Archive for February, 2012
Apple has updated the OSX with a new Developer Preview called “Mountain Lion”. They appear to be merging iOS technologies with OSX and making the whole Apple experience consistent across all devices.
One of those technologies is Messages. Which essentially replaces iChat. Well, not really replaces, just renames it and updates it’s version number. When I open the Messages.app contents, the app’s binary is still called iChat.
What they have done here, though, is continue the iChat multi-protocol support of AIM, GTalk, Yahoo and Jabber and also coupled it with the iMessage capability that iPhone has as of iOS 5. Allowing for cross-device communication without the need of texting services.
I can now essentially message the wife from my computer and she will get it on her phone. Much easier as I am developing and I get a text from her on my computer rather than my phone.
It also updates all the devices with the conversation that has taken place.
There is still a few bugs to work out. One is that iMessage on the iOS does not handle multiple contact information for one person. It will sometimes create a new message view on the iOS with the same name. I’m hoping Apple corrects this flaw and makes the Messages app on iOS smarter in combining those views into one view.
But thus far, it has replaced my Adium app on my MacBook.
Always nice to have a large inventory of icons for your iOS development. The folks over at WebDesignShock have a very nice set for free to download. This isn’t some rinky-dink 10 icons. This is a large set of 600 icons both in 40×40 and 30×30.
In what appears to be the final straw in my attempts to help my 9yr old daughter to have an iPhone app she thought up make it into the AppStore, Apple rejected it once again.
My next entry into the AppStore will be TopDBag’s iPhone companion app which will allow you to take a picture, upload to TopDBag.com and have that person rated accordingly. Although this app is not very useful, it does have more features than No!.