Marc Rochkind's Apps, Books, and Opinions

Just finished a bench

A bench for the front entry, made entirely of white oak.

Made from plans that appeared in Wood Magazine. The exploded view:

Bench Exploded Plan

I kept the dimensions. The only real change I made was to substitute dowels for the mortise-and-tenon joints. And, I used screws only for the seat slats; everything else was glued only.

Time to drop iOS apps

Most of my iOS apps show photos stored on Smugmug, and somewhere the URLs changed. (I think itís an Apple problem, not Smugmugís.) Itís a very minor fix, but it involves updating all the apps. That, unfortunately, involves creating new icons and launch images for different iPhone screen resolutions, and fixing up all sorts of app-submission changes since those apps were last updated.

I would do the work, but Appleís Xcode-based packaging and submittal process is so ridiculously clumsy that itís just too unpleasant, for way too many hours. (Example: Apple demands a launch image with a ď-568hĒ suffix for 4-inch iPhone 5 devices. Iíve spent maybe 4 hours trying to get App Store to accept my app with the icon, with no luck. 9/11 and Dorothea Lange worked, but not Manzanar. I give up.)

I went through the torture for 9/11 and Dorothea Lange and got them submitted. If Apple accepts them, fine. If theyíre as difficult to deal with as they are on the Mac side, then those will go, too, although I will make a huge effort to keep at least 9/11 available.

This is only for iOS apps. Mac versions in the App Store will continue to be there as long as they continue to work, which they do as of now. For some of them (Ingestamatic, ExifChanger, and ProofSheet), you can get an unlock code for the newer version downloadable from just by sending an email to support. None of my Mac apps will be updated on the Mac App Store, ever, because Apple rejects all of my updates. (Features that were acceptable a few years ago no longer are, and I donít have time or interest in redesigning the apps to suit Appleís changing requirements.)

Do you get the impression that I donít think much of Apple from a developer viewpoint? Theyíre arrogant, non-communicative, inflexible, and stupid, and lifeís too short to spend any of it dealing with them. Fortunately, itís still possible to distribute Mac apps outside of the App Store, which Iíll continue to do. When and if Apple puts a stop to that, Iíll drop Apple completely.

Topaz Adjust and Simplify

Been playing around with these two Lightroom (and Photoshop) plugins for the last couple of days. Some results are in the SmugMug gallery on this page, or here.

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Mac/Windows Apps

Apps for serious photographers: Exif­Changer, Ingest­amatic, Image­Ingester, Image­Verifier, Proof­Sheet, and Exif­Extreme.

Verifying and Uploading Large Archives of Photos

ZipVerifier and S3BigUpload are for preparing large image archives and uploading them to Amazon S3 and Glacier. Designed for the backup of last resort, to be retrieved only if all other backups have been destroyed. The emphasis is on verifying that the archive is absolutely correct and that the upload, which could take days, completes and is correct.


The only Chrome App that syncs with SimpleNote. With the apps available at, you can have notes on iOS, Android, Mac OS X, the web, and, with this app, anywhere that Chrome runs (Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS).


The first Chrome App for SmugMug. You can browse galleries, organized by category and subcategory, view thumbnails for a gallery, and view larger images, annotated with EXIF data. As it runs under Chrome, it works on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and Chromebooks.

Classic Cameras

The web version of the iOS Classic Cameras app, now free. Features high-resolution photos of over 100 classic cameras, along with reviews, ads, and lots more. A treat for anyone who's ever shot with a classic film camera.

Wright Brothers Photographs

Photographs taken by the Wright Brothers themselves, digitized by the Library of Congress from the original glass plates. Contains 183 photographs with captions. Includes many taken at Kitty Hawk, including early gliding experiments and the first flight.

Programming Chrome Apps

Also available from Amazon.

Expert PHP and MySQL

My latest book, capturing what I've learned building apps, both the few successes and the many failures. Advanced material, too, such as two-factor authentication and data conversion.

Published by Apress in 2013 and available from Amazon.

Generating PDFs with PHP and FPDF

How to use the free FPDF library to generate PDFs directly from your PHP app.

Published in 2013 and available as an eBook from Amazon.

Advanced UNIX Programming

The first book on UNIX programming, updated in 2004.

Published by Addison-Wesley and available from Amazon.

More Books

All of my books (16 or so), available from Amazon.

Bernie's Bar & Girll

My first (and only) novel, which would be a romance, except that the main character is a man. It's got everything: humor, sex, a car chase, a bar fight, a trial, an exposé of Big Oil, and some endearing Creationists.

Published in 2012 and available from Amazon as a $1 eBook.


Various articles I've written over the years, ranging from mind-numbingly serious to ridiculously silly. Most are in-between.

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