Looking ahead: 2021

Yesterday I published my annual Dejal year in review post for 2020. Today, let's look ahead for what's in store for 2021.

I have released some betas of Simon version 5, a massive upgrade of my pro macOS app to monitor websites and servers. So of course finishing and doing the general release of that is a priority for 2021.

I have a long list of improvements planned for Time Out, my popular break reminder app, so will release version 2.8 or 3.0 this year. I'm currently leaning towards calling it 3.0, but may go for 2.8, depending on what features I include. Since the supporter model helps fund development, there's no need to keep major upgrades a secret; there's no special upgrade price.

As mentioned yesterday, I also have a couple of new projects in various levels of development. One that I started in 2019 has been put on the back-burner, as it used the Dark Sky weather APIs — which will be shut down at the end of this year, as Apple bought them last year. I'm hoping that Apple will release a weather SDK, otherwise I'll need to find an alternative. (I won't say anything more about this app yet, other than that I use the prototype every day.)

The other one is something I've wanted for years, to scratch my own itch — which is how many of my apps have got their start. I spent some time over the holidays refining the design, and creating the prototype project. I plan to work on that in between other projects this year, and hopefully will get it to a releasable state before the end of the year, though we'll see. Working on new projects like these is a great way to experiment with new technologies like SwiftUI, Combine, etc.

A big chunk of my time is always spent on consulting work, and I don't expect this year to be any different. I'm continuing to work on SheetPlanner, NewsBlur, Turn Touch, and possibly Client Folder Maker this year, with ongoing improvements to each.

It's almost certain that Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be virtual again this year, which suits me fine. I don't think I'll be attending any conferences in person for quite some time.

It'll be another busy year! Here's hoping that 2021 will be better than 2020.