Core Intuition

A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.


  • Episode 498: I Agree It’s Preposterous

    Jan 23 2022

    Manton and Daniel talk about Apple’s response to South Korea’s legal requirement that they support 3rd party payment processing in the App Store, and whether Apple’s insistence that it continue to be paid a cut is realistic. They also talk about what has changed since the early days of the App Store with respect to Apple’s sense of entitlement to a share of all revenue earned on its platforms. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_498.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 3...more

  • Episode 497: My New Mission In Life

    Jan 14 2022

    Daniel and Manton talk about the persistent allure of finding a better bank, weighed against the daunting tedium of successfully shutting down an existing account. Then they talk about Apple’s AirTags, the growing controversy about how “bad guys” are using them, and whether Apple should discontinue the product or mitigate the risks of continuing to sell them. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_497.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 45 minutes) Many thanks to our spons...more

  • Episode 496: Settle For More

    Jan 08 2022

    Manton and Daniel open the new year with more talk about increasing productivity and focusing on the tasks that are most important to us. They talk about the merits of “settling for good enough” as a valuable thing both in life and, more pertinently, in shipping software or completing any creative works. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_496.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 32 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: TextExpander: Communicate Smarter. Listeners ge...more

  • Episode 495: I Can See The Inspiration There

    Dec 31 2021

    Daniel and Manton take a light look forward to 2022, veer off into a discussion about their respective math skills, and end up talking philosophically about the limits of time and how we need to choose to spend our time on the things that matter most to us. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_495.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 32 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: Linode: Instantly deploy and manage an SSD server in the Linode Cloud. New accounts get a $100 credit. Lin...more

  • Episode 494: No Serious Commitments

    Dec 25 2021

    Manton follows up with Daniel about his alleged accidental Catalyst port, and how it inspired Manton to look into the possibility of a Catalyst port of his Epilogue app. They take a look at the landscape of Mac and iOS apps for Micro.blog, including some iOS apps that run natively on Apple Silicon Macs. Daniel talks more about KeyboardKit, the inevitable edge cases he’s run into, and how he ended up contributing to the project. Finally, they talk about their never-ending ambition to get be...more

  • Episode 493: Someone Did All This Work

    Dec 19 2021

    Daniel tells Manton about his return to work on Black Ink for iOS, and his experience with accidentally building a version for Catalyst. They talk about the joy of coming upon new framework features when you assume things are as hard as they were “in the old days”. Finally, they talk about deciding when to use a 3rd-party library vs. when it is more likely to be problematic. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_493.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 46 minutes) Many thanks to...more

  • Episode 492: The Jenga Tower Collapsed

    Dec 10 2021

    Manton tells Daniel about Micro.blog’s new email newsletter feature. Daniel examines his self-consciousness about needing to ship two bug-fix updates to FastScripts in quick succession. They talk about the benefits of surreptitiously fixing things in web software without too much attention, and the downside that without release notes it can be hard to focus users on improvements. Finally, they talk about their efforts to wind down work obligations as they head into the holidays, and look f...more

  • Episode 491: Elephants Have Wrinkles

    Dec 02 2021

    Daniel and Manton catch up after Thanksgiving, and appreciate that it might be the most universally embraced American holiday. They compare notes about the amount they choose to work on holidays and how it reflects their work being something they love to do. Manton questions how much to share about a new feature he’s developing, and they talk about scenarios where sharing too much takes away from the broader impact of the feature. Finally, they talk about the resignation of Twitter’s CEO, ...more

  • Episode 490: Everybody Is Rage-typing

    Nov 25 2021

    Manton checks in with Daniel after returning home from LA. Daniel asks again about the status of the Indie Microblogging book, and if Manton has a plan for how he’ll get the job done. They celebrate Epilogue for Micro.blog finally getting approved, and also celebrate the thrill of being able to deploy web apps and direct-download apps immediately without anybody’s approval. Finally, they talk about the great variety of web technologies and how Manton decides how to choose among the many op...more

  • Episode 489: I Broke The Curse

    Nov 18 2021

    Daniel catches up with Manton midway through Manton’s train trip adventure to Los Angeles. Manton gives a progress update on the micro-blogging book, and his new optimism after making progress on it. Manton shares impressions of LA’s famous traffic and culture in general, as he takes in a whirlwind tour of the area before heading to catch the train home. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_489.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 38 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsors this we...more

