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Re: Flipr out

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Posted by santos.john:

Rainer Brockerhoff wrote:

Some time ago I published Flipr source code:
Rainer Brockerhoff wrote:

…a category on NSWindow to flip from some window to another window.

I’m not sure how many people adopted it, but the nice Karelia folks are using it in the upcoming iMedia browser. A few days ago they asked me to look into a “hesitation” effect which could be seen in the first frames of the animation in certain circumstances, and it’s now fixed… so if you used it somewhere, download it again (and tell me).

Hey webmaster, i adopted it. Thx.

Re: Quay vs. 10.5.2

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Just after I posted here a week ago disaster struck, by way of a pulled muscle in my lower back – courtesy of 4.5 hours in a non-reclining airplane seat.

While nothing irreversible seems to have happened, during this week I was unable to stand, sit, lie down, work, sleep and so forth for longer than a few minutes; too few to count as useful for any given activity. The pain is finally starting to recede and hopefully will allow some work over the weekend.

I have quite a lot of preliminary work and testing done on Quay 1.1. I can’t give any details yet, of course, but the changes purported to be in Mac OS X 10.5.2 will, at the same time, make things easier in some areas and harder in others.

During the week I’ve also had time to think about installation and deployment, and decided on a new approach to those. Not surprisingly it will need Yet Another Complete Recode™. Still, I’m confident that it’ll be a better user experience. Details over the weekend (I hope).

Quay vs. 10.5.2

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Just saw these screenshots about upcoming changes in 10.5.2.

I haven’t finished downloading the developer’s seed for 10.5.2 yet, and even if I had, I couldn’t confirm or deny anything about it because of NDA’s; I just want to say that the upcoming Quay 1.1 release will have several new capabilities. So if you, gentle reader, registered Quay, don’t worry; the upgrade will be at no cost, and your investment is safe.

Expect news about this sometime between Christmas and the new year; it takes several days to do final testing, and polish installation, documentation and so forth.


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We’re back. I finally caught up with all 1200+ emails, support requests, and whatnot. Expect pictures soon, and a progress report.

Fast status update.

A couple of recent documentation and sample code releases by Apple have finally offered me the opportunity to implement a significant portion of everybody’s wishlist for Quay. In particular, I now have code running that does an exact imitation of the Tiger clicking behavior – open on left-click, pop up menu on right-click – with the option of inverting it. Early tests of allowing dragging files onto the Quay icons also are positive. Several other frequent requests from users are also being implemented, and I have some significant new functionality waiting in the wings, so to speak.

So what’s the downside, and when will it come out?

The past week has seen a sudden peak in non-related problems that had to be solved offline; also my ADSL connection has been hit by some instability. I haven’t been able to log onto AIM with any reliability, and I’ve even had to resort to dial-up now and then. No idea when this will normalize; if it’s due to the seriously unstable weather, it could go on for months.

In addition, I’ve had to return to do work, whenever at all possible, on my Objective-C 2.0 book which is now behind schedule. I’m grateful to my Gentle Editor for not emitting any too-drastical threats, but I agree with him that I need to seriously catch up. In addition to all these considerations we’re way overdue for a trip; there’s been no opportunity for any significant travel this year, and now we’ll be finally off this coming Sunday.

It’s going to be a short working vacation though: a week-long Amazon Cruise on the Iberostar. And I’ll be taking my old iBook G3 to work on the book… as usual I expect to make excellent progress. We’ve been to the Amazon twice before, so we won’t feel obliged to do all the excursions.

Coming back to Quay. The new schemes implied yet another significant recoding effort. Most everything has changed, including installation procedures. So I’ll be extra-careful with testing after I return, and I hope to have the new version ready around Christmas.

During my trip I’ll probably be offline most of the time, too – (it’s the Amazon, remember?) – so please be patient if you e-mail me.

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