Audiobus: Use your music apps together.

What is Audiobus?Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.

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    @tja said:

    @Samu said:
    For generic text-editing I use the free SubEthaEdit (It has some nice optional terminal extensions in case you need to edit files).
    https://subethaedit.net (I'm using the AppStore version to keep it up-to-date).

    I have a Drafts subscription, but that is not a generic editor.
    On iPad, i use Textastic and iA Writer, but iA Writer is quite expensive ... and I am not sure how the Mac version of Textastic compares to the iPad version ... the versions numbers are quite different...

    So for now, I gladly took your advice and installed SubEthaEdit, thanks :smile:

    The venerable BBEdit is a very popular and versatile paid editor worth checking out. I've been using it so long that I don't really know whether it's actually better, but it does almost everything I want (and Nisus does all the rest - alongside DEVONthink, it's one of the all-time Mac killer apps).

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    @tja said:
    Hehehe :D

    Now, i think i used "FVWM" long time ago and after that probably "awesome".

    The window manager only needed to open lots and lots of terminal windows and offer many ways to auto-arrange them.

    "KDE" seems quite bloated :smile:

    People are stuck in the past there (I'm not blaming you!) -- KDE (Plasma) nowadays is among the most resource efficient (both RAM and CPU/GPU use) desktop environments out there, plus it has gone from "pretty buggy" in the 4.x series to "virtually bug-free" in 5.x. If you ever return to Linux for desktop use, you should check out KDE Neon. It's just amazing. (and it still retains that legendary everything is 150% customizable flair).

    (no, I'm not on their open-source payroll :D )

  • @tja said:
    I disabled spotlight :D

    That may be the cause of your problem with the AppStore.

    The Spotlight index gets used by the system for a number of purposes, such as populating the "Open With" list when you right-click a file. It's often cited as a cause of problems when the AppStore starts showing updates for apps you no longer have installed, and rebuilding the index is sometimes suggested as a possible solution to the AppStore updates page being blank when updates are actually available.

    Apple have been changing how the internals work a lot over the last few versions in the name of security so I'm not 100% sure it's still the case.

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  • @tja said:
    Bundling App Store updates together with Spotlight ... is a strange idea.

    Not really. The AppStore needs to know what's installed, as does Open With, and you don't have to keep apps in the Applications folder, so why not use the service that indexes the filesystem to get that information.

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  • You could try something from here:

    https://developer.apple.com/wwdc20/sample-code/

    Bear in mind you'll be limited to running iOS projects in the simulator without a (free) developer account.

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  • @tja said:

    Yes, i will read about such a developer account soon, but I do not really expect to produce anything "soon" or at all ever :D
    So maybe, I will never need such an account.
    We will see.

    One of the few reasons would be to be able to side-load (ie. compile and install on the device) apps that Apple for one reason or another doesn't approve on the AppStore. I've not done it but know some who have...

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    I use launchctl unload -w on my jailbroken iPhone to permanently disable services (persists through reboots), might work on macOS too?

    i.e.:

    launchctl unload -w /System/Library/CoreServices/powerd.bundle/powerd

    (I also remember now I disabled SIP when I had to "modify" my Mac in order to be usable :D )

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  • @tja heh, that's funny because the exact commandline that I posted works on iOS. I'd have thought iOS and macOS are much more similar than they apparently are.

    So hope you can get it to work then after disabling SIP. (If you dare! :))

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  • @tja said:
    I am sure, that most of our Mac users will not understand my kind of problems with this.
    Maybe @SevenSystems :D

    :D well yeah. I mean, there's a huge bandwidth of available functionality in that arena between desktop environments... let's put Windows 7 at 100%. macOS would then be around 20%, and KDE / Plasma at 2000% :)

    In Plasma, I've defined Window Rules for every single application window / use case, so any and all windows, dialogs and whatever else always open on the correct virtual desktop, in the correct position and size, with a titlebar color scheme matching the app's theme (or no titlebar at all for some). Even though Plasma offers 29384742389723489 ways to efficiently manage windows, I don't have to manage windows because I've already told it how to do it for me :D (I know I'm not converting you into a desktop Linux user anytime soon ;))

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    I am sure, that most of our Mac users will not understand my kind of problems with this.
    Maybe @SevenSystems :D

    Because most of us with that many windows have found other solutions, like tabbed applications. Having 40 concurrent SSH sessions sounds like smell that there’s a different workflow problem. I obviously don’t know what your use case is, but that madness would have me looking at automation/centralization/orchestration.

  • @tja said:

    @Samu said:
    For generic text-editing I use the free SubEthaEdit (It has some nice optional terminal extensions in case you need to edit files).
    https://subethaedit.net (I'm using the AppStore version to keep it up-to-date).

    I have a Drafts subscription, but that is not a generic editor.
    On iPad, i use Textastic and iA Writer, but iA Writer is quite expensive ... and I am not sure how the Mac version of Textastic compares to the iPad version ... the versions numbers are quite different...

    So for now, I gladly took your advice and installed SubEthaEdit, thanks :smile:

    I'm partial to Textastic mainly because I use it on iOS. With iCloud, switching between all my devices is totally seamless. It's also terrific for editing Mozaic scripts thanks to @_ki 's fantastic Mozaic Language Support syntax extension for it. With Handoff enabled I can do my editing on the Mac and with a few keystrokes and iPad taps, paste right into Mozaic on the iPad. It also has an amazing array of language syntax supports.

    It's not the ultimate editor I've ever used (Notepad ++ probably gets that prize), but it's good enough for my purposes.

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    @Liquidmantis said:
    Because most of us with that many windows have found other solutions, like tabbed applications.

    I can't speak for @tja, but in my view, tabs are a flawed concept to begin with, and I have struggled for a long time to make applications NOT use them (especially difficult with Chromium/Chrome, but doable with lots of hacks and flags).

    If you have a competent window manager (like KWin/Plasma), tabs are just a nuisance, for various reasons:

    1. Every application has a different UI / concept / keyboard shortcuts for managing tabs, which breaks mental flow
    2. Centralization of task / window management is broken because suddenly, tasks move into applications, instead of being a global entity
    3. The window manager has a much better position to manage documents because it has more control and can control ALL documents of ALL applications, giving more flexibility
    4. Tabs cannot be integrated into central task management overviews like "Present Windows" in KDE Plasma.
    5. Tabs cannot be moved between virtual desktops
    6. etc.

    Again, I deeply despise tabs and anyone with a sane window manager would agree.

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