TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – I heard a few weeks ago that it was extremely hot in Paris. It’s been unusually cool here. The highest temperature has been around 22 celsius (or 71.6 fahrenheit) for the past one week or two. It may be even cooler than Anchorage, Alaska. I haven’t seen a sunny afternoon for a while, though.
macOS gives software developers a great tool in storing and retrieving data. The SQLite library allows them to programmatically create a database. The question is how do they read the database that their app has created. FireSQLView 2 is an essential tool in reading the content of an SQLite database table. If you have a record with a field containing blob data and another with its data size, FireSQLView 2 even lets you see the data content as a picture. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – The CodeBlue series is the software title that I use most frequently. Unfortunately, the last release, CodeBlue 3, is bug-infested. One of the most serious bug is that it will be driven to crash after you list code snippet titles many times. And its within-code search isn’t so reliable. So I’ve decided to work on a major overhaul with CodeBlue. Finally, I submitted CodeBlue 4 to Mac App Store several minutes ago.
We live in a confusing world where there are many different programming languages to develop software. Even when you work with the same language for several years, things can change from time to time. Take Swift as a programming language for example. We have seen so many deprecated classes although it’s been around for just four years as of July, 2019. The way you deal with the NSKeyedArchiver and NSKeyedUnarchiver classes are different since iOS 11 was introduced. And Cocoa and UIKit don’t share all the same classes. So you probably want a bank system where you can keep track of your programming code snippets under different groups.
CodeBlue 4 (hereafter, CodeBlue) offers one of those centralized systems to which you can go back and find an important chunk of code you have written in the past. It is now more than six years old. And this major release is No. 4. It’s been designed such that you can classify code snippets into different groups.
If you have used CodeBlue before, there have been some changes since the last major release. For example, you can now run a search with up to three keywords in order to find what you are looking for. Secondly, you can highlight the title of an important code snippet with three different color levels to choose from. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – The other software title that I’m releasing with Late2Office Central at the same time is called Late2Office.
Late2Office is an iOS app that lets you use your device to submit an arrival delay notice to your office manager through your phone. In order to submit a notice to them, you must have your QR code issued by them. And they need a desktop counterpart (Late2Office Central) to issue QR codes. You have nothing to set up for on your side. Just get your QR code, scan it and get your profile created. And you will be all set.
In order for your office manager to receive arrival delay notices from their employees, they must have a Linux-based remote web server and install a dozen files. If you want to see the overall picture of how this app works together with its desktop counterpart, please talk to your office manager or refer to the user guide that comes with the desktop application. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – It’s been a long time since I released any software title for the last time. I guess it’s been more than six months. Anyway, I have dual releases as usual. One is for macOS, and the other is its iOS counterpart. The first one that I submitted to Mac App Store a while ago is called Late2Office Central.
Many people commute daily. Anything can happen on your way to work. If somebody drops their mobile phone on the train track, your train can delay, and you may end up arriving at your office late. If your child wakes up with a fever in the morning, you may have to take him or her to a hospital. Again, you may end up arriving at your office late.
Late2Office Central offers a set of tools so that you can use your linux-based remote web server to receive notices from your employees who are running late on their way to work. It works with its iOS counterpart (Late2Office) side by side so that your employees can submit your late arrival notices to you from their mobile devices. Launch the application, and you will see the number of late office arrival notices for the current calendar day. Use this application to communicate with your remote server and its MySQL database so that you can create a list of employees who are allowed to submit a notice. Use this application to communicate with your remote server and find out why a particular employee is late and where he or she currently is. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – We still have 10 more days left this month. I guess I have time enough to release a new software title. In fact, I submitted a new desktop application to Mac App Store several minutes ago. This new software submission is called Cut Extreme 2.
If you want to make a rectangular cutout of a picture, you can do so with Preview. What if you want to make a cutout with a complex shape (like a heart, a tree, a star…) other than a rectangle?
Cut Extreme 2 is an upgrade version of an existing desktop application titled CutAround Extreme, which was first introduced in June, 2015. These applications let you make a cutout out of a picture with a shape made by a bezier curve. This application is now free. Shape collections are available as in-app purchases.
After selecting a picture to work with, select a shape with a drop-down menu so that you can make a cutout as to how you make one out of a picture. Then use the combo box right below to set a size of a cutout. Finally, click on the cut button (looking like scissors) to make a cutout. All cutouts are saved in the list to the right. Continue reading