Broadcast your web project to Safari

April 2013

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

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.

Add 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.

Enable Bonjour bookmarks

You can enable Bonjour bookmarks on the Bookmarks tab

Show bookmarks bar

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!

Select your service

Your web service should show up in the list

Video

Curious about what else coucou can do? Check out this post about using coucou to discover network services.

Available on the Mac App Store

Coucou is now available

April 2013

Coucou

A little tool that helps us do our jobs more easily. No need to remember/copy-paste ip addresses, just use coucou to connect to your network services.

Are you a web developer? Check out this post about using coucou to streamline local web development.

Available on the Mac App Store

Coucou for web developers

March 2013

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.

Enable broadcasting

Enable broadcasting

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

Add a new service

Find a custom 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.

Available on the Mac App Store

Coucou for easy network access

March 2013

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 sits in your menu bar

Coucou is out of your way but easy to reach

See who's online

See who’s online and easily start Screen Sharing of File Sharing

Browse printers

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.

Available on the Mac App Store

AirTube is now available

February 2013

“How often do you watch Web Videos on sites like YouTube, Vimeo or TED? Wouldn’t it be awesome to just play those videos on your Apple TV and continue using your Mac?”, asking ourselves this question is how we came up with AirTube.

AirTube is now available

We wanted to make an app that would allow you to stream all those MP4 videos you can find on the web today to your Apple TV. Without needing to go into Apple TV apps or getting your iPhone/iPad, but just from your browser on your Mac. It’s so nice to just be able to play that long talk on Vimeo or TED on your Apple TV, by dragging the link onto AirTube.

The link parsing is done by a project called quvi. The Apple TV only works with MP4 streams, so not every site supported by quvi will work with AirTube. We’ve tested them and added a list of sites that work out of the box here.

The app is now available for a reduced (beta) price!