Chapper sourcecode now available

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Blog, Chapper, Windows | Comments Off on Chapper sourcecode now available

And the next tool is available in source: Chapper sourcecode can now be seen at

Nymphicus for Windows sourcecode now available

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, Nymphicus, Windows | Comments Off on Nymphicus for Windows sourcecode now available

As noted yesterday everything on this page is going to be Open Source. By popular request I started with the sourcecode of Nymphicus for Windows – it can be found on now!

Over, Open and Out

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Over, Open and Out

Damn, I’ve been fighting with myself quite some time now but in the end a decision had to be made and finally here it is:

With the beginning of 2015 I have stopped all my commercial products like Winslew, Nymphicus or Chapper. This means you can’t buy new licenses anymore but the apps keep working.

I came from the Open Source community and tried to get at least enough money out of Windows tools to cover the costs (which it did some time for the direct costs but not for the extended like the German taxes) but failed.

But this does not mean the end of the tools – maybe it’s even a new start for some of them as I will Open Source all of them (give me some time, need to remove the licensing code and strip out confidential api keys first. They’ll be on my Open Source GitHub. I am looking forward for Nymphicus as there are some real fans out there who might want to extend it and even more for Menere which didn’t start to fly but as soon as you will see the source you notice quite some progress between last release and current state.

To summarise the reasons: never got the business to fly completely (I was very close to on the peak of, not having enough time (full-time employed) and since the end of 2014 not having a Windows PC anymore.

Really looking forward – if you want to contribute to one or more of the projects let me know and I speed up the process of cleaning the code for GitHub. And to be clear again: I will not stop woking on the projects – my pace just has become – well, you know the frequency of my last updates.


Nymphicus for Windows 2.2 out now

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Blog, Nymphicus, Windows | Comments Off on Nymphicus for Windows 2.2 out now

Well, this update has been overdue quite some time now but in the end I am back and finally here it is: Nymphicus for Windows 2.2!

This version is mainly a bugfix release with some nice new small additions as well as changes according to the current reality of the Twitter ecosystem. So what’s new?

New features

  • Option to start Nymphicus minimized (in fact a user wish some time ago)
    Minimize on startup
  • Thumbnails of embedded images are now shown for Twitter
    Inline image preview
  • Images are now uploaded to Twitter image service
  • Compose: When an image is attached to a Tweet a small preview is shown on the upload button
    Image upload preview
  • Compose: An added image to a tweet can now be removed again by clicking on the upload button with the right mouse button
  • Thumbnail size of images now bigger and the same as in Twitter

Functional changes

  • Removed TweetMarker (commercial license needed) – I am aware this used to be a big plus in the past 🙁
  • Removed all automatic scrolling code (which was the main source of temporarily freezing application)
  • Updated about window to show the actually used libraries
  • Added additionial optional debug output on Twitter timeline retrieval
  • Removed TwitPic upload option
  • Temporarily removed url unshortening for external services except Twitters own one
  • Switched to .NET 4.5 (faster)


  • Different compose buttons are now only shown if Twitter/Facebook/Apn account exists
  • Possible empty Views on parsing problems of Tweets – now they are simply skipped
  • When following a new user the user info is updated
  • The boarder around items did not fit into window on Windows 8
  • Now the counter of characters left is right again as it is aware of the Twitter url shortening rules now
  • Quite some possible crashes / empty timeline problems

And as it didn’t take to long till this update came – I had quite a hard discussion with WordPress so in fact it is already out for more than two weeks without this news entry 🙂

User streaming in Chapper – see it in action

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Blog, Chapper, Windows | Comments Off on User streaming in Chapper – see it in action

I am just watching the Apple keynote and the iPhone 5C/5S have just been reveiled. While doing so I joined the Apple Live Events Patter room and while watching my Chapper getting the messages live using the streaming API I just got the idea to make a short video.

So see here Chapper being a live chat application using Patter (and Snarl for the notification you see on the right side).

Chapper 1.5 is searching…

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Blog, Chapper, Windows | Comments Off on Chapper 1.5 is searching…

As promissed with the release of Chapper 1.4 the version 1.5 is already here:

Added search for posts

Search entry window

Added option to save a search

Searches can be auto refreshing

Search list

Messages and posts now respect the new length (so messages up to 2048 possible now) automatically (using the configuration endpoint)

More chars

The display of remaining chars while composing is now at the right side as it is not fixed to max. 3 digits anymore and may need space

Also the remaining chars are now always shown with full opacity

Every search has its own Snarl class

Global stream display is now off by default

Streaming API now only receives PM and Patter (did receive all before ignoring the others)

When streaming receives a message from a formerly unknown channel this channel is fetched and added to PM / Patter list

Chapper.exe as well as the setup file are now digitally signed

If no license has been bought badge is shown on the main window (sorry, but installations vs. purchases are quite disconnected)

Buy Chapper

Chapper 1.4 has been released – User Streaming included!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Blog, Chapper, Windows | Comments Off on Chapper 1.4 has been released – User Streaming included!

Just uploaded Chapper 1.4 to the download server and activated the auto update for it.

Chapper 1.4 now supports user streaming – this means timeline, mentions and and even messages are now fetched immediately when written and not with a gap of quite some seconds.

This means in fact that you can use now messages (PM, Patter) as a realtime chat as you see the answers immediately. You need to see this live to get how great it is (or maybe you’ve seen it previously with some Twitter clients).

