It’s been almost two years since I’ve made any changes at all to this website, so it’s finally time to do something about the cobwebs that have gathered. There have been occasions where I’ve wanted a place to post something small and simple, but the sole orientation of this site towards Chax and Warp has sort of prevented me from doing so.
Almost 100% of my development work in the last two and a half years has been consumed by Flexibits, where Michael Simmons and I have been busy building Fantastical and other apps. While this has resulted in some great new apps for everyone to use, it also means Chax and Warp have been completely ignored. Neither projects have been in active development for almost three years now, so it’s time to clean things up here and move those projects officially into storage. Functionally this means nothing is going to change, so this is more of an official acknowledgement of reality so I don’t have to feel guilty about ignoring them anymore.
Chax and Warp are still available for older versions of Mac OS X (10.4-10.6 for Chax, 10.5 and 10.6 for Warp), so they haven’t disappeared completely. The source code for Chax and Warp are also available on GitHub in case anyone ever wants to try to breathe new life into them. At the very least, the source code to Chax is an interesting case study in using the Objective-C runtime to make large-scale modifications to another application.
I’d like to think that someday I’ll bring back Chax in a very limited fashion, if only to scratch my own itches with the rather uninspiring experience that is Messages. That is what Chax originally started as, but the sheer number of features and additions made it harder and harder to maintain in the face of ever-faster system updates. If Chax were to ever come back, it would be a back-to-basics version, changing just the things that annoy me the most.
Keep an eye out here for future posts, probably mostly related to Mac or iOS development in some form.