Exploring the new iWork file formats

Nick Heer writes about the changes to iWork for Mac’s file formats, moving away from XML in favour of spreading data across many smaller data files.

I think the new file format is a regression, though. I would love to know the justification for these obfuscated data files, and what advantages they bring over the previous XML-based format. I’d love to be able to tell you what advantages they bring, but they’re unreadable. This isn’t yet a problem for end users, aside from the lack of backwards compatibility, but it might be in the future.

I’m no expert but it seems to me that this change would be necessary to support iWork’s collaboration feature. Having data split across a large number of incredibly small files would provide a much better way of managing collaboration than trying to deal with the constant merging of entire XML files, especially when dealing with larger documents.

Via Daring Fireball.


Jared Sinclair makes some excellent points about buttons in iOS 7:

For buttons, touchability requires something different. Touchable buttons need borders. By “borders” I don’t mean outlines, (although outlines are included in my usage of the word). I mean borders in a broader sense. A button is a tappable area, clearly delineated from the un-tappable content around it by an obvious border.

Horror as iOS 7 developer charges for update

Craig Grannell sums up the seemingly controversial issue regarding Tweetbot not being a free update:

Everyone has reason to be disgusted. It’s a well known fact that iOS developers don’t have expenses and in fact survive solely on a diet of unicorns and Jony Ive’s tears, living in houses powered by rainbows. And if you’ve owned the old version of Tweetbot since its original release in August 2011, it will have so far cost you a penny a week, which is enough to stretch the budget of any typical consumer.

The Verge’s linkbait article perfectly illustrates the gross overreaction to Tapbots’ pricing of Tweetbot 3, making a point to emphasise that the new app comes “at a price”.

Pixelmator 3.0

Pixelmator blog:

The Pixelmator Team today announced Pixelmator 3.0 FX, the most advanced version of Pixelmator to date, featuring Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and support for new features in OS X Mavericks, delivering blazing fast performance with its new, state-of-the-art image editing engine. Pixelmator 3.0 FX is available today as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store.

A huge update to one of my all-time favourite Mac apps.

John Siracusa reviews Mac OS X Mavericks

Ars Technica:

When it comes to OS X, many people are suffering from the end-of-history illusion: the belief that while the Mac platform has consistently experienced significant enhancements in the past, it will somehow not continue to grow and mature in the future.

So let’s readjust our perspective. Perhaps the first seven big-cat releases were OS X’s early childhood: birth, potty training, learning to walk and talk, and so on, culminating in some form of self-actualization.