Friday night coding stream was all about game development in Unity. A few tweaks to a game that I built to embrace my love of idle games.

Why not drop by the chat room on Friday nights and say hi! Check the schedule for details.

https://twitch.tv/grfxg

Well my first full day with Beta 2 of Big Sur was a resounding success for the most part. The glitches I had were mostly 3rd party apps and to be expected at this point. Tomorrow I try making podcasts with it :)

OK today is the first day that I’m going to use Big Sur beta 2 all day and see if I hit a problem with my most common applications. So far …

Safari is OK LOL

Install Linux Mint on Parallels for Mac in under 15 minutes.

Parallels for Mac is my choice of software for creating VM’s (Virtual Machines). In this step by step video I show you how to setup, configure, and install Linux Mint 20 on a Parallels virtual machine.

I like to configure some of the settings manually like how many CPU’s it will use and how much memory will be available, I’ll explain each one and my reasons for changing them as I go.

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Ok Big Sur beta 2 installed, Xcode 12 beta 2 installed. Took a long time, but it’s ready to be messed with starting Wednesday.

The bad news, that battery icon is still there in the preferences, surely there was enough radars posted for Apple to take the hint? :)

Alright World, let’s make it a good week this week, deal?

UIBuzz Podcast Episode 4 - Developer Journal 6/29/2020

Show notes

I thought it would be interesting to have an audiolog as a developer journal. This week was a very busy one with WWDC20 and creating some Ubuntu VM’s.

Listen on for the details.

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Editing a new video today from Friday stream - Installing Ubuntu 20.04 on Parallels for Mac 15. Posting this weekend, subscribe on YouTube now to know when it drops https://youtube.com/grfxg

This is turning into one of those long weeks. Very busy with many things including keeping up with the Apple Developer conference. On top of that I have apps going live in stores and trying to turn my massive amount of notes into posts for the coming weeks. All that AND I’m trying to get some videos together.

Plus! I’m still trying to get BigSur macOS beta running in Parallels, and refuse to give up. When I figure it out I’ll be sure to share all the details to help others out.

It’s better than having nothing to do, but sometimes you feel swamped in all those projects you created for yourself!

One cool feature for UI layout in Xcode 12 - Canvas MiniMap

This is so cool, there is now a minimap for SwiftUI canvas views, so you can zoom in and pixel peep layouts and easily move around using the minimal.

Video here

RIP Ian Holm, a great body of work. For me, he’ll always be a terrifying robot in Alien or a loveable goof in Fifth Element.

Twitch.tv is great for reaching folks

So the last couple of days I have made a real effort to reach out to folks on stream that I either discovered by other media like like podcasts, or happen to come across on Twitch that were streaming content of interest to me.

So why am I telling you this? Simply because it has been fantastic to reach out and say thank you in chat to those folks for what they do, and I urge you to do the same.

So a shout out to https://www.twitch.tv/kemkraft who also has a great podcast with streaming advice here https://overcast.fm/itunes1512016634/diary-of-a-twitch-streamer.

And also to https://www.twitch.tv/piratesully who I tried (not sure I really helped much) to debug a problem in a Unity game they are working on.

Twitch is a joy for interaction with folks, something that YouTube still does not really get or make possible in real-time.

Thank you both for making the evenings interesting and the World a little larger.

New Unity 2019 LTS is here

Well this was a nice surprise today, the new LTS for Unity has been released. Hello 2019.4.0f1

This might be exciting for many, yes, it has been around as a non-LTS release but using those has bitten me in the past with older coded projects.

For all the amazing work that has gone into this release, for me the most exciting thing has to be the updated UI. It finally feels like a modern application and works better for those of us who’s older eyes suffer with very small text.

Get excited and interested by watching the release video. Then rush to download it via the Unity hub application or the Unity site.

UIBuzz Podcast Episode 3 - React-Native

Show notes

  • So what is React Native?
  • Why use it over other tools?
  • Cross-platform development made easy
  • See changes in real-time
  • Deploy to Android and iOS
  • An easier path for Web developers to get into mobile
  • Component based approach makes sharing the code base across projects easier
  • You can still use Android and iOS libraries
  • You can run and work in Android Studio or Xcode if desired or needed
  • I recommend Visual Studio Code for code editing
  • Is it for you?

I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what you think of React-Native.

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Not content to settle for one solution I’m trying something a little different today. I’m using my Zoom H1n as my microphone and audio interface into Adobe Audition to record a podcast.

Why? Well for one, the H1n is a lot smaller to just have to hand and only needs a micro-usb to the Mac to run.

Plus I’ve always found the auto-leveling and ambient noise control to be pretty good with the Zoom H1n.

Time to shift my photography to a new host

I’m thinking of moving my photography site grfxmedia.com away from SmugMug, their service is not bad and I like it even if editing your site is still terribly 90’s style. That means it’s time to sit and crunch through a bunch of different experiments to see what works best, but I’m sure it’s cheaper that $350 a year and not getting image sales. Right now I’m tempted to move it to micro.blog and experiment with using a podcast to be able to talk about and show images as the episode art.

More to come.

Can I just say, playing with the setup for my live streaming is great fun. So many options and things to set up. I figure, hey the only way to know is to play around with stuff and find what you like.

Next up on the UIBuzz Podcast - React Native

I am currently working on the next episode of the UIBuzz podcast in which I will be talking about React-Native. So if you are curious about cross platform mobile development, why not subscribe now and catch it when it drops.

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Thinking about a new video series

I’m working through an idea right now to start a new video series. I have noticed that there is a noticeable interest in my blog post and videos on React based sites like GatbsyJS and apps using React-Native.

I’m currently sketching the outline for it to make a sensible structured approach going from zero to something complete.

If you think this is of interest to you then let me know, reach out to me directly via my contact form on PeterWitham.com.

Or on Twitter @uibuzz

Officially switched to Canary Mail on iOS for my email, worth the $19.99 in my opinion just for the email signing and encryption.

This is one of those weeks where you just have to knuckle down and get on with it. I have so much going on right now. App releases, new technologies to work with and understand plus the latest Apple platform updates. What a week! Thank goodness it is going to be a long weekend.

Tonights gaming stream is Diablo 3 Season 20 on Nintendo Switch. Come and watch the fun and why not drop by the chat. https://twitch.tv/grfxg

Stream starts at 10pm CST, that’s 26 minutes from the time of this post!

As I live streamed my Unity work on www.cashontapgame.com on Friday, I now feel compelled to give Google game services another crack and get the hi-scores reporting working to really get that competitive element flowing.

Writing tool discovery, trying iA Writer

In my never ending search for perfect tools (I know, it will never end). I have been playing around with iA Writer on the Mac as it has a trial.

As an avid fan of Ulysses I feel like I am almost cheating on it, but the one thing Ulysses does not do that I want is publish to Micro.blog

So that has me trying other tools. I do like iA Writer and have always heard lots of people saying good things about it, with good reason.

So, since it will publish a draft post to Micro.blog, I will be living with it for the next 7 days to try it out. The trial actually runs longer, but I think 7 days is enough for me to decide.

UIBuzz Podcast Episode 2 - What is Unity?

Show notes

  • So what is Unity?
  • Why use it over other tools?
  • Cross-platform development made easy
  • Rapid development thanks to the built in play engine
  • Free to use until you become rich
  • You will need to know or learn C#
  • I recommend Visual Studio Code for code editing
  • You still need to create assets in other tools and import them
  • Watch out for new releases, they can cause problems, go with LTS
  • Is it for you?

I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what you think of Unity.

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