Core Intuition

by Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece · · · · 13 subscribers

A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.

Manton finishes Dark Mode support for the Mac Micro.blog app. He and Daniel discuss the merits of supporting bleeding edge features, and the difficulty in gauging demand for features that people want but are not complaining about. They speculate about when Dark Mode will come to iOS, talk about the …
Manton's premature release of Micro.blog for Mac with Dark Mode enabled release spurs him to work on an official update that supports it. Duck Duck Go announces they are now using MapKit JS for their maps, reminding us that Apple offers a web-based mapping service. Finally, Daniel and Manton start …
Manton and Daniel talk briefly about Apple's revenue shortfall, and then more extensively about Apple's announced deals with Samsung and other television makers to bundle iTunes and AirPlay 2 functionality. They talk about the company's shift towards being a media conglomerate and how their so-called core values will be reflected …
Daniel and Manton greet the New Year with a vague sense of optimism, as Daniel moves closer to serious iOS development, and Manton remains confident and focused on Micro.blog. They talk about finding a balance between optimistic enthusiasm and realism about chance of failure. Finally, Daniel talks about his shifting …
Manton and Daniel discuss the expansion plans of Amazon, Apple, and Google, as they add office space in cities around the United States. Following up on last week's rundown of Riverfold Software's product lineup, Manton takes Daniel on a talk-through of his current lineup of apps.
Daniel regales Manton with tales of his latest "waste of time," as he spends days trying to put the finishing touches on a FastScripts feature 12 years in the making. They talk about the balance time invested in actual development vs. fighting to get code working in the context of …
Manton and Daniel respond to listener feedback about focusing more on marketing and self-promotion of our apps rather than ourselves, and compare the virtues of the two types of promotion. Daniel talks about his decision to do more public speaking, and promotional benefits of that. They talk about whether the …
Daniel and Manton talk about Panic's release of Transmit for the Mac App Store, and the gradual evolution of Apple's stance on sandboxing. Daniel talks about his dubious prioritization of quieting deprecation warnings. They both take stock of progress on MarsEdit 4 and Micro.blog around one year after their release. …
Manton reports back to Daniel about the first week after adding Mastodon integration to Micro.blog. They talk about the merit and necessity of spending time marketing after all the coding work we do. Daniel talks about his recent struggle implementing support for Google's OAuth2, and finally they talk about Apple's …
Daniel catches Manton up on his experience at Swift by Northwest, and about his positive outlook on public speaking after participating in the show. They talk about accepting their role as the increasingly "old guard" in a community that is always gaining new developers. Manton announces Mastodon integration for Micro.blog …
Manton and Daniel check in on the eve of Daniel's Swift by Northwest speaking engagement. They talk about the challenge of biting off topics for speaking, articles, books, etc., that sound good but turn out to be harder to pull off than expected. Manton catches us up on the challenges …
Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s recent blogging series on Dark Mode. They encourage each other not to get too bogged down worrying about the impact of doing the work we want, whether that's blogging, developing software, or whatever. Daniel frets lightly about his upcoming talk, and they compare notes …
Manton and Daniel talk about coming to terms with the challenge of juggling too many things, making our indie businesses more efficient, and the tough question of how to cut projects and commitments that are stealing time from the main focus. THey also touch on the challenge of taking criticism …
345 Episode 345: I Can Haz Blog? Sept. 29, 2018
macOS Mojave is out! Daniel an Manton talk about the ephemeral nature of App Store features, and the wisdom of not investing too much stock in being featured, or any other external recognition. They catch up on the state of the Mac App Store and wonder about the expected App …
344 Episode 344: No Time For Betas Sept. 21, 2018
Manton and Daniel follow-up on their scrutiny of Apple's new Watch-based EKG feature, and try to evaluate whether the hype surrounding it is warranted or not. Manton reports back after finally installing iOS 12, and Daniel talks about putting the finishing touches on MarsEdit 4.2 in time for macOS Mojave's …
343 Episode 343: I Am Now An Expert Sept. 13, 2018
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s September 2018 event, announcing the Apple Watch Series 4 and new iPhones. They compare notes about appreciating the new products but feeling relatively unpressured to upgrade. Finally, they talk about the incentives for developers to adopt new OS features and aim to release updates …
Manton and Daniel catch up after a couple weeks off. They talk about Manton's release of Sunlit 2.2, and return to inevitable complaints about App Store Review uncertainties. They compare notes on their mutual lack of interest in developing for Android, and the extent to which an unliked programming language …
Daniel and Manton follow up on RapidWeaver 8 shipping without Mac App Store support. Daniel talks about his recent work on FastScripts, and they talk about the sometimes surprising value of "less successful" apps. They react to Marco Arment's announcement that Overcast will support podcasts embedding a "payment" tag in …
Manton and Daniel react to sandboxes woes for RapidWeaver 8 on the Mac, and speculate about changes coming in Mojave that might have enticed Panic and Bare Bones to return to the Mac App Store. They talk about Twitter’s continued support for Alex Jones, and the resulting backlash that is …
Daniel and Manton react to Apple's latest earnings announcement, on the eve of the company reaching a $1 trillion valuation. They assess the company's rising services revenues, and how it relates to Apple's 30% App Store cut, and stingy pricing for consumer-facing cloud services. Daniel reports on his resumption of …