Glow for updates

October 2013

Everybody knows software updates. A window pops up to notify you an update is available, you accept and a few seconds later you have new features (and less bugs, hopefully).

Automatic software updates are great and generally make everybody’s lives better. As a developer I can be sure most of my customers are using the latest version. As a user you press a single button to update, instead of going to the website, downloading a new package and overwriting the previous version.

All Danger Cove apps (except the ones on the App Store) use Sparkle for automatic updates. Sparkle checks a feed every day and lets you know when a new version is available. Getting that feed online is what I want to talk about today.

Previously I manually edited these feeds and manually wrote the release notes in a text editor. Knowing that I have to look up version numbers, file sizes and sign the update (for security, nobody should be able to release an update in my name). This can take some time.

That’s why I’ve made Glow and if you’re a software developer, it might come in handy for you as well. That’s why I’ve released it on GitHub. Here’s my description of it.

Glow is a tool that generates Sparkle-compatible Appcast update feeds and html release notes for your Mac projects. It’s not a full blown, database driven, multiple project supporting, update releasing laser canon. Rather it’s a clean, easy to use script that will automate 90% of releasing updates to your users.

The GitHub page contains a very detailed walkthrough on how to get started.

Automating the process of creating these updates leaves more time to work on fixing bugs and adding cool new features. Also, I might have some more time to style those release notes :).

Mavericks

October 2013

Apple released OS X version 10.9 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 with OS X Mavericks. So, don’t let Porthole, AirVLC, coucou or Reign hold you back and have fun checking out all new features Apple’s added!

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.