Shotgun Review - My First iOS App

I'm proud to announce that Shotgun Review, my first iOS app, was released today at SIGGRAPH, and it is now available in the App Store. The app requires a Shotgun site and login, but you can get a sneak peak in the video below. Or, if you're curious about seeing all of Shotgun in action, sign up for a free trial.

It has been a really satisfying experience to climb the iOS development learning curve. I've dabbled in Mac and iOS development for a long time, but I've learned a ton by building and shipping a real app. Early on, I struggled when I needed to venture off the UIKit golden path of a navigation controller and some table and collection views. But over time, I got the hang of Auto Layout, view controller containment, Core Animation, AVFoundation, etc., all of which helped to build more advanced features and polished UIs for Shotgun Review.

I'm looking forward to learning more about iOS (and Mac) development over the coming months. In particular, I want to write some non-trivial code in Swift, so I've come up with an idea for a little project that I'm going to start building soon. If all goes well, I'll write a blog post or two about the project, and I'll release the code on GitHub.

I have a few consulting projects lined up for the fall, but I am interested in collaborating on iOS/Mac development projects. If something comes to mind that we could work on together, let's talk! I'm @mattdaw on Twitter, or email me at

Indie Diary - Day One

Yesterday I wrapped up my transition work with Shotgun/Autodesk, closing the book on my last eight-ish years of work. So it’s official – today is my first day as an indie developer and consultant.

I’m super excited to start working on building my new business, but I feel like I need some time to recover and reflect a bit before diving in. I’m planning to take about six weeks off to read some novels, take a road trip or two, check out the Toronto International Film Festival, and spend time with friends and family. I’m making a little bit of an exception to attend some events at SIGGRAPH here in Vancouver, though it’s mostly to catch up with friends who will be in town for the conference.

After my break, I have a lot to look forward to. I’ve wanted to hit the iOS/Mac developer conference circuit for a while, but I couldn’t justify the time and expense while I was working at Shotgun. I feel the exact opposite way now – going to conferences is a great investment to make in myself. I’m hoping to do more and more iOS/Mac work over time, so I think it’s really important that I meet more people in the community, and that I soak up as much knowledge and wisdom as I can from the folks who have been successful at what I’m hoping to do. So I’ve booked my first three conferences for consecutive weekends in October… making up for lost time, I guess? I’ll be at Çingleton in Montreal, CocoaConf in Seattle, and CocoaLove in Philadelphia. I’m so stoked.

I have a few good leads for fun consulting gigs for the fall, but nothing is locked in yet. If you would be interested in collaborating with me on a project, let’s talk! I’m @mattdaw on Twitter, or email me at

I’m also planning to write more on this blog, so keep an eye on this space if you’d like to follow along with my indie adventure… Now it's time to start my vacation!

Moving On

Howdy folks, it was announced today that Autodesk has acquired my employer, Shotgun Software. My last 8 years working at Shotgun have been quite the roller coaster ride, with some high highs and some low lows. After some reflection, I've decided that I'm ready and that it's a responsible time for me to get off the ride.

So, what's next? First, I'm going to take a little time off to enjoy the summer... then my plan is to start my own indie development and consulting business. I'll start posting more details here as I work them out :-)

If you'd like to stay in touch, connect with me on LinkedIn or I'm @mattdaw on Twitter.

Ulla Restaurant (Victoria, BC)

I had a nice long weekend in Victoria after my birthday. The highlight was an awesome meal at Ulla, arranged by my friend Tom. He also brought a 1978 Volnay to dinner that was a real treat.

State Bird Provisions (San Francisco)

I had the fortune of stand-up/solo dining at State Bird Provisions tonight. I dig the dim-sum-ish concept, and had some brilliant food.