Coding Friends Blog

Here we cover everything that is related to successful app development.
From programming and product design to marketing and business management.

November 30, 2023

Improving Accessibility in VoiceOver using SwiftUI

For Wokabulary 6.2 we significantly improved the experience for VoiceOver users. Here is what we learned on accessibility design with SwiftUI.

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April 20, 2023

Why macOS System Data takes up so much disk space

When you check disk usage in macOS Ventura’s System Settings, you might find “System Data” takes up huge amounts of disk space. Here we explain what “System Data” is and how to free up that space.

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November 11, 2022

The new remote work reality and the struggle for talents

The strong push toward remote working brings challenges to both companies and employees. While there is a lot of hesitation, in the long run we need a new way of thinking and tools to support the new way of working.

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October 26, 2022

Saying goodbye to our open source text editor Tincta

Almost all developers do have some side projects and work on open source software in their spare time. For over 11 years Tincta, a text editor for Mac, was our open source side project. However, macOS evolves faster technically then we can keep up with, and we are sad to announce that we have to discontinue Tincta.

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September 18, 2022

We spent €800 on Google Ads, so you don’t have to

Google has this great offer: Spend €400 on ads within two months and get a €400 budget on top for free. We had never advertised our products and services in an ad-network. So we thought we should give it a try. Here is what we learned after three months and €800.

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June 12, 2022

Restore deleted files on the Mac from Snapshots in Disk Utility

Did you accidentally delete or overwrite a file on your Mac? And the last time you made a Time Machine backup was several days ago? Don’t worry. Your Mac keeps local backups and it’s actually quite easy to recover lost files on the Mac.

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June 12, 2022

Apple watch version of our tally counter app UpMoji out now!

Do you need an easy way to track how many glasses of water you drink, or a simple tool to count goals, points, or inventory? Our tally counter app UpMoji makes counting things and tracking habits even easier with its watchOS version.

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May 11, 2022

Loqbooq for Webex being advertised in Silicon Valley 🤩

When we started working on Loqbooq, we wanted to create a tool that makes it possible to record decisions directly where they are made. So, we integrated Loqbooq into Slack and now Webex.

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May 11, 2022

We launched Macarons - a chat roulette app for Slack

When teams work remotely or distributed, there is no chance to meet co-workers on the hallway or at the coffee machine. So it becomes hard to build up team spirit. With Macarons you have regular virtual coffee breaks with random teammates.

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April 21, 2022

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #7

It's already the second half of April and time seems to rush by. This means there are a ton of new things to learn and even more in development. Instead of getting stressed out it's very important to prioritize and wisely choose how we spend and invest our time.

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April 7, 2022

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #6

It's about time for yet another Dev Delight! While we feel like we still didn't catch up with all new things in Swift, SwiftUI and many of the frameworks provided by Apple, they just announced the next WWDC.

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March 18, 2022

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #5

It has been a while since the last Dev Delight and so much happened. In fact, with all what happened and still happening, we did not feel comfortable to send out a newsletter. Given the circumstances with people fleeing the Russian invasion and suffering from war in Ukraine, we will keep this edition of Dev Delight short.

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January 20, 2022

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #4

From time to time it makes sense to reflect and discuss the state of the ecosystem we all are developing for. If you rather want to get more hands-on development knowledge, do not despair, we've got you covered too.

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January 13, 2022

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #3

We hope you were able to settle comfortably into the new year. At least Apple did not have problems doing so and just released an update for iOS and iPadOS, fixing security issues in HomeKit.

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January 3, 2022

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #2

We hope you made it well into the new year and had some time to relax. The holidays always provide an opportunity to reflect and re-orient.

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December 5, 2021

iOS and Mac Dev Delight #1

The year is almost over and what a year it was. While the world is still struggling with the global pandemic we decided to focus on the good things in this last issue for the year.

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June 12, 2021

Decision log Loqbooq launched

For about a year we have been working on it and today we are launching our latest app: Loqbooq, a decision log for teams. Loqbooq helps you to quickly and permanently record decisions directly where they are made.

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