Farrago: Robust, rapid-fire soundboards
Rogue Amoeba introduced a new app recently called Farrago. I'm giving it a shot right now --- if it fits my use cases I'll be writing it up in more detail. For now, I'll say: it's a soundboard app geared toward broadcasters (or podcasters) with a slick keyboard-navigable interface, extensive customization, and a complete organization toolset including sound banks and sequenced lists with sounds and notes for planning out shows.
soundeffects  audio  podcasting 
10 days ago
Rogue Amoeba | SoundSource: A Superior Sound Control
I had totally missed this utility from Rogue Amoeba, but I'm using it daily now. It replaces the Volume control in your menu bar with a panel that allows easy individual control of devices/volumes for Input, Output, and Sound Effects. It also has a Play-Thru feature that lets you easily monitor any input source from any output source. Lastly, if you own any other Rogue Amoeba product (Airfoil, Audio Hijack, Fission, etc.) you get a [complimentary license](https://rogueamoeba.com/store/deals/ComplimentarySoundSource.php).
macos  audio  volume  mac  utility 
10 days ago
Findings - All Your Research, In One App
I'm linking this for now because the dev asked me to review it and I don't feel qualified but it looks amazing. A lab notebook: organize experiments, track results, and manage protocols. Free for Mac (Basic version), iOS and Watch.

If you happen to be a researcher and interested in doing a guest review, please let me know!
app  macos  notes  ios  research 
10 days ago
Visual Studio Code - Code Editing. Redefined
I'll probably be writing more about this, and maybe everyone already knew this, but Visual Studio Code is a free code editor from Microsoft that is so good it's on the verge of replacing Sublime for me. If you're under the same impression I was --- confusing VS Code with VS IDE and assuming it wasn't for you --- shed the misconceptions and give it a try. It's awesome. For Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows (listed in that order on the website, Windows last, which I find interesting).
code  editor  textediting 
10 days ago
mvdan/sh: A shell parser, formatter and interpreter (POSIX/Bash/mksh)
A handy shell parser, formatter and interpreter. Includes `shfmt`, a great tool for beautifying bash scripts.
bash  beautifier 
10 days ago
Another great toolbox addition for web designers. Animista offers a place where you can play with and customize ready-to-use CSS animations, with code ready to download and incorporate into your project.
animation  CSS  generator  webapp 
29 days ago
I'll admit it, I'm not great with designing gradients. This free, curated collection of 180 linear gradients is a welcome addition to my toolbox. Download them in CSS3, Photoshop and Sketch formats.
design  color  gradient  CSS  webdesign  sketchapp 
29 days ago
AppLaunchpad Mockup Generator
A free web app for generating high res product mockups for apps. All iOS devices (including iPhone X and Apple Watch), iMac, Macbook, and even Windows machines. Puts your app screenshot in context easily (and for free). ([AppLaunchPad's tool for generating iOS App Store screenshots](https://theapplaunchpad.com/) is pretty sweet-looking, too.)
appstore  mockup  design 
29 days ago
uzairfarooq/arrive: Watch for DOM elements creation and removal
A handy javascript wrapper for Mutation Observer, used to detect the arrival (or removal) of DOM elements without polling.
javascript  mutationobserver 
4 weeks ago
Amazon.com: TrackR pixel - Bluetooth Tracking Device. Item Tracker. Phone Finder. iOS/Android Compatible - White: Electronics
Amazon.com: TrackR pixel - Bluetooth Tracking Device. Item Tracker. Phone Finder. iOS/Android Compatible - White: Electronics
6 weeks ago
Canon imageCLASS LBP7110Cw Color Laser Printer | Staples
Shop Canon imageCLASS LBP7110Cw Color Laser Printer at Staples. Choose from our wide selection of Canon imageCLASS LBP7110Cw Color Laser Printer and get fast & free shipping on select orders.
6 weeks ago
MarsEdit 4 - Powerful web publishing from your Mac.
After a few years of quiet updates, MarsEdit gets a full version bump. If you don't remember, it's a desktop blog editing application (macOS) that works with WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Movable Type, and many other systems.
