inessential by Brent Simmons

Apps I’ve Made

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

NetNewsWire is a free and open source RSS reader for Mac. (An iOS app is in progress.)

Rainier is also a free and open source Mac app — but it’s in very early stages, not even close to shipping. It’s a scripting and database environment inspired by UserLand Frontier.

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. :)