New MemoryMiner Icon

December 4th, 2007

MemoryMiner 1.7 was just released this week, and with it comes a brand new icon created by iconfactory. Trying to convey the essence of an application using such a small canvas is incredibly difficult, and I think they did a great job:

As a bonus, my Grandfather is now famous!

MemoryMiner for Windows Released!

November 19th, 2007

It’s been a long and very winding road, but MemoryMiner for Windows is now shipping! Hoorah! As you may know, there is a strong long term vision for a MemoryMiner platform. We’ve had great success with the Mac version, and from the first time we ever showed it to the public people have asked for a Windows version.

Ladies and Gentlemen, at long last, here it is:

The landing page has everything you need: captioned screen grabs, download links (to get it with or without .NET), screen movies, a nice description of what it does, and most importantly, a “Buy Now” button with a nice introductory price of $30.

Being that Thanksgiving is upon us I must thank Nicolas (our resident annoying Frenchmen) for the amazing job he did. Creating powerful, elegant software is an enormous challenge, and I think we’re off to an incredible start. Thanks also to “Jake Blues” (aka Hapgood) for all he did to shephard this release along.

Off to Chapel Hill with wife and child. Crooks Corner, Dips, Barbecue Joint and Allen and Sons here we come!

MemoryMiner for Leopard

October 24th, 2007

MemoryMiner v. 1.65 has now just been released. This version is fully compatible with OS X “Leopard,” including support for the new “Quick Look” feature in the Finder. But this is just the beginning. Leopard, and specifically Core Animation brings some amazing possibilities for radically better ways to interact with “streams” of people, places and time.

You’ll see some killer new features in MemoryMiner that are made possilbe with Leopard, version 1.65 is merely the first step. I’m particularly pleased that next week, we can actually solicit feedback from the “general public” for the stuff we’re working on that will become MemoryMiner 2.0, which is targeted for Macworld in January.

iMedia Standalone Browser Now Available

October 16th, 2007

Last summer, I was interviewed in a Brazilian magazine about why I like developing for the Mac platform, and one of the principal reasons I gave is the helpfulness of the community of Mac developers. I mentioned that you could look in the credits of nearly any indie software and see mentions of the various open source code that were used. One of the very best freely available frameworks is called iMedia Browser: it lets you visually browse the contents of your “iLife” media colleciton (i.e. movies, photos, music, bookmarks, etc.) then drag and drop media files virtually anywwhere.

As you can imagine, for an application like MemoryMiner, such functionality is critical. For many other excellent applicitons, this is the case as well. Today, the good folks at Karelia (makers of the awesome SandVox web site creation app) have released a standalone version of the media browser which is available free of charge. How cool is that?

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this project, it really is a stunning example of why the Mac developer community is so strong. Remember that a stong developer community means great apps, which in turn makes using a Mac so much fun.

Ode to Joy: Riding a Bike to Work

October 3rd, 2007

Last month, I started doing my development work in a “co-working” facility called the “Hat Factory”, which is located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. To get there, I ride my bike, and I can’t say enough what a positive impact it has on my day. Aside from the great exercise, I particularly enjoy the smells: wild fennel (by a construction site), beer (Anchor Steam Brewery), grilled meats (a place on 24th called the “Mexicatessen”), and the like. Now there’s an idea for a Google Mashup: “Food Smells of San Francisco.”

Why should you care? A happy start to my day makes for better application development, particulary now that I’m pretty deep into Core Animation, which is surely the coolest part of the upcoming release of OS X “Leopard.”

MemoryMiner & PulpMotion

August 29th, 2007

MemoryMiner 1.6 went out the door today, and I’m really happy. The most exciting thing is the tight intergration with PulpMotion, the awesome video animation software from Aquafadas. I first met them at Macworld this past January. We had instant rapport since it was so obvious how complimentary our apps are. Things got busy for both of us, and we didn’t get started until WWDC back in June. I created a prototype plugin and tester application that demonstrated how to read MemoryMiner libraries, browse by People and Place, and how to get at all the annotations available for a photo. Matthieu went back to France, I went to Italy and we corresponded a bit.

