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Matt Neuburg

Matt Neuburg

Matt Neuburg has been writing for TidBITS since 1991, concentrating on issues surrounding word processing, databases and text organization programs, scripting and innovative programming systems, and a variety of utilities. He has written some popular freeware programs, such as MemoryStick and NotLight. He has created the online documentation for a number of applications, such as Script Debugger and Opal. He has written books about programming Frontier, REALbasic, and AppleScript, and is the author of various Take Control ebooks.

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The Very Model of a Modern Mountain Lion Document

Mountain Lion brings some changes to the interface whereby users interact with documents in autosaving applications. These changes might well overcome user objections to the Modern Document Model introduced in Lion.

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Mountain Lion is (Still) a Quitter

Mountain Lion continues Lion’s tradition of spontaneously force-quitting applications. Fortunately, there’s now a magic wand that lets you turn off this reprehensible behavior.

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Lion Zombie Document Mystery Solved

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion keeps bringing Matt Neuburg’s documents back from the dead, even though he has told it not to. He has finally figured out why, and if you read on, you’ll understand why too.

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Hey, iBooks, Where Did All My Books Go?

Everything went fine migrating everything from my old iPad to my new iPad, except that my books vanished from iBooks. The reason: Apple thinks books are like songs.

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Where to Speak on Your iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 has two microphones, so which one should you talk into? The answer could surprise you.

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Does iOS Give Apps Too Much Access to Your Data?

Instapaper developer Marco Arment says that iOS gives him “far too much access to [the data in the user’s] Address Book without forcing a user prompt.” TidBITS staffer Matt Neuburg has said much the same thing in his Programming iOS book: what sense does it make that an app has to pass through all those Core Location permission gateways in order to access your photos, yet can freely and without notice examine, copy, and delete the information in your Contacts and Calendar databases?

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How I Dared to Try iTunes Match and Actually Enjoyed It

Read all about one man’s bold steps to enjoying his music on the go. It doesn’t have much to do with matching anything, though.

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Appcuity is the New, Better Appalicious

There’s more than a name change — from Appalicious to Appcuity — in store for users of ProVUE’s Mac App Store tamer.

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Sandbox or Catbox?

Apple has postponed the announced date when all Mac App Store applications must be sandboxed, from November 2011 to March 2012. Maybe that's because sandboxing isn't working either for Apple or for developers. Developer Wil Shipley ruminates on why requiring application sandboxing is the wrong strategy for Apple.

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iOS 5.0.1 to Fix Caching and Battery Life Bugs

Earlier, we referred you to a blog post by Marco Arment showing that iOS 5 could delete the contents of an app’s caches folder and temporary folder behind the app’s back, thus leaving the app with no safe place to store data. Now, MacRumors reports that the release notes for the beta of iOS 5.0.1 say that it “introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.” This should fix the problem Marco described. iOS 5 will also bring back multitasking gestures to the original iPad, and is said to address the infamous battery life issue.

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Lion Frustrations? Don’t Forget TinkerTool

Sometimes you just have to use undocumented under-the-hood settings. TinkerTool is a safe and reliable way to do so.

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How iOS 5 Will Affect Developers — and You

Changes in iOS that expand the toolbox for developers will also affect what you see on the screen. Here are some examples of what might be coming in iOS 5.

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Meanwhile, Back at the Lion Ranch…

Things have been so busy since Apple released iCloud, iOS 5, and a new iPhone last week, you may have forgotten that the company also updated Lion. Here’s a quick look at the major changes wrought by Mac OS X 10.7.2.

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With iOS 5, It’s Cache as Cache Can

Marco Arment, developer of Instapaper, explains why iOS 5 could mess up Instapaper and many other apps. If an app stores a lot of data in Documents, Apple now slaps its hand because Documents can be backed up by iCloud; but if an app stores a lot of data in Caches, iOS 5 can now delete that data at will. So any app that moves its data store from Documents to Caches can lose that data. Apple argues that this is okay because Caches is for data that can be reconstructed — say, by re-downloading it from the Internet. But what if the deletion happens while offline? Someone with a Wi-Fi-only device could store stuff just before leaving the house, only to find it gone later. And, as Marco points out, Apple deletes the data but the app developer receives the hate mail.

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Macworld Muses About Lion’s Sandboxed Future

Over at Macworld, Andy Ihnatko ponders whether Lion’s sandboxing feature might mean that one of Apple’s best babies — interapplication communication — is being thrown out with the bathwater. Notice also the link to a Jason Snell article in a parallel vein. This is something that some of us here at TidBITS have been quietly worrying about for months.