I have been having some issues with Messages in the Cloud on my Macs — both show less texts and iMessages than my iPhone and iPad. I guess I could go through Apple Support but their software solutions usually are to log out and log back in to iCloud or to start fresh (seriously). Instead, I spent a few hours pruning old conversations, which I didn’t need anymore. This still didn’t solve the issue of the multi-year threads that I have with my wife — I have three of those on my iOS devices and only one on my Macs. Since Messages only loads a page or two of messages at a time and requires the user to constantly scroll up to load older messages, its close to impossible to get to the beginning of the thread anyway (I don’t have the patience to scroll-wait-scroll for hours). This led me to the decision to just export our message history as a
I just had to install Python 3 on both Macs and the whole process had some issues, so this is what I had to do to get everything running correctly:
- I assume you already have Homebrew installed; if not then follow the instructions here and then run the following commands…
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/Frameworks
sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/*if using bash or
sudo chown -R (whoami) /usr/local/*for fish
brew install python3
brew link python3
The guys behind 1Blocker for iOS and macOS are launching 1Blocker X tomorrow, with support for many more rules by combining several content blockers into one app — this rewrite took them 6 months, which is why I completely understand their need to make back their investment. Salavat Khanov wrote up all the new features of 1Blocker X on their blog — it’s an interesting read — and now that I finally understand how it works under the hood, I’m upgrading tomorrow, when the app goes live. You can pre-order it today though…
Version 12 was released yesterday and Bare Bones Software published info on how to upgrade, depending on which version you’re on — you can find it here. It’s probably easiest to just upgrade when they ask you to — completely worth it in my opinion. They also published a complete change log:
BBEdit 12.0 contains many new features, enhancements, and refinements to existing features. It also includes fixes for reported issues. This document describes changes in BBEdit since the previous update (11.6.8).
BBEdit also has a wonderful manual which is totally worth reading. It’s probably the first software manual that I have read in my life.
Ulysses for Mac and iOS embraced the subscription model yesterday — Marcus Fehn detailed everything on their blog, while Max Seelemann explained the reasons behind the decision on Medium.
1Password is what it is today because we all love working here and have fun helping our customers. We are completely self-funded, independent, have turned down all offers from venture capitalists, and our board of directors consists entirely of people who work on 1Password and help customers directly each and every day.
I love indies who make it work, without outside help. That is what we’re doing with our publishing business, and it’s not easy.
Apple announced its 2017 Design Award winners a few days ago and I was quite surprised — I try to keep up with the best apps and games, but I was completely unaware about some of them. Oh well — time to go spend some money.
★ Blackbox – iPhone – $0.00 →
★ Splitter Critters – iOS – $2.99 →
★ Mushroom 11 – iOS – $4.99 →
★ Old Man’s Journey – iOS – $4.99 →
★ Severed – iOS – $2.99 →
★ Lake – iOS – $0.00 →
★ Bear – iOS – $0.00 →
★ Bear – Mac – $0.00 →
★ Kitchen Stories – iOS – $0.00 →
★ Things 3 – iPhone – $9.99 →
★ Things 3 – iPad – $19.99 →
★ Things 3 – Mac – $49.99 →
★ Elk – iOS – $0.00 →
★ Enlight – iOS – $3.99 →
★ AirMail 3 – iOS – $4.99 →
★ AirMail 3 – Mac – $9.99 →
Cultured Code has finally released Things 3 for iOS and macOS — the next edition, rewritten from the ground up, of one of the most popular GTD systems for iPhone, iPad and Mac. I have been using it for the past day or so, hence I cannot make any solid statements at this point in time, but I was a long-time Things 1.0 user, right up until my tasks overwhelmed me and it was easier to delete the app than to actually complete everything that I had jotted down in it. I’m hoping that this time I’ll make it work — Cultured Code really seems to have the UI down pat and while not perfect, it fits my needs. I do have a few niggles that I will address in the future, but nothing truly major. Having said that, Things 3 is not cheap, but they do have a launch sale going currently — each app is 20% cheaper and there are a few days left to pull the trigger. I can’t say that I’m a fan of their pricing methods (I would prefer a single, universal iOS app, even if it cost more), but if you need a well thought out GTD system for a single user, give Things a try (there’s a trial of the Mac version of the app).
Vanilla for Mac is a small utility, which enables you to hide your unused or unwanted menu bar icons. Basic functionality is free, but you can unlock a Pro version, which includes the ability to automatically launch the app upon login, completely remove icons from the menu bar, and automatic icon hiding after 5 seconds.