9 weeks ago
ColorHelper - Packages - Package Control
One of my new favorite Sublime Text packages. "ColorHelper makes work with colors easier by providing inline color previews in your documents (ST3 build 3118+) and offers tooltips with color previews of stylesheet colors, provides color translation, and allows the storing and accessing of favorite colors in color palettes."
sublime  SublimeText 
9 weeks ago
This might be one of my favorite things of the year. You're not alone in your imposter syndrome.
impostersyndrome  opensource 
9 weeks ago
VoodooPad acquired by Primate Labs
VoodooPad has been switched owners again, this time to Primate Labs. Here's hoping that there's a renewed push on development, I'd love to get back into it.
9 weeks ago
Sustainable Software: A User Perspective
Via Luís Queirós: "Thinking about software and humans. Free and utilitarian or expensive and pleasing?"
development  software  from twitter_favs
10 weeks ago
TLDR pages
Community-driven man pages similar to [bropages](http://bropages.org/). Concise usage examples for unix commands.
manpage  unix 
10 weeks ago
An Open Source Etiquette Guidebook | CSS-Tricks
I wholeheartedly endorse the guidelines that Kent C. Dodds and Sarah Drasner lay out in this post. From "Saying thank you for the project before making an inquiry about a new feature or filing a bug is usually appreciated" to "Don’t close a PR from an active contributor and reimplement the same thing yourself," this is a concise compendium of rules everyone involved in open source should take to heart. (And yes, I've been guilty of some of these in the past and have seen the fallout, so my agreement with them has been earned through experience.)
10 weeks ago
I study liars. I’ve never seen one like President Trump.
I don't usually include politics in the roundups, but this opinion piece covers a topic in our current "situation" that I've found morbidly fascinating. The rate and maliciousness with which Trump lies is historic. Not just for a president, but for a human. The internet makes it possible, but it also makes speedy fact-checking easier. So, break even? Not really.
trump  politics 
10 weeks ago
Shirt Pocket Watch - Snapshot Surprise!
I've gone from "hoo boy, will SuperDuper still work the same with APFS" to "oh man, this is way better." Time machine-like backups with history image restore, plus your bootable clone drive can boot to multiple historical snapshots... awesome.
superduper  filesystem  mac  clone  apfs 
10 weeks ago
Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam
I've been enjoying the simiplicity of "Hey Siri, what song is this," and I think that Apple going ahead and outright acquiring Shazam is a prudent business move.
music  siri  shazam  apple 
10 weeks ago
How to use sudo with Touch ID on your Mac
Cabel Sasser tweeted a tip for enabling MacBook Pro touch bar touch ID for sudo commands. Serenity Caldwell explains it in detail on iMore.
touchbar  Terminal  security 
november 2017
Neal Preston: Exhilarated and Exhausted
Legendary rock tour photographer Neal Preston's coffee table book. "I want the reader at the end of this book to feel like they've just spent a year on the road with Zeppelin with one day off, then six months with Guns 'n' Roses, with one day off and then five years with Bruce Springsteen. Exhilarated and exhausted." -Neal Preston

I haven't bought this, _yet_, but it's on my wish list.
book  music  rockandroll 
november 2017
Tetra - Automatic Call Notes
An AI-based notetaker for phone calls. You can tag a spot in the conversation as a marker, and get a summary of the call afterward. I would love to figure out a way to do this with podcasting, getting show notes and markers delivered to me automatically...
productivity  podcasting  ios 
november 2017
Datasette: instantly create and publish an API for your SQLite databases
A tool for creating and publishing JSON APIs for SQLite databases, instantly creating a url-based interface for accessing (but not writing) your data via JSON(o) calls.
