The Low-Code Edition Saturday, May 2, 2020

An Apple Business You May Not Know That's Poised To Boom From Coronavirus Crisis, by Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC

It's an Apple business most people don't know much about, if they know it at all: Claris, which sells the low- code application development software called FileMaker.

"There is a massive opportunity for low code to help in the Covid-19 situation," said Claris CEO Brad Freitag, who took the reins at the company last year and rebranded what had long been known as FileMaker under the Claris name.

That's particularly true in some of the sectors with the most immediate need to quickly develop new and unexpected solutions as a result of the pandemic, including government, health care, education and nonprofits.


PDFpen 12 Compresses, Magnifies, And More, by Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

The revised apps offer several new tools and gain advanced compression capabilities aimed at making edited PDFs smaller.

Apple Arcade's New Neversong Game Was Inspired By Developer's Near-death Experience, by Shelby Brown, CNET

Neversong, formerly titled Once Upon a Coma, is an indie game from Serenity Forge. In the side-scroller style puzzle game, you play as young Peet, who, upon waking from a coma, finds himself in a nightmare.

Valve Abandons The macOS Version Of SteamVR, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Three years after launching a long-rumored Mac edition, developer and Steam platform manager Valve has announced that it is ceasing support for SteamVR on the Mac. The news, which comes ahead of any VR or Augmented Reality announcements from Apple, was made in a cursory community notification.


From Cover To Cover: Adventures In Self-publishing, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

For many years, that was the most experience I had with self-publishing, until a couple weeks ago, when I decided to embark upon a new experiment: putting out ebook versions of a couple short stories in the same Galactic Cold War universe as my three novels.

One of the things about being a traditionally published author is that your publisher takes care of the actual production of a book: you hand over a Word doc, they turn it into something that people will actually end up reading. As a result, this experiment meant that I needed to learn some new skills, and find some tools to help me along the way.

The Web's .Org Domain Is Still Run By A Nonprofit—for Now, by Klint Finley, Wired

An organization called Icann, short for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, handles the internet's address book. It's responsible for making sure that you reach our website when you type into your browser. But Icann outsources the details to other companies and organizations. One of those is Public Interest Registry, which handles .org domain name registrations, along with .ngo and .ong domains.

PIR in turn is owned by the Internet Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to promote the advancement of the internet. Last November, the Internet Society announced that it would sell PIR to a newly formed for-profit private equity firm called Ethos Capital for $1.1 billion. But the sale required approval by Icann. Thursday evening Icann said it rejected the proposed sale.

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