  • Episode 488: That’s Not Gonna Fly

    Nov 12 2021

    Manton and Daniel talk about the successful launch of FastScripts 3.0! Manton talks about frustrating problems with App Store review for his latest Micro.blog app, Epilogue. They talk about the latest news in Apple & Google’s respective legal challenges regarding in app purchases. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_488.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 44 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsors this week: Linode: Instantly deploy and manage an SSD server in the Linode Cloud. ...more

  • Episode 487: I Spent A Week On It

    Nov 04 2021

    Daniel talks to Manton about his recent development work on Micro.blog, including the debut of Epilogue, his new app for books. They talk about balancing the urge to add new features with the demand from existing customers to fix pet peeves. Manton talks more about his recent ventures in to the web development and Android worlds. Daniel reports back after attending one of Apple’s virtual Tech Talk events, and catches us up on the status of the repeatedly postponed FastScripts 3 release. ...more

  • Episode 486: It’s Mostly My Fault

    Oct 30 2021

    Manton talks to Daniel about the change of plans in his MacBook Pro ordering, and how he ended up getting one earlier than expected. Manton shared his experience with updating to macOS Monterey, and they compare notes about what is new in the update. Finally, they talk about cross-platform development in the context of Micro.blog and beyond. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_486.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 53 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsors this week: RevenueCat: In-app s...more

  • Episode 485: Everybody’s Dying On That Hill

    Oct 23 2021

    Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s just-announced Tech Talks, and whether this is a clue to the future of WWDC. They celebrate the announcement of new Apple Silicon based MacBook Pros, and compare notes on their buying plans. Finally, they take stock of the state of macOS as Monterey is about to be released, and revisit their ongoing grief over Apple’s strategy with respect to SwiftUI, Catalyst and AppKit. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_485.mp3 Download Audio (M...more

  • Episode 484: Midnight Blue Dungarees

    Oct 15 2021

    Manton and Daniel talk about the expected MacBook Pro announcements coming on Monday, and whether they’re likely to buy one if announced. Manton shares some details about the new Micro.blog Subscriptions feature he teased, and Daniel asks him to consider whether the word Subscription has unwanted connotations. Finally, they talk about Manton’s switch of mobile providers and the various ways to avoid overage charges with data tethering. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/Core...more

  • Episode 483: Clean Up The Mess

    Oct 09 2021

    Daniel and Manton revisit the etymology of the word “engineer”, discovering that it runs much deeper than trains. They talk about Paddle’s new iOS in-app purchase offering and whether Apple will allow it or not. Finally, they talk about Daniel’s lost momentum with his index-card motivation, and his plans to get back on track. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_483.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 27 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsors this week: TextExpander...more

  • Episode 482: Accidental Train Podcast

    Oct 01 2021

    Manton catches us up on whether he ended up splurging to trade up to the iPad Mini. They talk more about Manton’s upcoming train trip, and about the little-known fact that Manton once released a train-oriented podcast episode! They talk about the allure of trains and other technical systems to computer programmers, and how nerds have always had to find their interests in the realm of what was possible at the time. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_482.mp3 Download Audio...more

  • Episode 481: No Wi-fi On This Train

    Sep 26 2021

    Daniel ends up buying an iPhone 13, while Manton holds off. Meanwhile, Manton considers buying a “real” camera instead, and also shares his plans to hop on a cross-country train to see a basketball game, take in the scenery, and to finish his book. They talk about the relative risks and rewards of investing so much intention into dedicated effort, and how Manton will feel if he does or does not achieve his goal. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_481.mp3 Download A...more

  • Episode 480: Comparably Greater Joy

    Sep 16 2021

    Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s September 13 event, talking about the increasing satisfaction they have with their existing phones now that the products have matured in features and performance. Manton talks about the new Sunlit update with changes that were partly inspired by Glass, and Daniel commits to a new index card goal. Finally, Manton talks about migrating his Discourse server to a hosted solution, which leads to a discussion about the relative merits of paying for specialized ...more

  • Episode 479: This Is Living

    Sep 10 2021

    Daniel and Manton look forward to Apple’s September 14 event, where the next major update to the iPhone is expected to be announced. They talk about their respective likelihood of upgrading and the extent to which iPhones hold their value for an increasingly long time. Daniel talks about his next priority for the “index card directive,” and Manton shares his strategy of using Basecamp’s Monday reminder emails to set high level goals for the week. https://traffic.libsyn....more

