more important question…

Hopping on the Swift bandwagon

Hopping on the Swift bandwagon

Over the past few months I’ve wrestled with a topic I’m sure many of you have as well – When is the right time to learn/move to Swift for existing Objective C app developers? I’ve read lots of posts where developers have jumped whole-heartedly into Swift and never looked back, dealing with inconveniences and changing…

Meet Safari Technology Preview

Meet Safari Technology Preview

Apple this week unveiled what it is calling Safari Technology Preview, which is a middle ground between public releases of the web browser and Webkit Nightly builds for developers. Apple describes the preview browser by saying : Safari Technology Preview gives you an early look at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS including…

Thoughts on Adobe XD

Thoughts on Adobe XD

As promised, Adobe has unleashed a preview of Project Comet, henceforth known as Adobe Experience Design (XD) CC. For now, the preview is OS X only, but a Windows 10 release is scheduled for the end of 2016. It’s easy to like what you see – Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign can all be used for…

El Capitan a welcome upgrade for Mac users

El Capitan a welcome upgrade for Mac users

I’m just going to go ahead and link to Jason Snell’s excellent El Cap review for Macworld, as it echoes many of my own thoughts. For designers / developers using a Mac, El Capitan will be a welcome update. El Capitan (OSX 10.11) is all about refinement, sanding off the rough edges. Considering the breakneck…