Fiery Feeds for Mac offers the same customisability as you’re used to. It’s build using Catalyst and on the same code base as the iOS version. I’ve written some more about it here.

It offers the same customisability as you’re used to in the iOS version, including multiple article list styles, custom themes, custom URL and Email actions, iCloud synchronisation, smart views, automatic full text extraction and all the rest.

The system wide action extension to subscribe or read later is coming in one of the next updates. It’s already working on in my development builds, but I haven’t managed to convince the App Store servers to accept uploads with the extensions embedded. Let’s see if that changes after the official Catalina release, wouldn’t be the first time that the App Store isn’t quite up to date.

The new Bionic Reading feature from version 2.3 is also available on the Mac.

Pricing

I’ve though long about how to price the Mac version. The most obvious option would be to make it part of the subscription that already exists on iOS, but this comes with some technical issues. The Mac and the iOS/iPadOS apps are two separate apps on the App Store (since universal apps between iOS and Mac are not supported). Apple allows syncing the subscription between separate apps, but doesn’t provide any help in doing so.

Right now there is only a single subscription (group) available in Fiery Feeds. That means, not matter what, a single Apple ID can not subscribe more than once. If I wanted to do subscription syncing, I’d have to at least offer a separate (because it’s separate app) subscription in the Mac app (for people who do not use the iOS app), which means users might subscribe twice by accident (if they didn’t follow the steps to synchronise the subscription from the iOS app exactly step by step). Together with the fact that I can’t refund subscriptions (or purchases) even if I wanted to, that sounds like a support nightmare in the making. So a shared subscription is out, at least until it’s properly supported by the App Store.

Generally requiring a second subscription for the Mac app for everyone… feels just wrong. So that’s out too.

That leaves me with probably the most straightforward option. Fiery Feeds for Mac will be a single, paid upfront, onetime purchase, as Mac apps have been for a long time. It’s going to be $35 and I expect to support it with new updates and features for the next 3-5 years, before doing some sort of paid upgrade, be that a move to a subscription (if supported by Apple), or another paid version.

You can find Fiery Feeds on the Mac App Store.

Multi Timers 2.4 was just released with full support for iOS 10.

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The today widget is now adapted to the new design in iOS 10, and you can restart or stop timers right from the widget without launching the app. Additionally you can now launch the app right into editing a timer from the widget.

Support for Siri: Just say “Start ” or “Stop ” to – you guessed it – start or stop a specific timer.

The Apple watch app now supports watchOS 3, and works as a standalone app. You can add, remove and edit all timers right on your watch.

Fiery Feeds Text Mode

Fiery Feeds 1.7 introduced the three article view modes Article, Web and Text. Where Article displays the article as contained in the RSS feed 1 and Web simply displays the linked website directly in the article view, the Text mode is a little more complicated.

There are three providers for Fiery Feed’s text mode. First there is readability, which uses Readability publicly available mobiliser 2 and might break whenever Readability changes their output or ends support for it 3.

The other two options are “Formatted” and “Text Only”. Both are open source scripts running on a server provided by Fiery Feeds 4. The Text Only more can parse articles more reliably, but does not include any images or other elements like lists.

The thing with providing a service like this is that a server costs money every month, while selling the app brings in revenue just once. That is why Fiery Feeds now also includes the option to become a patron and support both the ongoing development and my ability to provide services like text extraction. 5.

If you enjoy Fiery Feeds, please do become a patron. Thank you.

Multitimers 2.3 improves the today widget and adds full support for x-callback-urls. You can download Multitimers here

Actions

addTimer

multitimers://addTimer?sec&min&hr&d&title&tone

Needs to include at least one of the following parameters. The timer duration is the sum of all

  • sec: (Int) Seconds of the timer duration
  • min: (Int) Minutes of the timer duration
  • hr: (Int) Hours of the timer duration
  • d: (Int) Days of the timer duration

Additionally you can specify the following:

  • title: (Text) Title of the timer
  • tone: (Int, 0-3) Index of the alert tone

deleteTimer

multitimers://deleteTimer?id&title&index

Needs to include one of the following parameters:

  • id: (Text) UUID of the timer to delete, used by the today widget
  • title: (Text) title of the timer to delete
  • index: (Int) index of the timer to delete

restartTimer

multitimers://restartTimer?id&title&index

Needs to include one of the following parameters:

  • id: (Text) UUID of the timer to restart, used by the today widget
  • title: (Text) title of the timer to restart
  • index: (Int) index of the timer to restart

stopTimer

multitimers://stopTimer?id&title&index

Needs to include one of the following parameters:

  • id: (Text) UUID of the timer to stop, used by the today widget
  • title: (Text) title of the timer to stop
  • index: (Int) index of the timer to stop

x-callback-urls

multitimers://x-callback-url/addTimer?sec&min&hr&d&title&tone&x-success&x-error
multitimers://x-callback-url/deleteTimer?id&title&index&x-success&x-error
multitimers://x-callback-url/restartTimer?id&title&index&x-success&x-error
multitimers://x-callback-url/stopTimer?id&title&index&x-success&x-error

You can also supply these additional parameters

  • x-success (URL) URL to be called after successfully completing the action
  • x-error: (URL) URL to be called after an error

Multi Timers Watch App

Multi Timers brings a few changes to the main app, like new alert sounds and a redesigned edit view, but the biggest change is that it now also includes an Apple Watch app. You can now see your timers and start them right from your wrist.

Also: Multi Timers now has a place on the website: http://cocoacake.net/apps/multitimers