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From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

Transmit iOS 1.1.1 [Updated]

UPDATE 12/11/14: After a considerate conversation with Apple, Transmit iOS 1.1.2 has been released with restored “Send To” functionality.

While the process feels less-than-perfect, this resolution is a nice reminder that, just as we thought, there are good people at Apple who will push hard to do the right thing. We hope you enjoy Transmit iOS 1.1.2.

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Transmit iOS 1.1.1 is out, fixing a few bugs in our surprisingly powerful file management app for your iPhone or iPad.

Also, at Apple’s request, we had to remove the ability to “Send” files to other services, including iCloud Drive.

In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be rejected” — but oddly that page says nothing about iCloud Drive or appropriate uses for iCloud Drive.

If the issue is just iCloud Drive, why did we remove the other destinations? We had no choice. iCloud Drive exists in this sheet:

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The above sheet is 100% controlled by iOS — we can’t touch it. Since we can’t touch the sheet, we can’t remove just iCloud Drive from the sheet, so we have to remove the whole sheet.

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Our seriously sincere apologies to everyone who used or purchased Transmit iOS with this feature.

The good news? Transmit iOS remains incredibly capable and useful app despite this omission — as further evidenced by this awesome five-mice review for Transmit iOS in MacUser UK.

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There are good people working at Apple who will read this, be frustrated, and hopefully try to fix the situation. Hopefully, we can return this functionality to Transmit iOS in some form, someday. We’ll let you know.

UPDATE 12/11/14: After a considerate conversation with Apple, Transmit iOS 1.1.2 has been released with restored “Send To” functionality.

Posted at 11:30 am 50 Comments

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

The Future of Unison

Magnet512Unison — our excellent OS X app for accessing Usenet Newsgroups and the many wonders and mysteries contained within — has reached the end of its road after years of faithful service.

First, a brand-new Unison 2.2.

Unison’s end is bittersweet. The market for a Usenet client in 2014 isn’t exactly huge. But if you know Panic,  you know we do our very best to never drop things awkwardly — we like to leave our apps in a good place for our (very) valued users.

So we’re excited to release a nice, final update to Unison.

Unison 2.2 adds the #1 feature request for Unison: multi-connection downloads for much faster transfers. It also adds a lot more Retina assets for more beautiful browsing on newer machines, and fixes many little bugs and quirks.

It’s a great update for all Unison fans.

Now free, and unsupported.

While we can no longer work on Unison or offer support for it, the good news is it’s also freeThis version of the app will be automatically unlocked for all users, no serial needed.

Just download it right there:


What about Unison Access?

For now, Unison Access will continue to work just as it does today for all current subscribers. That said, we’re no longer accepting new signups. We figure we’ll migrate people to another service at some point in the future. If that happens, we’ll contact you by e-mail.

Thank you sincerely.

Our deepest thanks to each and every one of  you who used, bought, or enjoyed Unison. We really enjoyed making this app and providing it to you. We hope it serves you well into the future!

Posted at 11:02 am 65 Comments

Copywriter: Noby.

Introducing Panic Founders Stamps for LINE

Line-Conversation Really important news. Our founder’s Cabel and Steven LINE stickers were released on LINE Creators Market! 重要なお知らせです。 LINE Creators MarketにPanic Inc創始者コンビ、CabelとStevenのスタンプが登場しました!

Check out our stickers on LINE Store.

LINE is an amazingly successful, and free, instant messages + voice + video calls service in Japan and Asia in recent years. You can attach some stamps called LINE Stickers to your chats. It’s a really fun and cute feature.  LINEは日本で爆発的に普及しているインスタントメッセージや音声通話、ビデオ通話をスマートフォンや携帯電話、タブレットやパーソナルコンピュータで利用可能にする無料のサービスです。メッセージにスタンプと呼ばれるイラスト画像を貼り付けて送ることができるのが特長です。