I planned to add another feature to Chapper 1.4 but have been overtaken by a really bad bug of mine: since 2 days or so Chapper 1.3 started to refetch the same entries again and again and again which of course made it unusable. Becasue of this Chapper 1.4 is also a MAJOR BUGFIX so please update your installation as soon as possible.

Chapper 1.5 will bring the other big feature I was currently working on (the search API) later on.

Sorry for the inconvenience and have fun with the streaming.

Redefining mid of July – Meneré 0.8 finally available

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog, Meneré | Comments Off on Redefining mid of July – Meneré 0.8 finally available

I have written that the release of Meneré will be in mid of July – so as the release is today I simply define that today is mid of July. 🙂

So as Menere 0.8 is finally here you get at least a quite long changelog which is a really big step towards the 1.0.

As always let’s see what’s new in detail:

  • Alternative item display as a list with single line entries
    – needs less space
    – can be sorted by any column
    This has been asked for from quite some users (stating that the default view simply needs to much space) – so here we are:
    Menere 0.8 - New list view
  • Added item edit window (tags, mark as read and saved for now – more to come)
    Menere 0.8 - Edit item
  • Added send to menu – in this version we start with
    – EMail
    Menere 0.8 - Send to services
  • The save button now changes color when item is saved as well as showing the tooltip to remove saved state by pressing s
    Menere 0.8 - Colored buttons
    Also the read button is now green on already read items
  • The position and size of the window is saved and restored on next start
  • You can change the height of top/bottom part of the window now (see more entries vs. see more content of the active entry)
    Menere 0.8 - Grid splitter
  • Removed add account button from main window and added it instead to the preferences window.
    Menere 0.8 - Preferences
  • Added remove account button to the preferences
  • Removed the big tooltip on item and instead list all keyboard shortcuts in preferences window
    Menere 0.8 - Keyboard shortcuts
  • Added traditional setup as alternative to the Click Once installer
    Quite some users have not been happy with the ClickOnce (which has many aspects) so I added a second traditional setup file (experimental for now – no auto update so far)
    Menere 0.8 - full installer
  • Hiding script errors is back
    I disabled this code as I had hoped it was the reason of crashes. It was not but instead it is the used embedded Internet Explorer
    So I will add a WebKit engine in 0.9 – till than the crashes will stay (sorry) as there is no way to catch them – thanks Microsoft…

Meneré released

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Blog, Meneré, Windows | 2 comments

Sorry for the delay of 0.8 (I said mid of July and today is July 24th…) but my fulltime job has been quite more than “only fulltime” recently 🙁

Anyway while the features for 0.8 are in the works I want to adress quite some problems which might occure on daily use (worst case: crashes) with this intermediate release. While containing already quite some 0.8 stuff nothing is visible right now.

If please let me know – it should not do so in more or any case now with the new error handling routines I just added.

The auto updater will get the new version one your next start of Meneré.

The bird is flying to a new 2.1 world…

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog, Nymphicus, Windows | Comments Off on The bird is flying to a new 2.1 world…

Long time ago in a far … no, wait, not that long ago but quite some months now Nymphicus didn’t get any real update.
But today my little bird is flying again – and even higher than anytime before: Nymphicus for Windows 2.1 has been released!

This update has been so overdue that the changelog is so long that I only will point out the most important points (or, to be honest, all of them I do remember :)).

Let’s start with my favorite social network – the part of Nymphicus is for sure the one with the most changes. This is mainly because of Chapper (and Spinnaker) having been my playground in testing new festures in a “small” environment – but now it’s payday and all the stuff is coming back to Nymphicus.

But the first (and in my opinion) most important feature is one Chapper does not have (till now, stay tuned :))

  • Nymphicus now supports user streaming for
    This means you retrieve new posts and messages immediately now. When you have seen it in action you don’t wanna live with the old up to 90 seconds delay anymore 🙂

The second one is from Chapper and Spinnaker

Also the third one is something already seen with Chapper

  • Image uploading using the File-API is now included
    (and also images are shown inline and when hovering with the mouse over them they are shown in full)
    Insert adn Image Apn images preview

Now again a feature only Nymphicus has

  • Repost (and favorite) a post using another account than the retrieving one (this one might stay within Nymphicus only – Chapper is a single account client as you know…)
    Repost and star with other account

And a long overdue one

  • Account colors now do work with account
    so you see which account has been the retrieving one immediately
    Account colors

And a final small one for

  • the new logo is used instead of the Alpha logo
    Apn logo

That’s it for But even as I don’t will push the Twitter part anymore (you know why, don’t you?) I of course stabilize stuff in there so here is a quite important fix

  • Retrieving saved search results works again
    Twitter search repaired

A very short one for Google Reader

  • Google Reader has been removed completely
    (I’ll think about adding some RSS later on – but not before someone places a wish for that :))

And some general stuff

  • The quick filters (the button which used to be in the upper right corner) has been completely rewritten and is now a dropdown menu
  • … and has been added to the quick filters
  • … and those quick filters now feature a “show only post with images” filter – I think I will extend this part later on 🙂
    Filter rewritten

Finally much (oh yeah, really much) code refactoring, smaller design changes and many bugfixes. I think in sum the changes are quite bigger than those from 1.4 to 2.0 by the lines of new code 🙂

Oh, one more think – as I have posted during the development phase:

Nymphicus for Windows is now 4.99 € and Chapper is now 2.99 €. I should have written this in the middle of the post as I learned recently in the “Sandwich method” – but who cares 🙂