“Radio On Your Schedule”

Rogue Amoeba has been very busy recently. On the heels of their excellent free MakeiPhoneRingtone app, comes Radioshift.

Time shifting has changed the way we consume information and media. Setting your schedule around your favorite TV or Radio show is no longer the way of things.

Listen live or subscribe to your favorite internet or AM/FM radio in a beautiful, simple to use Mac application.

Bullfrog 2 Teaser Screencast

Marcus and I have been working hard on Bullfrog 2. There are many technical hurdles we’ve been navigating through, but it’s been fun so far.

We promised to keep you up to date with progress and discuss the technical challenges we’ve encountered. So far the challenges have been all due to our lack of experience in the new technologies we’ve chosen to use.

Open GL has been a bit of a change from drawing in Cocoa, but once I worked out the “little” problems getting the code to work on multiple graphics cards it’s been mostly smooth sailing.

The biggest challenge has been getting up to speed with the new Leopard technologies. We really want to write about this stuff, but can’t yet because of the NDA we’ve agreed to with Apple. Hopefully, we’ll get to talk about that stuff soon.

But, to show that we are making progress here is a short thirty second movie of our little green hero hopping around a small test level.

Keep in mind this is uses very rudimentary developer artwork I created just to test the screen scrolling and background tiling code. But, it does give a small peak into the direction we’re taking Bullfrog 2.

Bullfrog 2 Teaser

Acorn from Flying Meat

From Gus Mueller, developer of Voodoo Pad, comes a new bitmap image editor to the Mac market.

Acorn is a sleek, light-weight, and affordable image editor built with modern Mac OS X in mind.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to use Acorn through the beta testing period and it’s a very nice product. I’ve been creating all of my “developer art” in Acorn for my upcoming game, Bullfrog 2.

There are some great simple to use image editing tools and some pretty cool image filters built right in. But, I think the power comes from the plug-in API that allows extending the application using Python and Objective-C.