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2020 vision

Last week I published my annual Dejal year in review post for 2019. This week, let's look ahead for what's in store for 2020. And yes, I couldn't resist using the "2020 vision" pun. Sorry not sorry.

I am currently working on a big update to Simon, my pro macOS app to monitor websites and servers. I'm not ready to provide details, but I think people will enjoy the improvements. Due to my various projects, it probably won't be out for a few months.

Once that is done, I will start on an update to Time Out, probably version 2.7, though I might go to 3.0. I have a long list of feature ideas, some of which are earmarked for 3.0, some could be done sooner or later; I'll refine the plan closer to the time. As always, feel free to get in touch if you have suggestions.

Over the holiday period, I whipped up a quick prototype of a new macOS app to scratch my own itch, and as a fun learning experience for using SwiftUI, Combine, and other new technologies. The basic functionality is working, but I still need to do the preferences and other features. But that's on hold until I finish Simon. I'm actually thinking about outsourcing this, as another experiment. I do consulting development work for others, but it could be interesting to be on the client side for a change.

As always I have various other app ideas in various stages of planning or prototyping. I hope to spend some time on those at some point, but realistically probably won't have time for a while; my existing projects, including consulting work, accounts for all the time I have, and then some.

Speaking of consulting, I'm continuing to work on SheetPlanner, with some really nice enhancements underway, plus ongoing improvements to NewsBlur and Turn Touch. And maybe other projects later.

In terms of conferences, last year I attended AltConf in San Jose (see my photos) and Release Notes in Cancun, Mexico (see my photos). This year I plan to attend AltConf again, but beyond that don't have any conference plans; I'll definitely go to Release Notes again if they have one this year, and may go to another one depending on what is announced, though I won't be surprised if WWDC week is it for this year.

On the personal side, my wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with a big trip to my home country of New Zealand, plus the usual homestead projects and daily photos and such. Follow those two blogs if you're interested in me as a person.

It's going to be another busy year!

Dejal decade in review: 2010-2019

Happy New Decade!

(Yes, I know some pedants would say the decade doesn't start till next year, but that doesn't make intuitive sense.)

As we start a new decade, let's review what happened with the Dejal apps in the last one, January 2010 to December 2019:

My popular break reminder tool, Time Out, was first released way back in 2003, and started the 2010's with an update to version 1.5.6. It has been regularly updated, including a massive 2.0 upgrade in 2016. But that wasn't the end; it has had many updates since then, adding many useful features, and is currently at version 2.6.2. It is available directly from the Dejal site, via the Mac App Store, and via Setapp. It has been featured several times in the App Store, and regularly ranked #1 in the Health & Fitness category.
My pro app to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, is a year older, having started back in 2002. It begin the decade at version 2.5.6, with a major upgrade to version 3.0 later in 2010, and another to version 4.0 in 2014, and is currently at version 4.3.1. It continues to be sold both directly and as one of the foundation apps in Setapp.
Pack, a simple iPhone app to make it easy to pack for trips, was introduced in 2014, and rewritten from the ground up as 2.0 in 2019. It is currently up to version 2.1.
Date Stamp, an iMessage app to provide customizable date stamp stickers, was introduced in 2016, and updated to version 1.0.1 in 2017. It may or may not be updated again, but works really well as-is. The iMessage store didn't have a very good start, but is more visible in recent iOS releases. Tell your friends if you like this.
Chicken GIFs is a sticker pack featuring many fun animated GIFs of my chickens, which can be used as reactions in messages. It was introduced in 2017. It probably won't ever be updated, but is fun as-is.
Caboodle, a "lean clean snippet machine", was one of my older apps, created in 2006, and updated to version 1.5 in 2013. I worked on a big 2.0 update for a few years, and sold it to Before Dawn Solutions in 2017, where they released the 2.0.
BlogAssist, another older app to do HTML markup, was created in 2003, updated to version 2.4.1 in 2015, then discontinued in 2017. I don't like to discontinue apps, but sometimes it is the best option.
Tweeps, an iOS app to manage Twitter accounts, was created in 2010, updated to version 3.3 in 2014, then discontinued in 2017. It had a short life, suffering the fate of many third-party Twitter tools.
Narrator was my first app for Mac OS X; an app to read out stories in multiple voices. It was created in 2002, updated to version 2.0.7 in 2010, then sold to Mariner Software later in 2010.

