TweetFollow Us on Twitter

January 92 - MADA Meets at Macworld SF

MADA Meets at Macworld SF

James Plamondon

Over a hundred ardent MacAppers gathered at Moscone Center for the annual Macworld San Francisco meeting of MADA. This turnout was a major achievement, considering the wild Macworld parties we had to skip in order to be there.

Instead, we all loyally turned out to hear Tom Chavez describe the current state of MacApp 3, which is doing very well indeed. Although Tom suffered a few digs from the audience about some bugs in TBehavior, everyone basically agreed that MacApp 3 was getting quite stable, usable, and shippable. In fact, there was so much consensus on this issue, that we just moved on to the next presentation.

Gary Campbell of Tandem Computers demonstrated his MacApp 3 program, MacOffender. Gary wrote MacOffender, a network-management package, as a guerrilla project at Tandem. It was unsanctioned, and at times even actively opposed, by his management. But when it was done, they fell all over themselves praising it and making money off of it.

MacApp for Windows?

I, wearing my Microsoft Windows 3.1 T-shirt, cast myself in the lion's den with a brief presentation on why Apple should produce a version of MacApp for Windows.

Simply put, if there were a MacApp for Windows, then you could tell your boss "Look, I am writing the Windows version; I'm just doing it on a Macintosh." Just the announcement that Apple was seriously committed to producing a Windows version in a reasonable time frame would give the use of MacApp a lot more momentum.

With that as a lead-in, up came Steve Weyl, Apple's Chief Honcho of Development Tools, to discuss "MacApp's Role in Apple's Future." That role is, first of all, big. Apple will be doubling its investment in MacApp in 1992. Despite some muted grumblings that even two pennies a year was not enough, the audience greeted this announcement enthusiastically (especially the members of the MacApp Team, who suggested doubling their salaries as a good first step).

Steve went on to say that Apple's goal for its developer base was "total customer satisfaction." This satisfaction was to be achieved, in part, by improving Apple's developer technical support. That got a big round of applause! He gave no details; I assume he just plans to give out the MacDTS squad's home phone numbers.

Another means to achieving "total customer satisfaction," according to Steve, will be Apple's "commitment to an independent industry organization." "Hmm…," we all said, looking around at our fellow MADA members, "I wonder what independent industry organization he means?" After puzzling over that for a few seconds, we gave up (our heads hurt) and returned to Steve's presentation.

And a good thing, too, because then Steve dropped the bombshell: MacApp would be taken cross-platform! And he didn't mean Quadras, either! He gave no dates, no specs, no promises he could later fail to deliver, but he just darn near chanted "Windows, Windows, Windows." It was sight to see. I got all choked up. So did some other guys near me. (Actually, I found out later, the thought of programming for Windows was making them gag. Oh, well.)

IcePick and Object Master

On that note, Steve wound down his presentation, and Chris Arbogast took the podium to demonstrate IcePick. This MacApp development tool from Exis edits views, and nothing but views-but it edits them very well. Using direct manipulation throughout, one can stretch 'em, shrink 'em, re-order 'em, rearrange 'em, and generally make them sing and dance. IcePick has "gone final" and is shipping now. Call MADA at (206) 252-6946 and order a copy. It even works with Object Master!

And indeed, when Chris was done, Loïc Vandereyken of Acius fired up a demonstration of Object Master that, as usual, got more converts than a Billy Graham Crusade. Object Master is simply the very best environment in which to develop MacApp software today. Its browser/editor is unparalleled; its graphical class tree is a joy to see and use; its use of Apple Events is the best demonstration of their power I've seen (no, I'm not getting paid to say this). It integrates smoothly with Jasik's Debugger and Incremental Build System (IBS). Object Master can be ordered directly from Acius; call 408-252-4444.

MADA Conference, February BAMADA

Don't forget the upcoming MADA Conference in Orlando, from February 24th to 28th. Time's running out-don't delay if you want to get affordable advance air fares. Also, the next Bamada meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13th, from 7pm to 9pm in the Mountain View Room of Apple's City Center Four building, on the corner of De Anza and Steven's Creek Boulevards.
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Cocktail 11.0.1 - General maintenance an...
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get... Read more
Path Finder 7.6.1 - Powerful, award-winn...
Path Finder makes you a master of file management. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard... Read more
Slack 2.8.2 - Collaborative communicatio...
Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams. Version 2.8.2: A small release containing nothing but another Electron... Read more
Smultron 10.0.2 - Easy-to-use, powerful...
Smultron 10 is an elegant and powerful text editor that is easy to use. You can use Smultron 10 to create or edit any text document. Everything from a web page, a note or a script to any single piece... Read more
Capto 1.2.5 - $29.99
Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for... Read more
ScreenFlow 7.1.1 - Create screen recordi...
ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your... Read more
Xcode 9.0.1 - Integrated development env...
Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing... Read more
TotalFinder 1.10.2 - Adds tabs, hotkeys,...
TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them. Features... Read more
Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.170 - Plug-in...
Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.... Read more
VirtualBox 5.1.30 - x86 virtualization s...
VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers... Read more

