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).