inessential by Brent Simmons

Apps I’ve Made

I’m working on two open source projects — Mac apps — that aren’t shipping yet:

NetNewsWire 5.0, a feed reader, is much closer to shipping than Rainier. I started NetNewsWire in 2002, and worked on it until 2011 when Black Pixel acquired it. It came back to me in August 2018.

The Past

MarsEdit (2004, Ranchero Software) is now at Red Sweater.

TapLynx (2009, NewsGator) was acquired by Push IO, which is now at Oracle. It has been discontinued.

Glassboard (2011, Sepia Labs), a group messaging app, was acquired by Second Gear, but has since been turned off.

Vesper (2013, Q Branch), a note-taking app, was written with Dave Wiskus and John Gruber. Vesper has been made open source and released on GitHub.

Distant Past

I worked on UserLand Frontier 1996-2002.

Before that — 1995-1996 — I released software that worked with WebSTAR: SpotLight, DenyAgent, and something else (I can’t remember its name). SpotLight sold about 10 copies; DenyAgent and that something else sold zero copies. But they shipped. :)