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  • The Mac Pro design's G4 ancestry ↦
    by Jason Snell on June 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Stephen Hackett hauled out his G4 Cube to show the similarities and differences between the design of vents on the Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR and two G4-era models:

    While the design from the outside is very similar to the Mac Pro, to my eye, it is not quite the same. The new machines uses hemispherical cuts, while the design on the Cube is created by two overlapping flat components. There are no fancy hemispherical cuts here.

    [Read on Six Colors.]


  • (Podcast) Upgrade #250: Building a Home Screen Together
    by Jason Snell on June 17, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    After a brief commentary about Twitterrific 6 and the difficult world of App Store pricing, we kick off the The Upgrade Summer of Fun by building the official Upgrade iPhone home screen. 28 apps will be picked! Four will win coveted spaces in the dock! Rules will be invented on the fly! Also, we explain what a draft is.


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    by Six Colors Sponsor on June 17, 2019 at 12:33 pm

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  • Twitterrific 6: My favorite Twitter app just got better
    by Jason Snell on June 14, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    New Twitterrific 6 features include new color themes, user-editable custom themes, a new display font option, and better presentation of inline media.

    The Iconfactory’s Twitterrific is my go-to Twitter client and has been for years. Version 6 of the Twitterrific iOS app launched this week, and I’ve been testing it for months now. While Twitterrific’s approach to Twitter is not for everyone—I always hear from the legion of Tweetbot fans every time I write about Twitter apps—it works perfectly with how I use Twitter and I’d be on Twitter a lot less if it ever went away.

    The new version adds a bunch of clever features, some of which I use a lot, some of which will appeal to people who are not me. Videos and GIFs can now play (silently) in timelines, a feature that I immediately turned off. In general, Twitterrific displays images and videos better inline, showing them at their native aspect ratios and including both media and quoted tweets together for the first time.

    At last I can select the proper GIF from within the compose window.

    This version adds support for Giphy, the search engine for animated GIFs, which makes Twitterrific a much better meme-propagation tool. I use Giphy a lot in Slack and it’s fun to be able to pluck an appropriate GIF without ever leaving Twitterrific’s composition window.

    Twitterrific’s color scheme has also gotten an overhaul. Rather than offering just dark, light, and pure-black themes, Twitterrific now has three different light themes and five dark themes to choose from. Even more impressive is support for theme customization: You can build your own color themes and drop them in a Twitterrific sub-folder in iCloud Drive and they’ll automatically sync and appear in the app. Color themes are plain-text files in Property List (plist) format. Even better, the files are directly compatible with the theme files you can build in the Mac version of Twitterrific 1.

    I was able to export my desktop Twitterrific theme, change its name from “Desktop.plist” to “Desktop.twitterrifictheme”, drag it into the Night folder, and then switch to it on my iPad and iPhone, syncing up my color scheme across all my devices. (Turns out my Mac theme looks terrible on iOS—I’ve got some work to do there.)

    This new version ships for free with banner ads and occasional interruptions to request that […]

  • Reading between the lines of Apple's WWDC announcements (Macworld)
    by Dan Moren on June 14, 2019 at 5:10 am

    There’s only so much information one can digest in a single sitting. Even a week after Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference wrapped up, we’re still sifting through the details of the company’s announcements. And that’s before the deluge of users even installing the public beta.

    But beyond just the features that Apple has included (or hasn’t) in the next versions of its software platforms, there’s also a lot to glean from these announcements about the company’s future plans. In some cases they’re obvious; in others, you just need to read between the lines a little bit. As I pored over Apple’s website, I noticed a few things that made me think about what the folks in Cupertino might have in store.

    Continue reading on Macworld...