Archive for the ‘Mac Stuff’ Category

New weblogs for Sofortbild and TiltShift

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

I finally created weblogs for Sofortbild and TiltShift. I should have done that a lot earlier but I never imagined that those projects would evolve into actual products. I also moved all related posts and comments to the new weblogs, so you will not find anything related to those projects in my personal weblog anymore.

Sofortbild Weblog
TiltShift Weblog

In the future I will try to keep the posting here more personal.

Barcode iPhone App Open Source Update

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Sorry everybody who asked for the source code. I removed it from Google Code a while ago without mentioning it here, after a friend of mine decided to take over the project. Unfortunately he did not find time to work on it either.

A few days ago I finally removed the application from sale in the iOS App Store since it just does not work anymore as expected. The application has not been updated since iOS 2.1 and thus there are some things that do not work on iOS 4 or 5.

I personally still do not have any time to fix the application, so instead I put it on GitHub for you to fork.

Working again for Apple

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I haven’t blogged anything about my internship at Apple after I started it in June. There were several reasons for that including secrecy, twitter and time.

I gave a talk about my experience at Apple in September at the Aachen CocoaHeads meeting and my friends and family know of course everything I did during the summer (except the work I did there), so there is no reason to write about this here. If you still want to know some details (because you want to do an internship at Apple for example) drop me a line. Well, the only thing I will mention here is, that I did a pretty good job, had a lot of fun and met great people.

Due to the first point, Apple offered me to come back this summer and a part time job as well. I accepted both offers of course and am now working for Apple again (from Germany) and will be back in Cupertino in June.

Aurora Screen Saver for Mac OS X

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I used the code from the application mentioned in the previous post and made a Mac OS X screen saver. Please note that you need Snow Leopard to use it because no earlier version supports multi-touch.

Since I am using mouse and trackpad input you have to press any button to quit the screen saver.

Download: Aurora.saver.zip

Snow Leopard multi-touch Application

Monday, October 19th, 2009

So everybody is talking about Windows 7 coming out on Thursday. One of the major features is multi-touch.

Well, of course that is true, but don’t we have that in Leopard already? Sure, Leopard has just gestures but isn’t that what most applications need? (I am excluding the famous multi-touch photo applications that are fun to use for about an hour but honestly are not very productive.)

Now Windows 7 has also direct touch through several hardware products. Again, it is fun to use this for about an hour. But after that you use your mouse again.

So the question is, do we need more than gestures on a desktop computer? Well, in most cases probably not. But still there might be a few situations where this could be handy.

But did you know that Snow Leopard (which is available since about two months) has this as well? Sure there are no input devices for the Mac yet which let you use direct touch, but the trackpad in all the new Macbook (Pro) models has a multi-touch trackpad that is capable to recognize more than four touches (which is currently the limit on all hardware devices for Windows 7) which you can use to do some fun stuff.

To demonstrate what you can do already today without any further hardware or special SDK I wrote a small application that you can try out. Launch the application and generate some touches on your glass trackpad. For the full experience enter full screen mode.

Download: Aurora.zip