api  sqlite  json  developer 
november 2017
BeatMaker 3 - INTUA
INTUA - State of the art music apps
ipad  ios  music 
november 2017
Insight.io GitHub code browser
I've long used the [OctoTree Chrome extension](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/octotree/bkhaagjahfmjljalopjnoealnfndnagc) for browsing GitHub with a full tree view of the folders and files. Insight.io adds some full-fledged IDE features to this. Code navigation, find references to classes and methods, definition lookup, and more. ([Also see my other favorite Chrome extensions](http://brettterpstra.com/2017/07/14/web-excursions-for-july-14-2017-chrome-edition/))
firefox  chrome  github  extension 
november 2017
Bescor LED-95DK2 Dual LED Light Kit LED-95DK2 B&H Photo Video
Buy Bescor LED-95DK2 Dual LED Light Kit features Dual 105W LED Lights, Dimmable. Review Bescor LED Lights, LED
led  photography  videography  lighting 
october 2017
Steadicam Volt - Handheld Gyroscopic Smartphone Stabilizer Motorized Gimbal | Tiffen
Steadicam Volt 3-axis gimbal gyroscopic smartphone stabilizer, video stabilizing system designed to reduce shake for shooting Android and iPhone video. The Volt is the first Steadicam handheld gyroscopic camera stabilizer and the most popular of our handheld 3 axis gimbals. Steadicam motorized handheld gyro stabilized 3 axis gimbal technology. Steadicam Volt for steady handheld gyro stabilizer video with a smartphone. Latest Steadicam for shooting steady iphone video with our motorized handheld gyro camera stabilizer. This gyro stabilized camera mount works even when the batteries die, so whether using gyrographic stability or manually using the Steadicam 3 axis gimbal you're in good hands. The Volt, Steadicam's handheld camera gyro stabilizer has an motorized gimbal that also works manually so even when the batteries run out the Volt is still balanced so you can continue getting stable smartphone video on the go. That's why the Steadicam Volt is the rapidly becoming one of the most sought after Android and iPhone stabilizers on the market today. Steadicam's Volt is one of those must have Android and iPhone accessories for shooting stable video. The Volt is a handheld electronically balanced gimbal great for shooting stable iphone 7 video. Handheld smartphone video stabilizer 3 axis video gimbal techniques. Gyroscopic stability in a handheld electronic gimbal stabilizer. Steadicam Volt glatten handkamera 3-Achsen Gimbal Smartphone Stabilisator Gyro für iPhone und Android. Elektronischer stabilisator kardanring, kamera schütteln reduzieren.
october 2017
Touché - Touch bar for everyone
In case you missed it back when the Touch Bar was first introduced, Daniel Jalkut has a great tool for emulating it on your Mac. It works well with High Sierra and I've been using it to test out Touch Bar features on my (aging) rMBP.
mac  touchbar 
october 2017
I don't generally go for distraction-removing apps, site blockers, single-taskers, etc., but this is really handy. It can enable and disable Do Not Disturb on your Mac, _and_ disables badges on dock icons. Undisturbed can be toggled on and off from the menubar. I think everyone knows how distracting badge icons can be, but also how handy they are. A way to toggle them on and off quickly without entirely disabling them is a welcome tool.
macos  productivity 
october 2017
Jim’s Matrix Macro
A Keyboard Maestro macro for TaskPaper from Jim Krenz. It takes a task list using 2 key tags (@important and @due) and creates 4 separate views replicating the [Eisenhower Decision Matrix](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_management#The_Eisenhower_Method) espoused by Stephen Covey.
productivity  keyboardmaestro  taskpaper 
october 2017
Paperlogix Document Scanner on the App Store
An intriguing new document scanner app for iOS. It features rules and workflows for automating the sorting, organization, and archiving (with folders, tags, and drag-and-drop) of the documents you scan.
app  scanner  ios  iphone 
october 2017
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
A great read from Mike Montiero. I remember the early days of twttr, and I know what Twitter is now, but I'd kind of forgotten how we got here...
october 2017
EarthBox® | Home of the Original Container Gardening System
Effortlessly grow fruits, vegetables and herbs anywhere in our successful, award-winning container gardening systems.
garden  hydroponic 
october 2017
A welcome tool. I do a fair number of introductions via email. You know, "John meet Melinda" rather than just giving Melinda John's email address and letting her make a cold intro. But it's a pain to ask John if he's willing to meet Melinda, so I often skip that step and just decide to feel bad about it. So let's automate that…
automation  email 
september 2017
Sublime Text 3
So Sublime 3 is *finally* official. I've been using it in beta for long enough that this isn't a huge deal, but despite Atom having a larger developer community, I've stuck with Sublime primarily because it's stable, it has every package I need, and it's *not an Electron app*.
september 2017
gerardroche/sublime-monokai-free: A beautiful, professional, high quality, polished, free, Monokai color scheme for Sublime Text
A really nice version of Monokai for Sublime Text 3. I found a link in the description to [ColorSchemeUnit](https://github.com/gerardroche/sublime_color_scheme_unit) which looks like a great unit testing tool for those publishing Sublime themes.
