Monday, November 21, 2011

FotoSketcher for Mac - proof of concept

Hi all,

It's been a rather long time since I last updated this blog and I apologize to all my faithful followers. I know that you can't wait to know what's coming in the next release of FotoSketcher ;-)

First of all, I've busy rewriting the official website ( which was in serious need of an overhaul. To cut a rather long story short, I installed and learned Wordpress, chose a nice, clean looking theme and voila!

Then, after some severe lobbying from Mac users ;-), I decided that I would start looking into Mac development. Fortunately, my programming environment Delphi had just been updated to support Mac OS. So I decided to invest in the latest version (Embarcadero Delphi XE2), purchased a (not so) cheap old Mac Mini with 512MB of RAM and tried to start programming for the Mac. Alas, I soon discovered that I needed to upgrade to Snow Leopard (the minimum for Delphi XE2) and that requires 2GB of RAM!

So, following this great tutorial and miraculously not screwing things up, I finally installed Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

And tonight I set up everything to try compiling a test program on my Mac. It actually worked the first time (I nearly fell off my chair)!! Here is proof of my first program running on a Mac:

The snag is that in order to make FotoSketcher multi-platform, I will need to rewrite the user interface and probably quite a lot of the "under the hood"code. So I'll probably continue updating the current Windows only version in parallel for a while.

Best regards,



Pierre (BC, Canada) said...

Salut et bravo David!

Excellent job!
I don't use a Mac but it seems you made it through. I'm sure you learned a lot in doing so. Let's just hope that after all this "learning curve" you'll be able to always upgrade your baby project!

All the best, and hope to see something under the Christmas tree!


David said...

Merci, Pierre !
I will definitely try to have something ready around Christmas ;-)

kairos said...

Looking good!

David said...

Thanks, Kairos :-)

ninna said...

Hi, i use mac and i'll be happy to can habe this fabulous program on my macbook !!!

Anonymous said...

we are eagerly waiting for mac version
thanks man

David said...


Thank you for your comment. However I am sorry to disappoint you but I have had to drop Mac development (for technical but also for legal reasons). I am actively continuing development of FotoSketcher, but exclusively on Windows, though.