macOS Sierra Fixes Disk Utility’s Typos 

Forget Siri, iCloud and whatever has you excited about macOS Sierra. With this version of macOS, Apple has corrected the typos I found in Disk Utility.

The Erase Disk sheet used to read:

Erasing “DISK NAME” will destroy of all the data stored on it. Enter a name, choose a format.

The sheet now says:

Erasing “DISK NAME” will delete all data stored on it, and cannot be undone. Provide a name and format, and click Erase to proceed.

Disk Utility in Sierra

I think this language is a lot more clear. Well done, Disk Utility team.

Radar closed.

nvALT Updated to Support Sierra »

Everyone’s favorite text-editing, magic-making app has been updated for macOS Sierra. Here’s Brett Terpstra with some additional news:

In the meantime, we’re getting close to a BitWriter beta. This will be the replacement for nvALT, rewritten from the ground up and using modern code that will be easier to maintain moving forward. Keep your eyes peeled on this blog and Twitter, both @ttscoff and @nvALTApp will have beta signup and release news.

Even though I’m using Notes.app in place of a pile of Markdown documents, I keep nvALT around for a few specific things. I can’t wait to see BitWriter.

iOS 10 Adds macOS Server Account Setup »

Brian Stucki at MacStadium:

Apple released iOS 10 today. This update brings all sorts of upgrades and features. There is one particular that is quite useful if you are running a Mac server to host your mail, notes, calendars and other features in macOS Server.

In past versions of iOS, you can easily setup with services like iCloud, Exchange, and Yahoo. Logging in will let you activate all their services like calendar and mail. With iOS 10 you can do this same thing with macOS server. Thanks to The Brooks Review for finding this new option.

Very cool. While I’m using iCloud and Google Apps, it’s about time macOS Server customers have an easier time connecting to their server for these data types.

On App Store Business Models »

Underscore David Smith:

On November 8th it will have been eight years since my first app went live in the App Store. Back when I started I would have been gobsmacked to hear that eight years later I’d still be making my living solely from apps.

The App Store ecosystem today is wildly different from what it was back then. I launched my first app into a store of around 90k apps, today we have well over 2 million. Back then we didn’t have advertising networks, in-app purchases or subscriptions. You were free or paid, and if you wanted to make a living you pretty much had to be paid.

Today things are quite different.

As usual, David’s insight into these things is well thought out and well graphed.

Pastebot for Mac Public Beta »

Tapbots has a new project:

Pastebot is a versatile clipboard manager for your Mac that stores what you recently copied so you can quickly retrieve them later. Create custom pasteboards for frequently used clippings. Build powerful filters that you can apply as you paste.

While I’m using Alfred’s built-in clipboard manager, this looks very promising. I’ll be giving it a go.

Even with GPS on the Watch, I Won’t Be Leaving My iPhone Behind 

Rumor has it that the next Apple Watch will include a GPS chipset. Assumedly, this would allow apps like Map My Run, Strava and others to track walks, runs and bike rides without relying on the iPhone for location data. With Apple Watch 2, people could just go for a run and have complete stats about it afterwards, all with their iPhone safe and sound back home on the kitchen table.

I do a fair amount of bike riding, on and off of paved streets. I use my Apple Watch to keep tabs on things like speed or distance mid-ride without needing to dig my iPhone out of the back pocket of my jersey.

Having the Watch on bike rides is great, but I always keep my iPhone with me in case of emergency. If I or someone I’m with are in an accident, someone needs to be able to call 911. If I get lost, I need Maps. If I’m out later than I expected, my wife wants to see where I am via Find my Friends.

GPS on the Apple Watch doesn’t solve any of these use cases, but cellular data would. According to Mark Gurman, that’s not in the cards quite yet:

Apple Inc. has hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall boasting improvements to health tracking.

Assuming it doesn’t cost me another $30/month for service, I’d be very interested in having my Watch be able to talk to a cellular network when I go out for a ride. Until then, my iPhone will be tucked in my back pocket.

Remembering MECC »

This month in my column on iMore, I revisited MECC, the company behind some great software titles like Oregon Trail and Number Munchers:

My earliest memories of technology came from my first year of grade school: It was 1992, and our teacher had installed some variant of an Apple II in the classroom. The students were only able to use it a few times, but each time I got to put a disk in the machine, I was able to escape to another world.

A world in which I was traveling west in a wagon, attempting to avoid dying of dysentery.

Instapaper Sold to Pinterest »

From the Instapaper blog:

Today, we’re excited to announce that Instapaper is joining Pinterest. In the three years since betaworks acquired Instapaper from Marco Arment, we’ve completely rewritten our backend, overhauled our mobile and web clients, improved parsing and search, and introduced tons of great features like highlights, text-to-speech, and speed reading to the product.

All of these features and developments revolved around the core mission of Instapaper, which is allowing our users to discover, save, and experience interesting web content. In that respect, there is a lot of overlap between Pinterest and Instapaper. Joining Pinterest provides us with the additional resources and experience necessary to achieve that shared mission on a much larger scale.

Unlike almost everyone else my age, I’m not super familiar with Pinterest, but I hope this is a good thing for my favorite read-it-later service.

Note App Vesper Shuttered »

Brent Simmons, announcing the end of Vesper:

Sync will be turned off Aug. 30 at 8pm Pacific. We’ll destroy all the data, and neither we nor anyone else will be able to recover it.

The app will be removed from the App Store on Sep. 15. Until then, starting now, it’s free — since you can’t create new sync accounts, and it wouldn’t be fair to charge new users if they can’t sync.

Props to Q Branch for putting time into a dying app to make it possible to export user data. Too many apps and services don’t get that part right.

I’m sad — but not shocked — to see the lights going off at Vesper HQ. It’s a beautiful app, but it existed in a crowded market that was turned upside down with the overhaul Notes.app got last year.

Feed Hawk »

I use Unread coupled to Feedbin to read RSS items on my iPhone and iPad.

As great as Unread is, it can’t be used to add a subscription to my Feedbin account. If I come across a website that I want to add to my RSS feeds, I have to log in to Feedbin to do so.

Feed Hawk is a new app that makes this easy. It sits in the share sheet and can be used to find and subscribe to a site’s RSS feed from right within Safari. It works with a bunch of services: BazQux Reader, Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, FeedHQ, Inoreader, Minimal Reader, NewsBlur, or The Old Reader.

I like iOS apps that patch a hole in my workflow, and Feed Hawk fits that bill.