Keep track of your web video feeds with Tapetrap

October 2013

If you’re anything like me, you spend quite some time reading, listening to and watching various things online. It would be impossible to organize all this information without the use of a few excellent apps, like Reeder for news and Instacast for podcasts.

Web videos are harder to manage. Despite popular believe, not everything is available on YouTube or Vimeo. In need of a dedicated tool to keep up with online videos, no matter where they’re hosted, I’ve made a brand new app!

Keep track of your web video feeds with Tapetrap

Tapetrap will give you instant access to your favorite webisodes, lets you know when a new item comes out and keeps track of which you’ve seen.

For me, this means I can watch VICE, Zero Punctuation, the AVGN, Conan’s Clueless Gamer, the Spoony Experiment, Gamekings, Christopher Walkenthrough, TED talks and Uitzending Gemist all in one app.

It’s been in development for the past month and, not too tease you too much, is working great! That said, it’s not done yet. I still want to polish a few features before putting out a public version. Until then, subscribe to the mailing list to stay up to date and help testing!

It's Danger Cove's birthday!

October 2013

I’m writing this from my studio in The Hague. It’s been quite an adventure from when Danger Cove started October first 2011. An expedition that delivered four released apps, one in progress (more on that in a future post) and a whole bunch of projects that looked cool at first, but now live in a folder called “shelved” ;).

Danger Cove turns two today! Porthole and AirVLC are 40% off to celebrate!

It feels awesome that Danger Cove apps are being used by more people than I could hope for. Thanks so much to the wonderful people that took the time to spread the word about them. I appreciate it a lot.

To celebrate, both Porthole and AirVLC are 40% off today! I assume you already got that from the header image though. The offer will end October 2nd at 12pm CET.

Update Porthole to restore Apple TV compatibility

September 2013

I just released Porthole v1.4.4 which restores compatibility with the Apple TV. Apple’s latest update for the little black device changed some AirPlay protocol related things that stopped quite a few third-party AirPlay audio apps to work. The update makes sure Porthole plays by the new rules.

Putting out a fix came sooner than expected, very much thanks to Jason from Industrious One who found the solution and Quentin over at Rogue Amoeba who mentioned Jason’s fix to be “very very simple”, which in turn pointed me in the right direction :).

Have a look at their websites and products, both make excellent apps! Especially if you’re into listening to music or work with audio.

To update to the latest version of Porthole, Check for Updates in-app or download the latest version.

Apple TV v6.0 update warning

September 2013

This issue has been resolved. Update Porthole to restore compatibility. Read the follow up for more details.

The latest Apple TV firmware (version 6.0) adds a new layer of mandatory encryption for audio playback that wasn’t required before. This currently prevents unofficial audio based AirPlay apps to work like they used to.

I’m looking into the issue and trying to figure out a solution, if there is one. This requires some research and it might take a while to find a way around the encryption.

The best thing to do at the moment, is to not update your Apple TV to the latest version if you want to stream to it using Porthole. To stay up to date, follow @getporthole on Twitter. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Note that Apple TV’s running 5.3 or below and other AirPlay speakers are unaffected.

Alfred 2 workflow for Reign

August 2013

Alfred 2 Workflow for Reigh

For those of you that are familiar with Alfred, you probably need no explanation as to why a workflow for Reign will come in pretty handy. Read on to learn what it does.

Download the Alfred 2 Workflow for Reign

Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips.

That’s what it says on Alfred’s website. It basically moves a lot of control to your keyboard, so you can keep your eyes on the task at hand. For Reign this means that you can remote control Spotify running on another Mac by simply entering simple commands, like reign n to skip a track or reign o to open the track that’s currently playing in your own Spotify client, so you can star or share it.

It reduces the need to visit the web interface and makes remote controlling Spotify even faster and easier!

Of course, like Reign, the workflow is open-source and free to share. Visit the GitHub project to contribute and read more about how it works. Or just download the workflow file to get started.

Reign is available on the Mac App Store, for free.