Redesign

It’s been awhile since you last heard from us. We’ve been busy at our jobs; Delisa moved on to Hello and shipped the amazing Sense sleep tracker. I’ve moved to Lyft and have been working hard to get you where you are going. Jurre is living #startuplife and merging in all your plugins. I don’t know what we would do without him!

This doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned Alcatraz, we just can’t dedicate as much time to it.

Relaunch

As planned, we wanted to launch 2.0 with all the shiny features. In reality, we can only do so much and have decided to release the UI part separately. You can download the beautiful, redesigned version for OS X Yosemite using the installation script on our homepage today.

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The UI work was a collaborative effort by many people including @orta, @tonyarnold, @kattrali, and more. Alcatraz no longer looks like a stranger in Yosemite, contains inline images previews, big install/remove buttons, github attributions, and it’s way more pleasant to use.

Custom plugin list

You can now load a custom packages.json from a private source while developing or using private plugins.

Binary distribution

The plan is to move away from building plugin source code on your machines, and instead distribute already built plugins. This will allow you to use CocoaPods, Carthage, Swift, and other hipster features without the clients knowing about it. It will also allow us to simplify the installer logic, and eventually move to Swift. One other important feature is that it’ll allow users to distribute commercial or other closed source plugins.

Plugin stats

We’ve partnered with Keen.io and received sponsorship for opening up the usage data. We plan to open up the data access to everyone, so you can track your plugin usage in real time.

Thank you everyone for your contributions! Let’s keep building.