Cabel always asks for me — what’s new in Japan? So, I told Japan’s latest news, serveces, persons, fashions, snacks and etc etc. Recently, I had told about LINE, and in June, I introduced the LINE Creators Market — where people can make and sell own stickers — had just started. Also, I introduced popular stickers like Sushiyuki — Sushi motif stickers. Cabel and Steven are surprised,  laugh (for a while), and are very much pleased.  Cabelはいつもこう尋ねます — いま何が日本で流行ってるの?なので私はその時に流行っていることや面白い人、ニュースなどについて伝えます。ここ最近は日本でのLINE人気について伝えていましたが、今年6月に会ったとき、私はちょうど始まったばかりのLINE Creators Marketについて紹介しました。その中でもお寿司のキャラクター「寿司ゆき」にCabelとStevenは食いつき、しばらく笑い続け、とても気に入ったようでした。

Then Kenichi made a fateful joke — let’s make Panic combination stickers, you guys are the characters!  同席していたケンイチがPanicでもスタンプを作ることを提案し、CabelとStevenの創業者コンビをキャラクターにしようと言い出しました。

With a skeptical air, sure, who can make 40 stickers? Our designers Neven and Kenichi were working hard because of Transmit iOS, Prompt 2 and Coda 2.5. Cabel said, “Who is the designer of this sushi?” Noby: “Awayuki-san” Cabel: “Where does she live?” Noby: “Neighboring town. My friend.” Cabel: “Let’s ask her. It’s cool.” All: “!!!”  半信半疑な空気のなか会議は進み、では40個のスタンプを誰がデザインするのか?秋のリリースを目指してTransmit iOSPrompt 2Coda 2.5の開発が佳境の中、手の空いたデザイナーはいません。Cabelが言いました –「このお寿司のデザイナーは誰なの?」俺:「あわゆきさん」Cabel:「どこの人?」俺:「近所。おともだち。」Cabel:「彼女に頼もうよ、クールだし。」みんな:「!!!」

We offered design of our founder’s stickers to Awayuki-san. She consented to our offer readily! We were super lucky!! Then, the Panic founder’s stickers were completed.  帰国後、私はあわゆきさんに連絡し、CabelとStevenをキャラクターとしたLINEスタンプ製作のお願いをしました。幸運なことに快諾いただき、あわゆきさんテイスト溢れるクールなスタンプができました!

Probably, the characters of this stickers are strange, and confusing, for many people! But they are Panic founders! Our software product icons are also included. Let’s use our stickers for your LINE message with your friends! CabelとSteven、多くの人にとって誰?というのが正直な感想と思いますが、彼らがPanicの創始者 — パニック・ファウンダーズです!所々にPanic製品のアイコンが散りばめられたパニック・ファウンダーズのLINEスタンプで、あなたの気持ちを伝えてみませんか?

Panic founder’s Stickers is $0.99, available on LINE Creators Market.  パニックのLINEスタンプはLINE Creators Marketにて、100円または50LINEコインで発売中です。

Nobuhiro Hasegawa, Panic Japan

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Posted at 11:41 am 7 Comments

Introducing Coda 2.5

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It took longer than we wanted.

But the wait is more than worth it.

We’re excited to announce the arrival of Coda 2.5, a very significant update to our very popular web development app for OS X, available now — and free of charge for all Coda 2 owners.

We’ve spent a great deal of time working hard to deliver on the promise of Coda 2. We took a look at the feedback you’ve sent and the surveys you’ve filled out. And we’ve crafted an update that addresses most major requests for Coda 2. Sure, there’s still lots more we want to do in the future. But this is a big one.

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What’s New

Where do we start?

Coda 2.5 is significantly faster. Syntax highlighting is up to 10 times faster. Symbol parsing is also up to 10 times faster. You can feel the speed increase. It also looks nicer. We refreshed the UI completely — cleaned up the icons, spruced up every corner — and if you’re running OS X Yosemite, you’ll even get a 10.10-updated interface designed expressly for you.

There are great editor improvements. Vertical indentation guides. A customizable column guide. New color-coded tabs, traditional and visual.  It has Panic Sync. Your sites, including passwords and private keys, will easily and securely sync to Coda on all of your devices — and will even sync with Diet Coda 1.6 and Transmit iOS. (You can learn about Panic Sync here.)

