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April 21, 2004

Gush for OS X

The OS X Beta of Gush is finally here. Things were moving slowly while I was trying to figure out Cocoa and PyObjC at the same time. I have to hand it to the PyObjC people, they've done a great job.

Unfortunately, the OS X version only works under Panther. I think it has to do with the fact that I'm using Python built on Panther. A cursory glance showed that Python requires some symbols in a dynamic library that's only on Panther. Oh well.

The most exciting thing about this release is the drag & drop of feeds, feed items, and contacts onto message windows. A lot of people liked the fact that Gush is both a RSS newsreader as well as an IM application. However, if sharing information between the two parts is very manual then it really lessens that "synergy." Anyway, this is certainly not the end of the road in terms of integration between RSS and IM.

The best part about this release is that we can finally move onto some of the other exciting features we have planned. The trick is to be able to get the features rolled out in a reasonable amount of time.

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