Just a few minutes ago, Wells Riley of Kicksend, along with Ian Hirschfeld and Alex Baldwin, launched a new project called Retina Mac Apps. Rightly named, this site provides the visitor with an icon-based list of Mac applications that have been optimized for the Retina MacBook Pro. It solves the problem that many new Retina adopters are now facing: what won’t look crappy on my brand new computer? After all, who wants to drop $2k – $4k on a new piece of hardware only to be stung in eye with each power-up?
When I spoke briefly with Riley, he explained the reasons behind this little project. “A beautiful and simple way to find Retina mac apps,” he said. “There’s no section in the Mac App Store, and no centralized list. I saw a blog post, but thought something more formal would help more people. I needed it.” This is yet another example of solving one problem, well. As Riley said, many preach this, but few rarely bet on doing just that.
Finally, when asked what plans he has for the future of RMA, he responded with “I plan to keep it updated until no one needs it anymore. I encourage devs to submit their apps to help the Retina community grow and thrive.” Even though the idea is simple at its core, it can become quite a useful tool for designers and Retina MBP users alike.
With the responsiveness of the site (I’m a sucker for those), the option to filter results and submit your own, and the awesome trio-team behind the little project, I’ll be sure to check out this site more often when my Retina MBP arrives in the mail… whenever that may be.
What other examples do you have of people solving one problem well? Share them in the comments below.