January 18, 2011

I’ve just released a new beta version of Ambientweet.

For those who don’t know, Ambientweet is a minimalist twitter client that I’m working on.

Unlike most clients, Ambientweet shows just one tweet at a time. This is a deliberate design decision, as it is intended to just be left running in the background, as a way of watching your twitter stream pass by. Showing just one tweet allows for a minimal user interface. This, in turn, means that the text can be bigger and there’s no need for extraneous clutter like toolbars or buttons whilst you watch the twitter world go by.

You can use Ambientweet to post, reply and re-tweet, so it’s perfectly adequate for adding to your stream and responding to what you read. What it doesn’t include is lots of complicated functionality for viewing profiles, following people, managing lists and accounts, and so on. The Twitter website is great at that stuff, so why try to replicate it?


I’m pleased to announce that after a rather lengthy review, Neu is now available on the Mac Application store. Unfortunately, due to the time lag involved in the approval process, the current version there is 1.0.1, whereas the version available for download here is 1.0.2.

Apple does not provide a way for developers to allow existing users of an application to “cross-grade” over to the Apple store version. So if you have paid for Neu via the Elegant Chaos store, please continue to download new versions through the built-in update mechanism. If, for some reason, you want a Mac application store of Neu, you will need to purchase it again. However, there’s no need to do that - your existing version will stay up to date (in fact, at the moment, it’s more up to date!).

If you bought Neu via the Apple store, please do not download the newer version from this website. Applications bought in the Apple store should only be updated via the store. The 1.0.2 update of Neu will be in the store just as soon as I can get it through the submission process.

I realise that this situation is a bit confusing and I apologise, but I had no way of knowing if/when Neu would be approved for the Apple store, so it wasn’t possible (and wouldn’t have been fair) to hold back the update for customers who had already paid for it.

In future I will try to synchronise releases in both places, to avoid confusion.

One day I may also choose to only sell through one or the other store, but that decision will wait until the developer community as a whole gets a bit more experience of the Apple store and how it’s doing.


December 24, 2010

Elegant Chaos would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas.

Unless, of course, you don’t celebrate Christmas, in which case have a fantastic not-Christmas.

Unless of course, you recognise Christmas, but simply don’t celebrate it, because that misses the point, in which case, have an appropriately sober Christmas… look, just have a good few days why don’t you, for some appropriate value of good!

Oh, and we do hope that you have a great New Year and a brilliant 2011.

Unless of course you don’t follow the Julian calendar, in which case…



December 18, 2010

I’m pleased to announce the release of Neu 1.0.2.

This update contains a number of small changes:

  • Neu now handles the .neulicense file type. Double-clicking on a license file will automatically launch Neu and register the license.
  • Neu now respects symbolic links in the path to the Templates folder, and for individual templates.
  • Added Quit button to “Presence” preference when in “Stealth” mode, since the normal Quit menu item is unavailable.
  • Added tooltips to the preferences panels. Added application name to preference window title.
  • Window changes: added fades, increased the default size, made resizable,changed the buttons to a white-text-on-black-background style to match the windows.
  • Updated sparkle and release notes URLs.
  • Fixed old reference to Replicator in the Updating preferences panel.
  • Updated the in-application Help to reflect the current state of the website.
  • Changed the default Pages template to an iWork ‘08 version, and added a Numbers template (note that this will not affect you unless you throw away your existing templates folder, since these default templates are only used when Neu can’t find a templates folder).
  • Fixed a bug in the build process which was bloating the size of the application.

December 12, 2010

I’ve added a page to the Elegant Chaos website which lists the latest available beta versions of our software.

I’d like to avoid having people accidentally download betas without realising that they are getting untested software, so the main product pages will always link to the latest release version.

Which is why, if you’re the adventurous sort, you may want to keep an eye on the beta versions page.