Neu 1.0 Released
November 25, 2010

Neu 1.0 is now officially out of beta and released.

Neu is a simple application that makes it easier to create new documents in the Finder, without you having to open an application first. You can find out more here.

Although it’s a relatively small product, Neu represents a bit of a landmark for me as it’s the first piece of commercial software that I’ve released since giving up the “day job” and returning to life as an independent developer. As such it was a deliberately small project that was at least partially intended as a way for me to get up to speed with various technologies such as the Sparkle update framework and integration with the FastSpring online store. It’s also had to take a back seat for quite a while as I’ve been distracted with some other projects.

That said, Neu is a real tool that I wanted for my own use, and hopefully it will prove to be of some use to others.

So what’s next?

For Neu, I’ve had a couple of reports of minor cosmetic bugs, so I’ll work on a 1.0.1 release which should follow fairly quickly. After that, I’ve got a number of features that I’d like to fit into a 1.1 version, including support for more complicated templates, and possibly some smart detection of the “best” place to create new files when you aren’t working in the Finder. I’m also planning on trying to do a Mac Application Store edition of Neu - it’s possible that that will result in some changes to the application, which will also find their way back to the version I’m publishing myself.

Other than Neu, I’ve also got quite a few Mac and iOS applications in development, at various stages of completion! I’ll post some more news here as they get nearer to seeing the light of day. Currently I’m working on three things Twitter related (one on the Mac, two on iOS), but I’ve also got all sorts of other ideas. If there’s something that you want to see done though, feel free to send me your ideas too (although bear in mind that if you do, there’s every chance that I’ll run off with them and attempt to make money!).

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