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WeatherMin Approved for the Mac App Store!


I’m happy to announce the availability of WeatherMin on the Mac App Store! Like most Mac developers who are bringing software to the App Store, this is somewhat of an experiment for me. The Mac App Store is still in its early stages, and although my hopes are high I have no way of telling what the payoff will be or what unexpected issues might come up. For all the downsides though, I want to do my best to reach all my potential customers. It’s clear the App Store is the best way to do this.

For the time being I will continue to distribute WeatherMin through my own FastSpring online store, as well as release free updates with Sparkle. This is certainly more work on my end, but I think it’s the only fair way to treat existing customers who have already purchased a license.

Oh, and as part of the App Store experiment, I’m also lowering the price of WeatherMin. You can get it now for $4.99, either on the Mac App Store or my own online store. Enjoy!

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WeatherMin 1.0 Released!


For the past few months I’ve been working on a side project which I’m happy to announce is finally complete. WeatherMin 1.0 is a simple application for Mac OS X 10.6 that displays the current weather conditions on your desktop. WeatherMin comes with five great looking themes, different notification options, and takes advantage of new technologies in Snow Leopard such as Core Location to automatically determine your current position.

To celebrate the launch I’m offering WeatherMin for 50% off, less than five bucks! Click here to buy, and enter the coupon code INTRO during checkout. This coupon is valid until June 24th, 2010.

There’s much to come in the future too. I already have several major improvements in mind, and with each release I’ll be adding new themes and additional features. Don’t hesitate to email me if there’s anything you’d like to see in the next version!

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Widget Manager 1.4


Those of you using Widget Manager with Snow Leopard have probably wondered if it would ever be updated for 64bit support, in order to keep System Preferences from relaunching in 32bit mode every time it’s started. If you have, version 1.4 is the release you’ve been waiting for. It adds 64bit support for full compatibility with both Mac OS 10.6 and 10.5 (Tiger users will want to keep the previous version).

I haven’t added new features to Widget Manager for a number of years, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still useful. In my mind it’s as close to complete as possible, and although Widgets aren’t exactly as hot as they were in the 10.4 days Widget Manager is still one of the first things I download whenever I reinstall Mac OS. Widget Manager is free, so give it a try if you haven’t used it yet!

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Coming soon: Runner’s Log 2.0


Those of you who are following me on Twitter have probably known about this for a while, but for everyone else I’d like to officially announce Runner’s Log 2.0, which I hope to release sometime later this year.

I’m very excited about this release. I’ve learned a lot of lessons since the first release of Runner’s Log, and I’m using this as an opportunity to fix some of the things I was never really satisfied with, as well as clean up and polish the entire UI. Best of all, I’m making some changes to the underlying data model that will both speed things up and allow for a lot of flexibility working with other applications and devices, including an iPhone companion app I’m planning.

If you’ve already bought Runner’s Log, good news; updates to version 2 will be free. If not, this really is the best time to purchase a license. Not only will you be supporting development, but you’ll be saving $5 since I plan to raise the price once 2.0 is released.

I’ll post screenshots and beta testing information as the release date draws near. In the meantime, please add your suggestions on the new Downtown Software House UserVoice feedback forum.


Terminalicious now open source


If anyone still remembers it, I’ve decided to retire¬†Terminalicious,¬†one of my very first applications released under Downtown Software House. Given my focus on other projects there hasn’t been time for any development for a while, and 10.5′s has made it a bit redundant anyhow (it was always sort of a niche application to begin with).

In case anyone might find it useful, I’ve released the code on GitHub. There’s some interesting stuff with customizing windows and NSTextField, but just keep in mind parts of the code are probably outdated by now. You can also find the latest binary there too if you’d like to give Terminalicious a try.

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Blog Update


After a brief stint with Tumblr, I’m moving things back to WordPress for the time being. With a little .htaccess luck the move should be pretty seamless, but I apologize in advance for anything I break!

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Runner’s Log 1.1.1


I just released another update to Runner’s Log this weekend, version 1.1.1. This release includes several important bug fixes as well as a few other small improvements. If you’ve had problems with the previous 1.1.0 release, give this a try!

Download the new version here, or read more about Runner’s Log.

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Runner’s Log 1.1.0 Released


Although it took a lot longer than I expected, I’m pleased to announce the release of Runner’s Log 1.1.0. This is the first major update to Runner’s Log, and includes a number of great new features and improvements. First and foremost is the ability to import Nike+ data from iPods, something users have been asking for a long time (and I’ve wanted myself)! Also included are assigning locations to workouts, visual improvements to the user interface, bug fixes and more.

You can download the update here, or view the change log here. 1.1.0 is a free update if you have a license; new users can purchase a license through PayPal for $19.95.

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Runner’s Log 1.1.0 Coming Soon!


It’s taken longer than I expected, but I’m pleased to say that the next version of Runner’s Log is coming very, very soon. I finished up the remaining new features this evening, and after a round of testing it should be ready to go.

I’m very excited about this release, as it includes many great new features I think a lot of people are going to love. Some are ideas I had wanted to do since the start, others were suggested by users, and few just came to me recently. Putting them together, I think they’re going to make Runner’s Log one of the very best applications in its category.

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Runner’s Log and OS X 10.5


UPDATE: All Leopard bugs have been fixed! Grab the new version of Runner’s Log here.

Just a heads-up for any Runner’s Log users planning on upgrading to Leopard. I’ve just begun testing, and it looks like there are a few unfortunate bugs that need to be resolved. I’ve started working on an update to fix these issues, which I hope will be ready early this week. The next major update to Runner’s Log, which includes several new features as well as bug fixes, will be fully compatible with OS X 10.5 as well as OS X 10.4.

I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused anyone!

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