Plug-ins are significantly more powerful. We have a plug-in browser built-in to the Preferences. And users can now write “Sidebar” plugins that add brand new tools to Coda’s sidebar. Even better, Sidebar plugins can be written in HTML, significantly lowering the barrier of entry to extending Coda!

Then, a big one: the local indexer/site-wide autocomplete. Coda 2.5 can now optionally scan your Local Folder and build an index of functions, classes, and variables. So the autocomplete menu will now include your own code — not just the standards. It’s a massive speed boat for your code. I meant to say speed boost, but speed boat is what came out, and let’s just roll with it.

And publishing tracks external changes. This is big news for anyone who works with SCSS or LESS.

In short, there are hundreds of fixes and improvements — here are the full release notes. Or you can learn more about Coda in general.

Coda is still only $99 for new users, a price that’s affordable to any web developer. If you already own Coda 2, the 2.5 update is free.

How To Get It

If you bought Coda 2 from us directly, Coda 2.5 should auto-update over the next few days! That’s it. If you’re impatient, just download from our site and replace your current copy.

What about Mac App Store customers? As you may know, Coda 2.5 is not available in the Mac App Store. (One of the major causes for Coda 2.5’s delay was wrestling with sandboxing.)

But don’t worry. We’ve made Mac App Store migration painless:

  • Download Coda 2.5
  • Launch it. It should detect your Mac App Store copy and pop-up a migration dialog.
  • Enter your name and e-mail, and we’ll e-mail you a personalized Coda 2 serial number.
  • Use that serial number to unlock Coda 2, now and in the future. It’s yours to keep.

(In some cases we might not be able to automatically detect your Mac App Store copy, and you might need to go to the Mac App Store “Purchases” tab, redownload Coda 2, then launch Coda 2.5. Once migration is done you can delete the older Coda.)

Also, A Free Book

Inside Coda

We’ve often wished there was a casual guide to the full power of Coda that we could give to new (or existing!) users. So we made one. It’s available in the iBookstore, and it’s completely free.

Enjoy

We’re extremely happy to give Coda users this fresh update. Coda 2 was a great success for Panic and, in a way, this update is one way for us to say thanks.

Enjoy it. And show us what you make with Coda!

(Basically everyone at Panic is involved in Coda, and everyone did amazing work, but Coda 2.5 truly owes its existence to Wade and Will, the masterminds behind Coda for many years. They’re overdue for a break — but until then, thank you both for always working hard to make this app great!)

Posted at 11:26 am 71 Comments

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

How “Complete My Bundle” Pricing Works

With the release of Transmit iOS and Prompt 2, we excitedly added two Panic Pack bundles to the App Store. Bundles are a great chance to reward loyal customers a little bit of a discount on our software — something that was not possible to do on the App Store previously.

Even better, customers can “Complete My Bundle” — if they’ve bought any of our apps, they can pay the difference to receive additional missing apps at a discount.

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But once our bundles hit the App Store, some curious “Complete My Bundle” questions began to roll in. Pricing seemed to be weird or inconsistent. So we did a little digging and got some good tips on Twitter.

Here’s all you need to know:

Complete My Bundle takes whatever money you’ve paid for the individual apps and applies that towards the bundle’s fixed price. So, if you buy an app on sale, or use a promo code, your Complete My Bundle price can be different than someone else’s, and in some situations it might be cheaper to buy the remaining app(s) individually.

That’s it.

It explains a mystery like this:

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The user owns three of the four apps. Why would the user’s Complete My Bundle price be $10.02, if Prompt 2 alone is $9.99?

Here’s why: the user bought Transmit iOS for $9.99, Status Board for $9.99, and Diet Coda when it was briefly on SALE for $9.99. That’s a total of $29.97 worth of “credit” towards the price of the bundle. Now, the bundle’s fixed price is $39.99, based off current app prices. See where this is going? $39.99, minus $29.97 in credit, equals $10.02. Bingo. Don’t complete this bundle.

Apple has just posted a useful Knowledge Base Article covering this issue (and others) — it’s helpful information that we will likely be pointing our customers towards.

We hope this helps clear up any mysteries, and as always, we’re very happy that you’re buying our software and we deeply appreciate your support!

Posted at 10:01 am 9 Comments