Catching up with developers: Michael Simmons on Chatology

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It’s no secret that trying to find things in Messages is a mess. It certainly came as no news to Flexibits co-founder Michael Simmons as he was trying to build a follow-up contacts app to the company’s popular Fantastical calendar offering and kept running into hassles when trying to search through old chat sessions.

Fortunately for Simmons, he was in a position to do something about it. Flexibits tabled its Fantastical follow-up to build Chatology, a log viewer and message search that Simmons describes as “kind of a way to filter and drill down into your search and find things within iChat and Messages.” The $20 Chatology arrived Tuesday.

We caught up with Simmons during last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. In the latest video chat with developers at WWDC, he gives us a quick preview of Chatology, explains why it’s available exclusively through Flexibits and not the Mac App Store, and shares his opinion on some of Apple’s WWDC announcements.

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