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Key takeaway from developing for the Mac App Store: it’s unreliable

Last May I launched my Mac app, CurrentKey Stats, which helps you keep track of how you spend time across Spaces (virtual desktops) and apps, as well as navigate between your Spaces. It was not always a foregone conclusion that I’d distribute the app through the App Store. In fact — I had round-tripped the… Continue reading Key takeaway from developing for the Mac App Store: it’s unreliable

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In 2020, Apple needs to change iPhone’s call UI because robocalls are killing us

A year ago I published this and it struck a chord on the internet, hitting #4 on Reddit and #1 on HN (it actually triggered the “flamewar” detector there). So I thought I’d republish the post since the default UI for incoming calls remains the same. Otherwise, what’s publicly changed on Apple’s side of things… Continue reading In 2020, Apple needs to change iPhone’s call UI because robocalls are killing us

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More quickly switch workspaces with Room Explorer in CurrentKey Stats 2.5

Power users have requested a faster way to jump to specific Rooms. Arguably setting hotkeys for specific Rooms (a feature since v1.6) will always be the fastest way, but otherwise, clicking the popover dropdown is too slow. Enter Room Explorer, which displays to the left of the pop-up with a list of your Rooms, presenting… Continue reading More quickly switch workspaces with Room Explorer in CurrentKey Stats 2.5

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Slack’s Drafts (“Where did that channel go?”) feature, misses the mark

Seeing a popular post about a very hit or miss change to Slack’s product (the new WYSIWYG input box) made me think of another thing in Slack that has annoyingly changed (without an option to toggle off). Its “Drafts” feature – where leaving a channel with an unfinished message means that the channel itself gets… Continue reading Slack’s Drafts (“Where did that channel go?”) feature, misses the mark

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CurrentKey 2.0 launches with Dark Mode support, the ability to quickly view and share previous days’ stats, and much more

For the past several weeks I’ve been focused on 2.0, a bigger release that includes: Dark Mode support and a design refresh Quick access to previous days’ stats and an ability to share them The ability to swap already-assigned Rooms quickly via dropdown Last but not least, until the end of the month, I’m dropping the price of the… Continue reading CurrentKey 2.0 launches with Dark Mode support, the ability to quickly view and share previous days’ stats, and much more

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Get weekly summary reports of app stats with CurrentKey Stats v1.8

In version 1.8, CurrentKey Stats‘ “30-days” view gets some love. Now, as your stats pile up, you can see how each of the last four weeks measure up, with a total time spent number and downloadable report. [App Store link] These are formal weekly (7-day) spans, and you can tell the app if you prefer… Continue reading Get weekly summary reports of app stats with CurrentKey Stats v1.8

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With CurrentKey Stats version 1.7, back up more of your stats!

As you know, CurrentKey Stats helps you track how you’ve spent time across your apps. With version 1.7, Stats Plus users can now back up a month’s worth of hour-by-hour app stats (accurate down to the minute) for a 30 day time span. That’s powerful! Like all the dozen reports the app can generate, this… Continue reading With CurrentKey Stats version 1.7, back up more of your stats!