OS X Dock. 2D or 3D? Dock23d.app

Every time I get a new mac (which seems to be often), there are always the setup tasks and procedures i go though to get everything looking and working right. Setting up a new computer is always pretty time consuming, so I am always looking for ways to cut down on the setup time. One thing that I always do on all my macs is change the dock from being the “3D” glass look to the 2D style. This is a simple enough task to perform from the terminal, but remembering the longish command is the trick. Because if this, I decided I would write a little utility that would make switching between 2D and 3D trivial. Without further delay, here is the download of the standalone application. Download Dock23d.app

Update 12/19/12: If you use Alfred (which you should) and have the powerpack (which you also should), here is an extension you can use with Alfred to do the same thing even faster!

I have also made the source available on github. Download Source of Doc23d.app

Hope you find it useful! 🙂

Comment below with what you think of it, if it needs something, or if you decided to fork it on github!

Writing an iOS app!

In June of 2010 I finished writing my first application for a mobile device! Actually, this was the first full fledged application for any device. It was an app for the fledgling OS called WebOS from Palm. I had never written an application before, but since WebOS was built with web technologies which I had some familiarity with, I thought it would be an attainable goal, and it was! Creating that app and getting it published to the app catalog was such a fulfilling experience for me to say the least.After going back and forth between various phones and platforms following the demise of WebOS, I ended up with an iPhone 4. This of course meant I would be using iOS. After about 6 months or so I was starting to get the itch to work on creating an app for my phone again. After doing some research about iOS development, I decided to start out my adventure using the Titanium IDE. This meant I could not only build apps for iOS, but also build an Android version of the app as well with the same codebase.

The best part of building this app was that it was built by both myself and my wife! We started a new company to develop software and attacked our first app! Our first app was completed in about 2 months in-between work and life. We had a lot of fun building and learned a ton as well. Now that our first app is in the iTunes App Store, we are working on a few updates and new features for it. After that, we are going to begin our second app!

I have been really happy with the workflow and feature set of Titanium so far; no major issues at all. We will definitely be using it for our next app as well!

iOS App: CarTunes

If you are the type of person that listens to your music on shuffle and likes to hit next a lot to find the perfect song for that moment while driving, then CarTunes is for you!The above describes me perfectly. I found this app a couple weeks back and have been in love with it! The app does one thing and does it VERY well. The point of the app is to be an interface to your music player that is car friendly. It is perfect for this!

The design of the app is very polished and beautiful. The controls are super car friendly with no small buttons to try and focus on hitting. The control is done through various swipe gestures. One flick to go to the next song, one flick to go to the previous song, and a simple tap on the screen to pause/play.

It looks like the way this app works is by becoming an extension of the “iPod/Music” app on your iPhone / iPod Touch. This most likely means that it will only work for music that is local to your device, at least for now.

Overall this app is exactly what I want in a car control system for my music. Check out some screenshots below to see the interface.

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cartunes-music-player/id415408192