inessential by Brent Simmons

August 2019

NetNewsWire Public Beta

NetNewsWire for Mac icon: globe with a satellite in the foreground.

NetNewsWire has reached public beta! It only took like five years. :)

Our definition of beta is release candidate. With each beta release, we believe that the app is ready to ship. But we want to do further testing to make sure.

NetNewsWire has a Help Book up on the web now. It needs a couple more pages and some screenshots, but it’s pretty close to finished.

We’ve picked a ship date: Monday, August 26. If we find enough bugs, we won’t hit the ship date. That’s fine — but we’d really like to hit that date.

We’re working from the 5.0 Release milestone now. (The alpha and beta milestones have been closed.) You’ll note that most of what remains are bugs for the marketing site.

P.S. We’ve found a bug already with showing the unread count for the selected item. We’ll get it fixed, hopefully this week, and do another public beta release.

Three Podcast Episodes

In the latest episode of the Xcoders podcast

We recap the wonderful July meeting, Liz has a new blog, Jared launched his Scorebook update, and Jared previews his August talk on Xcode projects.

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In the latest episode of The Omni Show, I talk with folks on the OmniGraffle team about their latest update, which includes a bunch of significant performance enhancements.

Performance has been A Topic lately (as it always should be) — and, if you’re a developer, I highly recommend this episode to learn how a company like Omni does performance work.

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I’m the guest in the latest episode of Swift by Sundell. We talk about blogging, Apple’s Swift era, NetNewsWire, performance, and dynamic and declarative programming.

Swift by Sundell has become The Talk Show of Mac and iOS development. I recommend listening to all the episodes.