What do fell Mac users need to be 1st class ham radio citizens?

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I believe we have a lot of other developers (including myself) on the forums.  I am curious what it is that people need in order for us to be considered 1st class citizens on macs.  I definitely feel the pain when it comes to Windows only software. 

I wish there was an easier way to use third party logging apps and not be constrained to one on a mac.  Does this mean some sort of third-party interface that allows these other apps to tie into the flex? Does a conversion from serial to tcp somehow?
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Don Agro

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MacLoggerDX uses K6TU's ObjC open source SDK to interface with the FlexRadio 6000 series and has done so since Oct 2013. I can't answer for any of the other Mac developers.

73 de VE3VRW Don Agro
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Yeah, no one else does. The problem (maybe not for you :)) is that no one else uses it for anything.  So many apps out there that just are not able to be used without loading up a windows machine. Which just stinks :)
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I dug into the K6TU stuff, but not being an ObjectiveC dev, it was a little tough. I was able to connect to the radio and thats as far as I got, before I got frustrated.  From there, I couldn't imagine really trying to figure out how to display the waterfall or panadapter.  I am a web developer and would love to see better integrations with radios and the web. I sent you some information in reply to your email earlier on thoughts.  
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There are several Mac loggers and such, of course, but only Don's software talks to the Flex directly. Perhaps someday the USB port will become useful as a CAT port and will open up some options.

Thankfully, Dogpark is "first class" and meets almost all my needs.

The SDK could stand some updating for newer features (including transverters). But since that was a labor of love by Stu, IIRC, can't expect him to keep going at it gratis.
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I agree. I want to help which is why I made this post.  I feel like as a hobby we do a lot of things to help each other.  I feel like the software in the ham radio community is mediocre at best.  Don does a great job on his stuff, I just sent him an email as well on my thoughts.  I just feel like we could do so much better.  I don't want to write a logger, I honestly don't want to write anything ( i am lazy :)) MacLoggerDX and DogParkSDR are good but do too much of some things and not enough of the other.  Maybe there is a way I can help write better integrations for MacLoggerDX or DogParkSDR, I am not sure, but am willing to do so if it can be done.  

I am not trying to bash anyone or any product here BTW.  I have respect for all the developers out there because without them we would be using paper and a pencil.  Ick.  :)
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I feel that often the computer is an afterthought in the shack and Windows is just there by default so most people use windows. Software companies end up just developing for Windows to capture market share. The good news is that a lot of ham software is now open source and cross platform so it is easy to run on a mac. However most commercial software still remains Windows only. 

I keep one Windows PC here exclusively for shack use but otherwise I'm a mac person. I considered replacing the shack PC with an iMac or Mac mini but the software options seemed rather sparse, especially for contesting.
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