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I was trying to upload a new photo to Instagram, but the image was too long width-wise to fit in Instagram’s “square”. Instagram doesn’t let you zoom out on a photo, so I knew I basically needed to add some extra white space to my photo so it would be square again. You can download apps that will do this for you, but the quick-and-easy method is simply to open your photo in the native Photos app on your phone and then take a screenshot of your screen (on iOS devices, push the Home button and the Power button at the same time. For Android devices, push and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button for 1-2 seconds until a brief white flash appears). Now you should be able to easily upload a cropped version of your screenshot into Instagram!

I recently purchased a new MacBook Pro and it came loaded with Mac OS X 10.9 (commonly referred to as Mavericks). Installing SCPlugin for svn is always one of the first things I do with my new development machines, but I ran into trouble getting the SCToolbarButton to “stick” up in my Finder window. After fruitlessly searching the out-of-date SCPlugin documentation for hours, I finally discovered that in Mavericks you now have to hold the Option + Command keys before dragging the SCToolbarButton icon up into the corner of the Finder window. Otherwise, the Finder window will not accept anything dragged onto its menu section. I hope this saves you all some headaches!

After finally submitting my first app to Apple’s App Store, I figured I should pass on some helpful tips that I learned during the process.

  1. If you have an idea for an app, go ahead and create the application in iTunes Connect now.  You will have to upload some images for icons and screenshots, but those can be changed later.  You won’t have to submit your app’s binary yet.  Why go through all of this trouble so early on?  Because it prevents any other developers from taking your app’s name! Read More »