26 Jan

Michael Tsai – PDFpen and iCloud

It’s no longer possible to write a single app that takes advantage of the full range of Mac OS X features. Some APIs only work inside the Mac App Store. Others only work outside it. Presumably, this gap will widen as more new features are App Store–exclusive, while sandboxing places greater restrictions on what App Store apps are allowed to do.

via Michael Tsai – PDFpen and iCloud. My largest long-term fear of OSX is that Apple will slowly turn off the ability for applications to be useful without using the App Store and thus some Apps may just not exist anymore (SuperDuper is the easy example).

11 Jan

Signal vs. Noise – There is no place for just shitting all over other people’s work

That’s the byline for Read the fucking HIG, a blog that pretends to expose apps in the Mac App Store which violate Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines. Let’s talk about what it really is: a anonymous coward’s collection of flippant, vulgar, and vicious rants directed at the result of other people’s hard work.

Designers want to assert that they’re more than just window dressers. The design community is full of cries that clients don’t understand our UI designs are carefully crafted user experiences built by caring professionals who rely on their experience, taste, guidelines, research, and testing to champion the user.

But here we have a blog by someone who seems to care about good design making juvenile comments about how ugly these apps are—based only on screenshots. That’s right, “Read the fucking HIG” doesn’t even bother to download and use the apps (well, unless they’re free). A screenshot in the App Store is all that’s needed to determine what is utter shit unworthy of the Mac App Store, really, of existing at all.

via Signal vs. Noise – There is no place for just shitting all over other people’s work. That’s a really good point and one that parallels my point regarding political debates. Vitriol isn’t helpful, valid criticism is.

21 Mar

“HTML5” versus Flash: Animation Benchmarking – The Man in Blue

They all follow pretty much the same pattern: Flash on top, followed by Canvas, then HTML, then SVG; with the exception of Safari on OS X, where – at lower numbers of particles – the native browser technologies hold their own, but still degenerate in performance for higher numbers of particles.

via The Man in Blue > "HTML5" versus Flash: Animation Benchmarking. Flash vs browser native ways of rendering animations. Flash unfortunately still wins out.