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The 21 best Mac tools for developers

At the most recent CocoaHeads meetup in Shanghai, I presented 21 of my favorite tools which I use on my Mac. These are not necessarily specific to iOS development, but they are all tried and tested tools which save me a few seconds, a few minutes or a few hours of my time.

Bartender ($15, keeps your Mac's menu bar tidy, by hiding lesser used icons in a separate menu.
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Happy Chinese New Year from ReignDesign!

We had a busy year of the horse! 2014 was the first year for our new Chile office. We explored iBeacons, helped people swipe through their support tickets, attended cool events like Barcamp, CocoaHeads and GMIC, got kicking for the World Cup, helped a local entrepreneur, made some Shanghai street signs, figured out a more agile way to price apps, discovered two ways to build a pyramid, got ready for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, made some awesome educational games, celebrated Christmas, and welcomed our newest team member Anukriti.

Who knows what the year of the sheep will bring? We're hoping it'll be a baaaaaaa-d ass year!

The Barcelona office welcomed the year of the Sheep with beer...and popcorn.
The Barcelona office welcomed the year of the Sheep with beer...and popcorn.

Singing...yelling, it's all the same at KTV

Tuo wows Jason with his melodious voice

Nobody cares what the fox says!



ReignDesign January 2013 Playlist


Music is sometimes really helpful for getting lost in your work, and at Reign you see a lot of headphones and tapping feet in a otherwise quiet office.

Ever wondered what kind of music your coworkers are listening to?
Or why, when I did, I realised we would probably never be able to agree on a playlist with such varied musical tastes. Here is roughly 5 songs from each of our team members, all mixed up. Click to download & get to know them:

1. Download side A
2. Download side B

Or listen to it on Spotify. (However here, all of the Chinese songs, some of the remixes and French songs are missing. )

ReignDesign’s most popular blog posts of 2012

ReignDesign had a fun and exciting year! We released some apps, visited conferences and  contemplated new technology! Here's a Top Ten List of our biggest moments.

1. Oooohh, look at the pretty pictures, iPad Retina vs. Non-retina. We loved the clarity of the retina display. How did we ever live without it?
2.  Git and SCP: this tutorial is perfect if you can't find your USB stick or if you don't feel like walking across the room to find one.
3.  Ever wondered about the controls for touchscreen games? Watch this talk that founder, Matt Mayer, gave in Kiev.
4.  In iOS5, Apple introduced native Twitter integration via the "Tweet Sheet" (aka TWTweetComposeViewController), allowing you to easily implement Twitter in your iOS app without worrying about all the heavy lifting. Continue reading this tutorial for more details.
5.  Look At Teh Pritee Kittehs! Our app, Cat Scan, was fun to make, and we enjoyed turning all of our phone contacts into cute kittens.
6.  Adding labels and re-assigning Github issues: Two ways to automate this common task!
7. Making Flockwork was a great learning experience filled with a few technical hurdles. We wrote a series of blog posts explaining the challenges in cocos2d.
8. Controls for games are, really important.
9. Almost a year ago, we wondered how to best design an app for Windows 8  How accurate were we?
10. Remember the trend of making videos and lists about Sh*t People Say/Do, etc? We made one for iPhone Developers. You're welcome.
ReignDesign is excited about 2013, and we are looking forward to creating and updating.
Happy New Year!

Which country has the most expensive iPhone apps, relative to the price of a Big Mac?

Apple now provides local currency billing for the App Store for 24 countries and territories around the world. That means that an app priced at 0.99 USD in the United States is priced at varying amounts around the world, for example 0.69 GBP in the UK and 6 CNY in China.

Of course, due to changing currency exchange rates, that means that users some countries end up paying more than others. We crunched the numbers for a "Tier 1" (0.99 USD) app using exchange rates from for 14 November 2012, to get this ranking:

As you can see, Norway and Denmark are currently the most expensive, costing 20% more than an equivalent app in the US, while South Africa has the cheapest apps, costing 10% less than the US.

Of course, a raw conversion to USD doesn't tell the whole story. People in different countries have different spending powers.

The Economist creates a famous "Big Mac Index" which compares Purchasing Power Parity using the price of an item available globally: the Big Mac. We used the numbers for July 2012 to compare the price of apps and Big Macs.

By this measure, India, Hong Kong and Russia have the most expensive apps in the world, with burgers around 2 times the cost of an app. By contrast, the lucky Swedes can purchase 6.9 apps for the price of a Big Mac (7 SEK versus 48.4 SEK). The US also has relatively cheap apps (or expensive burgers), clocking in at 4.4 apps per burger.