Be the last person standing in Legacy of...
Yoozoo Games’ popular action MMO Legacy of Discord is getting a huge new update to celebrate its first anniversary. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of an exciting survival mode titled Last Guardian. This new survival mode will pit you... | Read more »
Home Street guide - how to make friends...
From the creators of Food Street comes Home Street, a new simulation game that tasks you with building a social network and designing a beautiful home. It's a bit like The Sims, but you won't have to worry about the daily chores involved (feeding,... | Read more »
Color Ballz guide - how to bounce to the...
Color Ballz is an addictive new arcade title from Ketchapp Studios. It takes old school mechanics from games like Brickles and puts a fun twist on it. Your job? To catch balls with a paddle and send them back into a chute to be carried back to... | Read more »
Q&A: A-33 Studio explains why Combat...
When it comes to mobile FPS, it’s often tricky to get the fundamentals right on a platform lacking a physical controller, large display and hefty RAM. With Combat Squad: Project Wednesday, A-33 Studio bravely took on the challenge of making a... | Read more »
Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter guide - ti...
Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter launched this week to players all over the world. It's a beautiful mobile MMORPG that blends elements of Eastern and Western fantasy. It reminds us of a mix between World of Warcraft and Jade Empire. MMO's can have a... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
Phew. It has been a week, but now it's time to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy some brand new mobile games. It was a bit of slow week, but there's still plenty of new titles to add to your collection. Here are four of our favorites. [Read... | Read more »
Yoink - Improved Drag and Drop (Product...
Yoink - Improved Drag and Drop 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Productivity Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Yoink for iPad and iPhone lets you easily and quickly store items you drag, copy or share, for later use... | Read more »
Cottage Garden (Games)
Cottage Garden 1.11 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.11 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Into the Dead 2 guide - how to survive t...
Into the Dead 2 is an endless gunner, of sorts, with a lot of grit and satisfying gunplay behind it. The game looks amazing, and tells an effective story to boot. Plus, it has some quality voice acting behind it to really bring the story to life... | Read more »
Smash Up - The Card Game (Games)
Smash Up - The Card Game 1.0.7 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.7 (iTunes) Description: ***“It’s a goofy theme with fun art and high replayability, but beneath that veneer of casual play is a great... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

13″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $120 off M...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $120 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook... Read more
15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off M...
B&H Photo has 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2249, $150... Read more
Roundup of Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs,...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2017 21″ and 27″ iMacs available starting at $1019 and ranging up to $350 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free... Read more
Sale! 27″ 3.8GHz 5K iMac for $2098, save $201...
Amazon has the 27″ 3.8GHz 5K iMac (MNED2LL/A) on sale today for $2098 including free shipping. Their price is $201 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model (Apple’s $1949... Read more
Sale! 10″ Apple WiFi iPad Pros for up to $100...
B&H Photo has 10.5″ WiFi iPad Pros in stock today and on sale for $50-$100 off MSRP. Each iPad includes free shipping, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 10.5″ 64GB iPad Pro: $... Read more
Apple iMacs on sale for up to $130 off MSRP w...
B&H Photo has 21-inch and 27-inch iMacs in stock and on sale for up to $130 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $2179 $... Read more
2017 3.5GHz 6-Core Mac Pro on sale for $2799,...
B&H Photo has the 2017 3.5GHz 6-Core Mac Pro (MD878LL/A) on sale today for $2799 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only . Their price is $200 off MSRP. Read more
12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook on sale for $11...
Amazon has the 2017 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free: 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray MacBook: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP Read more
Bare Bones Software Releases macOS High Sierr...
Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 12.0, a significant upgrade to its professional strength text and code editor. BBEdit 12 introduces a new foundation... Read more
Yale Announces Availability of Apple HomeKit-...
Yale Locks & Hardware has announced that Apple HomeKit support for its Assure Lock family is available this month. The new Yale iM1 Network Module, which provides support for the Apple Home app... Read more

Jobs Board

Lead *Apple* Solution Consultant - Apple In...
…develop a team of diverse partner employees focusing on excellence to deliver the Apple story. Even when you're not present, you will maintain a consistent influence Read more
watchOS Frameworks Engineering Manager, *App...
Job Summary Join the team that is shaping the future of software development for Apple Watch! Apple is looking for an exceptional software engineering leader to Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Farmin...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.