Archive for October 7, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Paddle In-App Purchase for iOS

Paddle (Hacker News, MacRumors):

The Epic Games v. Apple verdict clears the way for app creators to choose an alternative to Apple’s payment system (and its 15-30% fee!). But choose the wrong provider and you’ll be burdened with managing payment and subscription logic, taxes, fraud, and buyer support.

Paddle In-App Purchase will let app creators replace Apple’s In-App Purchase without worrying about any of that.

Besides lower fees, they have a long list of features beyond what the App Store offers.

It’s not yet clear whether Apple will allow any sort of non-IAP in-app payments or try to extract a 30% IP licensing fee for external purchases.

Kif Leswing (via Michael Love):

Paddle built three different implementations of an iPhone payments product in the hope one will comply with the rules.

“We would love to hear from Apple, and get on-the-record a description of exactly what’s going to be allowed versus not,” Owens said.


RevenueCat, a company that builds tools for iOS developers to manage customer subscriptions, is also developing a browser-based payment system that developers can to apps add without having to build their own, CEO Jacob Eiting said.


“We’re operating under the assumption that developers will still be required to use Apple’s IAP inside of their apps but that you now will be allowed to reference and link to external paywalls,” Eiting said.


Update (2021-10-20): FastSpring:

If and when the courts force Apple to allow third-party payment systems for in-app purchases, developers will be able to use FastSpring’s secure payment system to manage those purchases.

We’ll have much more to say on this topic in the coming weeks.

Kaleidoscope 3

Christopher Atlan (tweet):

We have listened to your feedback and enhanced the app accordingly, with new tools for inspecting version control changesets and more settings for text comparisons. We have also brought a fresh new design specifically tailored for macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey, including support for the Apple M1 chip.


Now you can quickly search for files by name or file extension.

We’ve also added the ability to filter files that have been changed, added, or deleted in a version control changeset.


Kaleidoscope 3 is now available as a one-time purchase for $149.99, and $69.99 upgrade for existing customers.

I like the new support for binary plists.

Previously it was $69.99. I imagine that this is a tricky app to sell because, even though it’s great, parts of its functionality are available in tools that developers already have: BBEdit, Tower, Xcode, FileMerge. And in most cases I compare files using those apps because I’m already in them. But sometimes I need more power or want more convenience for a certain workflow, and then I’m really glad that I have Kaleidoscope.

Craig Hockenberry:

I look at the $150 as an insurance policy more than a purchase. I need this app to stay healthy - and we all know it was close to death. Remember: eight years without a major version update.

I learned this from @xscopeapp - same thing - people complain that the app is too expensive. And buy cheap alternatives that disappear in a few years because the other developer finally realizes it’s not worth it.

Pay well for your tools. Don’t be cheap with your time.


Update (2021-10-08): By way of comparison, Araxis Merge Standard is $129 and Araxis Merge Professional (which adds 3-way merging, included in Kaleidoscope) is $269.

iOS 15 Tips and Tricks

Tim Hardwick:

Open the Tabs Group, tap group’s name at the bottom of the screen, then tap Edit in the top-left of the Tab Groups card menu. Tap the circled ellipsis next to the Tabs Group in question, then select Copy Links.


Enter jiggle mode by holding your finger on a space on the Home Screen, then tap the dots above the Dock to enter the Home Screen pages view.


Bring up the Text Size selector in Control Center, and you’ll see new options to apply the text size adjustment to the system, or just the app that’s currently open.


In iOS 15, however, it’s possible to drag an app from Spotlight and place it right onto the Home Screen, which means you no longer need to continually drag app icons between Home Screen pages to rearrange them.


The Shelf minimizes when you interact with an open window, but you can resurface it by long pressing the app’s icon and selecting Show All Windows.


Simply initiate a walking route, then raise your iPhone and scan the buildings around you when prompted. The step-by-step directions will appear in the AR mode automatically, which should make it easier to get where you need to go, especially in situations where the directions are tricky.


[W]hen on a FaceTime call or when taking a call on a third-party app like WhatsApp or Teams, launch your device’s Control Center, tap the Mic Mode button, top-right, then tap Voice Isolation to enable it.


Background Sounds are designed to help you stay focused, stay calm, and minimize distractions with the help of your iPhone or iPad. The Background Sounds on offer include balanced, bright, and dark noise, as well as natural sounds like ocean, rain, and stream.