Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with the author, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Tag: App update

  • wwriteLite 8.3.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.3.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite has been in development for almost 14 years. Over that time there have been many changes. The app has gone from being a very basic text editor, to now having a significant number of features, including templates, writing prompts, one word prompts, and even rich text file support.

    wwriteLite 8.3.0 is probably one of the biggest updates thus far, and it includes only a few features, but they are big ones. The new features include:

    • Saved Prompts
    • Prompt Searching
    • Saved Prompt Syncing
    • File and Template Syncing

    Let us look at each of these in turn, starting with Saved Prompts.

    Saved Prompts

    Version 8.0 of wwriteLite introduced “One Word Prompts” and “Writing Prompts”. Now, with 8.3.0 you can save any of the prompts. This is done by opening up the One Word or Writing prompt screen and then tapping on the “star” icon. This will save the prompt.

    You can then go back and look at your Saved Prompts by performing the following steps:

    1. On the File List screen, tap on the “+” button.
    2. Tap on the “Prompts” menu.
    3. Tap on “Saved Prompts”.

    Here you can tap on any of your saved prompts and it will create a new file with the saved prompt.

    Prompt Searching

    Also new is that the ability to search One Word Prompt, Writing Prompts, or even your saved prompts. This is done by swiping down from one of the prompt screens to perform a search. This is only available on devices running iOS 15 or later, or macOS Monterey or later.

    Saved Prompt Syncing

    In addition to being able to saving prompts, you can enable Saved Prompt syncing by performing the following:

    1. Tap on Tools.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Scroll down to “Syncing”.
    4. Tap on “Enable Saved Prompt Syncing”.

    Saved Prompt syncing must be enabled on each device. Saved Prompt data is stored in iCloud and only you have access to your saved prompts.

    File and Template Syncing

    Similar to Saved Prompt syncing, you can now enable syncing of your files between devices. The steps to enable File and Template syncing are similar to that of Saved Prompts. The steps are:

    1. Tap on Tools.
    2. Tap on Settings.
    3. Scroll down to “Syncing”.
    4. Tap on “Enable File and Template Syncing”.

    Just as with Saved Prompt syncing, you will need to enable File and Template syncing on each of your devices. As with Saved Prompts, your Files and Templates are stored in iCloud and only you will have access to your files and template.

    This covers all of the new features with wwriteLite 8.3.0. Syncing has been a long time coming and it is now here.

    You can view the full change log on the wwriteLite website. As usual, wwriteLite 8.3.0 is a free update and is available as a free download.

  • wwriteLite 8.1.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.1.0 Now Available

    I have updated my app wwriteLite to version 8.1.0. This is a minor update that has a couple of new features, fixes some things, and has one tweak. This version includes the following:

    New Features

    • Adds support for the 6th generation iPad mini.
    • On iPad mini the file list will always float over the file text.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed issue with title on Writing Prompts widget padding on iPad mini.
    • Fixed extra spaces in some text.

    Tweaks

    • Optimized Interfaces for iPad mini (6th Generation)

    Version 8.1.0 is now available. As always, you can download the update from the App Store. You can view the full change log on the wwriteLite site.

  • wwriteLite 8.0.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 8.0.0 Now Available

    I have released a new version of my app, wwriteLite, version 8.0.0. This new version has a few new features, most notably the new “Prompts” feature. There are two types of prompts, “One Word Prompts” and “Writing Prompts”.

    One Word Prompts

    The “One Word” prompt is also aptly named in that it will provide you with a new word to provide a prompt. There is a new word every day. Some examples include: 

    • drip
    • scratch
    • fly

    Every effort has been made to not have duplicates, but it is possible that there will be some along the way. 

    Writing Prompts

    Writing Prompts is a prompt with a new one being shown every week. As the name implies, it provides a writing prompt. Some examples are: 

    • Think about the best vacation you have taken and write about why it is your favorite.
    • Write about your favorite childhood toy.
    • Write a story about living as part of King Arthur’s entourage.

    Widgets

    Both prompt types can be added as a widget in either the Today View (on iOS, iPadOS, or macOS) or it can be placed on one of your home screens (iOS or iPadOS). 

    As always, wwriteLite is a free update. There is an additional icon pack called “Fruit” that you can purchase. It is $0.99, like the other icon packs, “Space”.

    You can check out the full change log for the app. You can also download it from the App Store.

  • wwriteLite 7.2.2 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.2.2 Now Available

    There is an update to wwriteLite, to version 7.2.2. This is another minor bug fix. This time it fixes an issue where the platform would be detected properly.

    As always this is a free wwriteLite and it is available now. You can view the full list of changes by checking out the Change Log on the wwriteLite website.

    Version 7.2.1 Notes
    This is a minor bug fix that fixes an issue where you could not see the Markdown Preview text when using Dark mode and when the file being previewed is not using a template.

