I get so annoyed when I find myself using random websites 🤮 or all different apps 🤷🏻♂️ to do things like format JSON, test regex’s, encode/decode Base64, encode/decode URLs, or convert Unix time strings.
Here’s a great article on the surprising news that the next version of MacOS is going to be more fun-looking.
Or as Apple puts it:
Although the design language strongly encourages visual consistency, it doesn’t preclude judicious expressiveness.
That’s Apple’s way of saying you can be more fun now. 😆
Via iOS Dev Weekly.
I came across the phrase “Mac-assed Mac apps” 😆 in this short post about Proxyman. Proxyman is a “Modern and Delightful Web Debugging Proxy” for the Mac.
Proxyman looks like a really nice alternative to Charles Proxy, which is very functional but drearily cross-platform app for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Other examples are Mac-assed Mac apps are the Paw REST client as an alternative to the cumbersome Postman and Things as a true Mac-first app. And I’ll add Mail as an alternative to the crusty Outlook, which is slow to load and I just cannot use because it doesn’t support the standard Mac keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Clrt-A, Crtl-E).
What can I say, I just love these true Mac-assed Mac apps because they’re fun and easy to use. 🤷🏻♂️
Via iOS Dev Weekly.
I know people love Postman for a REST API client. And it’s a great tool, especially for automation and team collaboration.
But as a picky Mac user, I prefer Paw. Paw has a truly native Mac feel. The app is intuitive and beautiful, and it gives you a ton of amazing options for viewing REST responses. So just a shout out to a tool I really like. 😊
If you ever find yourself having to debug someone else’s code without access to their, uh, code, then this disassembler may be the tool for you.
Also, good luck and may the force be with you, friend. 😳🤯🤓
Hopper Disassembler, the reverse engineering tool that lets you disassemble, decompile and debug your application
Looks like you can decompile Linux and Mac code (include Swift), but not iOS.
I can’t even describe how amazing Garageband is. It’s lets you record almost anything. And it sounds good! And it’s free! And easy to use! And it has basically all the guitar amps and pedals in the world. And real professional musicians use it to record real music. And it works on the iPhone and iPad.
I just recored a punk-inspired version of Bruce Springsteen’s No Surrender with it. I sang (yikes!) and played two guitar tracks, Drums were compliments of Garageband. It took like half an hour. I mean, what the hell?!?!
Here is Steve Jobs introducing GarageBand in 2004. “Garageband is a major new pro music tool. But it’s for everyone.”
And here’s an interesting list of milestones for Garageband.
(Recommended by my bandmate Jim)
Staggeringly powerful OS X desktop automation with Lua. Making the runtime, funtime.
— Read on www.hammerspoon.org/
Recommended on MbW as a great way to customize your MacBook Pro touch bar!