Marcato 1.1 lets you add browsers to your Home Screen

Marcato 1.1 is now available in the App Store. This update incorporates the ability to add a Marcato browser to your home screen. You can add a browser to your home screen by tapping the Activity/Share button in the toolbar, and then tapping “Add to Home Screen” in the resulting Share Sheet.

Tapping that button will open a placeholder page in Safari. You will then need to repeat this process in Safari.

I believe the first non-Apple iOS app to provide a way to add bookmarks to the Home Screen was Workflow. Until Workflow was released, I believed that doing so was not possible from within the iOS app sandbox. I want to publicly thank the Workflow developers for paving the way for Marcato and for other apps with similar needs.

As a side note, Chuck Joiner was kind enough to interview me on MacVoices. Please consider watching the interview and subscribing to MacVoices.

CloudPull 2.7.3

CloudPull 2.7.3 is now available. This update contains these improvements:

  • Added a “Lock backup files” checkbox to the General pane of the preferences window. Backup files are locked when and only when that checkbox is checked. By default, backup files are still locked.
  • Fixed a crasher in some error handling code.
  • Updated the code that asks Google Drive for the last known change number to use a newer HTTPS retrieval mechanism (NSURLSession).

Marcato: Site-specific browsers for your iPhone

I am very excited to announce the release of Marcato. Marcato allows you to create site-specific browsers on your iPhone. Marcato maintains separate cookies, local storage, and cache for each browser. The browsers live within the Marcato app.

I created Marcato because I wanted a way to isolate my web browsing activity for certain sites. I use Facebook, but I prefer not to run the Facebook iPhone app and I prefer not to have my other web browsing activity tied to my Facebook account. I also try to avoid logging in to sensitive accounts from my primary browser, in order to avoid any potential cross-site request forgery attacks. I have been using Fluid on the Mac for years, and I wanted something similar for iOS.

You can buy Marcato in the App Store now for $4.99 (USD). If you would like to learn more about the app, please visit its product page and check out this video.

CloudPull 2.7.2

CloudPull 2.7.2 is now available. This is a modest update with the following improvements:

  • For customers with 1Password installed, the sheet showing you the Google login page will contain a 1Password button. Clicking on the 1Password button will open 1Password and ask it to display your Google accounts.
  • When setting up an account, CloudPull will now proactively warn you if avast! Mail Shield is enabled. CloudPull's backup of Gmail is not compatible with avast! Mail Shield. This update does not address the incompatibility, but it provides a more helpful error message.
  • If validating sufficient access to your account results in an error message, that error message will now be aligned correctly.
  • The user style sheet for the Google Request for Permission page in the login workflow has been updated.

CloudPull 2.7.1

CloudPull 2.7.1 is now available. This update fixes a bug that could cause calendar backups to fail after deleting a calendar.

CloudPull 2.7

CloudPull 2.7 is now available with two major improvements: the ability to limit Google Drive backups to traditional Google Docs, and a modernized status indicator in the menu bar.

By default, CloudPull still backs up all files on Google Drive. You can limit Google Drive backups to traditional Google Docs in the account sheet of the preferences window.

In addition, I have redesigned the menu bar status indicator. Taking a queue from the status indicator for Time Machine, the icon is no longer animated while CloudPull is performing backups. Instead, it will show a static arrow while a backup is in progress. In addition the status indicators are now monochrome images, making them look much better in Yosemite's dark mode.

Other improvements include:

  • Updated wording for Google Drive document types: Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.
  • Compiled against the OS X 10.10 SDK with Xcode 6.1.