It's been a busy decade!

Consulting

Dejal also produces macOS and iOS apps for other companies, under the banner of Dejal Consulting, since 1995.

The 2010's decade saw a significant change for Dejal Consulting, moving from having one big, long-term client (with the occasional smaller jobs) to a more diverse portfolio. While having a big client was comfortable, it was fairly disruptive when it ended. I enjoy having long-term projects, but I would prefer to avoid that disruption in the future, so now like to maintain at least a couple of bigger projects, and a sprinkling of smaller ones for variety.

I can't write about all consulting projects, but some publicly available ones in the past decade have included:

SheetPlanner, a pro-level outliner, planner, todo, calendar, and more. Written entirely by Dejal. Started in 2017, it recently reached version 1.2, with many great enhancements coming in future updates.
The iOS client for NewsBlur, a popular RSS reader. Contributions by Dejal, starting in 2015 and also ongoing.
The iOS and macOS apps for the Turn Touch remote, a beautiful wooden remote for your smart home. Contributions by Dejal, starting in 2019 and continuing.
Client Folder Maker, a macOS tool to make custom hierarchies of folders. Contributions by Dejal, starting in 2018.
Keynote Extractor, a better HTML export for Apple Keynote on macOS. Written by Dejal from 2016 to 2017.
zCloud, a menubar utility for macOS to easily share screenshots and other files. Written by Dejal from 2015 to 2016.
Profile, a large server/client medical practice management system for iOS and macOS. Dejal contributions to the macOS server/client apps from 1995 to 2014 (yes, 19 years!), and the iOS app written by Dejal from 2011 to 2014.

I am currently fully booked up for the next several months at least, but am always interested in talking with potential new clients. If you have a macOS or iOS project you'd like help with (or a custom Simon enhancement), check out my consulting page for more information.

Thank you

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to the long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps, and my continuing consulting clients. I really appreciate your support.

Featured blog posts of 2019

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2019 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Looking ahead: 2019

Last week I published my annual Dejal year in review post for 2018. This week, let's look ahead for what's in store for 2019.

I am currently working on a complete rewrite of Pack, my simple packing list app. It was originally written in Objective-C, using some legacy techniques and technologies, but I decided to rewrite it from scratch using Swift and modern approaches. It's usually not a good idea to rewrite working code, but this app is small enough, and the code crusty enough, that I deemed it worthwhile. I use this app every time I travel, so I'm keen to keep it fresh and current, and add some great new features... hopefully including iCloud syncing, though we'll see how that goes.

Next up I will start on Time Out version 2.6, with a number of enhancements planned, and several more queued up for future versions. If you have any requests for 2.6 or later, now would be a great time to get in touch.

Fun fact: this week Time Out is the top featured app in the Mac App Store, with a great feature story. (That link will take you to the story in the App Store on a Mac or iOS device.)

I also have a couple of new apps in various states of planning or prototyping; one for macOS, another for iOS. Handy tools to scratch my own itch, which can sometime be a great way to work on an app, though not necessarily a key to commercial success. I hope to get to one or both of those later in the year.

And let's not forget Simon; I have some big enhancements planned for its next release, too.

On the consulting side, I'm continuing to work on SheetPlanner, NewsBlur, and other client projects this year, with some great new releases coming up.

I've noticed that the Dejal blog was a bit neglected last year, with relatively few posts, and I haven't done a DejalNews newsletter for a while, so I want to get back into those; I've set a goal to do one post per week, and one newsletter per month, so please hold me to that! I also want to do some improvements to the website this year. (I guess I satisfied my blogging needs with my personal and homestead blogs, but I don't want to ignore the Dejal one too.)

