Notice of Reduced Software Support Hours – Aug 29, 2014

TOKYO (MacHouse) – We hereby announce that our software support hours will be reduced, starting on Aug 29, 2014. It’ll start at 02:00 AM (PST), 10:00 AM (London), 01:00 PM (Moscow), 06:00 PM (Tokyo), 07:00 PM (Sydney), 05:00 AM (New York), 06:00 AM (São Paulo). While software support hours are reduced, we will not be able to fix software and send updates to Mac App Store. Our reduced software support hours are expected to last till Wednesday, September 3rd.

It was almost one year ago from today that one of our machines experienced a terrible hardware issue. A defective video card was the cause, and Apple, Inc. fixed this 2011 iMac model with free of charge. But that wasn’t all. Apple hardware people told us that the internal CD drive and one of the audio speakers also malfunctioned and that the motherboard would have to be replaced. There was a sign that there was something wrong with this machine. There was a huge burn on the right-hand side of the display, exactly at the spot where the internal CD drive is located inside. And we were forced to buy a new machine.

iMac 27  

The picture above comes from that new machine we purchased on September 3rd, 2014. 2014? Really!? Yes, that’s not a mistake. It’s not even one year old. When I was developing Blinders, I saw noticeable burns on the lower side of the display. Not again… So we are going to send this machine to Apple, Inc before its one-year warranty wears out. It is only this machine that has a developer certificate, which is required to send software updates to Mac App Store.

Sadly, this isn’t the first Apple product that didn’t last for three years without a repair for us. Only one of our five hardware products from Apple has survived without a repair for more than three years.

What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing Gradiest for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Gradiest

TOKYO (MacHouse) – We suddenly came back at the beginning of this month after a short summer break. So far, we’ve released three software titles. And we submitted the 4th software title of the month to Mac App Store several hours ago.

Mac OS X software Gradiest   Mac OS X software Gradiest

Drawing the background pattern of an NSView or a UIView object with a uniform color is too simple. If you are developing OS X applications, you can use NSGradient. Or create a CGGradient object with the CGGradientCreateWithColorComponents function to realize color gradation for iOS applications. But how do we translate colors and their relative positions that we visually select with the mouse in the graphic user interface into Objective-C code? Gradiest offers a simple solution to creating color gradation maps and then translating corresponding color values and positions into lines of Objective-C code. You have an option of generating a mutable array (NSMutableArray) with color values and positions as dictionary keys (NSMutableDictionary) or generating float arrays that can be easily used with the CGGradientCreateWithColorComponents function to create a CGGradient object for iOS applications.   Continue reading

What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing Blinders for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Blinders

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Let’s say that you work for a company. Or there are several people coming by daily. What would you do if you have to leave your desk for several minutes?

  1. Just several minutes? I’ll leave my Mac as it is.
  2. I have some important stuff. So I’ll turn off the computer.
  3. I’ll put the computer to sleep.

Blinders will give you another option. It’s a desktop application that we submitted to Mac App Store a few hours ago.   Continue reading

What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing ePics for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software ePics

TOKYO (MacHouse) – As you probably know, Mac OS X gives you access to beautiful emoji symbols. Some of emoji pictures are quite cute. You can explore hundreds of them by choosing Edit > Special Characters over TextEdit.

ePics is a new desktop application that we submitted to Mac App Store several hours ago. It gives you access to more than 750 emoji symbols and lets you save them as image files. All emoji symbols are divided into seven groups. Explore seven toolbar buttons and pick emoji symbols you are interested in. Then double-click to store the selected one. You can save the currently-selected emoji symbol in the top storage box as an image file by just clicking on the Export toolbar button. You can also save emoji pictures in the storage box all a time by choosing Export All under File.   Continue reading

What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing Texture Series 1 for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Texture Series 1

TOKYO (MacHouse) – We’ve been absent for quite some time. It’s been almost a month since we sent our last software title to Mac App Store. Well, we all need a break from time to time. Anyway, we submitted a new software release to Mac App Store a few hours ago. This software submission is called Texture Series 1.

Texture Series 1 is a collection of high-resolution texture images, many of which are designed to look like satins, curtains and cloths. They are suitable for background images behind presentation slides. This collection comes with 64 6,480 px x 6,480 px royalty-free pictures with 180 dpi, which can be adjusted to 72, 96, 144 or 180 dpi. It’s quite easy to use. Choose a texture image to work with from the sidebar. And a larger picture (800 x 800 points) will appear at the center display. You can flip the selected texture image horizontally, vertically or both. Opening color adjustments panel, you can alter hue, saturation, contrast, exposure, gamma, sepia levels. What you see at the center display is a picture with a size of 800 x 800 points (not pixels). What you get is a picture with a size of 6,480 x 6,480 px. If you choose TIFF as an export format, a file size can be as large as 180 MB.   Continue reading