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Smart App Banner 1.1.2

This almost happened without any fanfare at all, and, while it’s a tiny update, it seems that releasing software without even a tiny blog is fair to both the users and the people who develop it.

And, this time, the developer wasn’t me.

The change to our Smart App Banner WordPress plugin is small but was submitted by a user. You shouldn’t notice anything new or different but it’s a nice, internal update that should limit the risk of Bad Things happening in the future.

Enjoy!

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Yummy 3.3.1

Not a super-exciting update unless you’ve been affected by any of the bugs that have been fixed or notice any of the performance improvements. Yes, it’s one of those “bug fixes and misc improvements” updates. But it’s none of the worse for it.

Of the user visible issues, the two most interesting changes are:

  • Saving a bookmark using the share extension from apps other than Safari now works again. (This slipped through because, personally, I use Safari and the “title” field is a mandatory field in Pinboard but not Delicious. Ah, the good old days of when Delicious was a thing.) Many thanks to the user who reported this.
  • An occasional crash during sync has been squashed. I’ve been trying to find and fix this bug since early in the 3.x development cycle so it makes me really happy to have got to the bottom of it!

Anyway, this is almost certainly the best ever release of Yummy. Enjoy!

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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!

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Yummy 3.0.1

Yummy 3 was a massive update. It was effectively a completely new app with very little shared with the version that it replaced. Inevitably, sadly, some bugs made it through into the finished version, despite lots of testing by myself and the largest number of beta testers I’ve ever had for a new app. (Please let me know if you’d like to be added to the beta list.)

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Yummy 3: Tag list view

Version 3.0.1 is all about resolving as many of those issues are possible:

  • Fixed a bunch of crashing bugs. Most were pretty obscure, happening rarely to a small number of users, but that’s no excuse. A better excuse is that I wasn’t able to reproduce most of them so the fixes are somewhat speculative.
  • Performance improvements. The slowest thing in Yummy (all versions) is dealing with tags. I’ve made it quite a lot quicker, though you’ll likely only really notice during the initial sync or when migrating from Yummy 2.
  • Fix the add bookmark functionality. This was the most embarrassing bug to make it into the final version.
  • Fixes and performance improvements to the migration from Yummy 2. This should fix the syncing and share extension troubles that some users have been experiencing. There is a workaround.
  • Workaround for a bug in Pocket that meant that you couldn’t save bookmarks using Yummy’s share extension.
  • Improvements to “get webpage title” functionality.
  • Dismiss keyboard when saving a bookmark.
  • A new alternative to the “tag cloud” screen, which looks pretty much the same as the tag screen in Yummy 2, including the count of bookmarks.
  • Updates to the versions of a number of open source components used.

I don’t normally include this much detail when talking about bug fix updates but I think it’s important to detail what’s going on this time.

I’m sorry if you’ve been affected by any of the bugs and I hope this release makes Yummy more usable again. Thank you to the users who submitted crash reports or emailed me with their thoughts or observations. As the App Store description notes: I can’t fix problems I don’t know about.

Yummy 3.0.1 is currently with Apple for review. It should be out soon.

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Preview: Yummy 3.0

Where to start with introducing Yummy 3.0? It’s pretty much a ground-up rewrite of our full-features Delicious and Pinboard.in client, designed with modern Apple hardware and the latest version of iOS in mind. That’s to say, it has all the features that you rely on but it works even better than before.

I’m generally of the opinion that you shouldn’t rewrite working software. However, Yummy 2 (“still the only Delicious.com client for iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to edit bookmarks”), released in January 2009, was designed for the original iPhone. The original iPhone had 128Mb memory and single, slow CPU core. Modern iPads have three fast, 64-bit cores, 2Gb of memory, Retina displays… there’s so little in common that it’s amazing that Yummy still works at all!

It became pretty much impossible to to migrate the architecture from this old world to the new one without rewriting the database, the sync engine and much of the UI. But those three things are the app. If those things change beyond recognition, there wouldn’t be much of the original left anyway.

Of course, there’s no point in just moving forward technically. There has to be something in it for people other than me. I think you’ll like what’s there.