In terms of conferences, last year I attended AltConf in San Jose and Swift by Northwest in Portland. This year I'm considering entering the lottery for WWDC, since it'll likely have a strong Mac focus, but plan to attend AltConf again if I don't get in. I'd also like to attend other conferences, to be determined.

It's going to be another busy year!

Dejal year in review: 2018

Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, let's review what happened with the Dejal apps in 2018:

My pro app to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, had a couple of updates in 2018, to version 4.3.1, including Mojave dark mode, meta refresh options, pause improvements, refinements to services and filters, and more. It continues to be sold both directly and as one of the foundation apps in the popular Setapp subscription service.
My popular break reminder tool, Time Out, had two significant updates in 2018, including version 2.4, adding a useful statistics chart, options to disable buttons for a few seconds, scheduling enhancements, and other improvements, and version 2.5, which included Mojave dark mode, day-of-week availability options, and other improvements. It continues to be available both directly and via the Mac App Store, where it was recently picked as an app they love, and regularly ranked #1 in the Health & Fitness category.
Pack, a simple iPhone app to make it easy to pack for trips, didn't have any updates in 2018, but I am working on a big update (more below). I use it for every trip, and have a number of improvements planned. Try it for your next trip!
Date Stamp, an iMessage app to provide customizable date stamp stickers, was updated to version 1.0.1. It may or may not be updated again, but works really well as-is. The iMessage store didn't have a very good start, but is more visible in recent iOS releases. Tell your friends if you like this.
Chicken GIFs is a sticker pack featuring many fun animated GIFs of my chickens, which can be used as reactions in messages. It may or may not get any future updates, but is fun as-is.

Consulting

Dejal also produces macOS and iOS apps for other companies, under the banner of Dejal Consulting. (I do wonder if I should split it into a separate company... but it's been fine for nearly 30 years.)

The big news in 2018 was the release of SheetPlanner, a pro-level outliner, planner, todo, calendar, and more. I'm really proud of how this app turned out, and it has been fairly popular on the Mac App Store already. I'm continuing to work on this app, so stay tuned for some great enhancements throughout the year.
I have also resumed working on the iOS client for NewsBlur, a popular RSS reader, with many great enhancements in version 8, and more to come.
I'm also currently working on a macOS project for another client, that I can't mention yet. More about that in the future.

I am currently fully booked up for the next several months at least, but am always interested in talking with potential new clients. If you have a macOS or iOS project you'd like help with (or a custom Simon enhancement), check out my consulting page for more information.

Thank you

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to the long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps. I really appreciate your support.

Featured blog posts of 2018

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2018 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2017

Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, let's review what happened with the Dejal apps in 2017:

My pro app to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, had a couple of minor updates in 2017, to version 4.2.2. It was also one of the foundation apps in the Setapp subscription service, offering a new option for people who prefer getting lots of apps for one low monthly price.
My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, followed up the huge version 2 release in the previous year with a bunch more updates in 2017, including version 2.2, adding a useful activity feature, more themes, and other improvements, and version 2.3, which included much-requested options to limit postpones and skips, show mini pie charts for break labels, and lots of other improvements.
Caboodle, the lean clean snippet machine, finally reached version 2... but not as a Dejal product; it was acquired by Before Dawn Solutions.
BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, hadn't been updated for a couple of years, and was never all that popular, so with some regret I said goodbye to it in 2017, so I could focus on my more successful apps.
Similarly, I also discontinued Tweeps, an app for iOS to manage Twitter accounts, which was no longer needed with modern Twitter clients.
Pack, a simple iPhone app to make it easy to pack for trips, didn't have any updates in 2017, but I am working on a big update (more below). I use it for every trip, and have a number of improvements planned. Try it for your next trip!
Date Stamp, an iMessage app to provide customizable date stamp stickers, was updated to version 1.0.1. It may or may not be updated again, but works really well as-is. The iMessage store didn't have a very good start, but is more visible in iOS 11. Tell your friends if you like this.
I released a second iMessage app... though this was a pure sticker pack, instead of customizable stickers. Chicken GIFs is a sticker pack featuring many fun animated GIFs of my chickens, which can be used as reactions in messages (chicken butt!).
Chicken butt!