color  monokai  theme  SublimeText 
september 2017
0k/shyaml: YAML for command line
Probably because of my Jekyll usage and Ruby in general, I've taken to creating most configuration files in YAML instead of JSON. Parsing it from a bash script has always been a pain, though...
yaml  bash  cli 
september 2017
Markdown Cheatsheet · adam-p/markdown-here Wiki
markdown-here - Google Chrome, Firefox, and Thunderbird extension that lets you write email in Markdown and render it before sending.
markdown  cheatsheet  reference 
september 2017
Using Modern CSS to Build a Responsive Image Grid — SitePoint
George takes a look at a few different techniques for building a mobile-first, responsive image grid using flexbox and calc().
flexbox  gallery  CSS 
september 2017
This will only be of interest to VW and Audi owners who happen to enjoy saving a ton of money by getting their hands dirty. But seriously, with cheap replacement parts and detailed tutorial videos, I've already saved over $1000 over taking my aging TT to a mechanic. (And that's not even including the money that [Harold Kachelmyer](https://twitter.com/princessharold) helped me save on a clutch replacement…)
september 2017
Announcing the 1Password command-line tool public beta
If you don't already know I'm a huge 1Password fan, let me tell you: I'm a huge 1Password fan. And it's not just because they consistently cater to my nerdy desires...
cli  1password 
september 2017
What's New In DevTools
Ever go through the release notes for Chrome DevTools? If you write JavaScript at all, consider this a reminder to check it out. The features added this last year have been amazing (and often easily missed).
chrome  devtools 
august 2017
AppFigures #AFtalks: Working for Yourself -- Balancing Freelance & Indie App Development with Brett Terpstra
I had a fun, Twitter-based chat with Chantelle from AppFigures about freelancing and indie development. Even though I've mostly left behind freelance work for the time being, I've learned enough to be a modicum of help to those entering the scary world of self-sufficiency.
interview  freelance 
august 2017
FLAC to MP3 Mac - Convert FLAC to MP3 Format on Mac OS
A macOS app for speedy conversion of FLAC to MP3 and other audio formats.
flac  audio  mp3 
august 2017
A Crash Course in Analyzing Memory Usage in Ruby
A walk through some options available to us for analyzing memory usage in MRI.
debugging  ruby  coding  memory 
august 2017
Sketch for Designrs
Not a huge repository, yet, but another resource site to add to your Sketch bookmarks collection.
sketch  sketchapp 
august 2017
pornel/slip: Slip.js — UI library for manipulating lists via swipe and drag gestures
slip - Slip.js — UI library for manipulating lists via swipe and drag gestures
webdesign  javascript  ios  ui  touch 
august 2017
wayou/SlipHover: apply direction aware animation to images caption
SlipHover - apply direction aware animation to images caption
hover  caption  webdesign 
august 2017
I love Sketch plugins to the extent that a plugin manager is a necessity. [Sketch Toolbox](http://sketchtoolbox.com/) hasn't been updated for a while, and this new one is pretty sweet.
sketchapp  design  pluginmanager  sketch 
august 2017
Ok, so there's not been any shortage of email clients in recent years, nor am I interested in replacing MailMate or Spark. I do try everything out, though, and this one looks great. Currently just in advance signup mode, but if you're curious, get your name on the list.
august 2017
I'm not switching away from Pinboard, but I am impressed with this as a bookmarking/read later tool. Imports from Pocket, Readability, and Instapaper so you can try it out easily.
august 2017
Transmit 5
This update of Panic's FTP app, Transmit, adds new sync features (support for local-to-local and remote-to-remote), new speed improvements, but most interestingly, new cloud support for 10 services, including Backblaze B2, Box, Google Drive, DreamObjects, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Files.
app  ftp  mac  transmit 
july 2017
ohoachuck/wwdc-downloader: WWDC 2017 video downloader script
A downloader script for grabbing all of the WWDC 2017 videos. Written in Swift with no external dependencies.
video  wwdc 
july 2017
Cracking the code behind Apple's App Store promo card design
equinux figured out how to make scannable promo codes (like iTunes gift cards) for iTunes and Mac App Stores. I don't have an immediately useful application for this, but I see possibilities...
itunes  promotion  appstore 
july 2017
Connected Earth
A fun app for visualization of travel and communication connectedness around the globe. From the developers of [Cosmic Watch](https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/cosmic-watch/id971231853?mt=8&at=10l4tL&ct=blog).
