mattpatenaude

independent developer

skinnable iTunes controller

Bowtie

Bowtie

One of the most popular apps in the theming community, Bowtie is a free, themeable music controller for iTunes, Spotify, and more. It sits on your desktop, and lets you easily play, pause, and skip tracks — and the way it looks is entirely up to you!

Bowtie is the only free iTunes controller on the market that's easily themeable using only HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Backed by the powerful WebKit engine, and with hundreds of themes available to download for free, this is one music controller that's sure to please just about anybody. Version 1.5 added support for Sonora and Rdio, and is now available on the Bowtie website (requires OS X 10.6 or later).

rail signal reference for iPhone

Signals

Signals

Around the world, the movement of trains is governed by signals placed next to or above tracks. One of the methods of displaying those signals is with colored lights, lighted in a particular order. Signals allows you to look up the meaning of a given signal aspect right from your iPhone or iPod touch. Signals is available in the App Store (iTunes link).

themeable Twitter client

Bluebird

TuneConnect

Bluebird was yet another endeavor by {13bold}: a Twitter client that's designed with you in mind. Now defunct, Bluebird, like Bowtie, was themeable with HTML and CSS, which allows for an immense degree of flexibility in the way you view your tweets. Featuring threaded Direct Messages and strong support for multiple accounts, Bluebird was designed to readily fit into any Twitter lifestyle. Development on Bluebird has ceased due to the oversaturation of the Twitter client market, and strong words from Twitter itself urging developers not to continue work on their own clients.

open source iTunes remote control

TuneConnect

TuneConnect

TuneConnect is an open source iTunes remote controller. By simply installing a lightweight server application on the computer you wish to control, and installing a client application on the computers you want to control from, you can quickly and easily gain control of almost every facet of iTunes' most commonly used features. TuneConnect works on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (optimized for Leopard), with support for Windows and iPhone/iPod Touch coming soon. For more information, visit the TuneConnect website.

color snatcher

Colors

Colors

Colors is a simple application for graphic designers, web designers, and anyone else who needs to be able to pull colors from what you can see on the screen. Colors takes Apple's basic color chooser (complete with "magnifying glass" to pull colors from other applications), and combines it with an easy way to copy common formats of color values (eg., #rrggbb, rgba(r, g, b, a), etc.) to the clipboard. In the newest version, you can even define your own patterns, and input colors using any valid CSS color declaration. Colors is a free download for anyone who would like to use it. Requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

visual tester for template images

Template Tester

Template Tester

Template Tester is the product of about 15 minutes of work, but it's relatively handy: it's a simple app that lets you test "template" images. If you've ever used textured buttons in a Cocoa app, you've noticed that, in Apple-created apps, the button images take on a slight gradient, and have both white and blue highlighted states. These are template images: you provide an all black-and-white image, Cocoa automatically does the rest. This app lets you preview what your images will look like as image templates.

free stuff for you to use

Cocoa Source Code

Cocoa Source

The vast majority of my software development is done in Objective-C with Cocoa. Naturally, over time, I've developed a few useful little pieces of software which I'm quite willing to share.