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I just wanted to let you know of the different ways you can keep up to date with me and my software and how to get in touch with me (besides eMail, of course).

1. This blog

Obviously, I’ll be using this blog to let you know about stuff that’s going on, coming up or has happened some time ago to keep you up to date on new version of my apps, new apps, and some thoughts of mine on different subjects.

2. Twitter

I use twitter quite a bit and have twitter accounts for my different applications:

[twitter-follow screen_name=’eternalstorms’ show_count=’yes’]
[twitter-follow screen_name=’flickeryapp’ show_count=’yes’]
[twitter-follow screen_name=’screenfloatapp’ show_count=’yes’]
[twitter-follow screen_name=’gimmesometune’ show_count=’yes’]

Feel free to follow us 😉

3. Facebook

I have a Group on Facebook which you can use to tell us about things you’d like to see, or discuss stuff amongst others!

4. Flickr

Though my flickr stream doesn’t primarily have to do with my software (though I do post preview pics of stuff I’m working on occasionally), you might be interested in what I do besides coding.

5. Last.FM

If you’re like me, you’re having music playing day in, day out. On last.fm, you can see what kind of music I’m into (spoiler: oldies!) 😉

Bottom Line

Please get in touch with me 🙂 I’m looking forward to all your comments, feedback, inquiries and critique! Thank you!

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ScreenFloat

It gives me huge pleasure to announce the immediate availability of ScreenFloat – an app to increase your productivity on your Mac!

What Is ScreenFloat

ScreenFloat lets you create screenshots that float above all other windows. This way, you do not need to resize or move windows around just to keep a piece of information visible on your display.

 

It also lets you store information for later use with the built-in Shots Browser, which lets you categorize and manage shots you’ve taken with the use of tags, smart categories and categories (which are basically smart folders or ordinary folders).

How to use ScreenFloat

ScreenFloat gives you customizable keyboard shortcuts to do its stuff.

 

By default, cmd-shift-2 will let you create a floating shot and cmd-shift-1 opens the Shots Browser. Creating a floating shot works the same way as creating a selective screenshot (which is cmd-shift-4 by Mac OS X’s default).

What else is there to say about ScreenFloat

It comes with a system service. Which means, when you select text in any Cocoa application (like Safari orTextEdit), you can invoke ScreenFloat’s service to create a floating shot from that. This also has a customizable keyboard shortcut for the user’s convenience. ScreenFloat resides either in your Dock (by default) or in your menu bar.

Availability and Pricing

ScreenFloat is available exclusively on the Mac App Store, a demo is available through the website. You can get it for just €5.99/$7.99! For updates on ScreenFloat, you can follow @screenfloatapp or @eternalstorms on twitter!

 

Let me know what you think in the comments or by eMail!

Thank you and take care, Matthias

[twitter-follow screen_name=’eternalstorms’ show_count=’yes’]

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Dear reader, honored customer.

I’m sure you’ve noticed – the Mac App Store is upon us. Finally.

What a great idea, a great, comfortable way to purchase software (and to sell, for developers). I’m excited. I hope you are, too.

Now, you might have noticed that flickery, well, really none of my software, is on it, yet.

There is a good reason for it:
There’s this whole dilemma about not being able to transfer existing customers over to the Mac App Store. That is a big deal. And it’s confusing as well, because some apps show as “Installed” even though they were not purchased on the App Store. So people naturally assume they are able to update that version through the Mac App Store. That is, sadly, not the case.

Here’s what I’d like to do:
flickery is “close” to version 2.0. “Close” because it’s only close in version numbers (the current version is 1.9.2), not in execution/development.
I’m planning to go Mac App Store exclusive with flickery with version 2.0! 
Now there’s a caveat for existing customers. On my website, I currently promise that users who purchase flickery get a discount on version 2.0. With the Mac App Store, I can not keep that promise, because it doesn’t have an “upgrade” model.

So I’d like to put it in my customers hands:
Would you be offended if I moved to the Mac App Store exclusively and you and didn’t get that discount for version 2.0 of flickery? Please leave a message in the comments, mail me, tweet me or write me on facebook to let me know what you think. I will decide by majority of votes.

New software by me will be exclusive to the Mac App Store as well (new software as in the upcoming rewrite of GimmeSomeTune, ProjectX and ProjectiX.)

What’s the difference for the user?

  • Keep informed on updates
  • A centralized place for your software
  • Easy updating and installing
  • They have to have OS X 10.6.6 at least to run software
  • The security that they get quality software
  • A ton of other things I’m probably not thinking of right now

What’s the difference for the developer?

  • Having to maintain only one version of their software
  • This is a very big deal, because time is precious and better spent on new features / new software.
  • Centralized updates – yes, it’s also a plus for the developer
  • Higher visibility to the user

To summarize:
I’d like to go Mac App Store exclusive with all my software. Starting with flickery 2.0 when it is available (quite a couple of months off – and there surely will be other updates before that which will not appear on the Mac App Store but through the current updating mechanism). To do that, I’d have to break my promise to give the existing customers a discount on the upgrade.

Future software not yet released will appear on the Mac App Store exclusively, as well. That means that all my software will require Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 at the least. So, please let me know what you think about that in the comments, by mail, twitter or facebook.

I hope I’ve covered about all of what’s important in this regard.

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely,
Matthias

[twitter-follow screen_name=’eternalstorms’ show_count=’yes’]

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