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Sir Ive Puts His Foot Down

Jony Ives

Apple’s “new” Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Sir Jonathan Ive took on the additional role of also being of in charge of the iOS Alu.. Alumino.. Chrome when Scott Forstall moved into an advisory position.

In the latest update to the Podcasts.app I believe we are seeing the first hint of the fresh breeze that Jony is bringing to Apple’s app design.

The unword that definitely plagued Apple in 2012 was Skeuomophism. It means to make something look like it has different physical properties than it really would have. Like the Gamecenter app showing green felt when touching it really feels like touching glass to me.

Other examples include leather-bound digital calendars, the style of the Find my Friends app and a few more attempts to make iOS look more valuable by including expensive materials or craftsmanship.

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DTXMLRPC for Posting to WordPress

On Fridays I like to do something fresh. Today I wrote an XML-RPC framework. The reason for doing that is that I love Amy Worrall’s QuickRadar.

Since I am trying my best to file good bug reports I spend much time on them. Being economically minded I like to reuse the same content I produce as much as possible. So when I file a Radar with QuickRadar I post to Apple’s bug report, to OpenRadar, share the link on App.net and on Twitter. What was missing in my opinion was to also get the text of the bug report into a new WordPress blog post.

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Using Custom Fonts with DTCoreText

Friend of DTCoreText Holger was having problems getting DTCoreText to use the bold font face of his custom font.

I want to take this opportunity to explain what the root cause for Holger’s problem was and what you need to know if you’re using custom fonts with DTCoreText.

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Parts Store Spring Cleaning

We received an overhaul of our WordPress template today which allows for a better shopping experience if you buy components on our Parts Store. The new system allows us for showing the price calculation and also lets us show an arbitrary number of options.

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Localization Unit Test

It happens to the best: you add new features to an app localized in several languages. You are not the lazy type that names the NSLocalizedString key’s the same as the English-language strings. Instead you name the keys semantically, like DOWNLOAD_ALERT_MSG.

Then when it comes to shipping you send the client a note that there are some new strings and assume that he will be able to find out which are new and need to be translated. Which he would if he was using a tool like Linguan. Which he is not, because you might have forgotten to recommend it to him, or if he’s extremely unlucky then he’s a Windows user.

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Radar: Update Ruby shipped with OS X

Using QuickRadar decreased my barrier of pain for filing Radars to a level that I find myself also filing way more benign ones like …

Filed as rdar://13450321 and on Open Radar. Please dupe it if you agree.

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Linguan 1.1.3

This is a very minor bugfix release for Linguan to fix one issue and possibly address a second one.

Changes

  • Fixed Problem with Filter Scope
  • Addressed an Issue that might prevent some users from closing the Preferences Windows

The second problem was reported by two users but so far we have been unable to reproduce it. If you are a developer and too find that you cannot close the preferences window we need your help! Please e-mail us so that we can arrange for inspecting the problem on your machine.

Update March 28: Approved after 10 days.

Podcast #43 – “Week of Tools”

David Mendels and Oliver Drobnik follow up on previous weeks topic “Women in Tech” and then discuss great new tools for developers.

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Apple’s ASN.1 OID Names

For the DTCertificateViewer component that I am presently working on I needed to have a list of all known OIDs. Those are the tags (Object Identifiers) that identify the meaning of information encoded in CER/DER/ASN.1 files.

For example OID 2.5.4.6 means “Country Name”. I was able to glean a few dozen such identifiers from looking at a variety of certificates, but I couldn’t find a complete – and localized – list of those names anywhere online. Also Apple has registered a boatload of their own OIDs like “1.2.840.113635.100.6.1.2” = “Apple Developer Certificate (Development)”.

Since I’m building this component for use on iOS and Mac it became clear that I needed to go straight to the horse’s mouth to get my strings. In this article I am going to explain how I got my list of OIDs, in all 30 languages that OS X is localized in.

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Radar: Provide Warnings if App Might Crash on Devices with Previous iOS Version

On more than one occasion I’ve been stumped by some new functionality from a newer iOS version crashing when used on an older iOS device. You know, the kind of problem that you’re supposed to catch yourself with a NSStringFromClass or respondsToSelector.

The recently released Deploymate app scans your Xcode projects for such problems and flags them. This proves that such an analysis is possible and can be implemented. The developer of Deploymate confided that he hesitated to release for a long while since he feared that Apple might put exactly this functionality into Xcode. But they never did, so he created the app.

This Radar is my documented suggestion to Apple to finally add such functionality into Xcode. Worst case they should acquire the technology employed by Deploymate and add that. But I am quite certain that LLVM’s analysis capabilities should be able to put to this use as well.

Filed as rdar://13436964 and on OpenRadar.

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