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seense major site upgrade

It is time to write few words about the past crazy week.
It was the week of the release of El Capitan.
The Clock 3 and DrawnStrips Reader 3, were in “waiting for review” mode in Apple. So for this part it was ok.

I had to complete 2 major things this week. To finalize the design and coding of the new website, and to complete Barsoom 2.

the website

I decided few weeks back to go https, and I thought it was a good opportunity to completely redesign the website with mobile first in mind. So I started to search how to use boostrap, try to refresh my memory about javascript and css (while coding in objective-c for Barsoom 2).
I needed first to find an idea about the design, colors and other things that make a seense website a seense website. So finally between Sketch and CodeRunner the website was starting to look like something.
All in all today, after few weeks the new website is ready, and the migration seems to have been apparently ok. It is now ready to be migrated to https next week.

seense store

During this week, Apple rejected both The Clock 3 and DrawnStrips Reader 3 for a “stupid” false/positive of private API use. This is something that I started to get recently, maybe a year ago. If you use an ivar which looks like a private one, then it is detected as a private API use. So, just change of a little name, and send back to Apple my apps. Back in “waiting for review”. It is normal, and it is ok.
But, then I thought. I’m already using to sell MenuBar ReArranger 2 why not to offer you the possibility to buy other apps directly with seense store. So I went back to The Clock 3 and DrawnStrips Reader 3, and made a direct sale version. These versions, which are exactly like the Mac App Store version are now available on the new website as free trial, and can be bought on the seense store. 😉

Barsoom 2

Ok. To be clear, I’m using Barsoom on daily basis. I like it ;). It is simple, and do what I need. Keep The Clock on the right side of my screen and I’m able to hide some items that I need, but do not need to see.
I’m now almost done with MenuBar Stats 2. And the new MenuBar Stats 2, gives you the option to have 1 big item with all the sub-item inside (CPU, Memory, Battery and othe future plugins…) or to have all these babies in a separated mode. Plenty of little independant icons and separated windows. As MenuBar Stats 2 is aimed to be sent to the Mac App Store, there is no way to move these little babies around while within the App Store rules.
So, I decided to re-write a big chunk of the engine of Barsoom 2, to be able to do just that. Now every apps, which handle many items, such as MenuBar Stats 2, or iStat Menu or other, should be properly handled by Barsoom 2. If it is not the case, tell me. 😉
And I added a big new feature, which is “1 Click Hide”. Basically, select “1 Click Hide”, and everything on the left side of the Barsoom icon is hidden. select “1 Click Show” and everything come back. Neat if you have a presentation, or need to take some screenshots.
I still didn’t find a way to move the Apple Menu Extras in El Capitan, but still looking for a solution.
I think Barsoom 2 is a quite solid app. You can download and get the 2 weeks trial to check on your own. Now Barsoom 2, can be bought at 6.99$, or still offered, as before, to the seense customers of other apps. And of course, Barsoom 2 is a free upgrade to all the existing customers of seense apps.

Next week

So this was my week. Now, let’s see the feedback about Barsoom 2 and the other apps.
Next week is about MenuBar Stats 2, and MenuBar ReArranger 2.5, and https for the website…