Consulting

On the consulting side, I've done updates for several of my existing clients, but spent most of the year working on an exciting new macOS app, which should see the light of day in the first half of 2018. I can't wait for people to try it.

I am currently fully booked up for the next few months at least, but am always interested in talking with potential new clients. If you have a macOS or iOS project you'd like help with (or a custom Simon enhancement), check out my consulting page for more information.

Looking ahead

2017 has been an interesting year for Dejal, and 2018 should be quite eventful too.

I am currently working on Time Out version 2.4. I also already have version 2.5 and beyond planned out; too many ideas for enhancements! If you have any requests for 2.4 or later, now would be a great time to get in touch (fun fact: I'm more likely to sneak in a request when actively working on the app, though no promises).

Next up I'll probably resume work on a complete rewrite of Pack, my simple packing list app. It was originally written in Objective-C, using some legacy techniques and technologies, but I decided to rewrite it from scratch using Swift and modern approaches. It's usually not a good idea to rewrite working code, but this app is small enough, and the code crusty enough, that I deemed it worthwhile. I use this app every time I travel, so I'm keen to keep it fresh and current, and add some great new features... hopefully including iCloud syncing, though we'll see how that goes.

I also have another new iOS app in the works, which I hope to finish off in early 2018, and another new macOS app I want to get to sometime. So much for focus! But I find it useful and enjoyable to explore new ideas and technologies every so often.

And let's not forget Simon; I have some big enhancements planned for its next release, too.

Finally, as mentioned I'm working on a new app for the consulting side, which will be exciting to get released.

It's going to be another busy year!

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to the long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps. I really appreciate your support.

Featured blog posts of 2017

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2017 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2016

Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, let's review what happened with the Dejal apps in 2016:

My flagship pro app to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, continued to improve in 2016, with a big update to version 4.2, which included several new filters, email and preview improvements, and more. It is also one of the foundation apps in the new Setapp subscription service, offering a new option for people who prefer getting lots of apps for one low monthly price.
My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, had a huge year, finally reaching the general release of version 2, after several years work. Version 2 is a huge upgrade, with a completely redesigned preferences window, an option to hide the Dock icon, an optional status item, global shortcuts, more breaks, customizable break themes, many new actions, and so much more. Version 2.0 was released in March, followed by some bug-fix updates, and version 2.1 in the latter half of the year.
Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, had a couple of beta releases of version 2, a major upgrade that supports multiple Caboodle documents, significantly improved custom fields, refined text area, and more.
BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, didn't have any updates in 2016. It's a minor product, but one I still use regularly.
It's not often that I introduce a brand-new app, but 2016 had such an occasion: I released the first version of Date Stamp, an iMessage app to provide customizable date stamp stickers. This app can be used in Apple's Messages chat app on iOS to provide fun and useful stickers for your conversations, that can be tweaked to any date, in multiple formats, and various colors.
Pack, a simple iPhone app to make it easy to pack for trips, didn't have any updates in 2016, but I use it for every trip, and have a number of improvements planned. Try it for your next trip!
Tweeps, an app for iOS to easily manage Twitter accounts, also didn't get any updates. It doesn't sell very well, so I can't really justify spending time on it, but it does what it needs to.

Consulting

On the consulting side, I've worked on a number of projects in the last year, including Keynote Extractor, a new macOS app to do a better HTML export from Apple Keynote; the iOS NewsBlur app, a popular RSS news reader; zCloud, a handy macOS menu bar utility to quickly and easily upload screenshots and other files to Dropbox; MBTableGrid and private components for Tap Forms for Mac; and others that aren't publicly available.

I have availability for contract work currently. If you have a macOS or iOS project you'd like help with (or a custom Simon enhancement), check out my consulting page for more information.

Looking ahead

So what's coming up in 2017? First thing (maybe even this week), I have a new iMessage sticker pack that I'm trying to get Apple to approve... but they're being a bit chicken, so to speak. (Could that be a hint?)

I am also currently working on a big update to Time Out, which adds a much-requested feature, and some other improvements. You can expect a beta of that later this month.