    Version 7.2.0 Notes
    It looks like Bill Lumbergh and Dom Portwood have finally decided to jump into the 21st century. They have decided that all TPS reports needs to be submitted in Markdown for easy conversion to HTML so they can be viewed on the Initech, LLC intranet, called Ininet. Therefore, wwriteLite now needs to be able to support Markdown.

    With version 7.2.0, you can now write Markdown, preview it by tapping on the Document icon in the toolbar. Once you have previewed your markdown you can import a CSS file from the Document Picker or via URL. Once used, the file will be downloaded and stored so you can use it on other files as well. You may also delete the CSS files by tapping on the “trash” icon in the menu bar.

    Also added in this version is a new “Open Source” screen which lists the open source libraries used within wwriteLite. This is accessed via the “About” screen.

    There is one tweak as well, the “Drag” icon has been removed and replaced with the Markdown Preview.

  • wwriteLite 7.1.0 Now Available

    wwriteLite 7.1.0 Now Available

    There is a new release of wwriteLite, version 7.1.0. This is a bug fix release that does include one tweak.

    Tweaks

    • Requires iOS 14.4.
    • Twitter Support username changed to @wwritelite, The old username of @waynesworkshop will work as well.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed issue where “Always Show Ad” would not necessarily show an ad.
    • Fixed an issue where tapping on the “info” icon in an Ad would not show the ad information.

    As usual, wwriteLite is free and available in the iOS App Store. If you download it and experience any issues feel free to contact support.

  • Announcing wwriteLite 7.0.0

    Announcing wwriteLite 7.0.0

    There is a new version of wwriteLite now available. This is a big update with a number of new features. The biggest three are the support for Rich Text Files, a new re-arrange mode, and the ability to search.

    Some other new features include localization support for Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. This includes localization for the ads as well. There are a couple of new settings, one that allows you to show ads, if you have purchased the “Remove Ads” in-app purchase, and the ability to disable searching of files.

    There have also been some tweaks including a change to the default file name, an updated file format, a modified “About” screen, and an updated archive file name format.

    There have also been a bunch of bugs fixed as well. The entire list of changes is outlined below.

    wwriteLite is a free app with in-app purchases, including the “Space Icons” theme and the ability to remove ads.

    New Features

    • Significant re-write of under the hood items. This should make it easier to add new features in the future.
    • File Names now have a new format, they are Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) instead of previously generated file name format. Existing filenames are preserved.

    Re-arrange Files Mode

    • Added the Ability to re-order files, and have their position remembered. This is done by tapping on the “Edit” button on the File List and then dragging and dropping the cells.
    • ‘Re-order mode’ will have a red border around the screen and you will not be able to click on files or add new files.
    • The “Edit” button will change into three lines and will be tinted red.

    Spotlight Searching

    • Unlocked files will now appear in spotlight search.
    • You can disable all indexing within Settings.

    Templates

    • Templates now support rich text, which is enabled all the time.
    • Added a “Randomize Template Colors” button that is available when creating a new template to provide a starting point.
    • Added a “Duplicate Template” button on the “Choose Template to Customize” screen. This allows you to clone your TPS report templates.

    Localization

    Added localizations for the following languages:

    • Dutch
    • German
    • Italian
    • Portuguese
    • Spanish

    If you see an issue with any of the localization, please contact support.

    Other Changes

    • Expanded list of files types that can be imported. See the entire list in the new “Supported Files” screen in the About screen or in the Support Menu. If it is standard text file or a Rich Text File, it will likely be supported. If there is a file that you think should be supported, but is not, please contact support.
    • New Settings screen that is now in-app.
    • New setting to ‘Always show ads’. This will only be shown if you have the “Remove Ads” in-app purchase.
    • Added an “In App” Ads that will allow ads to direct you to specific sections of the app.
    • New Icon “Crazy Ones”.
    • Changed keyboard shortcuts for some items to not conflict with running wwriteLite on macOS.

    Tweaks

    • Removed Drag and drop support for templates, because wwrite development has stopped and this feature is no longer needed.
    • Removed “Appearance” setting. The app now matches the system all the time.
    • Removed the keyboard shortcut for the Tools menu. Triggering it would not show the proper actions.
    • Removed “Erase all data” option. Deleting the app and re-installing accomplishes the same thing.
    • Updated Launch Screen to show a new image.
    • Ad info now appears in a popover when you tap on the information icon.
    • Added localization for the file name when importing or copying a file.
    • Adjusted shortcuts on About screen to make more sense.
    • New default file format.
    • Changed archive file names format.
    • Modified “Full Archive” to zip up entire documents folder, including existing archives.
    • Adjusted key command for import to be command + shift + i, to allow for using italics with command + i.
    • Adjusted “About” text to include the fact that Rich Text Files are now supported.
    • Current app version of “Change Log” will be highlighted.
    • Only the current and previous major version information will be shown in the Change Log.
    • Added “Last Modified” to the Customize Template screen.
    • Added localized strings to about screen.
    • Changed the Icon set name of “2020 Icons” to “2020s Icons”.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug where files on the Mac would presume they are locked, even when they were not.
    • Fixed a bug where handoff between devices would crash the app.
    • Fixed a bug where saving a template might cause the app to crash.Fixed a bug when selecting a font color in a template, the default font color was wrong.
    • Fixed a bug where deleting the last archive, and then creating an archive, would not re-enable the delete button.
    • Fixed issues with file list if the ability to lock/unlock was not present on device.
    • Fixed an issue where you could not unlock files that were previously locked if there is no authentication mechanism on the device.
    • Fixed bug that would cause some imported files not to be imported properly.
    • Fixed an issue where unavailable in-app purchases would appear in the app when running on a Mac with Apple silicon.
    • The app will no longer crash when trying to print.
    • Fixed “Delete Template” hint text.
    • Fixed a bug where the same screen may be shown in succession in the File List.
  • wwriteLite 6.3.0 is now available

