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Perfect LBGT score, TextExpander, Swift now Open Source, App Store, Patina launches free


Simple Mac drawing app launches free for a limited time
Simple Mac drawing app launches free for a limited time

For 14th year in a row, Apple achieves perfect score in Human Rights Campaign’s LGBT rankings — Apple and 20 other tech companies achieved perfect scores on this year’s Corporate Equality Index, a Human Rights Campaign project ranking US companies on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered workers.

TextExpander 5 for Mac discounted — The harsh reality is you waste time typing the same thing over and over, whether you notice it or not— and that’s where TextExpander comes in. This highly popular app allows you to create custom shortcuts that populate any set of text or image you want to save you the time and effort of typing. Whether it’s HTML formatting, a salutation, or even a lengthy email, you’ll find minutes and hours freed up. It‘s currently on special for US$22 instead of US$45.

Apple programming language Swift goes open source — Apple’s software team has officially made Swift, its proprietary iOS and OS X development software, open source and available for modification by all developers, via the new website Swift.org. By open-sourcing Swift, developers can begin to use the language for their own purposes and go beyond development for OS X, iOS and watchOS apps.

Sketch and BBEdit leave the Mac App Store (a blip or the tip of an iceberg of developer discontent?) — Bohemian Coding is no longer selling Sketch on the Mac App Store because of what the company describes as poor customer experiences. (Sketch is a tool for designing interfaces, websites, and icons.) At least one other company is also taking this route.

New simple Mac drawing app launches free for a limited time — Atek has released a new drawing app this week called Patina that the developer believes fills an important need among Mac users who are not professional designers yet desire to have a good app for making simple drawings and sketches. The app is initially free, so you can download it from the Mac App Store and try it out (tutorial video here).

Which Macs for El Capitan? Backstage at WWDC, women in tech, Chrome, TextExpander, Upper East Side


Apple's Upper East Side VIP room is in a former bank vault
Apple’s Upper East Side VIP room is in a former bank vault

El Capitan Mac specs — When OS X El Capitan ships in about three months we will get some big improvements in performance on our Macs thanks to Metal, Apple’s system for vastly improving how computers handle graphics. There isn’t any official word yet on which Macs will support Metal, but there is some idea of what to expect thanks to the efforts of developers who have been digging through the El Capitan beta. Basically, that’s:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 series and newer
Intel HD4000 and newer (Ivy Bridge or newer)
AMD HD7000 and newer
You can see which graphics card is in your Mac by clicking the Apple menu and choosing About This Mac. Look for the Graphics  entry under the Overview tab. However, even if you can’t run Metal, all Yosemite-capable Macs will be able to run El Capitan.
But what’s missing from El Capitan?

Apple posts ‘Backstage’ parody sketch from WWDC 2015 — With WWDC 2015, Apple chose to kick things off with a humorous sketch video lampooning the lengths to which companies go to produce gala keynote presentations. The video is now up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

Apple profiled efforts to invite girls into male-dominated tech, engineering jobs at WWDC — The overwhelming majority of WWDC attendees continues to be male, but Apple its stepping up its own efforts to encourage more women — starting with young girls — to take prominent roles in tech. That included prominent stage time for female executives in leadership roles, and the featuring of GoldieBlox, an effort to interest girls in engineering careers, starting early on in the toy isle.

Google working to make Chrome more efficient on the Mac — If you find the Chrome browser to be a bit too power-hungry for your liking, Google has some good news for you. According to Google software engineer Peter Kasting, the Chrome team is hard at work to make the browser more efficient, particularly on the Mac. [I still have absolutely no problem with Safari.]

TextExpander 5 review: typing shortcut utility makes you more productive by learning your habits — TextExpander is designed to save keystrokes. Instead of typing the same sequence again and again at full length, tap in a few characters and the app automatically drops in your replacement in whatever software you’re using.

Apple opens Upper East Side NYC store with unique design elements, including VIP bank vault — Apple’s somewhat controversial new store on Manhattan’s upscale Upper East Side opened for business this weekend, and photos of the remodeled bank reveal a number of one-off design flourishes including a dedicated Beats display wall and a bank vault-turned-VIP room. [VIP room? WTF??]