One of the presents I got for Christmas was Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert. It’s a very nice coffee table book with a few thousand Dilbert comic strips along with some history and commentary by Scott Adams. It sits on the shelf next to The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
Dilbert 2.0 comes with a neat addition: a CD-ROM containing every published Dilbert strip. Each one is a .gif file, organized and named by date (I’m assuming date of first publication). Viewing them is rather tedious.
The day after Christmas I wrote a little viewer app to let me browse through them. Simple, functional, but rather stark. Other things got in the way of working on it until a couple of weeks ago, when I went a little nuts on it.
I kept adding little features to make it look nicer or work better, or both. I indulged my inner geek for several days until I suddenly realized that I’d been spending my spare time working on the application and no time reading Dilbert.
It seemed interesting enough by this point to post it online. I gave it to a few friends to test it and then I incorporated some of their feedback.
So here it is, yet another application with a limited market and no commercial potential, but a heck of a lot of fun to work on.
P.S. It’s targeted at Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at the moment. I wasn’t really paying attention during development, so I have no idea if I’m using anything that really requires 10.5. If there’s a sudden giant demand for Tiger support I may revise it to be compatible. But maybe not. I’ve probably spent far too much time on it already.