Casual Hex

Uncertain about goals, impulsive in online activities.

Updated My Stuff

I have a My Stuff page linked from my About page that lists some of my favorite software and my hardware setup. I updated it today to add Dash and Workflow. Also added, the 27-inch Retina iMac I upgraded to in November.

Absolutely Dash-ing

Dash icon

I've been using Kapeli's Dash since the first version appeared on the Mac App Store. It's a fantastic programming documentation set manager. At some point a paid option was added that delivered more features, and I gladly purchased the upgrade. Here's the thing though, I knew Dash was awesome with document sets. I depend on it for that purpose all of the time. But somehow I failed to notice one other awesome feature– one that is listed right in the application description:

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash stores snippets of code and instantly searches offline documentation sets for 150+ APIs (for a full list, see below). You can even generate your own docsets or request docsets to be included.

The emphasis above is my own. I've been using another code snippet manager for a while. But it hasn't been updated in at least a year and it crashes a lot. So this morning I started digging around to find a replacement. The top suggestion to my search was Dash. Huh? What? Yep. I opened Dash and there it all was. It even has shortcuts like TextExpander. I don't know how I never noticed a (now) pretty obvious part of a great application, but now there's even more to love about Dash than before.

App Santa Is Back For 2014

App Santa 2014

30 of the best iOS apps are on sale through December 26th. Yeah, that reads like a million other "App Sale" lists posted everywhere, every day, but many of the apps on the App Santa list this year are the crème de la crème.

Tweetbot 3, Screens, PCalc, Launch Center Pro, Day One, Deliveries, Next, Soulver, TextExpander 3, Drafts 4 and a whole heck of a lot more.

I will be purchasing Screens (for iOS and OS X), which I mentioned just the other day. I'm constantly reading about the value of applications and how app developers deserve more for their work. I wholeheartedly agree. But who doesn't mentally double-check their wallet before purchasing something? I know I do. I have to, with a mortgage, car payments, five kids, etc. It is never a matter of how much value there is in an extremely useful application. There are many developers I'd love to throw money at. But my wallet says otherwise, and that's that. Saving $$$ whenever I can– whenever you can– is smart.

SIMBL Is Dead, Long Live SIMBL!

I haven't used a SIMBL hack in a long time. So long, that I'd forgotten about such things and for some reason I thought SIMBL hacks were something of the past, with the release of Lion. Turns out one SIMBL hack I depended on years ago is still around and breathing. There's also a somewhat breathing community of other SIMBL hacks floating around.

My old favorite, SafariStand, is still around and kicking so I downloaded the latest version and EasySIMBL just to see what sort of features are available. I swear, I just wanted to see what SafariStand had to offer these days. I wasn't going to keep using it. But seeing the options, I'm tempted– very tempted.

SafariStand options

Having favicons back in my tabs is extremely nice. That alone makes me want to keep SafariStand. Plus, another SIMBL hack, cosytabs brings back standard-sized tabs that start on the left– no more centered, dynamic width tabs. Another nice touch is the SafariStand Console Panel. It has my open tabs list, all bookmarks with search, downloads, and something called 'Search It Later' which works with SafariStand's own custom search shortcuts.

SafariStand Console Panel

As you'll see in the image above, cDock is another app I've tried recently. Turns out it uses part of EasySIMBL. How it uses it will block a full install of EasySIMBL and any plug-ins from working. I had to uninstall cDock, install EasySIMBL and the plug-ins above, then put cDock back in place.

Lastly, there's one more plug-in I'm trying, by the name of CustomNC. It has customization options for system notifications. The one that caught my eye is tweaking Growl notifications to use app icon's instead of Growl's own.

All of the SIMBL hacks I'm mentioned seem to work just fine in the latest OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 release. I can't speak for long term stability, but I've got my fingers crossed.