My friend Gus Mueller of Flying Meat is having a busy week. On Tuesday it was revealed that his awesome image editing application, Acorn, is part of the MacHeist 3 Bundle. I have been openly critical of these rock-bottom-pricing bundles in the past, and I remain uncertain as to their long-term benefits for the Mac software ecosystem. But in the short-term, consumers obviously have the option of picking up some amazing software for an unbeatable price. And if folks like Gus end up benefiting then I wish them the best.
Michael Tsai makes some smart observations about JSTalk, also agreeing that it’s cool, but taking exception to Gus’s claim that getting away from the rigid structure of AppleScript’s XML-based scripting dictionaries is a good thing:
I think defining the object model, e.g. using XML, is a feature. Otherwise there’s no separation between the scripting interface and the application’s unstable internal interfaces.
Taking a closer look at Michael’s post, I think I could have avoided this somewhat long-winded post by starting simply with, “Yeah, what Michael said.”