Yummy 3.3.0

Arriving just in time for the iPhone X, here is Yummy 3.3.0. Simply, this is the culmination of lots and lots of small updates, the most visible of which are related to changes in iOS 11 and for the iPhone X.

iOS 11 Search Bar

A simple example: in iOS 10 (and earlier), when you searched for a bookmark, the search box moved up to the top of the screen. The “correct” behaviour in iOS 11 is that the search box is part of the navigation bar. Not a huge difference but one that required a surprising amount of work.

“The Notch” in the new iPhone X means that the way that Yummy displayed its status (in the Status Bar) no longer worked so that needed replacing. I also changed the “bookmark on the clipboard” functionality, making it ask first rather than just present an add bookmark screen.

As always with a new OS release, a few things broke and had to be fixed (3D touch being the main one), but I also spent a lot of time refactoring code and fixing bugs. There is now only one remaining known crasher, which is still one too many, of course.

There are two “buts” that I want to mention. First, given that iOS 11 is now on over 50% of devices I felt this was a good time to drop iOS 9 support. Secondly, I’ve not been able to squish a bug where there’s a visual glitch on the iPad’s bookmark view. Bouncing back to the menu screen is enough to get rid of it but — obviously — I want to do better!

Anyway, lots of under-the-covers updates and updates for iOS 11. That’s Yummy 3.3.0. Hope you like it. It should be available on the App Store in the coming days.


Quick Calendar (for iPhone and iPad)

Quick Calendar (iOS)

Following the success of Quick Calendar for Mac, I am happy to announce the imminent availability of Quick Calendar for iPhone and iPad. (Okay, the fact that I wanted it also factored into the decision to make it!)

Without wishing to undersell it, it’s basically the same as the Mac version. It shows the current month — or slightly less in the default “small” mode — in the Notification Center. It’s free but you can donate in the main app. There’s no obligation, but if you think it’s useful I’d appreciate the support. It helps keep it maintained on new versions of iOS and potentially funds new projects.

I use it all the time. I hope you find it useful, too.

Update (5 September): now available on the App Store!


Yummy 3.2.3

I’m pleased to announce the latest release of Yummy. It mostly includes a few important bug fixes — including one for a bug which prevented some people from saving bookmarks — but there are also some nice new features too.

  • 3D touch (peek and pop) on bookmark list views
  • Optionally show date in the bookmark list
  • Show count of bookmarks with metadata (HTTP status, thumbnail, etc) in Account setting screen
  • Removal of “Shared Bookmarks” extension for Safari

The last one feels like it needs an explanation. While I don’t collect statistics, I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t a popular feature. But that’s not the reason for its removal. Since it was the only part of Yummy currently written in Swift, it bloated the size of the app quite considerably. But that, too, is not the reason for its removal. The reason, instead, is that Apple no longer seems to allow apps to be submitted with a “Shared Bookmarks” extension! As far as I can tell, Apple never announced this. References to the extension type are pretty much completely gone from the documentation as if it never existed.

So, sorry if you liked “Shared Bookmarks” but otherwise, this is a pretty nice update. I hope you like it.



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Did you ever read Ellen Ullman’s novel, “The Bug“? It starts with a description of Conway’s “Game of Life” and the story — without wishing to give too much away — follows a characters obsession with a variant.

Glider allows you to play with the same thing, on your nice, big screen in the living room using your Apple TV. The idea is that even with simple rules, complex behaviours can emerge.

It comes with quite a few fun presets, but you can also draw your own shapes on screen and have it cycle through. Maybe it’ll be static; maybe it’ll cycle through a few iterations; maybe it’ll fizzle out. Find out what happens is half the fun.

It’s available now as a free download for Apple TV. There’s a donate button right inside the app and we’d really appreciate it if you could support the work that went into it and any future updates.


CameraGPS: End of life

Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to CameraGPS, our photo location tagging app. It’s not proved as popular as we hoped and the support load has been higher than anticipated.

To move forward we’d have to make it easier to accurately record a trail, fix a few visual glitches and rewrite the whole iCloud sync engine (the current one is deprecated in iOS 10). It’s incredibly difficult to justify making this investment given the lower-than-anticipated sales.

Despite this, it is still an app that we’re proud of in many ways. It was the first app we developed using Core Data and CocoaPods. Early versions also included the Dropbox and Box APIs, though they were later removed in favour of iCloud Drive (also a first in one of our apps!).

By removing this app from sale, we hope to be able to spend more time supporting our existing apps and creating new ones. If you bought CameraGPS, we thank you support.


Quick Calendar 1.0.1

When I first download macOS 10.12 Sierra I noticed that Quick Calendar looked a little out of place. While all of Apple’s Notification Centre widgets had a light theme, Quick Calendar had a dark title bar and looked much more like things did in Yosemite and El Capitan.

I re-build the widget for Sierra. No change. I looked in the documentation for style and theme changes. Nothing. I thought, perhaps, that Apple had kept the light theme for themselves. Luckily I was wrong.

And this new version of Quick Calendar has that tiny update so that it looks at home on macOS Sierra. It still works on El Capitan and Yosemite.

I just submitted it to Apple. It should be available to download in a few days hours. Enjoy.

Update: It was approved last night, less the six hours after I submitted it!


ShareEverywhere 1.1.3

Readability have decided to retire their “read later” service, which means that the time has come to remove it from ShareEverywhere, too.

This release also removes the error checking when saving a link to Delicious. You’d be right to think that’s an odd thing to do, but it’s down to the way that the Delicious API works. Or rather, doesn’t work. From our testing, the “add bookmark” API seems to work correctly but always returns an error. Sadly, this means there’s no way to distinguish between a genuine error and no error.

So not an earth shattering release, but definitely an improvement. We hope you like it.


Rootn Tootn 2.2

This update has been a long time in coming and doesn’t contain anything like the feature-set originally envisaged — the story behind this may be revealed eventually — but what’s about to hit the App Store shortly is nice.

Rather than a long list of new features, it mostly makes existing features either easier to find or easier to understand.

For example, some users found the difference between a duration timer and an event time to be confusing. And, honestly, we can’t blame them. While the best names we’ve been able to come up with, they’re not necessarily immediately obvious. So rather than just say “do you want duration or event,” the new reminder screen now has some explanatory text.

We’ve extended this kind of thinking throughout the app. So it’s not a flashy new release, it doesn’t have a tonne of exciting new features, but we think there’s a lot of value in allowing new users to find the current functionality more easily.



Today I received an email:

After more than five years of operation, the Readability article bookmarking/read-it-later service will be shutting down after September 30, 2016.

Currently, ShareEverywhere supports the ability to post links to Readability, so we will shortly be issuing a release that removes support.

It feels like every blog these days is about functionality that’s being removed! We hope to have better news soon!