[sword-devel] New development on Mac

Manfred Bergmann bergmannmd at yahoo.de
Sat Sep 8 15:07:04 MST 2007

Hi Jónatas.

The problem with MacSword is that it is not so easy to add new  
features and enhance the application.
I've spend many many hours over the last one and a half years to  
cleanup the code. Actually a lot under the hood has been done and  
some bugs have been fixed.
After the compiler flag -Wall has been turned on, over 500 compiler  
warnings were across the whole code and over 300 of them have been  
fixed. To be honest I can't continue with MacSword, it is just boring.
I want a clean and good design and clean code, this is not possible  
anymore with MacSword.
The new application uses Cocoa bindings where possible and also will  
be able to show images, maps, animations and has easier text  
rendering. All types of books should be creatable by the user.
I'm also thinking of a iTunes/Numbers/Pages style like GUI design  
which is state of the art of Mac applications.
Minimum requirement should be Mac OSX Tiger.
Just to give you an overview of what I and maybe also the others have  
in mind.


Am 08.09.2007 um 23:15 schrieb Jónatas Ferreira:

> Hi Manfred,
> I'm very pleased to hear that something new is being started for  
> the Mac. I hope you can reunite a good workgroup. I doubt I can  
> help building the app because I'm not a programmer. But I can  
> certainly help with testing.
> I've used MacSword for 3 years now and I'd love to see it evolve,  
> but I'm very concerned about it being almost dead for a while now  
> (I mean it hasn't been evolving).
> Yours,
> Jónatas Ferreira
>> De: Manfred Bergmann <bergmannmd at yahoo.de>
>> Data: 8 de setembro de 2007 15:14:38 GMT+01:00
>> Para: SWORD Collaboration Forum Developers' <sword- 
>> devel at crosswire.org>
>> Assunto: [sword-devel] New development on Mac
>> Responder A: SWORD Developers' Collaboration Forum <sword- 
>> devel at crosswire.org>
>> Hi.
>> I want to starting a new frontend on the Mac platform and would  
>> like to invite everyone who is willing to help.
>> From UI developers to icon designers everyone is welcome to  
>> participate.
>> Please write to my email address if you are interested.
>> The MacSword application has gotten quite old by the time. It  
>> still has Jaguar support which is fine but now that Leopard is  
>> coming, the time is right to start something new with new features  
>> and new technologies.
>> Some things like the Sword backend and the SearchKit search/ 
>> indexing stuff can be taken from MacSword.
>> The backend has been cleaned up to make it KVO kompliant.
>> Additionally a new backend wrapper to Sword InstallMgr has been  
>> created and is working.
>> Best regards,
>> Manfred
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