TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – Without a lot of introduction, let me announce that I just submitted a new desktop application to Mac App Store several minutes ago. This new submission is called Textician.
Textician is a simple desktop application that lets you turn a text string into an image with gradient colors. You have access to a built-in library of 140+ gradient color styles. All you have to do is (1) to enter a string in the input field, (2) to select a font family from a drop-down menu, (3) to select a gradient color style. Additionally, you have an option of applying or not applying the outer glow effect to the text image. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – I use the SQLite database to store every bit of user-defined information like window positions & sizes, checkbox status, the default open-folder & save-folder paths. So it’s very important for me to make sure that an application under development is writing to its database files. Although I have a desktop application called FireSQL 3, I don’t really need to edit database tables. All I need is something that allows me to view the database table content. And I keep using an old application called ViewSQL Pro. Although Mac App Store got rid of it a few years ago, it’s still robust enough to run under Sierra. Well, this ViewSQL guy is almost 7 years old! It’s time for a regime change. So what I need is something similar to FireSQL 3 that just lets me view the content of the SQLite database table. Voila! I submitted a new desktop application to Mac App Store. This new release is called FireSQLView.
FireSQLView works with an unencrypted SQLite multi-table database file and lets you view the content of a table you select. It reads pragma info on the database table you select. So you can of course see the data type of each table field. The most important feature of this application is the ability to view blob data as a picture. You must have a field with data sizes corresponding to a blob field, though. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – For the past several years, I’ve switched from one software development platform to another. I’ve written code in PHP, Visual Basic .Net, Objective-C and Swift. Switching from one development platform to another can be quite confusing, at least, to me. Maybe, I’m too old for that. It’s very important for me to store code snippets under different categories so that I can find and then retrieve them quickly whenever I need them. That’s why I’ve developed CodeBlue.
It’s been more than four years since I introduced the first version of CodeBlue. The first major overhaul was made about sixteen months. Yet, it still requires a major overhaul because it can act strangely under macOS 10.12 Sierra. More specifically, IKImageBrowser does not appear to work properly when one tries to create a code group. Well, finally… It was a long road because I dealt with a memory leak for a week. I submitted the second major overhaul to Mac App Store several minutes ago. The application name is of course CodeBlue 3. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – There is no question that emoji symbols that Apple offers for macOS and iOS users are far more beautiful than those available for Android, Windows and other systems. If you have ever seen any of emoji symbols designed by Microsoft, you probably agree that they are terribly ugly.
If you love emoji symbols, you may want to use them as pictures except that there is no easy way of converting them into image files. Yes, I have a desktop application called ePics for this purpose. Unfortunately, ePics won’t run properly under macOS 10.12 Sierra. So I spent the last several days developing an upgrade to ePics. An application that I submitted to Mac App Store several minutes ago is called Emoji de Picture 2.
Emoji de Picture 2 is a direct successor of an existing desktop application called ePics. Emoji de Picture 2 lets you convert emoji symbols you select into image files. You have access to all emoji symbols that are available under macOS 10.12.5. Emoji de Picture 2 supports skin tones. All you have to do is click on a skin tone button, and all emoji symbols that support skin tones will have the skin tone altered accordingly. Continue reading
TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – Scrapboard is kind of a unique desktop application. The main application window acts as a scrap album where you have an infinite number of pages. And you can post pictures and notes. It’s two years and a half old. So it’s now been updated. Writing completely from a scratch in Swift, I submitted it to Mac App Store several minutes ago.
The idea surrounding this application comes from sticky notes and kid pictures on a refrigerator. The difference between your refrigerator and this application is that you can have an unlimited number of pages with this application. You can post 10 pictures on Page 1, another 12 pictures on Page 2. Maybe, post several text notes on Page 3 and on and on. You can move these posts anywhere around the board. It’s not just a picture that you can post on the board. You can also create a map post with one or more annotation pins. Or create a schedule post with a calendar so that you can get reminded of an event that is going to take place in the near future. Continue reading