How to write markdown presentations easily?Today I am proud to introduce Slidium, a Markdown presentations editor for the Mac, which has been started 2 years ago and soon in beta.
During last ten years, in my “corporate life” I had to write presentations. Because it was a big company, I was really creating slides everyday. While I enjoyed to present, I disliked to create these presentations. I was not able to get a efficient writing work-flow.
In the meantime, I discovered Markdown and it quickly replaced my traditional word processor application. Unfortunately, I was unable to found a tool providing me the same comfort for presentations.
I started to develop my own with the following features in mind: Read More
What’s new in Deskovery 3?
- Simpler to install and to use: Fully compatible with El Capitan and Sierra (and SIP). No need to install, just launch it.
- Dock previews: allow to directly see in the Dock, windows previews.
- Space switcher: Directly see in with Space you are and switch in one click!
- Modern UI: The UI has been completely redesigned.
- These are some of the main new features. Deskovery 3 has been rewritten mostly from scratch and also brings a ton of small enhancements.
How to get it?
- If you are already owning a Deskovery License, see the F.A.Q. for upgrade process
- Fixed incorrect focus ring in preferences
- fixed incorrect grid drawing in sizer view
- Fixed: incorrect dock thumbnail position when dock is vertical
- Fixed: crash in Acrobat Reader (and possibly other Adobe apps) and Firefox due to “strange” AXUIElementIsAttributeSettable implementations
- Menubar icon is now visible in dark mode
- Google Chrome is now fully supported
- Dock items option menu is no more hidden bu the windows preview of Deskovery (Deskovery auto hides as soon as the menu is shown)
- Heigh of windows switcher adjusted in order to avoid unnecessary scrollbar.
- Fixed incorrect windows switcher window position.
- Fixed: incorrect layout of Dock thumbs preview.
- Updated error message when no keyboard shortcut is associated to a Desktop Space
- No more need of an installer, just start the app
- No mode code injection, simpler and safer (especially with future releases of max OS X)
- A space switcher
- Preview of windows directly from the Dock.
- and much more to discover.
The OSX Space Switcher is back!Today, the application is done at 90%. It also took more time than expected because I’ve added to the tool, features I had to remove in the past like the Space switcher. Users of the first versions of Deskovery will probably remind that there was a small popover allowing to change the current Space in one click. Mission control has change the way Spaces are working and I am happy to announce that Deskovery 3 will provide again a way to do it. Space switcher will be directly available in the Menu bar menu of the application.
What will no more workFeatures like wobbly windows will stop working from OS X 10.11. We are still looking for a way to bring them back but for the moment, all our ideas were unsuccessful.
The future and DeskoveryI am working on Deskovery 3 which will be a major rewrite of the application.
- Some features will be removed (like wobbly windows)
- Windowshading windows aka “minimize windows to titlebar” will be still there
- I am also adding some new functionalities and I am sure you will like them.
How it was made? I was a Linux user years ago and was really impressed but the capabilities and possibilities of Compiz. When I moved to OS X, I wanted to have the same features.
Nothing was existing under the Mac platform. I decided to use my development skills and build one.
Linux and OS X do not have the same infrastructure so a “simple” port was not possible.
I started to build from scratch a small and dedicated physics engine. Mimicking elasticity was a little challenge. I wanted to have something using minimal resources and realistic. It took me more time than expected to get an acceptable result, tweaking the parameters.
Next step was to “plug” the physics engine to the OS X windows server. The difficult part was to allow Deskovery to control other applications windows. I added the constraint to not modify system files and make Deskovery a safe utility.
I got a very valuable help from Anthonin, developer of TotalFinder, who gave me pointers to go in the right direction. A big thanks to you, you saved me hours of investigation. After several weeks of development, Deskovery was born. It gains more features over the time and is now compatible with the latest version of Yosemite.