Then I will probably do some last fixes to Caboodle 2, and get that out. There remains some questions to answer about this update, but I want to resolve them one way or another early this year.

After that, I have an update to Simon planned. I'm actually very excited about one of the features planned for the next release; I think it will be very popular, particularly for big installations. But that's enough of a hint for now. :)

I will also continue contract work, of course, since I enjoy eating and paying bills. I'd appreciate any referrals or contacts for potential new projects.

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to my long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps. I really appreciate your support.

Featured blog posts of 2016

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2016 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2015

Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, let's review what happened with the Dejal apps in 2015:

After the massive version 4.0 upgrade in late 2014, Simon, my flagship product to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, saw another fairly big update in 2015 to version 4.1.1, plus a beta of 4.2, which will be in general release in a month or so.
My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, had significant work on version 2, with several alpha builds in 2015. It went from alpha 8 at the beginning of the year all the way up to alpha 29 at the end of the year, each with many improvements. It is now basically feature-complete; I'm just working on the final touches at present. Time Out 2 has been in the works for years, in between contract work and other projects, but it's tantalizingly close now, and I expect to have a beta release available within the next few months. As previously mentioned, everyone who makes a donation for Time Out now will be automatically eligible for the paid features at no additional cost — so you can set your own price for it now! This offer expires when version 2 is released. This also makes you eligible for the alpha; after donating, tell me if you'd like to try it. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; the volume of donations is really encouraging.
Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, didn't see any updates in 2015. I do have a new version in the works, which I'll finish off and release once I get Time Out 2 out.
BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, had a small update to version 2.4.1 in 2015. It's a minor product, but one I still use regularly.
Pack, a simple iPhone app to make it easy to pack for trips, had a number of updates in 2015, up to version 1.2. The major enhancement in 2015 was the addition of a handy Apple Watch app. Try it for your next trip!
Tweeps, an app for iOS to easily manage Twitter accounts, didn't get any updates in 2015. It doesn't sell very well, so I can't really justify spending time on it, but it does what it needs to.

Consulting

On the consulting side, I've worked on a number of projects in the last year, including zCloud, a handy Mac menu bar utility to quickly and easily upload screenshots and other files to Dropbox; MBTableGrid and private components for Tap Forms for Mac; and the iOS NewsBlur app, a popular RSS news reader.

I'm fully booked for the next couple of months, and hoping for more from existing clients, but if you have a Mac or iOS project you'd like help with (or a custom Simon enhancement), check out my consulting page for more information.

Looking ahead

So what's coming up in 2016? My top priority is finishing off Time Out 2. As mentioned, it is very close to completion, so I should be able to get a beta out soon... though no promises, since it depends on how long it takes to finish off, and time spent on contract work. I will also continue contract work, of course, since I enjoy eating and paying bills.

I will also do the general release of Simon 4.2, probably before Time Out 2 is out. And later in the year I hope to get back to a Caboodle update that's been pushed back for a while. I'd like to add a new app, too, but we'll see.

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to my long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps. I really appreciate your support. I'm very excited about the much-anticipated Time Out 2 release in the coming year, and other projects in the pipeline.

Featured blog posts of 2015

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2015 included:

Phew! It seems I've been writing quite a bit more than usual in the last year. I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2014

Happy holidays!

Another year is coming to a close, so let's review what happened with the Dejal apps in 2014:

