I’m off to WWDC in a couple of weeks (via Milwaukee) and travelling with my trusting Powerbook 12″ which is still a great airline machine.
A large part of the reason for getting back into Cocoa and attending WWDC is wanting to do some iPhone development but I didn’t expect to be able to do that until back in Perth.
After a few searches for others in like circumstances, Alex Blewitt came to the rescue with a neat script that made installing the iPhone dev kit on PPC a smooth experience, thanks Alex.
GameSalad is a very sexy-sounding game creation toolkit for iPhone and Web delivery. Their tag is Game Creation for the Rest of Us™
It feels almost hypocritical to complain that their web delivery requires a plugin, which is only available for OS/X. In fact, adding a little insult to injury, it appears that the rest of us only have Intel machines.
I’ve been a huge fan of AT&T’s GraphViz graph-generating language for years. I use it Doxygen with the automatically-generated class and collaboration diagrams as well as many casual diagrams I specify for workflow. I love the way I can quickly enter some text and have a diagram appear with automatic layout as I change the content. The plain text of DOT files also works very well with version-control, allowing me to very easily see what changed on complex diagrams from between releases, instead of eyeballing binary pictures.
In a discussion on the Instaviz (GraphViz for iPhone) users list, a question came up about similar usability for desktop users.
I suppose it was inevitable. Combine a desire to write games with obsession with user interface design with small gadgets with gestural interfaces with needing excuse to refresh my Cocoa skills… my new distraction is a refurbished 16GB iPod Touch.
I don’t want or need an iPhone. Despite its warts, I’m happier with my smaller Symbian with its external keyboard support and really great voice recognition. However, I couldn’t resist the temptation to get my hands on the device. There was just too much great UI experience out there I wasn’t participating in! I’ve also been tempted by rumours of a forthcoming larger touch – a true Apple Tablet and want some key software at least in alpha form before it arrives, to pick up on the wave.
A note on purchasing older machines in Australia – I started out looking for an 8GB 1st gen Touch on eBay, wanting a 1st gen for compatibility and performance testing as well as cheapness. Thanks to a mate on MacGeeks, I was directed to the Apple Store – you can buy a refurb about $20 cheaper than your average eBay offering and it comes with new battery and earbuds.