Apple released OS X version 10.10 yesterday. It’s a free update and I think most of you will want to upgrade as soon as you get the chance.
All Danger Cove apps have been tested and work beautifully with OS X Yosemite. So, don’t let Denied, Porthole, AirVLC, coucou or Reign hold you back and have fun checking out all new features Apple has added!
If you work on web projects in a team, you’re probably familiar with the situation where you want to quickly show your design or progress to a colleague, or test it on another computer. Usually this involves calling the person over or writing down/copying/emailing your IP address of the day.
Or you can use coucou + Safari and be done in a few seconds.
Safari has a special feature called “Bonjour bookmarks” that allows you to list all local web services your bookmarks bar, given that they are broadcasted using Bonjour. Coucou can help you with that last part. The broadcast menu in coucou lets you fire up custom services, like your Rails/MAMP/whatever project.
Start your web project
Start your web project
Like I said above, this will work with any type of local web server. Replace Rails with MAMP, Django or whatever you like, just remember to alter the port accordingly in the following step.
Broadcast your local web server
Launch coucou, enable the Broadcast option in the preferences and create a new service.
Choose the correct preset, or enter “_http._tcp.” and the port manually
Enable Bonjour bookmarks
Launch Safari and enable Bonjour bookmarks; they’re disabled per default.
You can enable Bonjour bookmarks on the Bookmarks tab
Don’t forget to display the bookmarks bar
Select your service from the menu
And that’s it. Click the menu item and it’ll load your website without copy-pasting, emailing or writing down your IP address!
Your web service should show up in the list
Curious about what else coucou can do? Check out this post about using coucou to discover network services.
If you’re a web developer you probably recognize that moment where you’re running a local development evironment with MAMP/XAMPP, Rails or Node.js and need to see your site on another computer, or show someone else what you’re working on. Maybe to do a cross-browser check, maybe just to show how awesome this latest design looks.
This usually involves copy-pasting of ip addresses, emailing and other such nonsense. With coucou this can be done in just a few simple clicks. Let me walk you through it.
First we need to enable broadcasting in the preferences pane.
Now follow these steps:
click the menu bar icon;
select Broadcast and click New Service…;
select one of the presets in the window that pops-up or create a service manually;
click publish and you’re set!
Add a new service
Your service is now visible for anyone using coucou, or any other Bonjour compatible app
You can unpublish the service by clicking the corresponding entry in the Broadcast menu.
Network devices can broadcast various services, so other devices can find them. You’ve probably used this feature before without knowing about it. When you start a Screen Sharing session or browse some files on a network your computer picked up on what other computers in your network were broadcasting.
While its already pretty easy to find these services in Finder, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could do this from your menu bar? Or connect to web servers, SSH, printers, see who’s in and even create your own services? That’s when you need coucou!
Coucou is out of your way but easy to reach
See who’s online and easily start Screen Sharing of File Sharing
Browse printers and open the web management page
Are you a web developer? Check out this post about using coucou to streamline local web development.