My flagship product to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, had a big year in 2014. It started the year with the version 3.6 release, and ended it with the biggest upgrade ever, to version 4.0, with a radical new design and many significant improvements, both visible and behind the scenes.
My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, had several alpha builds of version 2 in 2014. Work on it kept being sidelined by other projects, mostly my contract work on Profile, but the builds slowly improved the app. As previously mentioned, everyone who makes a donation for Time Out now will be automatically eligible for the full-featured paid edition at no additional cost — so you can set your own price for it now! This offer expires when version 2 is released. This also makes you eligible for the alpha; after donating, tell me if you'd like to try it. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; the volume of donations is really encouraging.
Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, didn't see any updates in 2014. I do have a new version in the works, which I'll finish off and release once I get Time Out 2 out.
BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, also wasn't updated in 2014. It isn't a huge seller, so I'm not sure I can justify devoting much time to it. But I use it myself regularly, so I have no plans to discontinue it any time soon. It's basically great as-is.
I introduced a new app in 2014: Pack, a simple iPhone app to make it easy to pack for trips. I actually wrote this for myself a couple of years ago, and have used a pre-release build when packing for vacations and other travel of my wife and I ever since. This year, I polished it up and released it as my first freemium app. Try it for your next trip!
Tweeps, an app for iOS to easily manage Twitter accounts, was updated to version 3.3, including the modern iOS 7 & 8 look.
Profile, a client for Intrahealth's powerful medical practice management system, is where I spent the vast majority of my time once again, as contract work. It hasn't had a public update for a while, but internal builds have numerous improvements. I'm no longer working on this project; Intrahealth has taken maintenance of it in-house, as they continue to grow and refine their processes.

So what's coming up in 2015? Firstly, I am currently looking for a new contract or salary position as an iOS and/or Mac developer. I enjoy working on the Dejal products, but they don't bring in enough to pay the bills, so have always been more of a hobby side-business for me. If you have any leads, please refer them to me; see the Dejal consulting page for more about me.

For my own projects, I am about to get back to work on Time Out 2.0 — full-time until I find some other project. I'll also have updates of Simon, Caboodle and others throughout the year.

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to my long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps. I really appreciate your support. I'm very excited about the much-anticipated Time Out 2 release in the coming year, and other projects in the pipeline.

Featured blog posts of 2013 & 2014

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. I haven't written all that much over the past couple of years, but some highlights from 2013 and 2014 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2013

Happy New Year!

It's been a fairly quiet year for Dejal apps. Let's review what happened in 2013:

My flagship product to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, was updated to version 3.5.1 in 2013, with the next update, 3.6, currently in beta testing (at 3.6b3). 3.5 included a re-architecting of the Web plugin and lots of other improvements, while 3.6 includes new History and Notification Center plugins, and a rewritten Twitter plugin, among other changes. 3.6 should be in general release later this month.
My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, didn't get any updates in 2013, despite my plan to have version 2.0 out last year. Work on Profile (and to a lesser extent other projects) pushed back development. But I'm pleased to announce that I'm actively working on Time Out 2 currently, and hope to have an alpha for a few select licensed users to try very soon. As previously mentioned, everyone who makes a donation for Time Out now will be automatically eligible for the full-featured paid edition at no additional cost — so you can set your own price for it now! This offer expires when version 2 is released. This also makes you eligible for the alpha; tell me if you're interested. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; the volume of donations is really encouraging.
Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, was updated to version 1.5 in 2013, including many changes for Mountain Lion and Mavericks compatibility. I've started work on another update too, though it's currently on hold until I finish Time Out 2 and more Profile work, so won't see the light of day till later in the year.
BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, wasn't updated in 2013. It had an update to version 2.4 in 2012, and doesn't need any further changes for now. I have some ideas for improvements, but again they'll wait their turn for higher priority projects.
Tweeps, an app for iOS to easily manage Twitter accounts, was updated to version 3.2, including support for Twitter's latest API changes and more.
Profile, a client for Intrahealth's powerful medical practice management system, is where I spent the vast majority of my time in 2013, as contract work. The latest public release is version 2.2.7, but version 2.3 with major improvements is in development.

So what's coming up in 2014? Firstly, as I said, Simon 3.6 will be in general release soon. But my top priority is Time Out 2.0. For realz this time. I will still spend at least half my time on Profile 2.3 and beyond, too. Once Time Out 2 is out, there will no doubt be iterations of improvements on that, and more Simon, Caboodle and BlogAssist updates.

Thank you and welcome to my new customers, and many thanks to my long-term customers who are still enjoying my apps. I really appreciate your support. I'm very excited about the much-anticipated Time Out 2 release this year, and other projects in the pipeline.

Featured blog posts of 2012

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2012 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2012

Happy New Year!

