Release Notes

Release Notes is a weekly podcast about the business of Mac and iOS indie software development. We discuss inspiration, design, trends, and tools — everything but the code. Each week, we cover topics for the new or curious independent developer looking to make his or her way in the iOS and Mac ecosystem. Tips and tricks, success stories as well as failures. The show is hosted by Charles Perry, owner of Metakite Software, and Joe Cieplinski, Creative Director of Bombing Brain Interactive.

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      #257: The World Backup Day Pledge


      Backing up your computers isn’t sexy, but it’s important for the long-term health of your business. So today we (once again) discuss our backup strategies, and in particular how they have changed since we last spoke about the topic. We talk about improvements that Joe has made to his backup system, and changes that Charles […]


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      #256: The Pied Piper of Conferences


      Today we talk about Charles’ recent trip to Darmstadt, Germany to attend FemtoConf, a conference for indie/bootstrapped/self-funded entrepreneurs. We talk about what it’s like to attend a conference with only 30 attendees, navigating a new conference community, the talks Charles attended, and all the great people he met. Mailing List Every month there are more […]


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      #255: Not a Fly-By-Night


      After a few months of talking and learning about business websites, we wrap up this series with a real-life example. Joe takes a look at Charles’ new RelaNet website and does a live tear-down of what he likes and what he would change. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about […]


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      #254: They Can See Everybody’s Cookies


      Today we continue our series on business websites with a discussion on analytics and maintenance. We talk about how we measure who’s coming to our website, where they are coming from, the tools we use to maintain our website and save it from link rot, and more. Mailing List Every month there are more great […]


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      #253: I Hate It When They Do That


      Today we continue our series on business websites by talking about testing. We share some of our favorite tools for testing for correct markup and CSS, how our sites look on mobile devices, the speed of our sites, and even automating some of this testing. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and […]


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       2018-03-19  35m
       
       

      #252: My Tools are Not the Reason My Code Sucks


      Continuing our series on websites, today we talk about the software tools that we use to develop our websites. We discuss IDEs, text editors, image editors, and more. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of Mac and iOS development than we have time to discuss on the […]


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       2018-03-12  35m
       
       

      #251: I Chose Poorly, or You Got Lucky


      Today we continue our series on websites and landing pages by talking about the technology that underlies those sites. We discuss hosting options, content management systems, and more. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about the business of Mac and iOS development than we have time to discuss on the […]


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       2018-03-05  47m
       
       

      #250: Justin Jackson (part 2)


      We’re joined again today by Justin Jackson, founder of MegaMaker and professional online marketer. Today we continue our conversation about landing pages, doing a deep dive into what makes a great landing page. We talk about the structure of an effective landing page, why you probably want to talk about yourself, how to test them, […]


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       2018-02-26  36m
       
       

      #249: Justin Jackson (part 1)


      We’re joined today by Justin Jackson, founder of MegaMaker and professional online marketer. Today we tap Justin’s experience to learn more about landing pages. We talk about using landing pages for market research, using landing pages for product validation, and why getting traffic to your landing page is the least of your problems. Mailing List […]


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       2018-02-19  35m
       
       

      #248: Click the Big Orange Button


      Today, in part 4 of our series on business web sites, we talk about landing pages. We discuss what landing pages are, customizing landing pages for your audience, and how the design of landing pages differs from the design of a home pages. Mailing List Every month there are more great articles and content about […]


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       2018-02-12  37m