The two big new features are multi-account support and full text support.

Previously Yummy worked with both Delicious and Pinboard, but not at the same time. Now you can be logged into many accounts at the same time, browsing and searching across all of them. (My concerns about adding this in the past — performance — are still present but with modern hardware the bar is so high that most people will never find it.)

In Yummy 2.x you could search your tags, bookmark titles or description, but you could search for the occurrence of a word in any of those three fields. Yummy 3.0 breaks that limit. It has “full text search,” meaning that it looks anywhere to find a match.

Of course, there’s lot more but I’ll leave some of those details for later.

Yummy 3 is nearly ready for release. It is feature complete with some finesse and bug fixing left before release. If you’d like to help, please let me know and I will add you to the beta testing list.

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ShareEverywhere 1.0.1

The first maintenance release of ShareEverywhere has been submitted to Apple for review. Hopefully it should be available in a few days.

There is one new feature that I would like to draw your attention to:

  • Add selected text in Safari to notes field of supported sharing services

If you’re in Safari and you select some text before you tap “Share,” when you try to share to services that support it, you’ll get the URL, the page title and the selected text.

Other changes include:

  • Show status message when successfully finish sharing
  • Performance improvements in getting webpage title when sharing from Safari
  • Other miscellaneous fixes and minor improvements

This version was almost ready to go the day before iOS 8 went live but Apple did not approve ShareEverywhere until shortly after the release. Since this version was going to miss the first users I figured I may as well wait a couple of days to see if any other serious problems were found (none have as far as I know).

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Rootn Tootn 2.0.2

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Rootn Tootn tutorial

A new version of Rootn Tootn is currently with Apple, waiting for review. Hopefully it will be available shortly.

Changes in this version fall into two main buckets:

  • A new tutorial when you first launch it
  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements

The first guides you thought some of the main features of Rootn Tootn and clears up a couple of misconceptions that people seem to have that I don’t believe can be fixed by changing the interface.

There are lots of other, small changes. The ones you might be able to see are as follows:

  • Can now edit event timers (broken in 2.0.1)
  • Use full resolution icon in the about box
  • Make duration in history view more legible
  • Display the amount of time a reminder has been active rather than just saying “active”
  • Ask for a name when creating a new reminder
  • Highlight the “settings” button when in Edit mode

As always, we hope you enjoy the update. Please add a review in iTunes if you like it!

 

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Yummy 2.7.9

Another minor update to Yummy should be on its way to the App Store very soon. It addresses a couple of crashing bugs that were introduced in the last release and restores the ability to save the state of the “edit bookmark” screen which got lost in the iOS 7 version. Restoring the edit screen doesn’t result in 100% fidelity but you shouldn’t lose any information. I recognise that this is not ideal but I am trying to dedicate most of my effort to Yummy 3.0, which is, pretty much, a ground-up rewrite.

The most common bug took me longer to track down than I would have liked and, typically, resulted in the change to a single line of code!

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CameraGPS 1.0.1

Before release I found a couple of minor bugs in CameraGPS — not enough to stop the release but enough that I wanted to fix them before many people managed to find them.

Hence: CameraGPS 1.0.1. It’s now available in the App Store. If you’ve not already bought a copy, what are you waiting for?

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Rootn Tootn 2.0.1

Rootn Tootn 2.0.1 has just hit the App Store and should be available to download. If you’ve not already downloaded a copy you should — it’s free!

There are a couple of very minor updates in this release:

  • Based on feedback from a lactation consultant, I have reduced the default reminder from four hours down to two
  • Various minor improvements to the look and feel of the app, including less dense icons and enhancements to the “photo blur” feature

Regarding the reminder, I should add that I have changed the App Store description slightly to make it clearer how the app was intended to be used.

As the risk of stating the obvious, Rootn Tootn is not designed as a substitute for paying attention to your child’s needs. The reminders should absolutely not be the only cue you use to decide whether or not to feed (or change a diaper/nappy, provide medication or whatever other reminders you set). I would expect that, in normal use, you would only occasionally see a reminder.