What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing AllNews 3 for iOS

iOS Swift iPhone app AllNews 3

TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – Released at the same time is the iOS counterpart of AllNews 3 Desktop called AllNews 3.

AllNews 3 is an iOS app that is designed to let you read news from RSS news sources from around the world. It is an iOS counterpart of a desktop application titled AllNews Desktop 3, which has been released at the same time. We’ve managed to design this app such that it has as many features as the desktop counterpart has though a few are missing. And the iOS version has something that the desktop counterpart doesn’t have – the device orientation support. The former supports both the portrait and landscape orientations. So you can run news vertically or horizontally whichever suits you.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing AllNews Desktop 3 for macOS

Mac application AllNews Desktop 3

TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – I’m not enjoying this summer at all. I can’t stand scorching temperatures. It’s quite difficult for me to step outside and go grocery-shopping when I know that I need to get some food.

Anyway, I’ve been working hard lately. And I have double software releases to report to you. One of the software title that I submitted to Mac App Store several minutes ago is called AllNews Desktop 3.

AllNews Desktop 3 (hereafter, AllNews) is the 3rd installment of an RSS news reader. Released at the same time is the iOS counterpart called AllNews 3. AllNews lets you read horizontally-scrolling lines of news from multiple sources around the world simultaneously. No, AllNews does the scrolling for you. You just sit relaxed and read news from multiple sources with your hands free.   Continue reading

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing FireSQLView 2 for macOS

Mac application FireSQLView 2

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

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing CodeBlue 4 for macOS

Mac application CodeBlue 4

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

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What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Late2Office for iOS

iOS Swift iPhone app Late2Office

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

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