Another year has gone by, so it's time to review what happened with Dejal apps in 2012:

My flagship product to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, was updated to version 3.4 in 2012. This release included a new email notifier transport, and other improvements. It also reached a major milestone, turning 10 years old in December.

My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, remains one of my most popular apps, and it saw a number of updates in 2012, to version 1.7.1. I made some progress on version 2.0, but it again got sidelined by other projects. For those waiting for it, I'm sorry for the delays; it's frustrating for me, too. It remains an important and exciting update. And as previously mentioned, everyone who makes a donation for Time Out now will be automatically eligible for the full-featured paid edition at no additional cost — so you can set your own price for it now! This offer expires when version 2 is released. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; the volume of donations is really encouraging.

Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, wasn't updated in 2012. It still works fine, and is used by lots of people on a daily basis. I actually have a 1.5 update in progress, which will be coming out soon.

BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, was updated to version 2.4 in 2012. This update added handy new Substitutions preferences, and is fully compatible with Mountain Lion, including Gatekeeper (Developer ID) and sandbox support, among other changes.

Tweeps, an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to easily manage Twitter accounts, was updated to version 3.1.1, including support for iOS 5's Twitter accounts, editing avatars, iPhone 5's nice 4" display, and more.

I introduced a new iOS app in 2012: Profile. This is a client for Intrahealth's powerful medical practice management system. I spent the majority of the year working on various versions of this, as contract work. The latest public release is version 2.0.1, but it's up to 2.2a12 in private testing.

So what's coming up in 2013? Lots of app updates. In the first couple of months I will do releases of Simon 3.5, Caboodle 1.5 and Profile 2.2. Then it's back to Time Out 2.0, with a simplified design to get it out sooner. Then I have big plans for more Simon, Time Out, Caboodle and BlogAssist updates, and may even introduce a new app or two as well. It's going to be an exciting year for Dejal!

Featured blog posts of 2011

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2011 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Dejal year in review: 2011

The year 2011 was a fairly quiet one for Dejal. I spent much of the year working on big contract projects, which cut into the time for Dejal updates — but that'll be changing in 2012.

2011 saw a major milestone for Dejal: it was the 20 year anniversary of the founding of the company. It was founded on September 20, 1991. Yes, I've been writing and selling Mac apps for two decades! Amazing.

My flagship product to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, had several updates in 2011, to version 3.3.1. Editions for the Mac App Store were also introduced: Simon Express, streamlined to only include the most popular services, filters and notifiers, but has an unlimited number of tests, and Simon Free, limited to 5 active test configurations. (See the Simon Feature Comparison for details.)

My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, remains one of my most popular apps, and it saw a number of updates in 2011, to version 1.6.3. It also had a Mac App Store edition introduced: Time Out Free. Version 2.0 has been in the works for a few years now, and saw a few weeks of work in 2011, but again got sidelined by other projects. It remains an important and exciting update, though, so I'm really looking forward to it. And as previously mentioned, everyone who makes a donation for Time Out now will be automatically eligible for the full-featured paid edition at no additional cost — so you can set your own price for it now! This offer expires when version 2 is released. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; the volume of donations is really encouraging.

Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, had some updates in 2011, to version 1.4.1, with Lion support and many other improvements. It also got introduced on the Mac App Store, with a Caboodle Express edition that is basically the same as the standard one.

BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, only had one release (to version 2.2.6) in 2011. This update added support for BlogAssist Express for the Mac App Store; this edition is also basically the same as the standard one.

I didn't do any updates of Tweeps, an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to easily manage Twitter accounts. It still works fine, and I didn't have time to work on it, though I have some ideas for enhancements.

So what's coming up in 2012? I will be spending more time on Dejal updates this year. My top priority will be Time Out 2. After that, I have big plans for Simon, Caboodle and BlogAssist updates, and may introduce a new app or two as well. It's going to be an exciting year for Dejal!

Featured blog posts of 2010

My blog posts often just cover new releases, but sometimes I post general-interest or developer-interest topics. Some highlights from 2010 included:

I hope you enjoyed these posts.

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