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Seeking Application Ideas

Published on Mon, 4 February 2008

Ever since the now very quiet drunkenbatman hosted the Evening at Adler and Gus Mueller posted, ”How to become an independent programmer in just 1068 days”, its has been a goal of mine to one day live the indie Mac developer dream.

Over the years I’ve dabbled in Mac OS X development but have struggled to find the time in between a full time job and also having a life to be able to see something through from start to finish. I’m convinced the ideas are sound because frequently others eventually release similar products. My last endeavour was for a better archiver than that provided by the Finder. It was to be dead simple, taking interface cues from things like AppZapper. I discovered a little while ago that the fine folks at Apimac had created Compress Files, which implemented my ideas and more.

Frustrated by this lack of time I decided to do something about it (after a small helping of procrastination). Last week I successfully negotiated a reduction to 4 days per week at my day job, with the fifth day allocated to Mac development. The first day of my new job is Mon Feb 11, 2008. However I find myself with a bit of a problem, I don’t have any current projects to actually work on. Heeding the advice in Gus’ post for Lesson #1 I’m seeking ideas from the Mac using community for a small application that I can use to get started. So if you got an idea for a small application that you don’t mind sharing feel free to post a comment and let me know, it might be just what I’m looking for.

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