In the last month or so, things really started cooking. When I first got my hands on the Slide Flyover theme and applied it to some of the oldest photos in my collection I fell in love. It’s simply amazing what you can see in a photo when you can intelligently pan and zoom around the people in the photo, especially when you have appropriate labels and tasteful soft focus around the rest of the photo. I showed it at the BMUG meeting, and the crowd loved it.

I’ll be working on creating a new screen movie and a sample or two in the next few days.

Back to the grindstone.

PS For a look at what’s new in v 1.6 have a look at the AppCast here:

Showing at BMUG West

August 23rd, 2007

Finally back in Sunny San Francisco. The Pie (aka my son Ernest) insists on waking up at 4 AM and going to “work” (meaning drawing, singing along to his farvorite Italian CD’s, etc.). Eventually he’ll get settled in this time zone.

Meanwhile, work continues on MemoryMiner 1.6, which I’ll be demoing this coming Monday, August 27th at BMUG West in the lovely San Francisco Exploratorium. If you’re in town, you should definitely come down. Since WWDC, some really great work has been done to make PulpMotion and MemoryMiner work together.

Where have I been?

August 14th, 2007

It’s been nearly two months since making a single post. Any good excuses? How ’bout that I’ve been in Italy since June 19th. Yup, down on the farm in Sanfatucchio (near Castiglione del Lago) where my wife’s dad had a small cattle farm. Sadly, he passed way in March, and the farm, with cattle, will be passed on to a recovery community that was started on some adjacent land a few years back. They do amazing work, and we were deeply touched by the stories we were told of the people living and working there.

Aside from my duties as dad (now “babbo” since my son refuses to speak a word of English to me), I’ve managed to get a fair amount of work done, not the least of which has been laying the foundation for the next release of MemoryMiner. Over the last few days I’ve scanned over 500 old photos, and going through the process has gotten my creative juices flowing again in a big way.

I got to spend a few days with Nicolas in Nice: we created some nice screen movies for the Windows version (yup it’s real, and it’s frickin’ awesome). We also made some silly videos, one of which I uploaded to YouTube. I believe it’s made it into in the top 10 least-viewed videos.

At any rate, tomorrow it will be time to play the “three planes, 6 suitcases, and a 3 1/2 year old in need of amusement” game. Can’t wait.

More posts when I return stateside.

PS Another good excuse for the lack of posts: no ADSL connection was available out here in the country. My main internet access has been through a 3G cell phone using the brilliant, (though rather pricey) “launch2net” software. The good: near broadband speeds for only 9 Euro a month, the bad: only 50 MB of data transfer before you pay through the nose.

PPS Proof that my wife doesn’t love me: not once was I allowed to purchase this undoubtedly fantastic frozen pizza:

Photo of amazing but true frozen pizza for sale in Italy

MemoryMiner 1.52 Out The Door

June 7th, 2007

No rest for the weary. MemoryMiner 1.52 has just been uploaded as a disk image, and made avaialable via the Sparkle AppCast mechanism that’s been built into the application for some time. Many thanks to Olivia for helping track down a problem with importing from iPhoto libraries whos photos are stored outside the iPhoto Library folder. Huge thanks as well to Cyril and Ronald for help with fixing the French localization, and to Fernando for help with the Spanish localization.

Full details are avaialable from this RSS feed:

Maintaining all these localizations is no small task, as I’ve written about several times. I have to say though, that I’m thrilled that people in the comunity have been willing to help with this.

Next week, is Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference here in “sunny” (Ha!) San Francisco. Can’t wait to reconnect with colleagues, and see what goodness Apple has to offer (iPhone SDK, please please please).

New machine

May 30th, 2007

My new MacBook Pro arrived yesterday, just in a nick of time, given the sickly sound of my old PowerMac G4’s hard drive. I do have to say that that the setup and file transfer from the old machine was absolutely seamless. Apple really gets user experience, but we all know that: my whole world tranferred from one machine to another in about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, I put my new machine to good use today fixing a disconcerting crasher bug brought to my attention by a user on Friday. It really means a lot when users take the time to send in throrough bug reports. Many thanks to Olivia, and thank you Dan Wood for having posted the code some time ago that I used to solve the problem.

Look for a new release, version 1.52, in the next few days.