  • Episode 478: I Think It’s Gonna Be A Mess

    Sep 04 2021

    Daniel ships MarsEdit 4.5, and talks with Manton about the moderate success of aiming for a specific goal with “the index card directive.” Discussion of the various legal settlements and policy clarifications Apple has been sharing with respect to the App Store. Speculation about Apple’s strategy for controlling the user experience when allowing links to external subscription info. Manton talks briefly about his plan to incorporate Apple’s accommodation of an external link into...more

  • Episode 477: AppKit Is The Only Way

    Aug 28 2021

    Daniel and Manton talk about 1Password’s decision to use Electron for its next major update, and what that says about Apple’s confusing and conflicting platform frameworks. They talk about the continuing role of AppKit as a the only way to achieve many expected macOS behaviors, and wonder if the next-generation standard for desktop apps might actually be a “web technology.” Finally, Manton presses Daniel about his alleged ambition to “focus on shipping MarsEdit 4.5.” https://...more

  • Episode 476: It Was A Lot Of Work

    Aug 23 2021

    Manton and Daniel review how Micro Camp went, and how Manton might refine the format in the future. Manton asks Daniel why he decided to ship an update to Touché when he’s allegedly focused on MarsEdit 4.5. Finally, they talk about Manton’s update to Micro.blog to support the new Glass photo-sharing service. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_476.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 38 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsors this week: MacStadium: Private clouds on Mac hard...more

  • Episode 475: What Have We Got Ourselves Into?

    Aug 13 2021

    Daniel talks to Manton about his last-minute preparations for Micro Camp, and the extent to which he’s had to drop everything to focus on the virtual conference. Daniel describes the process of reacing to the New York Times dropping Across Lite support, and his ultimate delivery of an updated version of Black Ink to work around the change. Finally, they talk about the merit of staying engaged with customers who have made feature requests, even if it was a long time ago. https://traffic.l...more

  • Episode 474: If I Could Snap My Fingers

    Aug 06 2021

    Manton talks to Daniel about his upcoming Micro Camp conference, and the process he went through in acquiring the associated micro.camp domain. They talk about taking advantage of the benefits of “content marketing” without being sleazy about it, and the value of trying lots of different things. Daniel shares his reaction to the New York Times announcing they are dropping support for the puzzle file format that Black Ink uses, and the impact it’s having on the Times’s and...more

  • Episode 473: Why Do You Hate Money?

    Jul 30 2021

    Daniel tells Manton about his decision to focus on one product until it ships, and shares some tricks he’s using to stick with it. Daniel also explains how he accidentally made Black Ink 2 completely free on the Mac App Store, for a whole year, without realizing it. Manton catches up about his experience so far of hiring a software engineer, and they discuss the challenge of gauging the effectiveness of having hired somebody. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_473.mp3 Do...more

  • Episode 472: The Whiff Of Random Things

    Jul 22 2021

    Manton and Daniel catch up on the effectiveness of “Must-do Monday.” They talk about the value of gaining any momentum at all when moving towards achieving goals. Manton suggests “Finish Friday” as a counterpart to aid in actually ever shipping. Manton talks about Micro.blog’s server downtime, and confesses his disdain for at least one of his precious servers. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_472.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 35 minutes) Many thanks...more

  • Episode 471: A Big Sense Of Relief

    Jul 16 2021

    Daniel learns about Manton’s decision to hire a contract developer to help with server/backend stuff. They talk about the tendency to minimize the real cost of performing the many small steps in any project, and the productivity boot an extra team member can bring. Daniel tells Manton about his new “Must-Do Monday” strategy, with which he must spend Mondays committing to some long-overlooked items on his todo list. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_471.mp3 D...more

  • Episode 470: I Do Have A Vague Strategy

    Jul 10 2021

    Manton and Daniel talk about the new “Workation” offering from Try! Swift, and wonder about how likely it is that any “work” would get done in a tropical paradise. They compare notes about recent podcasting sponsorships they have made, and discuss the relative comfort of spending money supporting blogs, podcasts, etc., that we like, versus sponsorships that support companies we are more ambivalent about. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_470.mp3 Downlo...more

  • Episode 469: Committed For The Long Haul

    Jul 02 2021

    Daniel talks to Manton about his decision to open source all of Micro.blog’s native platform apps. They acknowledge the difficulty of overcoming personal hesitations whenever you decide to put your own work out in the world. Manton appreciates the aspect of open source that contributes to a lasting legacy of our time on earth, and finally we appreciate product simplicity as a competitive advantage over “more successful” products that seemingly must become more and more complex....more

