Andrew Stone (computer programmer)
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Andrew C. Stone
June 12, 1956 |
|Occupation||Computer programmer, former architect|
Andrew "Andy" C. Stone is an American computer programmer best known for his iOS app Twittelator, which to date has sold over a million units for the iPhone and the iPad. The founder, director, and principal programmer for Stone Design Corporation, Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his 25 plus year career as a programmer, he has published over 35 software titles for Hypercard, the NeXT workstation, Mac OS X, and currently for iOS iPhones and iPads.
Andrew Stone was a contributing author to the Waite Group’s Tricks of the HyperTalk Masters 
Fascinated by Steve Jobs’ vision for the personal computer, Stone was the first independent developer for the NeXT Computer to ship a shrink-wrap product, TextArt in October 1989. TextArt allowed designers to manipulate PostScript text with virtual knobs, dials and sliders. By 1990, TextArt had evolved into Create, a drawing program which shipped in 1991. At the same time, Stone Design developed a multimedia database manager called DataPhile.
Stone Design was a leader in electronic software distribution on NeXT and was a constant advertising presence on the first ever App Store which was also invented using NeXT tools, The Electronic AppWrapper. According to an employee at the Paget Press (the startup responsible for the first App Store) it was originally AppWrapper #3 that was first demonstrated to Steve Jobs and showcased Stone Design Apps. where applications like Create and DataPhile were selling along with 3D Reality and other Stone Design Apps. Stone Design Apps can still be found on the iOS App Store today, making Stone Design perhaps the longest running developer actively using electronic distribution via any App Store service.
Besides Stone's notoriety in the NeXT World as the first independent software developer to ship shrinkwrap product for the NeXT Computer, were the legendary raves he and John Perry Barlow threw over 3 years, the first being held at the Exploratorium in October 1992. These parties are still being discussed today because of the mixing of LSD and the NSA together in the same space.
Stone's participation with the first government sanctioned Dimethyltryptamine research with Dr. Rick Strassman in Albuquerque in the early 1990s led to a collaboration in the underwriting of DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences, documenting the research. Andrew Stone was a featured DMT volunteer in the documentary film DMT - The Spirit Molecule. Andrew Stone serves on the board of the Cottonwood Research Foundation with Dr. Strassman, which provides scientific research into the nature of consciousness.
Between that time and Apple’s purchase of the NeXT Corporation in December 1996, Stone Design developed a number of other products for the NeXT, including 3DReality, a 3D modeling and rendering package and CheckSum, a personal finance application.
Macintosh OS X
When NeXT became part of Apple on December 20, 1996, Andrew Stone was asked to help introduce NeXTStep to Mac users and developers. He demoed Create in the keynote presentations at both MacWorld Boston and WWDC in 1997. He was a contributing editor for Mactech for several years 
iPhone & iPad
In 2008, Stone began to release apps for the iPhone. His first product, Twittelator, became one of the best selling apps for the micro-blogging service Twitter. Other products included iGraffiti, TalkingPics, Gesture, MobileMix, Soundbite, Pulsar, iCreated, TweetTV and Intentionizer. He has contributed to other apps such as 140Characters, The Daily, Wine.com for iPad, WeGetIn, Trekaroo and Bandojo.
When he’s not programming, Stone spends his time working on his organic farm, doing yoga, reading and hiking. He's married to KUNM public radio producer Katie Stone, and has four children and one grandchild. He’s written an extensive number of articles on programming with the Cocoa code base. He also spearheads a group called “the Cocoa Conspiracy,” a loose knit ad hoc professional organization for iOS app developers based in New Mexico.
Interviews with the Press
- Erik Davis Interviews Andrew Stone on Expanding Mind
- Mac Observer Interviews Andrew Stone
- Wired UK Interviews Andrew Stone
- Business Week article features Andrew Stone
- Software Design Magazine Interviews Andrew Stone
- arsTechnica Video + Transcript Interview with Andrew Stone
- MacVoices audio Interview with Andrew Stone
- TUAW Video Interview with Andrew Stone
- AppCraver Interviews Andrew Stone
- macNN reviews Videator
- ZDNet acclaims Twittelator Neue
- ABQ Journal 'Twitter Guru' Andrew Stone
- Albuquerque Apps Developer Brings Programmers Together
- Wired Magazine Could Mac OS X be 'Holy Grail'?[permanent dead link]
- Complete 1991-1994 NeXTWORLD Magazines Archive
- Albuquerque Journal, 4/22/2009, Fleck, John. "Twitter Guru". Page 1, above the fold. Twitter Guru
- LeVitus, Bob. Incredible iPad Apps. 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-92979-7. Wiley Publishing Inc. Pages 158-159.
- the Waite Group. Tricks of the HyperTalk Masters. 1989. ISBN 0-672-48431-5. Hayden Books. Chapters 11 and 12
- Miller, Dwight P. and Stone, Andrew C. 1989. "ProtoTymer: Human Performance Instrumentation for HyperCard Prototyping." Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 33rd Annual Meeting 1989 Pages 249-253
- Philip Robinson. Fall, 1991. "Brick by Brick". NeXTWORLD. Volume 1, Number 3, Page 10
- Bruce F. Webster. 1991. "Key Software". NeXTWORLD. Volume 1, Number 1, Page 59
- Rick Reynolds. 1991. "TouchType and Create!". NeXTWORLD. Volume 1, Number 1, Page 79
- Ben Calica. Spring, 1992. "Flat and Sharp". NeXTWORLD. Volume 2, Issue 1, Page 57
- Carey, Richard. "Electronic Recollections". Richard Carey, Writer and Author.
- Lt. Sullivan. February 1993. "Rave On". NeXTWORLD. Volume 3, Issue 1, Page 8
- Strassman, Rick. DMT: The Spirit Molecule. 2001. ISBN 0-89281-927-8. Park Street Press. Page xii.
- Schultz, Mitch. Joe Rogan. DMT - The Spirit Molecule. TimeWarner. 2010. DVD, streaming Netflix and iTunes "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- c|net. Kawamoto, Dawn, et al. 12/20/1996. Apple acquires NeXT, Jobs.
- Alibi Weekly. 07/14/1997. Silfer, Kyle. "The Hacker & The Heretic". Albuquerque. Cover Story.
- Stone, Andrew C. 1997. "Porting to Rhapsody from OpenStep" MacTech Volume 13, Issue 7
- Sante Fe New Mexican, 2012/09/21, Life And Science, section 3, page 3, Albuquerque programmer brings app developers together