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Roll Your Own Mac App

Have you ever wondered how Mac applications are made? Then you've come to the right place! This article was written for anyone wanting to get into Mac programming or interface design. We'll be discussing Cocoa, Apple's native object-oriented application programming environment for Mac OS X, which is (for the true nerds out there) one of the five major APIs available for Mac OS X. We'll be using Xcode for all of this.

Jemez Half

I found that other essay, Dear Readers, and I count on your indulgence in letting me run it, for surely you do not want to leave me in ignominy at the hands—or rather the feet—of Ed Green, my nemesis from Devil’s Throne.
-Shea

How to Use Comic Life in the Classroom

There's a long history of comics in the classroom, and the list of references at the end of this article is a great starting point for learning about this concept. While there's still resistance to this medium being used in education - whether by staff or students - there is also a growing movement to use every valuable tool available. Comics have some great uses in the classroom and in a variety of curricula.

Software Piracy: Black Beard & Captain Kidd!

In keeping with a recent article about piracy in the Runtime Revolution Newsletter, I've chosen to reprint an article I wrote in 2000 for the original Macinstruct website. It is still quite relevant and on target. Last week's Code Mojo article presented me with significant issues - more than I had originally thought - but I will be back next week reviewing some of the scripting that was done in the Coloring Book application.
-Joe


How to Right-Click in Mac OS X

For as long as anybody can remember, the Mac mouse has had one button and the PC mouse has had two. Why? Apple presumably felt that a one-button mouse was simpler and more efficient, and nearly every other hardware manufacturer thought that more functionality could be crammed into additional mouse buttons.

Battle of the buttons? A standard two-button mouse and the Apple ADB Mouse II.

Mac Backup Basics

It was years ago, but I still remember it. It started out as one of those odd little crashes. A completely empty dialog box appears and then everything freezes. Okay. It happens. The keyboard is frozen as well, so I reach down and cycle the power button on the CPU. The friendly thrum of the startup chime comes from the speakers and a few moments later, the flashing question mark of the mystery disk icon appears at the center of the otherwise empty screen. Another restart yields the same result. I am getting nervous now. I finally restart using my OS install CD.

Devil’s Throne

Dear Readers, An oldie for you this weekend. But I hope you’ll also take it as a goodie. Enjoy.
- Shea

TextWrangler: The Best Free Text Editor

I don't care what Justin Long and John Hodgman say in the Get a Mac commercials. The best thing about Macs is all of the quality freeware and shareware software. Sure, Mac users often take this software for granted, but if you really use PCs - and I mean really use them, not just play around with them at BestBuy - you'll quickly find yourself missing the third-party Mac applications.

Rolling a Revolution Application

We left off last week with having pretty much completed a completely new Revolution stack, named the "San Diego Activities and Coloring Book." There were still a number of issues and more than a few scripting challenges to be resolved. I had assumed, somewhat naively, that the balance of the scripts would not be a great deal different than their HyperCard counterparts. As I dug in to completing them, I found that was not exactly to be the case.

How to Make Mac Icons

A few weeks ago, Matthew Cone showed us how Macinstruct’s beautiful icons, courtesy of the talented Gary Gehiere, came to be (http://www.macinstruct.com/node/40). In that article, you were shown the beginning stages of icon design – how the meaning of an idea is distilled down to a few carefully placed pixels. The end result, of course, is seen here - on Macinstruct - in the icons scattered throughout the website.

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