Categories
Posts

Introducing TapMeasure – Occipital’s new measurement / room CAD generation tool

TapMeasure is a whole new way to build a 3D model of any room in a few seconds. It works with Apple’s new ARKit framework, and adds Occipital’s special sauce to provide artwork alignment, quick measurements, and the aforementioned generation of (SketchUp-compatible) CAD files. It’s free, and will ship as soon as iOS 11 drops later today.

See the website at tapmeasure.io.

For my part, I got to push some iOS code to this one! As well as helping out with some of the graphic design and UX, I was also able to design and edit the tutorial videos and the launch trailer embedded above. We have the luxury of one of the most seasoned computer vision teams in the world here, and I think it shows.

Categories
Links

Knock

Knock twice on your iPhone to unlock your Mac. $3.99 on the App Store, and a really nice site that commits one major sin: Hijacking the user’s scroll momentum to guide them through the sections. This is happening a lot these days.

We did some demos of this at Occipital for the Structure Sensor website, based (as I assume Knock’s is) on Apple’s animation-heavy Mac Pro site. It looked really cool, but in the end it never “felt” right. After demoing it to a friend of mine his only feedback was “Just let me scroll.” It’s good advice.

Categories
Links

Panic Releases Status Board

Remember when we all lost our shit over Panic’s awesome in-house status board? Well they released it on the App Store today. $10.

You can even create your own data sources by following this doc. I’m sure the docs will be available as a non-PDF soon enough.

Categories
Links

Introducing Twitov

Twitov is a generative text bot that takes your Twitter history file and uses it to make new Tweets based on your own personality. It’s free, all you need is your Twitter history file.

Twitov is an Extra Future 6-hour project that ballooned into a week-long one. Whoops. Previous ExFu 6-hour Projects include Kove (a community-editable Choose Your Own Adventure Game), Liblr (Something like Mad Libs for Twitter), and Kreskin (An app that generates album covers for fictional bands based on real Flickr images, Wikipedia, and famous quotes).

Categories
Links

Aptus

Sounds like a good deal to me:

“Aptus is a dedicated browser that lets you preview, edit and screenshot your responsive site at any size from mobile through to large desktop.”

Just $2.99 of your Earth dollars.

Categories
Links

Instapaper for Android

“Finally.”

I use a fairly cheap Android phone, because I don’t want to give ATT or Verizon any of my money, and I hate cell phone contracts. Instapaper was one of the apps I use everyday that was really hampered by the lack of a native client. Looks like that’s fixed, now.

The interesting thing here is that Marco Arment, Instapaper’s founder/developer, didn’t code the Android app himself. He hired an Android development house to do it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more iOS-only apps go this way if it works out for him.

Categories
Links

Coda 2 Released, 50% off Today Only

I’ve been using Coda 1 every day for 5 years to do my job. Coda 2 is great, already, and couldn’t be more worth the price ($49.99 today!)

If you’re a fan of the alternative CSS syntax LESS, there’s already a Coda 2 syntax extension for you.

Categories
Links

Coda 2

Panic finally announces version 2.0 of Coda. Available May 24th, 2012.

I’ve been using Coda 1.x every day as my primary tool for web development since 2007. To say I’m excited about this is an understatement. As you might expect, the product website is gorgeous, innovative, and informative.

Hint: Type the backslash key to make the full video pop to the front.

Also: Woah. This is like all CSS3 transforms on a video element.

Categories
Links

PNGPress

PNGPress, my PNG image compressor for Mac OS X, is available on the Mac App Store worldwide.

Good developers know that making images for the web is a constant battle between quality and file size. Great developers use PNGPress.

Try it and see for yourself. Here are some promo codes:

WHW94KHHE6A4 TNEMH4JKHP3M HXJEMTHHPLHW 3XFE7AWMYJMX 6ALNJWWWYJJ4

Categories
Posts

la petite url has a new home

la petite url, my custom short url plugin for WordPress, has a new homepage at http://lapetite.me. Version 2.6 is forthcoming with long-awaited support for sending short urls to the popular Twitter Tools plugin.

Categories
Links

New ‘Batphone’ App Uses Acoustics to Determine Location

The app takes in ambient noise to identify your location. Lots of neat and or creepy implications.

Categories
Links

FDX Reader

A Final Draft file reader for iPad created by Screenwriter John August. This is one of those iOS apps that makes perfect sense for the platform. It is clever, nuanced, draws on a specific body of professional knowledge, and looks like a million bucks. It even has Dropbox integration.

Now it just needs to read Scrivener files, too.

Categories
Posts

PNGPress

This app is retired.

PNGPress, my simple image optimization app for Mac OS X is now available on the App Store. I hope you like it. PNGPress will accept any number of PNG images dropped onto its dock icon.

Categories
Links

Jawbone THOUGHTS

Thoughts is an iPhone application for sending audio messages to individuals or groups. It isn’t so much a replacement for voicemail or phone calls as a non-blocking way to talk to people without butting into whatever they’re already doing.

Categories
Links

Acorn 2.5

Every update to Acorn, dubbed “The Image Editor for Humans” , has me spending less time in Photoshop.

Categories
Links

Elements, a Dropbox powered text editor for iOS

An extremely slick-looking text editor a bit lacking in features, but cloud storage using the indispensable Dropbox is a big plus.

Categories
Links

“EPIC WIN”, a New iPhone Todo App

Similar to a project I was working on (now cancelled. they so win.), a todo list app with an RPG system tacked on. Feel better about your real-life accomplishments with phony rewards!

Categories
Links

Transmit 4

Panic releases the newest version of their FTP client, and it’s a doozy. The website is, as I’ve come to expect from Panic, completely awesome.

Categories
Links

Rouse

Described by the creator of the project as:

an attempt to create a new Mac OS X web browser that steals the best bits from OmniWeb for its user interface, adds some well-needed hooks to the interior to customize rendering and loading, and otherwise stays away from scope creep as far as possible.

and I am so down with that. Jesper has done some fairly in-depth writing on the project’s Feasibility and Scope, Originality and Getting Involved.

Categories
Links

Twitter Acquires Tweetie

It was only a matter of time before Twitter started getting to the app game. Here’s to hoping Twitter doesn’t wreck my favorite client.