  • Episode 468: Get Your Mission Straight

    Jun 18 2021

    Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s decision to release a public beta of Black Ink for iOS, and the merit of pushing forward with ambitons, one step at a time. They discuss the anticipated freemium subscription model Daniel plans to offer, and talk about the importance of getting paid for one’s work. Finally, they talk about gaining and maintaining confidence in your work and that what you have to offer is valuable even if not everybody agrees it is good. https://traffic.libsyn.c...more

  • Episode 467: We Don’t Want New Things

    Jun 12 2021

    Daniel and Manton react to the unfolding news from WWDC, talking specifically about Shortcuts for Mac, the new Async/await coroutines functionality for Swift, Xcode Cloud, and the new Weather app. They talk about whether Apple should horde functionality like the weather service they acquired from Dark Sky, or make it available in a public framework. Finally, they take stock of Catalyst and the writing on the wall that this year’s announcements have made clear. https://traffic.libsyn.com/...more

  • Episode 466: A Really Imperfect Hero

    Jun 04 2021

    Manton and Daniel respond to criticism about our opinions on the Apple vs. Epic case and Apple’s public testimony. They speculate more about WWDC, wondering about possible iPadOS improvements. Finally, they appreciate that Apple’s design award finalists includes Nova from Panic, a Mac app that is not available in the App Store. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_466.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 35 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: TextExpander: Communica...more

  • Episode 465: Enthusiasm Can Be Fickle

    May 26 2021

    Daniel and Manton talk again about Apple’s testimony in the Epic lawsuit, and how it seems to be a PR disaster with respect to developers just before WWDC. They wonder how Apple can be so apparently dense about the optics of their actions, and question whether the company is more afraid of changes in the status quo than they are of losing developer enthusiasm. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_465.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 32 minutes) No sponsor this week! Please consid...more

  • Episode 464: How Creepy Is It?

    May 20 2021

    Manton and Daniel take in Google’s announcements at Google I/O, and consider that some impressive tech may turn out to be relatively unimpressive in daily use. They compare Google to Apple and Microsoft with respect to making products that capitalize on the human desires instead of sheer technical prowess. They discuss the ongoing Epic vs. Apple trial and their relative lack of interest in it. Also, what is the true cost of WWDC for Apple? Is it a gift to developers or an important marketi...more

  • Episode 463: Scale Back My Ambitions

    May 16 2021

    As WWDC draws closer, Daniel and Manton wonder whether Apple will announce changes to further unify their multi-platform development proposition. Daniel talks about his impression of “catalystic” user interface, and they comisserate over the Apple’s apparent lack of focus. Manton talks about Micro.blog’s new “bookshelves” feature, and they discuss whether it’s an example of feature creep or an endearingly distinguishing feature. https://traffic.libsyn....more

  • Episode 462: It Was Bound To Happen

    May 07 2021

    Manton and Daniel touch on the evolving situation at Basecamp, after losing a longer discussion on the subject due to technical malfunction. Daniel shares his impression of dipping his toes into web development with a popular open source framework. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_462.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 29 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: PDFpen: Edit PDFs with Ease! Links: Changes at Basecamp – Jason Fried’s blog post kicking off the Base...more

  • Episode 461: We Thought The M Was For Mac

    Apr 23 2021

    Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s “Spring Loaded” product announcements. Daniel wonders what an M1 iPad Pro means for the future of Mac. They question the merit of Swift UI, and wonder whether Apple would have been better off unifying the iOS and Mac operating systems years ago. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_461.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 35 minutes) No sponsor this week! Please consider sponsoring us, or asking your employer to do so. Links: Spring L...more

  • Episode 460: How The Game Ends

    Apr 16 2021

    Manton and Daniel talk about the upcoming Apple Event and how excited they are, or are not, about it. Especially since it’s not likely to be “live.” They also talk about the strange mechanics of Apple’s DTK refund credit, and how many people might not even notice they have a refund pending. Finally, they gripe about the continuing lack of multi-user support on many Apple devices. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_460.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 32 minutes) Man...more

  • Episode 459: A Tyranny of Sorts

    Apr 10 2021

    Daniel and Manton talk about obsessing over vaccine appointment registration, and the state of vaccination efforts in the US and the rest of the world. They react to Tim Cook’s interview with Kara Swisher and what it says about Apple’s essential “goodness.” Finally, they talk about the unfathomably high percentage of US teens who allegedly own iPhones. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_459.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 34 minutes) Many thanks to our sponso...more

  • Episode 458: Who Invited You?