map  ios  visualization 
july 2017
This one is indispensable for GitHub browsing. Gives you a full tree view of any repo on the left side of the page so you can quickly navigate between files and explore repos where you wouldn't even know what to search for in the GitHub quick switcher.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
Tab Extract
Allows you to extract tabs based on a title search to a new window from the url bar. It's handier than it might sound, especially for use with any of the tab-set-saving extensions.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
HTML5 Video Keyboard Shortcuts
Add keyboard navigation (play/pause, fast forward, rewind) to any HTML5 video you run across.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
Extensions Manager (aka Switcher)
And when you get to the point where you just have too many extensions, use Extension manager to quickly enable and disable them, and create sets of extensions for bulk enable/disable as circumstance requires.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
OneTab is the de facto solution for saving tab sets. Click the extension button and the whole window is saved to an organized list where you can drag between sets and remove tabs as needed. **Tip:** export OneTab lists as plain text for easy bulk editing and import it again to clean up long lists.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
Tab Manager
This one scratches an itch for me. I use Toby and Pinboard to organize tabs, which is way easier if I can just save a whole window, but I hate having my sessions include irrelevant pages, and sorting them all is a pain. With Tab Manager, you can see all of your tabs as a list and manipulate them in myriad ways (close, move, re-order). See also OneTab...
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
Copy All Urls
A handy plugin (similar to my [TabLinks](http://brettterpstra.com/projects/tablinks/) extension for Safari) that copies all of your open tabs as a list of text links. Like TabLinks, it allows a template so you can, say, copy as a bullet list of Markdown URLs with page titles.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
Relevance - Smart Tab Organizer
An interesting extension that uses an algorithm based on the times tabs are active to sort them by "relevance."
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
Can iPad replace my laptop?
An in-depth look at the current state of the question "Can iPad really replace my laptop?"
ipad  mac  apple 
july 2017
The Ultimate Collection of Google Font Pairings
A beautifully laid-out collection of 50 font pairings from Google Fonts.
webdesign  typography  fonts 
july 2017
Down Etc
A few years ago I stayed at a (new at the time) hotel in San Francisco, and the pillows were so amazing I had to inquire at the front desk about where they were from. They emailed me an address for Down Etc., and I let it sit for a couple of years. Got one recently, and it's as awesome as I remember.
sleep  pillow 
july 2017
YouTube Converter 2 from Softorino
Softorino teased SYC2 a little while ago, and now it's officially released. Instantly download videos and music, create audio, video, or ringtone files, and quickly add it to libraries on your Mac or iOS device. It works with more than just YouTube, too, including Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and more.
youtube  video 
july 2017
Best Headphones for Sleep
I'm still a dedicated user of [SleepPhones](http://amzn.to/2sjCQro), but Pzizz (my favorite "background music" sleep app) has published a review of a few other options, including some inexpensive solutions.
sleep  headphone 
july 2017
The Ringer - Stainless Steel Cast Iron Cleaner
I got this tip from the [Systematic episode with Dean Pribetic](http://esn.fm/systematic/196). It's basically high quality chainmail, designed for cleaning a cast iron pan without detergent. Wet, scrub, wipe dry. I bought it immediately and I can vouch that it's a brilliant solution.
july 2017
Made With ARKit
A "hand-picked curation of the coolest stuff made with ARKit." [This one](http://www.madewitharkit.com/post/162437137008/arkit-inter-dimensional-portal-by-nedd-music) is one of my favorites.
arkit  ios  apple 
july 2017
Hyper Key in macOS Sierra with Karabiner Elements
**Top story:** Karabiner Elements can once again provide the [Hyper key](http://brettterpstra.com/2012/12/08/a-useful-caps-lock-key/) we all loved before Sierra.
keyboard  hyper  karabiner 
june 2017
Declawing: A new study shows we can’t look the other way
This isn't my normal kind of link, but the AVMA has hesitated to oppose the practice on domestic cats and I think Americans are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to being provided information on and understanding the effects of declawing cats. This post is enlightening, even for me, and I've always opposed declawing cats…
animals  cat 
june 2017
What we learned evolving an App through 20 Alphas and 10 Betas
Daniel Alm writes about the development of Timing 2, tracking progress over 13 months. A well-documented look at the process of UI and functionality changes from start to finish.
june 2017
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