While developing my last app I got the idea to add some sparkle to it. But since I’m not using cocos2d or some other framework I had to use the standard iOS classes CAEmitterLayer and CAEmitterCell to set-up my particle emitter. After a while I started to grow tired of the hassle of always tweaking the emitter the tiniest bit and then recompiling and running the app in the simulator.
In my new Mac App I have an image well where the user can drop images and – at a later time – export the whole project to code. I was rather surprised to find out that the
NSImageView does not (to my knowledge) save or communicate in any way the filename of the dropped file.
UPDATE: Eric Goldberg created a nice github repo with a high-contrast cursor and short and sweet instructions for this. You can skip this post and check out his repo. Thanks Eric!
Or you can read on… 😉
I always liked dark themes in my IDEs, but with XCode I almost had to switch to a lighter theme because I just did not see my mouse cursor anymore in the main text editor. A major annoyance having to move the cursor around for a while to spot its location!
Justin Williams, a fellow developer, has put together a quite nice and extensive list for Mac developers (and/or power users). The list ist huge and contains quite a few gems for developers. If you want to learn about new software and also some useful websites this is a nice start.
Justin also co-hosts the IRQ Conflict podcast, so he included some interesting audio soft- and hardware. I don’t plan on podcasting so that is not really that interesting to me at the moment, but if I ever were to start podcasting this would be my starting point to gather information.