Pythonista for Mac
Who else would be very excited about Pythonista for Mac?
Sure, you can just "install" Python on a Mac. But you're stuck modifying system files and juggling built-in 2.7 with a downloaded copy. I think there's an untapped need for a sandboxed, completely GUI-driven Python IDE on Mac, and syncing with iOS Pythonista would be the icing on the cake. Would instantly be a key tool for teaching programming in education spaces with Mac deployments. Who's with me? 😁
Why do you need it, when you can install a FULL python installation not to mention every package under the sun, on your Mac?
For me there are 2 reasons why I would like to see iOS run on MacOS.
- I love the apps I have on my iPad. I now find it frustrating using software on my Desktop/Laptop.
- If I had Pythonista on my Desktop, I would be more inclined to do some programming on my MacOS devices.
I understand many will not agree with my comments. I am a hobby programmer. Not doing any serious at all. I am retired and drink too much. This at least keeps my brain turning over. So depending on your age/profession/goals etc. I am sure these will mean different things to different people.
Even if the iOS apps run from the widget screen (I think thats what its called), would be super cool for me. Anyway, it may never happen. Who knows
@Phuket2 Hi, I agree with you for some ideas...
I love my iPad and all its apps, I drink, too much for my wife, not enough for me 😂
I love Pythonista, sincerely. So much that I'm almost full time busy to develop big scripts for all my needs (maintain my budget, my electricity/water/gaz/batteries consumptions, my books, my movies, my photos,...) and I've decided that, when my iMac will be dead, I'll not replace it...
It was still used for big downloads (movies,...) but I've installed a Raspberry 3 connected via wifi and VNC on iPad as keyboard and screen, and this little and not expensive computer is sufficient for this job.
Thus, as you see, I don't need IOS on Mac, but I really can understand your hope.
@cvp , well i am in agreement with you also about do i even need a desktop/laptop. The answer is getting very close to a no. I also used to need my desktop for the movie/music stuff. That's never an issue anymore. I just stream what I need. I use Apple TV I think its called Gen 4, the latest. Now in Thailand I can use my Australian Netflix account. So between Netfix iTunes store, I have all the media I need. I also have spotify and apple music subsciption as well as TuneIn Sub of also Tidal. Also haved Chomecast, Sonos , google home , alexa :) Also have a decent internet connection, the optical cable comes into the house, they are not running copper from the street into the house, that seems to happen a lot. One thing I do know, I would never spend the big bucks on a MacPro again. But i might keep my laptop updated connected to a large monitor...
Again, depends on what you do. Photoshop/FinalCut Pro/AutoCad users etc, are still going to need high end desktops, for others not so much I think
Personally- I'd like to see it just to make my development life easier.
Even with an iPad - development is easier for me than on my mac.
Also, I use Mobile devices as well as larger laptop, and having a somewhat agnostic platform to develop on would be really nice.
I started toying with the idea of writing an API compatible ui module using wxPython + PyOBJC for a better mac experience.
The vast amount of work it would take has been nothing short of discouraging, and we need to keep one thing in mind: Is there enough of a market for omz to stretch his valuable time even thinner?
And this is ONE module.
If he were to focus on a new product, time would need to be removed from Pythonista and Editorial.
Lastly; I use Pycharm as my IDE and am not likely to change anytime soon.
That being said, I vote no. I am however willing to help a team put together compatibility libraries, so long as its open source.
Side note: wx was my thought so Windows users could benefit as well;
One reason I can think of for a Mac version of Pythonista would be to automatically sync your files & projects via iCloud, similar to the Handoff function. I would definitely consider paying for that.
A lot of articles appearing today talking about ios12 and the relevant MacOS in terms of being able to run iOS apps on Mac. Not sure if these are unfounded rumours or not. This is not the first time this has been in the news, but it appears the speculation is growing. For me, I will keep my fingers crossed that they do it. Its not just being able to run Pythonista the editor on the Mac, but also the programs you write. I know the last sentence sounds strange, but thats the real point in my view. Its not just to have a larger screen with a external keyboard, its the ability to run your Pythonista apps/scripts on a Mac.
Just my personal view for my circumstance.
yes please !
Maybe it's time to evaluate this question once again with the release of Catalyst which allows iPad apps to be ported to Mac using the same code-base. I'd love to use Pythonista on Mac.
@lipschitz I think you are right. While I agree with others that native MacOS Python development is great, there are two cases where I'd like to see Pythonista for IOS run under Catalyst.
First, when I'm developing a Pythonista app to run on IOS, and I happen to be at home in front of my big screen, I like to use @code and let iCloud sync the changes to my iPad or iPhone. Then I run and test there. The sync time is normally about 2 seconds for changes. Some times much longer depending on the vagaries of iCloud. With Pythonista running on the Mac, maybe it would be faster? Certainly
cmd-tabbingto Pythonista without having to pick up the phone would be convenient.
Second, Pythonista nicely solves the "throw a UI together" problem. Certainly better than tkinter. If it ran under Catalyst, then I get access to my apps everywhere. Would also be nice for the folks who use apps I write for them.
I wish Apple had embraced Pythonista as a first-class language for app development. This could be the next best thing.
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