Archive for March, 2012

Big Bag of App Store Bugs

I’ve been meaning to write about some of the major problems that I have with the App Store, both the Mac and iOS varieties. But honestly, I don’t have a whole lot to add to what Wil Shipley and Craig Hockenberry have already said. Instead, I’ll link to the bugs I’ve written up, and encourage you to do the same.

I know there’s been a lot of pessimism about writing up Radars lately, including from yours truly. But the truth is filing bugs is the only official way Apple will listen, so the pragmatic side of me wins out. It’s not that I necessarily think filing bugs will cause a change, but it’s the only possible way of affecting changing that’s been given to me.

Fortunate Bear Acquires Pagehand, renames it Pagesmith

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I’ve acquired Pagehand from Ross Carter (a.k.a., and renamed it Pagesmith. Pagesmith is a unique word processor that focuses on writing and typography. You can check out the product page here for more details.

I’m particularly excited about this acquisition because Pagesmith is the first really “deep” app that I have. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with it, growing it into something even better. In addition, I really love the direction Ross started Pagesmith off in: a focus on creating beautiful documents through typography and an innovative, clutter free UI.

Anyway, you can read more about the transition in the press release. And don’t forget to give the free 30-day trial a go.

Illuminate 1.1 is out

Illuminate 1.1 is out now. It’s a small feature update including:

  • Support for cycling through tabs, although its currently limited to Safari tabs. As you’re cycling through windows, the tabs will appear beneath the windows.

  • A complete, in application help file explaining all the features Illuminate provides.

  • A new front end application to manage the preferences. This prevents the preferences window from getting lost behind all the other windows. It also now shows up in Illuminate itself.

It’s a free update for existing customers, US$9.99 for new customers. Version 1.1 is also the first version you can find in Apple’s Mac App Store. You can read the entire press release if you’d like.