    wwriteLite 6.3.0 is now available

    A new version of wwriteLite is available, version 6.3.0. This version makes a few changes.

    New Features

    • There is now a dedicated domain for the app, wwritelite.app.
    • The API urls have all been updated to use the new domain.

    These changes should be transparent, but in case something is not working properly.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug where the app would crash when clicking on the Tools -> Support -> Twitter.

    Tweaks

    • The date and time labels for a file should no longer wrap by default.

    If you have any issues be sure to use the Tools -> Support button and either email or reach out on twitter. As has been the case with the previous updates, this is free for all users running iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, or a Mac with an M1 chip running macOS Big Sur. You can download it from the App Store.

  • App Updates and Model Change

    App Updates and Model Change

    When one starts out creating an application, it is usually with the intent of keeping it up to date with all of the latest enhancements and changes that newer operating systems might bring. That was my intention with my apps, wwrite, wwrite – iPhone Edition, and wwriteFree. However, as many have experienced, life sometimes gets in the way.

    History

    Back in March of 2010, before the iPad was launched but after it was announced, I got an idea for an app for the iPad: a plain-text editor. The idea was to use the iPad for productivity; which seems to be well ahead of the curve. I submitted my app to the iOS App Store in early April 2010 and it has been on sale ever since.

    I kept it up to date on a semi-regular basis after that. That was up until June of 2014. In June of 2014, right before the introduction of iOS 8, I updated wwrite and wwriteFree to be compatible with iOS 7. I did this because I knew I would be spending the summer writing two e-books, iOS 8 for Users and Developers, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for Users, Administrators, and Developers, so I would not have a chance to do any updates on the apps.

    Back on August 10th, 2014, I removed the iPhone version of my app, wwrite – iPhone Edition, from sale. The biggest reason for this was that it was a lot of work to update the application and not many people had purchased it. To be honest, besides the lack of sales, there is the Notes app, which is absolutely free and included on all iOS devices.

    Fast Forward

    Part of the reason for not getting updates was just a lack of motivation. I have been toying with doing an update for over a year. One would have been a complete re-write using Swift, but this was a bit too daunting. I must have started this at least four times, but it never got that far. It may be bad for a developer to say, but I do not use my own application that often. This is mostly due to how bad it looks like on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Regardless, I did still want to update it, I just needed to get the motivation and time. The final push for motivation was this exchange on Twitter.

    In case you are unaware, James writes an application called PCalc. You should go and purchase PCalc as well as PCalc for tvOS.

    So, a couple weeks ago I decided to really get down to updating my app. When I decided to update it, I knew I wanted to use be a Universal app (one that works on iPhone as well as iPad). The second thing I knew I wanted to do was make it work in Slide Over and Split Screen, just a James suggested. So that is what I have done.

    wwrite 3.0.0 now supports full Split Screen and slide over. Here are the rest of the new features:

    • Now a Universal application, supports iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
    • Supports Split View and Slide Over.
    • Keyboard Shortcuts for Save, New File, New File From Template, Help, Show/Hide file list, Do word count
    • Ability to import plain-text files from other applications using the “Share Sheet”.
    • Fixed word count miscalculation
    • Reworked Template Customization
    • Jump Directly to App Settings from “Tools” drop-down
    • Support for system Emoji within files.
    • Other “under the hood” changes to bring everything up to date.

    Pricing Model

    Since its initial release in April of 2010, wwrite has always been a paid application and this will continue to be the case. wwriteFree was designed to be ad-supported with Apple’s iAd platform. Since Apple discontinued their iAd platform, I have decided to change the way that the model for the two apps. wwrite will still be paid but it will have more up to date features. Whereas wwriteFree will stay free but will not always have the latest features. For instance, it does not support Slide Over nor does it support Split View.

    wwriteFree has received a minor update to remove the advertising, and make it somewhat more up to date. Previously it required iOS 7, wwriteFree now requires iOS 9.

    If you already have wwrite, it will be a free update. If you do not own, now is a good time to go and buy a copy.