    Apr 02 2021

    Manton and Daniel discuss Apple’s announcement of WWDC 2021, think about the possibility of a future hybrid model combining the best of in-person and virtual conferences, and question whether Apple has lost its “youthful vitality”, and whether that spirit can be reinvigorated. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_458.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 31 minutes) No sponsor this week! Please consider sponsoring us, or asking your employer to do so. Links: WWDC 2021 &...more

  • Episode 457: The Ripple Effect

    Mar 27 2021

    Daniel and Manton celebrate Ulysses 22 launching with added support for Micro.blog. They talk more about competition and how all parties can win by collaborating to solve customer problems. Finally, they react to Apple addressing one developer’s Small Business Program woes, while acknowledging the larger issues that remain. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_457.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 37 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: RevenueCat: In-app subscriptions ...more

  • Episode 456: Find Another Flea Market

    Mar 19 2021

    Manton and Daniel talk about Google’s new, straightforward 15% fee structure for App Store sales, and how it shines a light on the sharp edges of Apple’s Small Business Program. They talk about the unfair aspects of Apple’s plan, and how Apple might feel pressure to improve it. Will they? Finally, they talk about whether Apple can and should decouple the costs of running the App Store from the payments made by customers to developers. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint...more

  • Episode 455: I Don’t Need To Go Viral

    Mar 12 2021

    Daniel and Manton talk about Basecamp’s new Hey World blogging service, based on their email service. They think about the merits of attempting to leverage marketing exposure by interfacing with other products or services that have a larger audience, talk about trying to “fill the void” in popular services’ offering, and striving to get a good amount of PR without necessarily “going viral.” https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_455.mp3 Download...more

  • Episode 454: It Almost Doesn’t Matter

    Mar 05 2021

    Manton asks Daniel about his first week back on the job full-time at Red Sweater. They talk about Daniel’s recent work on FastScripts and whether he should revise its freemium business model. Finally, they talk about an Arizona bill that would impose new requirements about the limits companies like Google and Apple can apply on App Store sales. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_454.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 39 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: TextExpander...more

  • Episode 453: Go Find The Answers

    Feb 27 2021

    Daniel talks with Manton about the thrill of being self-employed again, and about the merit of seizing on that possibly-fleeting enthusiasm. Manton talks about coming out of his own micro-slump with Micro.blog, and celebrates recent news that Ulysses will support Micro.blog. They both look forward to being more aggressive in marketing their apps in the coming weeks and months. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_453.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 28 minutes) No sponsor this week! Pl...more

  • Episode 452: One Unfolding Disaster

    Feb 20 2021

    Manton updates Daniel on the state of things in Texas, where a disastrous winter storm has wreaked havoc. Switching gears back to tech, they point to confirmation of the vague problems Daniel recalled hearing about building apps on M1 Macs. Finally, they reconsider how and when they’re likely to spend the $500 DTK credits they are expecting. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_452.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 33 minutes) No sponsor this week! Please consider sponsoring us, o...more

  • Episode 451: I Was Expecting Nothing

    Feb 10 2021

    Daniel and Manton catch up on last week’s news from Apple that they will offer $500 instead of $200 to DTK leasers. They discuss the general state of Apple’s Developer Relations compared to other companies such as Microsoft, and challenge Apple to strive to outdo their competition. Finally, they compare notes about what they each plan to spend their respective $500 credits on. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_451.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 25 minutes) No sponsor t...more

  • Episode 450: The Full Indie Experience

    Feb 07 2021

    Daniel shares that he has resigned from his nearly-full-time contract in order to refocus on Red Sweater and “the indie software dream.” Also, Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s email warning that Developer Transition Kits will soon be called hom, and talk about Apple’s missed opportunity for better PR with developers. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_450.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 49 minutes) Many thanks to our sponsor this week: PDFpen: Edit PDFs wi...more

  • Episode 449: Geezer Programming Languages

    Jan 29 2021

    Daniel and Manton reflect on the passing of Brad Cox, inventor of Objective-C, and the impact his work has had on Mac and iOS developers. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/coreint/CoreInt_449.mp3 Download Audio (MP3, 26 minutes) No sponsor this week! Please consider sponsoring us, or asking your employer to do so. Links: Dr. Brad J. Cox, Ph.D. – Obituary of the inventor of Objective-C. Object-Oriented Programming: An Evolutionary Approach – Brad Cox’s book that introduced...more