I was on vacation last week in Estes Park, Colorado, visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. This was somehow my first trip into the mountains, even though I had visited Denver several times during college.
Because we were hiking with small children and grandparents, we were pretty limited on what trails we could complete, but I really did enjoy this trip quite a bit and would look forward to doing more mountain hiking in the future (I don’t think I’m quite ready to tackle a fourteener though). The trip also gave me an excuse to give my old DSLR camera some use.
Panic finally released Nova, an app I have been eagerly anticipating, and so far it has not disappointed. I like Atom, but it seems to suffer from poor performance due to being written in Electron, rather than a native Mac app. It seems everyone else has been switching to VS Code, but I’ve never really been able to get into VS Code every time I’ve tried. It will also suffer from some of the same issues as Atom since it is also an Electron app.
Nova is fast, and you can see that Panic put a lot of attention into the small details of the app. The file browser functions just like Finder on the Mac, which is something I always missed from Coda (I still do love those big, square Coda tabs as well). I like being able to run a terminal inside my editor, and I’m starting to get the hang of setting up project tasks, like running my build tools, which saves me having to type those commands in the terminal. The built-in Git committing is nice, but there’s no way to do things like merge branches from the Git panel. I would love it if Nova could eventually replace Tower for me.
I’ve seen a couple of bugs, and it still seems to be missing a few syntax extensions (e.g. Django). Panic has always been great with customer support though, and it looks like new extensions are coming pretty rapidly. Overall, I’m pretty excited to make the switch.
Chris Coyier wrote up his thoughts on Nova over at CSS-Tricks.
I’m thinking about getting a PlayStation 5 this fall (my first console since the PS3), so I’ve been watching all the PS5 news:
- The PS5 will launch on November 12th for $499.99
- PS5 Digital Edition launches November 12th for $399.99
- Sony’s PlayStation Plus Collection will let you play a bunch of PS4 classics on PS5 at launch
- PlayStation 5 games will cost up to $69.99
- Sony confirms PS5’s first-party launch lineup and free game upgrade plans for PS4 titles
- Sony reveals PS5 accessory pricing, including $70 DualSense controller
- Confirmed: The PS5 is the biggest game console in modern history
- PS5 will be ‘99 percent’ backward compatible with PS4 games
- PlayStation 5: Everything you need to know about Sony’s next consoles
Apple OS Updates
Lots of new things in Apple iOS, watchOS, and tvOS this week. I’m still trying to get my iPhone home screen to where I like it. It’s actually a bit overwhelming how many more options were added in iOS 14. I always get the most excited for new versions of macOS, so I can’t wait for Big Sur to be released.
- iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 review: iPhone revolution, iPad evolution
- How to use iOS 14’s App Library to organize your apps
- How to customize your iPhone’s home screen with widgets and app icons
- How to use picture-in-picture on iOS 14
- watchOS 7 Lets You Change Your Exercise and Stand Hour Goals
- ShopTalk Show — 430: Smashing Conf Live Webinar
- ShopTalk Show — 431: Weaving Tangled Webs, Web Workers, and the History of the Web
- Smashing Podcast — What Is RedwoodJS? with Anthony Campolo
- The Clearleft Podcast — Design Ops
- Winamp Skin Museum
- Microsoft is acquiring Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax — This is big news in the gaming world (and probably some bad news for Sony). I can’t believe that Microsoft will own Quake now.
- Wes Bos — The Fullstack Shack – Office Tour — I love looking at other’s workspaces, and this is a pretty cool setup that Wes Bos built into a shed.
- Penguins trade two-time Stanley Cup winner Patric Hornqvist to Panthers — I’m gonna miss Hornqvist. I’ll never forget his Stanley Cup winning goal in game 6 of the 2017 finals. Farewell!
- Left 4 Dead 2 gets one final, massive update
- Adidas ZX 8000 LEGO Sneaker
- Lego is making a Baby Yoda set, and I love him already
- Lego finally realizes it doesn’t need to use plastic to package its tiny plastic bricks
- Microsoft’s Edge browser is arriving on Linux in beta next month
- Wyze expands gadget lineup with new headphones, thermostat, and video doorbell — I have a couple of Wyze products: the indoor camera and the smart plug. They’re inexpensive, and they work great.